I visited my family in the last week of Feb after not seeing them for 3 years. I was worried about my trip. I haven't travelled internationally in the last three years. I did not want to catch Covid during the trip or prior to it. The Covid arrival rules kept changing for India as … Continue reading Family Visit
Continuing the annual tradition, here are this year's anniversaries. Checkout last year's post here. I have been living in New Zealand for 7 years. I have been blogging for 9 years. I have kept a biweekly post schedule on this blog for 4 years. I am now a NZ Permanent Resident for four months. My … Continue reading Anniversaries 5
The Expanse: TV Show vs The Book
Last year, I finished 'Leviathan Falls', the final book of 'Expanse' saga by James S.A Corey. I was introduced to the franchise by the TV adaptation which has completed sixth and possibly the last season. After finishing the book series, I felt there are few differences between the show and the books. Before I proceed, … Continue reading The Expanse: TV Show vs The Book
Photo: Summer Twilight
I took this photo in during Christmas time last year. Yes, it is summer in New Zealand during Christmas. Twilight colours in the sky above a few houses
Script Reading Sessions
In late November & early December last year, Auckland Library & Call Your Friends organised script reading sessions in the city library. Every Sunday for three weeks, they read out a unpublished script; be it movie script or theatre; by hiring actors to sit to play the roles. I was able to attend two such … Continue reading Script Reading Sessions
2023 Goals & Hopes
I wrote about my 2022 resolutions last time. I was barely able to accomplish much but I wasn't disappointed, life happens and sometimes you accomplish everything; sometimes you don't. For 2023, I am going for new goals/hopes because I enjoyed comparing where I was a year ago to now. I measured a distance travelled, a … Continue reading 2023 Goals & Hopes
2022 was a normal year. It wasn't great, it wasn't horrible. There were good days, there were some bad days. In the beginning of the year, I made a post about 2022 goals and I revisited them to see how I have gone on them. This the status of the goals: (❌ = Not completed/Abandoned, … Continue reading 2022
Photography: Te Mata Peak, Hastings
The wondrous Te Mata Peak. This was the result of the best photo I took. My only regret was not visiting the peak at sunrise/sunset.
After 6 years, 5 different visas I am now a Permanent Resident of New Zealand. The process for residency was easy but outdated as I had to courier my application to the immigration. Regardless, now that I have got it, I feel happy and relaxed. I rejoice in the fact that I don't have to … Continue reading Permanent Residency
Book: Teixcalaan Duology by Arkady Martine
Arkady Martine's Teixcalaan Duology consists of 'A Memory Called Empire' & 'A Desolation Called Peace'. The books are described as a sci-fi space opera in which Mahit Dzmare, an ambassador from Lsel station, moves to intergalactic Teixcalaanli empire. The series follows Mahit from the moment she steps foot in the Teixcalaanli city/empire and introduces us … Continue reading Book: Teixcalaan Duology by Arkady Martine
Photography: Cobblestone Lane
Durham Lane, Auckland CBD. Looking towards Queen St
Things I have learned in the last couple of months
I learned some minor things in the last couple of months, none of the things are big enough for their own post. So here is a listicle: Two weeks is the ideal time between jobs I started a new job last month. I was able to squeeze out two weeks off time between my last … Continue reading Things I have learned in the last couple of months
Book: She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
I read a twitter thread a while ago about diverse fantasy/sci-fi books and I put them all on my reading list. She Who Became The Sun was also on the list and it took a while for the library to issue it. I knew very little about it but I am jubilated that I read … Continue reading Book: She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
To Zari: Farewell and I will miss you
Trigger Warning: Death To Zareen or Zari as I got to know you, You were my first online friend. When I started blogging in 2014, one of my goals was to find a community of people who I can interact with and maybe even call them my friend. I don't remember how I found your … Continue reading To Zari: Farewell and I will miss you
Book: Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee's Green Bone Saga is one of the best fantasy series I have read. The way I described it to my brother was 'Godfather' meets Hong Kong culture. However, the series and particularly the final book 'Jade Legacy' is what makes this series stand out from all other fantasy novels. Background: The Green Bone … Continue reading Book: Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee
To Yuri, it’s been a year
Dear Yuri, It's been a year since you passed away. I still can't say that you have died because some dying sounds violent and painful while passing away doesn't sound like that. My biggest fear since last year is that I'll forget your voice. I had photos to remember your face but no videos or … Continue reading To Yuri, it’s been a year
Passage of Time
Recently, I have been thinking about time. I think about my parents and my brother, neither of whom I have met in two and a half years. I wonder about my college best friends Paree and Abhinandan, whom I met five to seven years ago. A lot of things have happened since. My brother is … Continue reading Passage of Time
Photography: Town Hall
Auckland Town Hall on a sunny day with Cirrocumulus cloud pattern
