Outgrown My Adolescent Antics???

The last one month has given me a lot of food for thought, in case I decide to sit down and think over it. I had always been a careless soul and whimsical to the point of empathizing with a soul no less than Donald Trump. But of late I had begun viewing myself as … Continue reading Outgrown My Adolescent Antics???


Mom + I = Tom & Jerry

Generally when people think Mother they have a friend, a guide, a mentor or a Rajshri template in mind. I was no different till a few years ago. Mom was this trusted secret-keeper, friend, philosopher and guide. But like most other things in life, somewhere along the way there came a qualitative shift. I grew … Continue reading Mom + I = Tom & Jerry

Woh intezar tha jiska, yeh woh seher toh nahin

When the news headline reads: "An 8-year-old’s rape and murder inflames tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India", as a country we have failed our girls, yet again. For the god you believe in's sake, an 8-year old girl was brutally raped and killed and what is at the forefront are religious tensions? Can we … Continue reading Woh intezar tha jiska, yeh woh seher toh nahin

Journey through India’s North-East: Assam & Meghalaya

Laitlum, Dawki, Mawlynnong, Mawsmai and Kaziranga - the destinantions that stand out from my family trip to Assam and Meghalaya. Few locations in India entice travelers as much as India's north-east, and justifiably so. A rich biodiversity in terms of not only its flora and fauna but also its demographics, this region of India is home … Continue reading Journey through India’s North-East: Assam & Meghalaya

GRE Verbal: 8 things to keep in mind while preparing

1. Vocabulary: There is no escaping this. There are a few word lists which feature words that occur with a high frequency on the GRE: https://www.memrise.com/course/116505/barrons-333-high-frequency-word-list-gre/ https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/194479 2. Make your own word list: The mock tests on ETS, Manhattan and the tests in the Princeton Review ( http://web.csulb.edu/~acarter3/course-carterlab/1014-practice-questions.pdf ) feature words in their question that you won't … Continue reading GRE Verbal: 8 things to keep in mind while preparing

GRE: 10 things to keep in mind while preparing

1. A definite time-span: Don't make the exam a five year plan. If you're a deadline oriented procrastinator then it's better to have realistic targets, keep the date far enough to give you time to prepare but close enough to keep your pants on fire from day 0. Register (the website for registering is https://www.ets.org/ ) keeping … Continue reading GRE: 10 things to keep in mind while preparing

Traveling through India’s East: Maluti to Santiniketan

It was a spur of the moment decision to drive to Santiniketan via Maluti, the poster child of Jharkhand tourism today, as a part of our Holi celebration. We were totally unaware of what was in store for us. Forget Mathura and Vrindavan for Holi (which are way too crowded and hooliganism seems to rule the roost anyway) Bolpur is where one … Continue reading Traveling through India’s East: Maluti to Santiniketan

That place called a Garden

When I think Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights or Gone With the Wind, the first thing that comes to mind is their bucolic setting: long avenues, tree-lined driveways and the estates with their gardens. Rebecca's Manderley is a case in point. In our march towards progress,  high-rise and community garden are the new normal and houses with a … Continue reading That place called a Garden