Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

The first time I learned about Oliver Sacks was via the only blog of its kind Brain Pickings. Maria Popova‘s (founder and author at Brain Pickings) wonderful article — Love, Lunacy, and a Life Fully Lived: Oliver Sacks, the Science of Seeing, and the Art of Being Seen — arrested my senses and I was introduced to, the person who will become a major inspiration for … Continue reading Oliver Sacks — His Life & His Times

A City Happens in Love

What Happens When “A City Happens in Love?”

I know him as an anchor on Prime Time, NDTV (Indian News Channel); a journalist who voices his opinion freely, never observed to be biased, and is loved for his freewheeling thoughts often filling our living rooms while he discusses issues of public concerns very candidly. And, in a language understood by a majority – Hindi. He is Ravish Kumar.   I learnt that he … Continue reading What Happens When “A City Happens in Love?”

Insomniac City — A Scintilla of Memories

On the 5th of May 2018, I visited Chapter 101 bookstore in Gurgaon; a fancy place, I heard about this bookstore during a book meet. The place indeed was lovely, it exuded warmth which you receive from an unknown known person/thing/place.  Like always, I wanted to buy all the books. After realising that I have already spent a fortune on books since last book fair … Continue reading Insomniac City — A Scintilla of Memories

Insomniac City: My Personal Favorite and His Boyfriend

Bill Hayes’ Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me is a tale, an autobiography, a portrait of New York and its citizen, a search for home – in a person or in a city; it may be one of them or all of them. It’s difficult to review such a rare book. It’s a potpourri of thoughts translated immediately as if it will lose its … Continue reading Insomniac City: My Personal Favorite and His Boyfriend

The Story of Adèle

It’s been a year or two that I’m purposefully watching ‘Queer Cinema.’ There are plethora of movies which I’ve watched, ranging from stereotypical, maligning the image of the community to some which strongly portrays same-sex desires and bio-pics on some of the great figures of all times. And pursuing this very dedicatedly, I had curated a list of movies which I wanted to watch and … Continue reading The Story of Adèle

Love, the Person; Love, the Feeling

A cold winter’s night and a book by my side.I light a cigarette and let go of a smoke-ring.Now, I’m lost in his thoughts. Deep rummaging over what has and hasn’t been said between us.I switch to contemplate what can be and cannot be said, now.I check my Whatsapp & summon-up the courage to message him.I type, “typing…..,” might be showing on my chat-head on … Continue reading Love, the Person; Love, the Feeling

Of Whores and Lovers, a Sexual Philosophization

It’s dark now when I write this.It wasn’t dark when I experienced this. However I can’t be sure what it was when I experienced it in my dreams, say mix a foggy night with a winter afternoon, I don’t know if that mixed well or not.Perhaps that’s how it was when I experienced it in real. A very calm soothing sensation, when it left me, … Continue reading Of Whores and Lovers, a Sexual Philosophization

Maktub

The worst thing which can happen to you while bidding farewell to your love is when you receive a kiss. This kiss now takes you through a journey of crests & troughs of the relationship you’ve had. A kiss meant to celebrate that it was worth being together but it’s sad we couldn’t continue it further. With this kiss, you forget who you are and … Continue reading Maktub

Letter to ‘Self’

I should start with the customary Greetings, Hello, Dearest, To Myself etc. But let’s just avoid formalities and logic when you’re talking to yourself. So, this is to you.Yes, I live inside you.You and I, in a symbiotic relationship.Sometimes, this body/skeleton doesn’t help you wander much and very often it’s because of you that I can’t lift ‘mybody’ and ‘myself’ to work in sync to … Continue reading Letter to ‘Self’