Photography: Snaps from Newmarket
Some photos I took around Newmarket, Auckland on a sunny day. A sculpture present on the corner of Khyber Pass road And Broadway Altezano on the corner of Kent St and Osborne St Broadway Cinemas
TV: Severance (2022)
Note: this post contains spoilers for Severance. Please watch the show before reading this, as I will discuss the finale here. Severance is a 2022 Apple TV show created by Dan Erickson. It depicts a world which is almost familiar but slightly skewed. This world would definitely become reality if the relevant technology existed. Severance … Continue reading TV: Severance (2022)
After two years of dodging and being super cautious, I tested positive on Saturday. I started having symptoms Saturday morning so I am supposed to isolate until Friday, provided I stop having any symptoms. The first few days were absolutely terrible: I had headaches, fever, tiredness and I was pretty much bedridden. As I write … Continue reading Covid positive
In the beginning of the year, I made a few goals: one of them being 'I will complete a story/novel'. After I finished writing the first draft of a play, I was confident and I wanted to tackle a new story idea without breaking my rhythm. I picked up an idea that I had come … Continue reading Writing Discoveries
TV: Chernobyl & Smoking
Chernobyl is a 2019 TV mini-series which is almost a documentary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The show follows people of Ukraine (then USSR) and their sacrifice in this time of crisis, the people who unwillingly or willingly performed heroic duties. I don’t want to discuss what the people of Chernobyl and their characters did … Continue reading TV: Chernobyl & Smoking
Since my trip to the ER a couple of months ago, I had to start exercising. Currently, I am working in Auckland CBD and CBD has probably the biggest public pools conveniently located near work. So, I decided to enroll into their adult beginner lessons. Swimming has always excited (and terrified me) and I figured … Continue reading Swimming Lessons
Blogging is getting harder
When I started blogging, I used to write when I felt like it. Or when a certain epiphany hits and I felt like the words were exploding inside me to come out. I do miss that feeling. Ever since I started my biweekly publishing schedule, I no longer have that luxury. In the last couple … Continue reading Blogging is getting harder
TV: Arcane (2021) – About Ekko
As I was writing about Arcane, I realised that I can’t really fit in everything that I loved about the show in one piece. Arcane is full of amazing, multilayered characters and I can’t do them all justice by craming everything in a single post. In this piece I want to talk about my favourite … Continue reading TV: Arcane (2021) – About Ekko
TV: Arcane (2021)
League of Legend’s Arcane (2021) is the only show I regret not watching on release. Usually, I prefer to watch shows after all the hype around them has died down. This way my enjoyment of the show is greater & I get to see other people’s opinions about what they liked, what small details they … Continue reading TV: Arcane (2021)
Continuing the yearly tradition, here are this year's celebration anniversaries. Checkout last year's post here. I have been living in New Zealand for 6 years.I have been blogging for 8 years.I have kept a biweekly post schedule on this blog for 3 years.I have been a NZ Resident for 1 year & six months. My … Continue reading Anniversaries 4
Health, Diet & Inflation
Embarrassingly, I have always assumed that the abdominal pain which woke me up at 2-3am was just gas. Why would it not be? The pain was gone by morning and I resumed normal life. I knew my lifestyle wasn’t the most healthy but I figured that as long as I am not having takeout everyday … Continue reading Health, Diet & Inflation
Photo: Teahouse on the lake
Teahouse on the lake, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
Trigger Warning: Suicide In the last couple of months, I have been looking for closure. Yuri passed away in lockdown and I haven’t met any of our friends since. In this waiting, I have pictured closure with visiting his grave. I think I want closure to look like this because his grave would be a … Continue reading Closure
On Finishing things
As the Christmas-End of Year holidays started, I noticed that I had a lot of stuff on-going or not started including writing work, programming projects, movie on my watch-list & games. I started the holidays with a plan: to finish as many things as I possibly can. I have always enjoyed completing things. Yeah the … Continue reading On Finishing things
2021 was not a good year for me. There were a few good moments, but it is difficult for me to look back on 2021 and not see a dark cloud of despair. I don't have the energy or capability to try and properly reflect on everything that happened in 2021. So, I am hoping … Continue reading 2021
In the first few weeks of lockdown, I was referred for another surgery. I had a pilonidal recurrence, something I was told was unlikely after the first surgery I had in January. I was still reeling from loss of a friend and it pushed me to consider counseling. I didn't want to have a second … Continue reading Second Surgery
Picnics with friends
Because of relaxing restrictions in Auckland, I have been able to meet few friends in parks where we have a small, safely distanced picnics. It's great meeting them, talking with them about stuff we have been doing and how we have been killing the paradoxically abundant & too little time at home. However, as always, … Continue reading Picnics with friends
I got a new job!
