If I had to truly describe what excites me as a writer, and hence what would find a space in this blog – it would be almost everything. I consider myself an eternal student, a learner. I like to learn while travelling, through food, cinema and the stories that people stand for. A word then, that appeals to me is Sonder. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines it as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own”. So you will find film and TV Series reviews, about food, probably my travels and even maybe a random short story. So thank you for stopping by! I invite you to share a pot of tea (metaphorically) with me as you read through my blog.
And I apologise in advance if my posts aren’t quite regular. My full time job as a lecturer to undergraduate students leaves me a very small window period to exploit for personal writing. So, chalk up my irregularity to to the class on Kafka or Kawabata or probably it’s a popular culture lecture I was prepping for.
I have travelled most of my life. My father was in the Navy so my family has lived in different places. Travelling has become a way of life and I personally enjoy being rootless, yet wherever my family is, becomes my centre.
I love writing about my journeys (haven’t had the courage to post them yet. But when I do, you can find it under the category Travel = Khanabadosh – gypsy or wanderer in Urdu).
Reviewing films and TV Series is the other thing I enjoy doing. In my opinion, they are not passive entertainment. They contain ideology, nuances and most importantly, storytelling. A film is also a text and as Roland Barthes puts it, “text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture” – widely open to interpretation.
Reading books, just like travel, is for me a way of life. My first book was David Copperfield when I was four years old and the list just grew. My undergraduate degree was a triple major in Psychology, Economics and English Literature. After which I decided to pursue my masters in English.
I currently teach English to undergraduate students in Bangalore.
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