They were all human

The more intelligent life ran a series on inspiring women. Women reputed in their chosen line of work were asked to write a few lines about other women who have inspired them. 12 women , 12 very different personalities, ranging from a nun, a chef, a women’s right advocate  to a paraplegic.

Each story spoke of courage, of strength, of passion and resolve. Some of the 12 women went through traumatic , tumultuous events in their earlier lives. However they did not let themselves be victimized by it. Instead like the  iconic phoenix they rose from the ashes and reinvented their lives.  A few of them where blessed with ‘normal’ lives. Yet they choose to still change their lives so that it could be of service to others.

The ones that really struck a chord with me were the ones who neither reinvented their lives nor pushed out of their comfort zone, but the ones who had a passion and followed it through. Earlier I thought it a  banal exercise to write or read about such common place achievement. Sure every one has a dream. I had one too. To write. What’s noteworthy about a passion?I never did ponder beyond that.

Through the major part of 2012 (all, save for  the trialing months) I worked hard to write regularly. Unlike my preconceived notion writing was not as easy as sitting in front of the computer and tapping away at the keys. I had painful days when the muse fairy refused to show up.

That was when I started rethinking my definition of a banal exercise. Unlike most of the courageous women in that list I have had a very normal early life and  I do not see a radical shift in that trend in the future. And like a few of the women on the list I am a very ordinary person with a passion but unlike them I have not made an attempt to swim against the current to get where I want to go. I have let the currents take over more times and one.

But the one saving grace that I have ( and so do every one reading this)  is that like ALL of the women in that list I am also human. Which means like them I have the same 24 hours of the day. The rest of the ingredients comes from within a person. External events  are merely like meanders of a river, they only shape the flow while the river still heads towards the sea.

So why this long soliloquy? It’s just to tell you ( convince myself rather) that in 2013 I am going to treat nothing as banal.  I will be looking at everything with a fresh pair of eyes. I just wanted to drop a ( more than one ) line to tell you that in 2013  I am going to find my inspiration from common place things and common people!

T0 2013 Ahoy!


[WAH] The whirling Dervishes

“Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. 
It doesn’t matter. 
Ours is not a caravan of despair. come,
even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come, yet again , come , come.

– Rumi


Watching a whirling dervish ceremony is an experience. I would not necessarily classify it as a spiritual one. But it sure does make you wonder about God.

You can read my article on the Dervishes here.


[WAH] Up in the Air

The first ever edition of Lonely planet India magazine had for its cover hot air balloons over Cappadoccia. That was the first time I had heard of the place. There was an article on Cappadocia too.  I never read that article. That was way back in February 2010.

Fate has it that I have my very own pictures of hot air balloons over Cappadocia and what do you know, I have an article to go with it.

Our ride was not a smooth one. It came with a bundle of hiccups!

You can read it here.

Adventure is out there!

Giving voice

There are always two sides to a story. Not necessary that one of them has to be the wrong side and at the same time not necessary that either of them have to be right.

Sometimes all you have to do, all you can do is give voice to the characters. I have been working on a piece for a long time.  It was not an easy one. It took me months to actually put it in down in words and maybe because it may take me more months to figure out who is in the wrong and who is in the right here!

You can read it here.