Every year on May 3rd, I order a dark chocolate ganache cake, light it up with blue candles, and cut into it along with my mother. We do not make any wishes while blowing out the candles. We just remember the person it is for — my father. It is his birthday, which we haveContinue reading “7 YEARS SINCE LOSING MY FATHER”


Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the center of which is a 22-yard (20-meter) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. Wikipedia Cricket is a game involving 11 Indians on-field and billions off-field, unified in emotions andContinue reading “INDIA’S NATIONAL IDENTITY: CRICKET”

The Dwindling Magic of the Movies

A tear rolled down my face. My heart was heavy. And my brain was reliving the last 11 years in a flashback. The pitch dark auditorium smelling of warm, buttered popcorn was brimming with sadness. Iron man was taking his last breath on the screen.  His last words echoed, “Love you 3000” and everyone mirroredContinue reading “The Dwindling Magic of the Movies”

Shah Rukh Khan on Love, Failure, and Creativity

My Guiding Principles as Shaped by a Bollywood Superstar “Shah Rukh, Shah Rukh” reverberates in a quaint street of Bandra, India, every year on November 2. Thousands gather outside a palatial bungalow, just wanting a glimpse of their star on his birthday. That is the enigma of SRK (as he is often called) in India.Continue reading “Shah Rukh Khan on Love, Failure, and Creativity”

Embracing Our Emotions Makes Us Stronger

I was 17 years old when I had to watch my father turn into ashes. He was long-suffering from different ailments, but none of us were prepared for his demise. On the morning of 3rd November 2014, we had him home after six months from the hospital. All the operations were a success, and heContinue reading “Embracing Our Emotions Makes Us Stronger”

Why I have never been in a Relationship in my 24 Years of Life!

‘Gayatri! How is it possible that you have never been on a date?’ asked my very perplexed boss in the middle of our lunch hour. I had struck a rather unusual “best friend” kind of relationship with her. We spoke about everything and took a trip down to many personal tales. My answer to herContinue reading “Why I have never been in a Relationship in my 24 Years of Life!”