Via Negativa: 7 Simple Techniques to Transform Your Life

Or how to “do more” by “doing less”! Most often in life, we are always in pursuit of adding more to our lives. We want more income, more freedom, more creativity, better health, and a better state of mind. And rightly so, we also spend so much of our time and energy in these pursuits. …

Why Beer Could be the Greatest Invention of All!

Remember that scene from The Shawshank Redemption where our characters enjoy icy cold, bohemian-style beers on the rooftop. Well, that was my first happy memory of beer. I had tasted beer once or twice before that, but it had mostly tasted bitter. But not even 18 at the time, the time to experience and appreciate…

Is Happiness really a choice?

I used to often take umbrage at the statement “Happiness is a choice”. After all, why would anyone choose to be unhappy?  But recently, I have started seeing some truths in it. So to understand that little truth, let’s do a simple thought experiment.  Let’s think of our happiest moments in life. For most of…

Should Science care about Morality?

Two years back, a question intrigued me in an after-event Q&A. Should there be scientific research about topics that could potentially lead to social outrage and choas? The questioner even referenced the question to research related to the human race and the potential presence of other human species among us.  One of the speakers answered…

Please don’t cancel the kid.

I just found out that a Cricketer from England, Ollie Robinson, got suspended for racist remarks. What baffled me (or actually not at this point) is that the tweet was made almost 10 years ago, when he was 18. Let me get this straight: Racist remarks are horrible and they should have no place in…

The day I learned cooking

How cooking taught me one valuable lesson about life! I remember the day I finally decided to learn cooking. ‘Insanely delicious’ hostel food and tight student budget meant I had succumbed to looking for alternatives. Plus, there was this distinct charm of students making their food (illegally) in their hostel dorm. So, in 2013, the…

From now on, write for yourself. Period.

(Note to self to start ignoring the imaginary audience.) We have all experienced this while trying to write stories. Thinking of imaginary readers and audiences, and trying to impress them. Let’s face it, we want others to like and appreciate our writing —be it just to experience that surge of dopamine whenever someone claps and compliments…

The summer that changed football

The writings were on the wall. I knew it was going to happen one day or another. Still, a part of me had hoped for a different ending. Still, a part of me wanted to believe everything was false. And then, finally, the dreaded moment arrived. The news bulletin of what was probably my only…

Nostalgia ride and time travel

Often in life, we travel to different places for different reasons. Sometimes we want to explore, sometimes we just want to forget ourselves, and sometimes we just want to relax. Recently, I got to experience one special type of travel where I got to time travel my own life in flashbacks. A few days back,…

Why Math is the language of the Universe

Recently I came across an interesting quote on the web: “Applied Math is Physics; Applied Physics is Chemistry; Applied Chemistry is Biology; Applied Biology is Psychology; Applied Psychology is Sociology” My first reaction was “Cool”. I mean, I could see why the memo of the quote was kind of true. But I didn’t give much…

My handwriting story – traps, lessons and bittersweet memories

The earliest I remember realizing what handwriting meant was in my kindergarten. Nursery was more about learning basic numbers, letters and a few simple words, so I had no idea what handwriting was, nevermind knowing the importance of it. By the time I was in the 1st grade however, my parents and my teachers would…

Here We Go!

Hello everyone. Feels a bit strange writing here after such a long time.  I remember the year 2020, one of my resolutions was to be more active in my blog. But here I am, after almost 8 months of the year, making my first post.  The year 2020 has also been some sort of stalemate…