I got a new job! I am ecstatic and proud of myself. This feels like a long journey but was barely five months. During the few interviews, I constantly doubted myself and after them I learnt new concepts. It was a few weeks ago when I was offered a contract from a company 'N' in … Continue reading I got a new job!
I know triggers now
Trigger Warning: Suicide I was watching the second season of Ted Lasso when in one of the most emotional episodes, there is a mention of suicide. I gasped as the scene played out, I felt my heart beat louder. It took me a couple of seconds to calm down and I cried with the emotional … Continue reading I know triggers now
Fond Memories of a friend
I started seeing a therapist because I want to know how to handle my grief and guilt of Yuri's passing. Most days, I doing good and then someday I feel the grief wash over me again. One of the few suggestions from the therapist was instead of writing about my guilt, maybe spend some time … Continue reading Fond Memories of a friend
I am looking for new job. I have been working with the same people for more than four years & similar products. Up until last year (when I got my residency), my job was crucial to get visas so I didn't bother looking for a new job. I didn't think about where do I see … Continue reading Interviews again
Odin the Cat
I miss Odin & Osiris.
My roommate Emi is catsitting two siblings cats at the moment. This is Odin.
Grief three weeks on
Its been three weeks since Yuri passed away. I miss him dearly but there are no more tears.
To Yuri, my best friend: I am sorry & I miss you
Trigger Warning: Suicide My best friend of 4+ years Yuri Reid took his own life on 17th August 2021. He was 25 years old. I wrote this letter to him as I grieved. Yuri, Marlowe & IUmang, Yuri, Marlowe & I: 2019Yuri & I : 2017Yuri & Marlowe Yuri, I am sorry buddy. I lost … Continue reading To Yuri, my best friend: I am sorry & I miss you
Post Play-writing workshop
Last Thursday was my final Play-writing workshop session. The session was held in-person at the Silo Theater head office in the city & was a welcome change to the regular Zoom sessions. The goal was to have a 10 page script table read by actors. There was no writing exercises or talk about writing concepts; … Continue reading Post Play-writing workshop
Play-writing workshop update
It has been a couple of weeks since I started attending play-writing workshop. Next Thursday will be the fifth & last session. The next session requires me to submit a 5 page script of my work. I am not looking forward to submitting it. My submission is going to be visible to everyone, not just … Continue reading Play-writing workshop update
Monochrome of a empty bench under a streetlight I took this photo at the end of my Rotorua Treewalk. My phone couldn't do justice to the amazing & highly recommended night treewalk, otherwise I would have more photos to show.
TV Show: Ted Lasso (2020)
Ted Lasso is an Immigrant Story. I found myself remembering my first couple of days in NZ as I watched the first two-three episode of Ted Lasso. There are a lot of differences of course: Ted moved to a country with the same native language, a country whose people predominantly share his skin colour & he moved after he took a job.
(Reblog) The Right Side
Words from my older brother Navin about what his week looked like. : I suffered a stroke. The right side of my body lost all its movement. This includes not being to move my mouth, my face falling off with me trying to talk in front of my onlooking family. What should sound like ‘I … Continue reading (Reblog) The Right Side
Photography: Golden Hour
This is my favourite photo from my trip to Whangarei, Northland. Whangarei Falls Reserve, Whangarei I took it after I was walking back to my car and saw this lonesome bench draped in the golden glow of sunset. I knew before I shot the photo that this was perfect.
A month ago, I attended a screening of a play in a local theater & I loved it. Afterwards, I told my friend I would love to write a play one day. The next day I saw post from the theater about play-writing workshop & I immediately applied. I am ecstatic to say that I … Continue reading Play-writing Classes
Fiction: Silhouettes (Rehashed)
Siblings, each with their own idea of what to do with the father's legacy are on bad terms with each other. It is at the funeral that they all stand together and cry.
