Changing Directions

July 14

I'm flying over ice capped Greenland. This month I moved out of Gurgaon, left my job of five years, visited my parents for a bit and now I am on what is going to be my longest travel yet. 

Next to me, a girl of about twelve and her father are struggling to bridge a generation gap. I have so many thoughts that I cannot fall asleep. And yet I have SO many thoughts that it's a crowd in my head and it's impossible to think! 

July 23

I turned twenty eight this week. Older than my mother was when she had me and yet too young to know anything concrete and real about the world. But I know already, that the coming year will be unlike any other I have seen! 

For now I am in USA and preparing to leave for newer places in a month's time. Here are some pictures from Akhil's home and our road trip through Philadephia, NewPort, New York, Virginia Beach and Washington DC.

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The Slower Hours

Diaries in the past have mostly been about chaos and variety and new sights. Futile attempts to fit hours of chaotic travel, city lights, new friends, dances, concerts, meals, celebrations, oddities [does anyone remember the Robot Restaurant?] into tiny Memorybank videos that barely last a minute.

I thought it would be nice to dedicate one of these to what it was really like sometimes, to be alone in a new place. Often I went hours without speaking to anybody, spending a bunch of time reading, scrutinising sunsets, staring at the ocean, chasing birds and observing plants. I did not record most of it, but found enough clips to recreate some of the mood :)

 

 

A month at a time

In October, my company granted me a sabbatical and I bounced around western Europe for the month.

I expected to get a lot done (ofcourse) about the projects I had planned- instead I took hundreds of futile pictures, laid around on lonesome Portuguese beaches for days, had an existential crisis and ate-drank-walked-repeated till I felt the nausea coming on!

Nevertheless, I made some happy progress [mind you, I am painfully far from actually finishing the projects] and the trip was some kind of heaven..so I am left with zero regrets.

Come November, and I was back in Delhi, part-depressed, part-craving-some-real-work. A lot of beginnings- Modi decided to change the country [but left everyone in a cashless, queue-hogging, change-counting mess], Trump is going to be president of USA, I am learning to play the ukulele, Akhil scored a job, a bunch of my friends have weddings to plan, some of them have heartbreaks to heal, and the others are oscillating between being content and restive ! All in all a good month to look back at that existential crisis and have a second crisis about how to feel about it all.

Did I mention my new favourite city in the world? Porto! It's old and modern and crumbling and steel and slopes and river and beach and wine, francesinhas, art, plant-shops, books, and it is joy on the streets and good taste in general! GO there! Please! And take me when you go!

And today its December already, and I am thinking of the thing someone said about time passing faster as you grow older. I am as old as my Mum was when she had me and yet my life seems like just a collection of pictures. Or not. Its wonderful, really! Or is it? Okay third crisis coming on..

..buh-bye.

 

What makes you happy?

A few pictures that reflect my happiest moments from the last year. In each of these pictures, I was behind the lens, and far from home, feeling the sort of guilty pleasure that escaping from your responsibilities can bring. :D

That sort of pleasure and freedom has been long due this year. And so I JUST cannot wait to take off again!

27 in Nepal

Just got back from five days of awesome. They were jam-packed with boat rides, fireflies, swings overlooking lakes, surprise birthday cakes by the river, landslides and hours of waiting on the road, numerous puppy companions, gut-wrenching laughter, a lot of dancing, way too much beer and a bunch of new friends

Gallery for week 2 :)

Here are second week's images in no particular order. I'm out on a work trip again, so resuming this project as soon as I'm back!

EVERYDAY CAMERA THERAPY: Week 1

I started an image-project on a strange whim last week. It's been 6 days already, and I am feeling more and more confident about making it last.  I travel for work tomorrow..so it will be a challenge to keep it up while I'm away. But I'll try my best.  A lot of love to everyone who cared to write to me to support and encourage... :) 

Here's last week's entries, in no particular order :