Category Archives: Life is like that only

Cleaning up, bit by bit

This morning, not able to stand the rubbish on the beach at Besant Nagar, Chennai, I found a large plastic bag and started picking plastic trash along the shore. After a bit (the bag was full and heavy enough for … Continue reading

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Discovering India in Delhi

Finally, three months later than planned, I set off for a bit of shopping, target: Bihar emporium (Ambapali) to buy Bhagalpuri silk. Get off the metro, out via gate 7, pass a group of “Asian Ambassadors of Peace” (or some … Continue reading

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Pressure cookers, spare parts, and disappearing life-styles

A recent consequence of the now monotonous routine of place-pot-on-gas-forget-char was a blown pressure cooker valve, which meant even greater chances of place-pot-of-dal-on-gas-forget-char-OR-watch-it-not-boil-over-AND-not-cook. So, finally being done with exam duties,  I set off on my quest to get back a functioning pressure … Continue reading

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Cashless? Where?*

Kamla Nagar 12 Feb 2017 Take auto — cash (certainly no machine) Have haircut — cash (no swiping machine for small sums, anyway) Buy chappals — cash (machine repair ko gaya hai ji) Buy some dal-chaval type stuff in a small … Continue reading

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My digital classless (oops, cashless) society

This is how my digital society looks today: 1. I go to Himalaya to stock up on some small necessities (shampoo, lotion, soap…), ensure that they will take my card, yes of course, the sales person swipes my card, rings up the … Continue reading

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Annoyances–here today, gone tomorrow OR, more MAYA

On that first day after a relaxing winter vacation, as I strode unsuspectingly to class, I almost ran into it. A construction that suddenly loomed on (or is that IN) my way to work. We used to have (mobile) cars parked … Continue reading

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Income Tax Blues

Two letters from the IT office. Don’t dare open them. Finally do, in the presence of sister and cousin after getting to Chennai (well, the letters came just before I left to go there). AAAARRGGHHH I owe them moneys?!! Quite a … Continue reading

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Lawlessness

It is overtaking all aspects of life. This one got me all het up this morning. The pavement area outside the Vishva Vidyalaya metro station. Like

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Pinjra kaise banta hai

A couple of days ago, I emerged from the small side exit on my way to have some tea, when I noticed a gaggle of bicycles at the main gate, all green–indicating they had been rented at the metro station–and … Continue reading

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LTC, DU, AI/IA (DEL-MAA-DEL)

LTC  DU  AI/IA  DEL (Delhi)  MAA (Chennai aka Madras) Thanks to a couple of my colleagues, who regularly remind me about leave travel concessions, blocks and so on, I have so far availed of this benefit about three times in these past six … Continue reading

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