Welcome to my A-Z 2018, for which I am revisiting Africa, the continent of my childhood and my dreams. The posts are, as always, infoheavy and opinionated, but they are sectioned off - some music, the day’s topic, couple writers, a slideshow from the safaris – plenty ways to cherry-pick. So you may consume just as much, or as little, as you're cool with. Zero obligation to agree with any of my views either, feel free to air yours :)
Monday, 19 December 2016
Monday, 12 December 2016
Monday, 5 December 2016
Thursday, 1 December 2016
Have I told you about the final year-end challenge over at Write...Edit...Publish...? Sign up's today, post on or before 21st. Off to start on my piece. Join in for an interesting, imaginative prompt and of course the gorgeous badges...
Monday, 28 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Sunday, 13 November 2016
Back in India, the PM announced without any notice that a couple of denominations of banknotes would stop being legal tender after Tuesday midnight. Now I live away from ye olde homeland, so you'd expect this would not affect me. Except that I have only those denominations here, and so far not one option has been devised for expat Indians to change their notes back if one is not physically present in the country. My entire pitiful wad of Indian cash will have to be shredded. So I am going to be even more broke than I already am, didn't know that was even possible! Thanks for showing me there's more nuances to being penniless than I had thought, Mr Prime Minister!
Seriously though, the one irreversible change that affects me the most, is the passing of Leonard Cohen - a poet and songwriter close to my heart since I don't know when. Many of his songs are my comfort blankets, my go-to dose of solace in out-of-control situations (e.g. when some obnoxiously rude, misguided misogynist lost to all sense of decency and what's due to high office might get elected to it halfway across the world. Or when your own PM gets into some weird Cinderellaesque mode, also halfway across the world.)
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Sunday, 30 October 2016
I also feel absurdly pleased when festivals coincide with the weekly blogging schedule, is that crazy or what?!
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Recently, I have been reading some modern American poetry and specifically fell in love with this poem here, which worked itself into the title. Not sure what these things are, they aren't poetry, and they aren't fiction. And they probably aren't fact either, though they might feel like that to me. Memory is a tricky thing, always selectively romanticised in retrospect. Whatever they are, I am happily dedicating them to my mother, who, I am pleased to report, is now recovering at home after her recent illness. She is named after Arundhati, the Indian name for Alcor in the star pair Mizar-Alcor which are part of the Big Dipper (called the Saptarshi, or the Seven Sages in the Indian system of astronomy). I don't know of anyone more deserving of being named after a star.
...at Constellations of Meanings