Thursday, June 14, 2012


I miss scribbling.

On an actual piece of paper with an actual pen in hand. The motion of a nib marking its scriptive path with inked nostalgia on a smooth, fresh sheet of paper. I can smell it still...with my eyes closed, rubbing its incense between my fingers, taking in its whiff like its recharging my soul. That is, afterall, where it started for me. All the times I've daydreamed. All my ideas of origin and belief, of building a tree-house, going into the Army, starting a zoo, running a shelter, of one day being some one very, very important always began with the motion "ok, I will need a paper and pen!" Pages and pages of hopes and dreams inked with enthusiasm... familiar to me as breathing...

Friday, March 23, 2012

I don't like sunsets

They remind me of reality. Of hope fading away into the creeping darkness and the shadows that it carries. Of choices and consequences. Of life fading away... Where's the romance in that...? Dawn, there's something. If I could see a horizon with the person I love, I'd rather choose a dawn lit sky. To breathe in the air of the morning together...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dear God, what did you put in Ingrid Michaelson?

How did you choose her voice and sculpt her talent? It's been two years and I'm still hooked on to her song. Sure, she's got me through the worst of times and ok sure, her song helps say aloud the most important of life's lessons... Keep Breathing... But really, there's only so much magical spells that a heart can take.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Buggie For A Cause

It's not everyday you meet someone who has literally stepped out of their world to raise voice for a silent cause. So I feel proud writing about this here.

Kanak Dixit and his lovely wife Shanta, along with 3 team mates, are driving in a blue 1973 beetle from Nepal to Pakistan to generate funds and raise awareness for their 'Spinal Centre Nepal'. They hope to generate enough funds ($100 per mile) so they can expand their facility and really help out as much patients as possible. But more importantly they talked about tying South Asia together. Yesterday they finished their 1100 mile journey but during their stopover here in Islamabad, we got a chance to meet up with them. They're fabulous people and it was great getting a chance to talk to them.
Pakistan could not have let them leave without their signature hospitality so the Pakistan Volkswagen Club presented them with an ornate truck art bumper. Here's a pic from that evening.

Please take some time out to check out their YouTube channel 'For Nepal'.

Monday, November 14, 2011

What is it with this world and its obsession with procreating?

'Just been given the greatest gift, of all time', said I on my Facebook status. 60 comments later, I finally had to clear the misconception that there was a baby involved.

We had, in fact, gotten a puppy! A beautiful golden Labrador Retriever puppy!
Something I'd always wanted all my life. I couldn't of course, because Ami hates despises doesn't tend to go along with 'em. Imagine my relief when I found out Dude felt otherwise about the matter. 3 years down the road and we finally have a puppy together. You can't hear me but I'm totally going 'awwwwwwwwwwwww...' :)

Buddy was born on September 13, 2011. 7 weeks later, I brought him to our home. He's smart, loving and very naughty. There's just so much I want to write about him but I think this blog will soon have regular pet posts so I'll let you wait for those. Here's a snapshot of Buddy though. I just adore him!

After his first bath and blow-dry

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Am Rich

A few months ago, when Nano (my maternal grandmother) was blessed with better health, I agreed to take her and my mom to their friend's place who had recently lost a nephew. They wanted to go say a prayer for the young boy and his family at this time of loss and sorrow. So, on the decided day and time, I drove over to each of their homes to pick them up. As soon as we helped Nano into my car, she lit up with a proud smile. I thought she was just happy to be out after a long while but ten seconds into the journey, I realized this was much more than just a day out.

Nano, who had lost half her vision some years ago, ran her wrinkly hand smoothly over the dashboard, the passenger door and the fabric of the seat that she was sitting in. She smiled when I raised her hand to buckle her seat belt and as soon as I reversed out the driveway, she exclaimed proudly, 'Wah...would you look at this!'

'Look at what, Nano?' I asked as I paused before driving into the street.

'Look at how rich I am. I may be the richest lady in the world. I wished to visit my friend and my wish has come true. I have my own private car picking me up from right outside my door taking me directly to my friend's house. I don't have to walk, or take a bus... I am so rich.'

It took me a couple of seconds to find my ground as I realized the importance of what she had just said. And I don't think I will ever forget this for as long as I live. Now every day when life throws a hardball or two my way, and each moment when I feel a great absence, I stay patient because I know in my heart, that I am rich in more ways than I can count.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In Loneliness, There Is Peace

I took a drive today. It may be one of the best drives I ever took. Which is odd.

Odd, because it wasn't raining or a starry night. It wasn't recreational because I was going to run some errands and my mind was busy thinking up anniversary ideas for the love of my life. I wasn't bothered when a taxi cut right in front of me. Nor when I got a red light at every signal I came across. I was alone. Just me, my thoughts, my car and good music.
The only difference was acceptance, in my mind and in my heart. That is new. But I think I'll get used to it.


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