ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – why not me?

A friend of mine challenged me to do the ALS together with a few friends. I appreciated her nomination – she trusted us to follow her cause and course. The last few weeks have seen an explosion of posts on my facebook wall about the ALS challenge and people taking it. It has made me wonder…

The last word in Hindustani Vocal (part 1) – Kumar Gandharva

Some of the best classical cassettes I have had when I was a child were from Music Today. Today, in the “Discover” section of spotify, I chanced upon the album “The last word in Hindustani Vocal (part 1) of Kumar Gandharva”. It is one of the first albums of Kumar Gandharva that I remember listening…

Ottamthullal in Germany

On 22-nd February, the Hindu verein (club) in Frankfurt organized a festival about the Indian culture. As a part of the show, Hartmut Schmidt gave an amazing presentation of the Ottamthullal. Ottamthullal is a performing art created in the 18-th century to provide an alternative to Chakyar Koothu. The usage of malayalam in the narration…

Our new neighbourhood – St Anna, Heidelberg

We recently moved to Heidelberg. Touted as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Heidelberg is ancient and yet very young: it is a student town. Its pedestrian zone is extremely popular: after searching several times for documentaries on Heidelberg, all I could find were the documentaries full of “Hauptstrasse” or the main street…

Leaning in

Written almost half a year back…. The problem I have with Lean in – they are more for mothers and less for women! Jane says that it shouldn’t be assumed a woman without a child has nothing of significance in her life beyond work. Everyone needs time away from their desks to do the things…

Sleep, Memory, Personality…

a blog partially written long back on 29-th July The last few months, something has been bothering me. I feel I have lost some ability to multi-task and to be flexible with the number of topics I could handle at the same time. My mind was becoming slower to assimilate several topics and to work…

Shanghai Radisson Century Park Pudong view

Shanghai Radisson Century Park Pudong view, a set on Flickr. From my childhood I had an image of China. Created from Pearl S Buck’s novels I had been reading since I was 11 years old, this image consisted of rural villages, people migrating from villages to Beijing or other cities. I enjoyed reading about the…

Parents and children (who left the nest)

The other day, I was having lunch with a friend “P”. P moved the Germany a bit before I did and later joined our company. We are both from the same home state. His parents and family continue to live there. He visits them at least once a year but lately it has been around…

Who are we?

Ship of Theseus: As the planks of Theseus’ needed repair, it was replaced part by part upto a point where not a single part from the original ship remained in it, anymore. Is it, then, still the same ship? Quantum Physics: What is real? So let us take stock. We think of particles as tiny…

Relationships – misfit or not?

Today I came online on facebook to find this on a friend’s wall. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” – Tupac I…

Luggage in airlines

I am packing for my next trip – again to the US. This trip, as in the last year, will be a combination of business and private. My parents are moving to a new place and I will help them to move. I was thinking about flying down just for it, but luckily their move…