My Writing Plans
At the end of last year, I made a resolution to produce more writing & improve my skills. I haven't followed through on my resolution because I don't feel motivated enough. I am plagued by doubts: what if my writing is not good enough? What if this blog is the best I could ever do … Continue reading My Writing Plans
The following is a photograph I took while walking through the sidewalk in Wellington, New Zealand opposite Wellington Railway station. Monochrome Corridor
TV Show: The Expanse & what I love about it
The Expanse asks the question of what if we travel to distant solar system bodies without any actual change in how we view our society.
Ben Howard makes me feel
Ben Howard is my favourite singer-songwriter. One whose songs leave me introspective & nostalgic. They start with a mesmerising guitar intro; enveloping his vocals as the lyrics are sung. His old albums Every Kingdom & I Forget What We Were featured songs I associate with morose & lonely places; and yet there is an ember … Continue reading Ben Howard makes me feel
The Bridge at Eric Armishaw Park, Point Chevalier I have full recovered since my surgery and I am back at work. This photo was from one of the first walks I did since recovering.
For last year's post, check here Keeping up this tradition, this week : I have been living in New Zealand for 5 years.I have been blogging for 7 years.I have kept a biweekly post schedule on this blog for two years.I have been a NZ Resident for 6 months! (New) Aside from these milestones, I … Continue reading Anniversaries III
My First Surgery
Last Thursday afternoon, I had a surgery to remove a sinus in my lower back. I have been waiting for the surgery for a long time and, while the surgery was on a short notice, I had to get it done. My General Practitioner diagnosed the wound in my back as a pilonidal sinus back … Continue reading My First Surgery
Repost: Tongariro Alpine Crossing
I reminisced about this trip from 2018: the first time I used a DSLR, the thousands of steps and the worst uphill ever to reward you with the most spectacular views. Enjoy: https://itsmayurremember.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/tongariro-alpine-crossing/
Movies: The Cat Returns (2002)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp-H_YOcYTM Cat Returns (Japanese Trailer) Studio Ghibli has made multiple movies in which a young adult matures after being transported into a 'another' world. The young adult overcomes obstacles and finds answer to the question: who do I want to be/where do I belong?. 'Spirited Away' is one such movie. The Cat Returns (2002) is … Continue reading Movies: The Cat Returns (2002)
Photography: Te Mata Peak, Hastings
Te Mata Peak, Hastings at noon The wondrous Te Mata Peak. This was the result of the best photo I took. My only regret was not visiting the peak at sunrise/sunset. Look at the time lapse of the drive up & down.
How I should write now
I have been running this blog for 6 years & change. At the onset of this blog, I published posts in rapid succession; followed by long periods of inactivity. In the last 2 years, I have adhered to a rhythm of posting biweekly on Thursday mornings. I have a list of ideas I write in … Continue reading How I should write now
Napier – Taupo DriveLapse
About a month ago, I went on a week long trip to Napier/Hastings - Taupo & back to Auckland. I decided to take a timelapse of my drives as I always loved looking at the roads when I drive. Here is the drivelapse from Napier to Taupo on the Thermal Explorer highway. https://youtu.be/ckYC9Y02veE Drivelapse Napier … Continue reading Napier – Taupo DriveLapse
Kinloch is my favourite place which is twenty minute drive from the heart of Taupo. I discovered this place 4 years ago & since then every time I pass Taupo I wanna come here. Taupo, on its own is majestic, but this beach town is secluded from the highway & the tourists. Kinloch beach & … Continue reading Photography: Kinloch
Programming: Blog Post Re-share Bot – part 2
For more information, look at my previous post. Again, this post will be heavily technical. In my last post, I had started work on my bot but I had issues. I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the bot to publish posts via Twitter or Reddit. I did not have a stable database or … Continue reading Programming: Blog Post Re-share Bot – part 2
Journey to Residency
FOR 20 months, my residency application was stuck in Immigration New Zealand's application queue. The system's glacial progress finally caught up with my application one month ago and a case officer started looking over my residency application. A week ago, I have been granted residency visa in New Zealand. I can't begin to tell you … Continue reading Journey to Residency
Fiction: Dragon & Princess
"SSHH.. It is not your fault." Sound of scales grating against the floor is heard in the empty hall. "They made you do this." The moonlight illuminated the hall just enough to see the body lying near the dais where an empty throne gathered dust. Tears sparkled against the moonlight on the boy's face as … Continue reading Fiction: Dragon & Princess
My Brother is engaged
ON 29th August, my older brother got engaged. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions in India, my family managed to make an occasion that they are rightfully joyous. Writing this post from the comfort of my home in New Zealand, I am conflicted between feelings of bliss for my brother, regret about not being there & apprehension … Continue reading My Brother is engaged
Photo: Cable Car
I took this photo last December in Wellington. I edited it in RawTherapee and I really loved how it came out. Wellington Cable Car
It was February when a couple took over a vacant room in my previous 2 bedroom house. Immediately after moving in, they told me that they can't live with the cats I was cat-sitting: Odin & Osiris. I had a two week trip to India at the time so the cats were gonna be put … Continue reading Guilt
Photo: Chinese Scholars’ Garden
One of my favourite photo from Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton.
