The idea of leaving behind: a heimat

Heimat is a German word with no exact English equivalent. You could call it “homeland” but it is a lot more than that. I think of it as a sense of belonging to a place, people, feelings, smell, taste, language and everything that makes you feel home, psychologically. Heimat often comes from childhoods. Aditi wrote…

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Drawing boundaries: Between work and life

I’m glad to post today that my work obsession is over. I mean I love working. I feel I’m ambitious and excited to get working every day. However, I have stopped carrying work over to evenings, weekends and holidays. I feel no real urge to do so (unless there is a rare catastrophe). The reason…

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What is my culture?

Recently while eating spicy Thai (and not even a coconut base) chicken and a bowlful of sticky, shinning rice, in a half Deutsch-half Vietnamese (?) restaurant named Panda ( there’s enough Chinese as well), I had one of those culture moments. What is my culture? Growing up, my idea of home has increasingly got clearer…

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How does travel change your culture?

I’ve lived in different cities. Home has always been a tricky question. I’ve not underestimated growing up in a conflict zone, but I do think I got over-protected as a child by parents. But now I do also realise how it was a good thing. They made me live out and think out of my…

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TheFirstSixMonths

In the first six months, I don’t really think time flew. I like that it didn’t. I wanted it to be paced evenly, savour it and not let it rush me by. I have had to struggle through Deutsch, several attempts at getting the kitchen right (the pictures on the blog are obviously better attempts),…

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