Dan Brown and the journey of art


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In Dan Brown‘s latest — Origin — the author’s eclectic genius Edmond Kirsh predicts a future with a seventh kingdom (animal classification), technium, which is a combination of man and machine. The backdrop of the God vs Science debate is Antonio Gaudi’s Barcelona, with mentions of his famous works like Sagarda Familia and Case Mila, interspersed with some modern art.

I picked up the first book I read in the Robert Langdon series, Da Vinci Code, for the thrill of following the protagonist around looking for the bloodline of Jesus. Since then, I have realised that Brown’s novels are sort of formulaic. Fans will keep on buying it and haters will keep on trashing it.

I make it a point to buy a copy. Continue reading


Night and day


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The bout of depression I suffered last year has changed the kind of person I am. The experience has taught me that even if it is happening in my head, why on earth should it mean it is not real? (Yes, I did quote JK Rowling.) But I think it explains the situation well.


Most people do not understand why people with depression need days off. To be fair, neither did I. Till one day, I went to sleep, crying to my pillow and I just could not get up.

I texted my boss that I had an upset stomach and would not be able to come in. Continue reading

Bad sex

I had written it a while back, but being the procrastinator I am, I did not post it. It was topical then. I hope you still understand what I want to say.

She had ordered a 1lt-Long Island Ice Tea. She was a little more than tipsy when he was dropping her off. “Do you want to have some pancakes?” she offered. He had said earlier that he was hungry. Besides, the batter was already done; it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle, she thought.

She was 23. He was 45 (maybe, she wasn’t sure. He looked older).

He was standing behind her when she was cooking. He was looking at the pancakes over her shoulder and he leaned in.

He caressed her neck and planted a kiss. He turned her around and started kissing her. Continue reading


Are you a procrastinator too?

procrastinationI started reading a book to inspire myself to get off my ass and do something — tick another book off my reading list, finish writing the story I started working on (I am a reporter, I do it for a living), exercise every day, eat better and cook that meal on time.

(I like this blog… have a look)

And, what did I do? Well, I watched Grey’s Anatomy (hey, all the seasons are now available on Amazon Prime and it is extremely entertaining to watch Meredith fall for McDreamy, fight with him, patch up, fight again… I could go on and on. There are 13 seasons!) Continue reading


The curse of the cow

Stay away from cows. That’s the one advice I give everyone.

They provide milk and manure. They look really innocent with their large, beautiful eyes. But if you are not careful around them, they will gore you. Or, topple your bike. Or, make you do a perfect summersault.

Even if they do it by mistake.

How can they not? After all, they are everywhere. And, the middle of a road seems to be the perfect spot for them to take a nap. And, the regulars, they become a landmark of sorts.

“So, you have to come straight from the red light, take the first left and then take a right from where you see a white cow sitting.” Oh, this has happened to me. Continue reading


Left Vs Right: I thought they were just directions!


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“This is a complete leftist ideology,” said one person in my class. To which the other replied, “these journalists are bourgeoise leftist. They want to sit in their air-conditioned office and talk about farmers committing suicide.”


And, I was sitting there nodding my head; I had no clue what leftist ideology was. And, what the fuck is a bourgeoisie? (Also, that’s not how I spelt the word in my head, duh.) Continue reading


The period bonding

“The thing that we eat when we are chumming,” said the girl I had met barely two hours ago. In response, I shouted, “chocolate.” We won the game of ‘Heads Up’ by a point.

Now, here’s the thing, in the 120 minutes that we had spent together not once did we discuss our menstrual habits or our love for chocolates. Yet, she was fairly certain that I would guess the word. That’s because, like the love for Leo DiCaprio, experiences that come with chumming are universal.

Girl, if you are 25 and above, you must have definitely these situations. Continue reading