Game: Stardew Valley
I have written about pretty much aspect of my life and its passions: fictions, photography, programming & movies but I haven't written about how I spend most of my free time: playing games. To be honest, I never considered playing games an important part of my character. I would rage at losing while playing Rocket … Continue reading Game: Stardew Valley
Movies: Little Women (2019)
I have never read Louisa May Alcott's 1869 novel Little Women. The first time I heard of Little Women was on This American Life's episode #680. I did not know there had been 6 adaptations of the book but I knew of Greta Gerwig through her movie 'LadyBird'. It took a wonderful recommendation from FilmJoy … Continue reading Movies: Little Women (2019)
One thing I missed severely during Covid-19 Lockdown was petting cats and dogs. Now, I get to pet them again. Puppy sniffing my fingers as it ran around me I took this photo as he was running left and right in glee and I am amazed this came out this good.
Programming: Blog post Re-Share Bot
Note: This post is a little bit technical and if I write any follow-ups to this, they will get more technical. I will try to make this as simple as I possibly. Also note: The Bot is not yet complete Paid version of WordPress offers the ability to install plugins. I am a free version … Continue reading Programming: Blog post Re-Share Bot
Fiction: #4 Eureka! (Reblog)
Something I wrote all the way back in 2014
He had given up. Defeated, he leaned his head back in his bathtub.
His last completed screenplay was two years old. Two years. He had dry spells before but this was his driest yet. It was not as if he didn’t have ideas, they just weren’t good enough.
The ideas were nowhere close to his previous screenplays. His three previous screenplays were successful blockbusters, the last one earning him a national award. Fame came on the heels of the award as he became highly sought after.
As he laid in the tub, he realized he had peaked in his career. He would never make anything as good as what he did two years ago. Nothing was every going to good enough.
He tried things to get his brain working again. He got drunk, a little in the beginning and then a lot. He was almost hooked onto drugs until a…
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TV: Good Place Series Finale
It is difficult to sum up a multi season TV series. NBC’s The Good Place has the following (cheesy) synopsis on IMDB: Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good. - IMDB Here is my take: The Good Place was a brilliantly made show which tried … Continue reading TV: Good Place Series Finale
When this post would be published, NZ would have been under lockdown for a month. I have been working from home from my bed for the last 3 weeks. It is surprising to think that we are still in the 4th month of the year as this year feels so long. I went to India … Continue reading Lockdown Update
Movies: Parasite (2019)
In the last year, Bung Joon-ho's Parasite is a movie that I keep coming back to. Parasite might be the best economic class disparity movie I have ever seen. It is so tightly packed because of its absolute perfect direction and story that it is an absolute joy watching it and when the movie is … Continue reading Movies: Parasite (2019)
Photo: Duder Regional Park
View at the end of the path PS: This photo was taken in Feb 2020, long before NZ issued Covid-19 level 4 alerts and a national emergency.
