life in general

Dialogue in the Dark

It was about 4:30 am when I woke up this morning. It was pitch dark I groped around for the lamp switch to see the time and not finding it in the hotel room in the first 30 seconds was enough to frustrate me. It is not that I am uncomfortable in the dark. But those few moments were enough to make me realise how helpless one feels when one has a sense of loss of…

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Of hot saunas, warm hearts and cold winds…

I arrived in Helsinki around noon and seeing the airport almost devoid of people almost shocked me. In the last few years, serpentine queues for security and teeming millions trying to jostle for space in almost every major airport in the world, not to especially mention the chaos in New Delhi and the total lack of respect in London Heathrow. Besides, the complete lack of security checks did make me wonder for a moment if…

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sights, darkness and smells in Hamburg

So I landed in Hamburg yesterday, on the invitation on my German friend who leads an initiative called the Dialog in the Dark. More about that later, but in this post, I want to share my first two hours in Hamburg and first impressions As I landed, there was this brusque looking guy (policeman, I was told by him, but I couldnt say that from his smart tweed jacket and jeans). He stopped me at…

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Two hours in Chandni Chowk

It’s a name that I have been hearing since I was a little girl growing up in suburban Delhi. Chandni Chowk. It wasn’t until I was 20 when I first visited this amazing labyrinth-like market sub town but have hazy memories of being rushed with a long shopping list for a friend’s wedding. I finally got an opportunity to visit this almost mythical (at least in my mind!) place last weekend…a trip much unplanned and…