The UK announced a Minister for Loneliness in January 2018. Why? Because research has found that more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely. It is strange that governments are creating departments for matters such as happiness, now loneliness. The intrinsically personal and private arena of the human mind is becoming a concern of the state!
What is loneliness? It made me wonder. It is often said that in our modern lives, driven by internet and socia
Guest post by Pujya Priyadarshni
‘Travel’ – isn’t the word synonymous with excitement and discovery? But here I was packing my bags in apprehension. How do you begin a journey you have been agonizing about since the day of its planning? Will I survive the mountainous bus journey? The memory of a car accident witnessed in childhood rears its head each time such a journey looms. Will I manage the trek? Recently recovered from dengue, the uncertainty of fitness levels were still raw. Two
Every evening I try and put on my walking shoes and set out. Beckoning, as it were, are the lush green environs of the Lodhi Garden. Spread over nearly 90 acres, the historical park is in the heart of New Delhi. A favourite of morning walkers, there are many like me, who haunt it only in the evenings.
Not a morning person, for me the walk in the evening is something that I look forward to. Sometime ago, as I walked the garden with a full moon keeping me company on a winter evening, de
Guest Post by Pujya Priyadarshni
‘How wrong can things go?’ was the first thought that came to my mind as I saw the test report. I had been diagnosed with dengue (A mosquito-borne viral fever). The slew of setbacks one had been facing at the professional and emotional front had now knocked on the door of health and well-being. How and where do you begin to cope when literally no letup is in sight and nothing to look forward to? Only fear, anger, resentment and hurt clutter your
Another year end is nearing. I am a year older, closer to the finishing line, learning to cope with the changes that are an inexorable part of life’s phases. While scrolling through Facebook the other day, I came across an image of the Dodo. A flightless bird that was found in abundance in Mauritius, before it became extinct somewhere in the 1600s. It is the national bird of Mauritius.
There are many theories about why the dodo went extinct. The most accepted one being that the Dutch
Guest post by Pujya Priyadarshni
As I flipped through the news channels recently, I felt proud to see two women as Defense Ministers of India and France. Conquering a traditional bastion of men, it sure seemed a victory worth celebrating for women. Basking in this sense of pride, I wondered when I had acquired a gender lens to my world view.
Was it choice or the result of life experiences? I never took gender classes at university, in fact I have avoided them feeling that it may shap
What makes a place unforgettable? Its essence, the manner in which it touched you, or the fact that it was never meant to be on the itinerary in the first place. Abidjan, a sprawling, green and beautiful city on the Ebrie lagoon in Cote d’Ivoire, became unforgettable for these and many other reasons.
Maybe, as some of you read this, you would need to locate the city on a map — Abidjan is a coastal city on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Ivory Coast in West Africa.
What is it about watching the oceans that makes one nostalgic, remember people and places, and wonder about life? With seagulls careering over our heads I thought about it as we stood at the edge of the Atlantic near the Portland Headlight, a quaint lighthouse.
Portland in the state of Maine is one of the 10 Portlands in the US. A five hour drive from New York, it is a port city that washes away the bustling feel of New York with its first glimpse.
A day in Portland is short,
Recently at work, I have moved to the twenty fourth floor of my building. My room with big glass panes looks out at a large stretch of Delhi.
Into the distant horizon, on a clear day one can see habitations and buildings as the capital expands exponentially. The view has a lot to offer because Delhi is not a city of high rises. Our office building, all of twenty seven floors, is one of the tallest in the vicinity. The city spreads out like a living being all around.
When I sit
When I visited Vietnam, I had never thought that I would write about it. Vietnam was a part of movies and books about the Vietnam War for most people like me. Much like it’s history, I discovered the place has a lingering effect. The skyline of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam is a mix of newer constructions and old-style architecture. Built along the Red river, and blessed with many lakes, Hanoi is often called the ‘city of lakes’. A few years ago, the city celebrated 1,000 years of its establish