the stories behind fancy pictures

Sometimes I feel slightly uncomfortable sharing pictures with many people. They jump to these fancy conclusions that things are perfect, because the pictures are so (thanks to Tonk, of course). And while a strange sort of peace and a strong emotion fills me when I see this picture. I do also remember that at the…

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The smell of desi ghee

It’s only been six months since I were home (less in fact, but it will be over six when I go next) and it’s really been only a few days since I had a my dose of desi ghee parathas. GRANDMOTHER’S DESI GHEE Every time she is home Grandmother spends a couple of days cleaning…

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Did you try sitting by the open door of a train?

My heart’s sold to trains. As I oft described before. U-Bahns that I now take make me feel like I own my urban world. U-Bahns that incidentally inspire Favicons of this blog. Metro train lists that I compare to see how many cities I’ve travelled to, smug-ly. Trains in bustling Delhi like metros, with closed doors. Doors that…

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Teri Meri Kahaani Dilli Mein

There are weekends on very long June summer days that appear selfishly long. They make you think of, yearn for the more odd-paced Januarys. Delhi breathes differently in the winter. Smallish more critical lanes in its big heart beat indifferently, till you let yourself lose control, hold hands, following poets. In squalor, history, and Ballimaran. Parts…

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Zo!

After uneasy conversations laced with summer crankiness, saved for each other, we find us an afternoon escape. With studied brightness. Subdued colours that appear sharper, as we let our eyes feel in. Others look away dispassionately. Their vintage eyes witness to many a pair before. Your eyes mock at my oft Mediterranean sensibilities. I shyly allude…

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Agarsen ki baoli…

Ever since our childhood, we had a few car-less, chartered bus rides to the central part of the capital. Our recently lost small town-ness meant recognizing bus stops by huge skyscrapers. I can’t seem to recall many reasons for these rides, except museums to show cousins around, and some to make history projects look prettier….

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