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It doesn’t rain; it pours

August 30, 2011 Leave a comment

I think I have ranted enough about going back to India.

Last week, I was told that my management wants me to stay back in Denver for four more years. Thankfully (at least right now), they are asking me – not simply informing me.

There are too many reasons why I want to go back Рbut there are also a few reasons why I Рand my family Рwould like to stay. We have about four more months to take this decision and honestly, I have no clue as to what will the result be.

In the meantime, we are hiking every weekend like there’ll be no tomorrow – and hoping that next Summer will find us in Mumbai instead of Denver.

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Thinking out loud

August 22, 2011 1 comment

Now where did that Katana disappear?

Creating magic

August 20, 2011 2 comments

When I was 15, I took a summer class for learning “magic”. A magician based out of Pune taught us a few basic tricks – turning a handkerchief into an egg, changing the color of a hat, memory tricks with cards and multi-colored discs – the works. Armed with this knowledge, I had even conducted a 15 minute “magic show” in my school.

17 years later, I seek to create a different kind of magic.

A fantasy world exists in my mind – a world full of magic, wizards, sentient forests and evil – lingering evil that doesn’t quite manifest itself materially, but the kind that eats into you and makes you uneasy and keeps you that way.

It’s been so many years since I’ve been trying to bring this world out of my mind and onto paper, only to encounter writer’s block again and again.

This is the magic that I am trying to create. And yes, I am not going to give up until I complete it.

Bye bye

August 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I breathe easier now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mountains, Gandalf!

August 12, 2011 1 comment

Pune is my “hometown”. While I’ve spent most of my childhood outside it, Pune still has a special place in my heart. The small lanes, the candy shops surrounded by the milky fragrance of home-made sweets, the wooden balconies in the old parts of the town – it’s something you won’t find in many towns these days.

But what I love the most about Pune are the mountains. When I was a kid, you could see them from almost any part of town. Today, the concrete jungle is stealing the city’s soul, but there still are a few major streets from where the mountains are visible. Oh, lest I forget – once you step outside the city’s limits, there are mountains everywhere. Pune is right between them, after all.

So nine months ago, when we landed in Denver, a small part of me was pleased. Of course, I never wanted to leave India, but at least I was in a place surrounded by mountains.

The Rocky mountains are visible from anywhere in Denver – including my house. And if you want to go hiking, they are hardly a two-hour drive.

It’s a nice feeling.