Passion To Profession: How I made my ‘hobby’ My Career.

Sweet are the uses of adversity. Aren't they? Although sometimes the sweetness takes time to come out. In my life this sweetness has arrived in the form of me taking new risks -- doing things that I would never have done. Coming on camera for example. Yes, I wrote about it last time too! I …

Bratislava: The Little Big City

Set along the Danube, corralled with thick wilderness and rich farmlands, Bratislava is a little known town that hides big experiences – a trait that has helped it earn the title of the Little Big City. After being the poor cousin of Prague for a long time, Bratislava came on its own in 1993 when …

My Bond with Ruskin Bond

Have you ever wept while reading a book? Not because you have fallen in love with the hero and he is dead, or because the heroine has cancer and she may not live – but, because the words have touched your soul. Have you sobbed after a book has ended? Have you ever agonized over …

August Encounters

So, I decide to share bits and pieces of my old writing here, because, it feels good to read what I wrote many years ago. This is one such. It talks about how I found my feet as a writer -- and am glad, I am still writing.  August, somehow, happens to be an overwhelming …

The Emerald Mile: From Bhedaghat to Dhuandhar Falls

“Do you see that gigantic face there? We call it India’s very own Mount Rushmore. And that sadhu on the top – he was in samadhi for so long that he turned into stone himself. These cars, which seem to have fallen off the cliff, are most famous by the way, as is Bandar Kudni, …

The Book That Changed My Life — Or so it seems.

This post was written many years ago for Huffington Post, and before that, my now redundant blog. I was hardly a writer then. Years later, I can only express gratitude to this book, and every other book that has made me who I am. There are books and there are books. Some books take you …

Madame Tussauds, Delhi: A Glamorous World of Iconic Celebrities

A middle-aged man, wearing a red turban and a shy smile, stands awkwardly next to Madhubala, the glint in his eyes suggests that he is half believing himself to be Salim of Mughal-e-Azam; Madhubala only seems glad about it. Not very far away, a lady in her 40s has her arms around Ranbir Kapoor. She …

Books That Changed My Life — Or So It Seems

Come December, everyone and everything reminds you what you don't want to be reminded of: that you have lost another year. As if the calender is not enough, now you have facebook too. Just as I logged in to my account this evening, there was a prompt telling me to review the year gone by. …