From writer to researcher – from articles to analysis

Careers don’t have always change direction, but when they do it feels like the wind has once again set your sails fluttering. Risk and excitement are a joint package when you are in pursuit of new adventures Some of the most renowned explorers in the world had no clue where they were going, but changed…

FAN mail to Jhumpa Lahiri

This was my letter to Pulitzer prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri in November 2018. She wrote a book In Other Words that really moved me, simply because it was a real life story so close to my own albeit set in a different country Dear Jhumpa. There is perhaps nothing more ironic than falling short…

Mumbai traffic on a Friday evening

Squeeze tube from the bottom and flatten as you go up. When your taxi ride to the MSRTC bus stop at Dadar lasts half as long as the journey to Pune, 180kms away As of March 2018, there are over 33 lakh registered vehicles in Mumbai and the length of roads around 2,000km (Source: Indian…

Why are humans so different from animals? Is it because we are explorers?

Have you ever wondered what makes several million species of birds, insects and mammals behave so differently from humans in that they never venture out of their known habitat to just check out what’s happening over the mountain or across the ocean? This in no way insinuates the notion that animals aren’t mobile enough or…

Enjoying the rains in Lonavala

It always rains in Lonavala, so if you don’t like getting wet just sit in your car and watch the rain trickle down your car window It has started raining in Pune. Along with temperatures dropping, so are people’s tempers and stress levels I imagine. Very soon I will have to find another form of…

’13 Reasons Why’ and why suicide isn’t the cure

Brian Yorkey’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ on Netflix is what I would say is a necessary backdrop and my motivation to piece together a recent chain of events that addresses a topic, that the media is finally paying attention to, and we should as well Sources: CNN, CDC and QuartzIndia Is it strange that one of…

Is your life like a Jenga tower?

Yes, we all know how to play the game, or maybe we don’t. But what does it tell us about our life? Why can pulling out one decisive block bring down the entire tower? Is this similar to some of the choices we make in our real life? Ever played the classic 54 wooden blocks…

Karlsruhe – Going to Cambridge in Germany

My last weekend in Germany was in Karlsruhe, a dorky little town in Baden- Württemberg. It is one of Germany’s more scholarly districts, where you’d find it easier to fit in if you were one with the crowd. A crowd that isn’t there to fool around, but to try and change the world through creative…

Christmas weekend in Munich/New Year’s Eve at Brandenburg Gate

Christmas weekend in Munich Wow! I just realized it has been close to four years since I visited one of Germany’s more sophisticated metropoles, synonymous with beer, breweries and of course football frenzies. My last visit back in 2013 was ‘Just Cars’ driven to be honest, quite evident from my photographs that begin with cars…