Photography: Flower Bud
Macro photo of a flower
I wish someone had told me
People age. Everything grows old. I can see myself aging. I wish someone had told me how quickly everyone around me would age. I wish someone had told me before I moved to Auckland when I come back, I would notice the wrinkles more. Everyone who I looked up to while growing up has aged … Continue reading I wish someone had told me
See last year's post here. It has been four years since I moved to Auckland. I have been blogging for six years now. I have been posting on my blog on my blog over the last year in a pattern of one post every two weeks. I am really proud of myself. After six years … Continue reading Anniversaries II
The following are a sequence of events which may or may not conclude by the time this post is published ( 30th January 2020 ). August or September 2019: My flatmate E tells me she wants to move September - November 2019: I stress myself thinking about having to move. Later E suggests that we … Continue reading House Chronicles
Lack of Motivation
I have written about the new things I am learning. Now, as time goes on I am finding myself struggling to keep myself motivated with those things. I am easy to distract, most things don't hold my attention. My slump has impacted me the most at work. For about 2 to 3 months, I have … Continue reading Lack of Motivation
Movies: Toy Story 4 (2019)
Credits: flickeringmyth Each Toy Story movies is unique as each presents a metaphor for different age milestone. First Toy Story dealt with teens/early twenties or college years. Toy Story 2 dealt with Woody undergoing a midlife crisis and questioning his life's purpose. Toy Story 3 dealt with the idea of retirement and the prospect of … Continue reading Movies: Toy Story 4 (2019)
Photography: Soft Toy
I walk to work everyday. This is something I took on Monday as I was intrigued as well as amused by it. Orange Soft toy sitting on a fence
Thoughts on a book: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (2018)
Grief is a hard thing to describe and write about. It is, I think, comparatively easy to write about when grief is thick like morning fog or when it leaves a strong taste in the mouth. It, when coupled with depression, gets harder to describe as most often when there is no feeling. It is … Continue reading Thoughts on a book: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (2018)
Photography: Lake Rotoiti in Raglan
There are two Lake Rotoiti in New Zealand. One in North Island and other in the South. I visited the one in the north.
Fiction: Against the Caped Crusader
(A man and a woman are sitting in front of each other on a stage as the audience looks on and a couple of cameras pan across the stage. A massive sign behind the two people on stage says: 30Mins. The show goes on air and the audience starts applauding, the camera zooms in on … Continue reading Fiction: Against the Caped Crusader
I have lived in Auckland for the last three and a half years. I love this city, and by extension this country. I have explored the city: found new places, food cuisines and occasionally new people. However, in the last year, Immigration New Zealand announced a flurry of changes which on paper looks like an … Continue reading Not Welcome
First Blog/Ephemeral Feelings
I needed to post something this week, but I didn’t have anything ready. So I decided to Reblog something that I wrote years ago.
My first blog.
Mind any who is reading i have never wrote any thing like a blog before.
I just read a blog by a blogger Ephemeral Optimism before I wrote mine. Though his blog was very interesting about opinions, I couldn’t help but relate to his username.
A few days ago I was just ecstatic. I was practically dancing anywhere, hugging random people. All because I scored great grades in my exams(yes I am a nerd).
Now I am back to being normal. And mind you I am not saying normal is bad, but by comparison it is really sad. So much hard work, so much time and sweat and I become elated for a few hours only?
That is the thing which intrigues me. And I could probably imagine things further down the line in my life. Why are good or great things so ephemeral?
And being normal…
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The Waiting Game
When I applied for New Zealand residency visa in December, I had a plan. Apply : December 2018Wait the estimated time of processing: 6 months, i.e until June-July 2019. It will possibly get delayed, let's say by half the estimated time so 3 months of buffer time, i.e September 2019. Usually, for visas I am … Continue reading The Waiting Game
Dogs v Cats: Who pets it better?
Eight months ago, I moved houses to rent with a friend. My flatmate, E, happens to be cat sitting two sibling cats: Osiris and Odin. Come November, the two cats will move back in with their owner. I consider myself lucky: I have lived with cats in Auckland and a dog in Mumbai. This made … Continue reading Dogs v Cats: Who pets it better?
Harry Potter books and the mirror they hold
Image Credits: Scholastic Art is political. Ergo, books are also political. I have seen a lot of argument online about how authors shouldn't try to shove in their own political opinions into books. I don't think that is possible, as writing bares one's soul onto paper. An author is bound to throw in their political … Continue reading Harry Potter books and the mirror they hold
Photos: Karangahake Gorge
A couple of weeks ago I went to Karangahake Gorge, two hours west of Auckland. These are some of my favorite images from the day. The Gorge at midway point It was a beautiful day, bright sunny skies and lush green mountains. However, after editing, I liked the photos best when they were monochrome. My … Continue reading Photos: Karangahake Gorge
Fiction: I am going to Hell
First time I woke up after the surgery, my vision was blurry. I could still hear raging fire around me, but I didn’t feel any heat. I didn’t think too much about it. The second time I woke up, I felt better. I looked around my bed to look for burned objects, but everything was … Continue reading Fiction: I am going to Hell
Recently, I brought a bunch of mobile camera lenses. One of those lens was a macro lens, which allowed me to take photographs of objects 1-2 cm away from my phone. Here are some of the good ones results. A RoseAnts for sizeWhite roseSize view I also created an account on EyeEm, an social media/marketplace … Continue reading Macro Photography
What to learn for?
