Happy Birthday Wonder Woman!

A real life wonder woman and one whom I’m privileged to call my sister. Now, now, as siblings we’ve almost never given in to gushing displays of affection. When I sometimes look at facebook profiles of my female friends with sisters who post sugary sweet posts of them bonding with their sisters I look on…

Work week and rostering

For a lot of us worker bees here in the Middle East, the work week begins tomorrow. Even if your job is not a drudgery, the very fact that you need to get back into a routine puts you off. However, for as long as humans have had a settled, non-nomadic lifestyle there have probably…

Haruki Murakami- new book alert and a quick primer

Even if you haven’t read a single book by Murakami, chances are high that you’ve at least heard his name once in literary circles. Well, Murakami is in the news again- that’s right. A new book of his is on the horizon. Here’s a Murakami primer if you’re not aware of him or his works….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Weathered: Wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the atmosphere. (of rock or other material) be worn away or altered by long exposure to the atmosphere. Withstand (a difficulty or danger) (of a ship) come safely through (a storm). (Definition from Oxford online dictionary) If you think long…

First book of 2018: I contain multitudes by Ed Yong

One of my book aims for 2018 is to read a larger number of non-fiction books and Ed Yong’s book is a good start in that direction. I first heard about the book listening to the ‘Start the Week’ BBC podcast and the talk intrigued me and made me want to read the book. Many…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

The first weekly photo challenge of 2018 would like us to showcase a photograph that depicts or conveys the theme of growth. I chose this photograph of a flower bud drenched in a fresh rain and I hope it conveys to you a sense of hope and vigour for the new year!

New beginnings, new resolutions- 5 tips

With the beginning of every new year, I’m sure most of us make an entire shopping list of resolutions- wake up early, work out more, eat healthier, read more, laugh more, stress less and so on and so forth. And yet within a few weeks, if not days, most of us have reverted to our…

Status Update

So we are in October. To those like me who still feel like we were at the New Year’s fireworks party yesterday, wake up! 9 months of the year are already done and we are heading into the last 3 laps of 2017. I was having a chat with a colleague of mine the other…

Climb every mountain

I guess I’m old enough to have belonged to a generation that grew up listening to songs from movies like ‘The Sound of Music’. Songs in these musicals must have shaped the lives and dreams of millions of people in the same way that music continues to mould and shape lives and aspirations these days-…

The best camera is the one you have

Who says you can’t do a great shot on your non iphone7 camera phone? I took this photograph of a bee sitting on a sunflower with my trusted Moto G phone. It costs about one fourth of the price of the iPhone but takes equally good photographs. I was stunned by the quality of the…