Work-life balance

No matter in which direction you go these days There is talk about work-life balance in various ways It seems like there is a sudden urgency to shout From the rooftops about preventing burnout So mindfulness workshops are now to be found At many workplaces, the new idea going around Is that mindful eating, sitting, breathing are […]

Out of choice

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Sitting at my desk, sometimes I am lost in reverie As to where in the world would I be If I had taken the other road, the one Less traveled […]

The Weight of Expectations

Fed on a steady diet of regulations and norms Presented in every manner and form From what to say, how to, to whom, and when From how to be seen and not heard as a woman Sartorial choices, type and level of adornment, Narrowly defined, giving way to resentment- Navigating the narrow alleys of behavior […]

Postcards from nowhere

Days and nights stretched out endlessly As she sat in a corner, listlessly Knees drawn to her chest, a vacant gaze The world outside whizzed by in a haze She occupied her corner wishing she could Perish without a trace- at least that would Put an end to her misery, stem the torrent Of guilt and […]

Empty out to be (mind)full

“Look past your thoughts so you may drink the pure nectar of the moment.” – Rumi Mindfulness seemed to be the new buzz word “Be mindful” in numerous ways I had heard   My social media feeds were inundated With mindfulness practices that were constantly updated So drifting from one thought to another like I […]

Learning to learn

So my colleagues and I were talking about preparation for an examination. The study material is available in two formats- textbook, and hour long videos of in-depth lectures on different topics . Most of my colleagues found the videos much easier to follow and more engaging, while I could watch them only after reading the […]

Hygge on a snowy day

“Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) translates roughly to ‘cosiness’. It may be hard to say, but that hasn’t stopped people finding out that hygge might be a recipe for a happier life. Oxford Dictionaries even shortlisted hygge as one of their Words of the Year 2016! […]

Stress buster

Stress busters we all need, and they tend to be As varied as people themselves, probably Some run, exercise or practice meditation For others, painting might be the solution I tend to find paper and pen when stressed Usually I write, that’s something I do best But once in a while, when writer’s block appears And […]

The Best of Everything

The Best of Everything Why do we always look for the best? Why, I wonder, is there a perpetual quest To find that elusive element of superiority In everything we own, or do- when the majority Of our life is spent somewhere in-between Why do we aim for perfection unseen?   Yet another question comes to […]

Happy endings

I do not know what people prefer I can say for myself, I do not like to suffer At the end of a book thoroughly enjoyed I do not like to finish feeling that a void Has been left- happy endings I like to see Thought they might exist only in fantasy * Tragic endings leave me dissatisfied […]

Write, right

The idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. J K Rowling When I was young I used to strive To bring my thoughts on paper alive In the best handwriting I could manage Filling lines neatly, page by […]