Part of being a developer is constantly learning new programming languages and principles....Some days I am good. Most days, I struggle.
Odin the Cat
Odin My roommate Emi is catsitting two siblings cats at the moment. This is Odin.
Bring Down Heaven trilogy by Sam Sykes
This is not a book review. Sam Sykes's Bring Down Heaven deals heavily with the questions about faith, Gods who never answer and humanity’s need to have a being up in the sky. It also features heaps of exciting battles sequences and the city which despite being destroyed to the fullest always seem to have someone selling curry
Hamilton: Zuru Glow
Two months ago, I had my first solo driving trip. I had just acquired a new license and I wanted to celebrate. I drove to Hamilton for Balloons over Waikato’s Zuru Glow night . In hindsight, it is amusing that I drove to the same city I went three years ago when I had just … Continue reading Hamilton: Zuru Glow
Short Story: Bliss
Fiction piece inspired by: RadioLab episode Bliss. Just listen to the first ~10 mins of it and smile.
I was standing outside my room, a pizza box in my hand as I tried to call my AirBnB host after midnight. No answer. I was locked out. I was in Hamilton, it was my first solo trip after getting my license. ( I will post about my trip soon. ) The drive was great, … Continue reading Locked out
Short Story: New Career
‘This worked at home’ I looked inside the hat puzzled, ignoring my audience of impatient 8 year olds. There was supposed to be a deck full of Queen of Hearts in there. But, it was empty. I cocked my head sideways, frowning. How did this not work? I had enchanted the hat with all of … Continue reading Short Story: New Career
Blade Runner 2049 ( 2018 )
Also, after watching the original Blade Runner and then consequently watching this one, I am only going to talk about Blade Runner 2049. Also, this is not a review. I watched this movie partially when I was India but I couldn't immerse myself in it. The second time I watched it, I was able to. … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 ( 2018 )
Short Story: Baby Brother
When I saw him two years ago, we fought. He stormed off into the night but eventually he settled into our mum’s garage. From the corner of my eye, I could see him nodding his head. He was high.
Shades of Loneliness
The library is a magical place. From time to time, I find truly remarkable books. Recently, I read Jessie Greengrass's An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It. I picked it as it was the only short stories collection I could find. I am glad I did. This … Continue reading Shades of Loneliness
Three years. Five years. I have been living in Auckland for the last three years. I am not a guy to celebrate anniversaries but somehow this feels momentous to me My blog is five years old now. Five. If my blog was a kid they would probably be in school now. I am proud of … Continue reading Anniversaries
Photo Post: Foggy Morning
Last weekend, I was walking through Ponsonby, Auckland to meet a group of hikers. This morning was special, it was particularly foggy. I could hardly see more than a few meters in front of me even though the sun had risen half hour ago. I took this photo after sunrise around 8:30 am. Sunlight imbued … Continue reading Photo Post: Foggy Morning
I am learning to drive… finally
People are always shocked when I tell them that I don't know how to drive. It is almost unimaginable for people to live in Auckland and not drive everywhere. There are a lot of cars in this city. I have to explain it to them that I don't need it right now as I work … Continue reading I am learning to drive… finally
Conversation Starters: ‘How’s it going?’
I don't like that question. I hate asking or being asked the question, "How's it going?" It is a terrible conversation starter. I get it, meeting and talking to new people is pretty hard. Talking with acquaintances is even harder. So, it wouldn't be a surprise that it is pretty common conversation starter. Almost everyone … Continue reading Conversation Starters: ‘How’s it going?’
What is my blog about now?
I completely overlooked the fact that my blog is 4 years old. I should have made a big deal of it considering how quickly my passions oscillate. I am astonished that I haven't let my blog die. For the past 4 years, I kept writing without any theme in mind. I wrote about my life, … Continue reading What is my blog about now?
With English Language
This post has been long overdue. I first thought about writing it when I was sitting in a bar with some of my friends. Half of us are non-native English speakers. I asked them, 'which language do you think in?' I wish the answers they gave me were revealing. They weren't, all of them thought … Continue reading With English Language
Taking photos is fun now
I have always enjoyed taking photos and a while back seriously considered buying a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. The only problem with such a purchase is the camera isn't as compact as I wanted it to be. I ended up buying the new OnePlus 5T. I am not going to review the phone, it … Continue reading Taking photos is fun now
Photo Challenge: Prolific
Last Saturday, I woke up at 6am to try photograph the sunrise from Point Chevalier in Auckland. The sunrise was spectacular but this photo became my favorite. Hundreds, if not thousands of dewdrops.
