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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
There is a bar near my house, Flight 605. I go there occassionally because they have host music gigs on Sunday. I have watched ( & heard? ) great Folk music there. Every single artisit had something unique in their gigs, Barrow Brass Band had songs 20min long, Sophie Mashlan played great guitar, Phil Edwards … Continue reading House Concert
I lodged my first (minor) complain yesterday evening & I feel conflicted about it. I was on my bike as I was heading down Sandringham road. As far as I know, I didn't do anything illegal or stupid. I had a bag high-visibility cover on, I was riding in the bus lane (I am allowed … Continue reading Maybe I shouldn’t have complained
Before my flight to Mumbai, I decide I needed to get my thoughts about going home in order
Life has been tough recently. I am stressed ( because of my visa delay) and really fed up with my incessant problems. I said to my mom the other day on the phone: 'I never get anything done smoothly in my life!' Yesterday I met a friend who is almost my elder sister by now. … Continue reading I Probably Shouldn’t Complain
We haven't had coffee in a while. Mostly because I wouldn't have much to talk about. Sorry about that. I have not had the chance to talk to you about your life either. If we have met before, you would know that in my life things have a tendency to going wrong in a second. … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Abrupt Changes
A year ago, I was in Mumbai working 9 hours a day and secretly trying to get my visa sanctioned. I had kept my Masters' plans secret from my colleagues. I would frequently call my brother whenever I needed some advice about my visa or about my job. No one really tells you how hard … Continue reading A year in AUT
Recently, partly because of my newfound 'Yes' attitude and my friend's insistence, I ended up at a meditation workshop arranged by people from Hare Krishna Temple, Auckland in University of Auckland. The person conducting the workshop did a good job, outlining the various religious reasons as to why a certain meditation is performed. I know … Continue reading Why so….happy?
7 months. Without family, with only an hour long conversations with people who I utterly love. And now, this morning I realized I no longer can recognize myself. Mumbai would be a place of comfort. Where I would say 'no' more than I draw breath. No to cooking, no to cleaning, no to socializing, you … Continue reading Who is this guy?
In recent times, privilege has been branded as a word to describe to Whites. The use of the word is many a times justified, but I am not the judge of that. I am not perceptive enough to pick out subtle race differences, to spot the minorities. I am not writing a post about racism, … Continue reading Privilege
If we are having coffee, I would tell you that coffee shares are surprisingly simple and difficult at the same time. How much am I supposed to share? Am I just supposed to gloss over stuff, or dive into my feelings as I do in many of my posts. I would tell you that I … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Househunting again
(I saw this on Facebook and I had to write on this!) John could see the train coming in the tunnel, the beacon becoming brighter. Newmarket train Station in Auckland was extremely crowded. Considering the station had every line passing through it, it meant it was as important as Britomart Transport Centre. However, John had this … Continue reading Fiction: Characters in Bookworld?
If we are having coffee, I would say that this week has been exciting and tiring at the same time. I did a lot of things this week and the main thing is I loved the past week, which climaxed with a beautiful trip down to Taupo Lake. If we are having coffee I … Continue reading Weekend Coffee Share: Eventful to say the least
In the recent months, cycling in Auckland has become one of my favorite activities. At the same time, I have come to loath this activity too. I love cycling down-slope, even though my nerves fire up whenever I ride in such high speed, I am glad I bought a cycle. When I cycle up-slope, if … Continue reading Cycling: A Paradox
Racism. Something which I would hardly think of when I am dealing with people. So whenever people would ask me "Where are you from?" I would reply where am I from and just leave it at that. I hardly pay any heed to the subtle hints of racism because I do not have time for … Continue reading Maybe I should pay more attention
Random person: “Wow that is awesome” Me: “Yeah, I got lucky.” That's how I always described it. Lucky. Not hard work or dedication; I was just at the right place at the right time. Many would say that I jinxed it myself, I just knew it was coming sooner or later. The previous housekeeper left … Continue reading Luck’s running out
Today could have been any normal random day. Only it wasn't. If I had known that I could have been this foolishly happy by just a book then I would have borrowed this book sooner: Malazan Book of the Fallen: Book 6 Bonehunters! Quite possibly the best book I have read and I saw it … Continue reading Grinning Down Queen Street
That is what I call them. When I moved to Auckland, I had a plan. Live temporarily in this place while I look for a good apartment near my university. Call it my incompetence to get a good apartment near to my university, or the fact that I loved my area so much that I … Continue reading Transit Friends
It is not easy; I knew it the moment I landed here in Auckland tugging two suitcases trying to soak in the new country and at the same time worrying about the things that I need to do. I knew that if there is one thing that I am going to miss the most about … Continue reading Thank You Gmail
I just move to Auckland and the last couple of days have been emotional to say.