Photo Challenge: Smile
I had to point my camera at something or someone that puts a smile on our face. Well, Zoey does that. She usually finds me when I am coming, she runs towards me: her feet clapping on the sidewalk and stops a meter away so that I have to get close to her to pet … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Smile
* Note: This post is more than a week late * Also, all people in this post are mentioned by their initials This was my fourth farewell in the last couple of weeks. I joked with P the other day, I am losing my friends. Some friends are leaving because they don't have a visa … Continue reading Musical Farewell
Photo Challenge: Rise/Set
This isn't exactly sunrise, I think the time was 10am. But I think this fits Rise. Also, I took this with my friends' DSLR when we were walking Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Photo Challenge: Favorite Place
This is not my favorite, but it certainly is this black Labrador's favorite place: standing on top of the garage. I have seen him/her so many evenings while coming home but the Lab's too far away to catch the name or pet.
I met Rohit two years ago after I started my Masters. Today, he leaves New Zealand as I wait for my visa to come through. Through the past week, I have been thinking about how today might play out. What will we say to each other? Will I feel guilty about things working out for … Continue reading Parting
Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be
This photo was from a walk I did in Duder Regional Park. I would rather be near the sea, and on a perfect day like this, the shore looks amazing.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
A year ago, when I had just met a new hiking group, I heard about Tongariro Alpine Crossing. I met people who were going to attempt the crossing with the group and I wanted to join her. I love hiking/walking and it would have been a great opportunity. But I didn't. For the last year, … Continue reading Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Midsummer Night’s Dream by Pop-Up Globe
Last week ( another long overdue post ), I had the pleasure of watching Pop-Up Globe's iteration of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Having never watched any Shakespeare's plays, I was in for a treat. Featuring an all male cast, the play revolves around the events of a marriage, couple of fairies and two couples. Because … Continue reading Midsummer Night’s Dream by Pop-Up Globe
Photo Challenge: Variations of Bridal Falls, Raglan
I was at Raglan last year when we visited Bridal Falls. I took photographs from various angles. Enjoy! PS: If anyone has any suggestions on adding watermarks or copyright to lots of images, let me know!
Photo Challenge: Silence, Duder Regional Park
I was out on a hike at Duder Regional Park, East Auckland. The place was great for oceanic/peninsular pictures. Here is one of them. I walked with 60 people who were behind me. This peninsula is one of the Pā (a fortified site) in the region. As we sat for lunch, most people sat … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Silence, Duder Regional Park
My birthday was in November. Yes, this post is extremely late. When I was a child, I had the habit of counting the number of days to my birthday. I would literally start the day following my birthday and count the number of days till my next. I loved it. I received presents. Mom would … Continue reading Birthday Blues
Photo Challenge: Growth
I took this photo a long time ago as I was walking to work with my Huawei Y5 phone camera. Spring time meant a lot of flowers and this one was great, a perfect flower growth. Check out Daily Post for the prompt.
2017 in Review
I expect things to always get worse. I have always greeted new year's with trepidation because I expect life to get harder. 2017 was a year where I always expected the other foot to fall. But now as I look back on the year, surprisingly it was relaxing. Sure, now that I recall, first quarter … Continue reading 2017 in Review
I host a meetup now
Well I co-host the meetup but that's perfectly fine. I was just an attendee of the meetup till about 3 weeks ago. One time, the regular hosts couldn't make it and they asked everyone if someone would like to host it, I said sure why not? I mean how hard can it be? Next thing … Continue reading I host a meetup now
NaNoWriMo: Halfway Update
This is not my first NaNoWriMo. It is my third attempt, and the only time I succeeded in finishing my story was the very first year. I liked the story at the time, but if I read my words now I realize little in terms of a story. Last year I had no idea what … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Halfway Update
I don’t wanna travel the world
Living in New Zealand, I have had the privilege of meeting a lot of people from different countries. The biggest advantage of meeting people is that most of them are/were traveling the world. The disadvantage of meeting people is that most of them are/were travelers. I remember a Belgian guy from the first group of … Continue reading I don’t wanna travel the world
Ramble On Book Launch
This last Sunday was Z.R.Southcombe’s “Ramble On” book launch and I was a part of it. I read an excerpt of my piece. I loved the entire event, it was simple and full of lovely people. Before arriving at the venue, I had to decide what part of my piece I was going to read. … Continue reading Ramble On Book Launch