The Heat is On

Having lived 12 years in India, you would think I wouldn’t gripe about the heat here in Berlin or anywhere else for that matter. Here’s the thing though, with the long Autumn that turns into a bitter Winter and then a prolonged and moody Spring, one tends to forget what real heat is all about. Heck, sometimes I forget what sunshine feels like. Summer has arrived, and is doing so with a vengeance, making up for all the rainy days, hail and gloomy periods and volatile temperatures. What they say about Berlin is true: you can experience all four seasons…

Good Omens: Well Worth All The Fuss

I just read a brilliant sentence describing the selfie as being a diabolical invention, and absolutely agree! But that is beside the point. I wanted to find out what all all fuss was about surrounding Amazon PrimeĀ“s Good Omens. If the pious Christian groups are to be believed, the devil incarnate has taken over the blasphemous entertainment world, setting Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman loose on the innocent and hapless mankind. Nothing could be further from the truth, considering that the two authors of the book on which the series is based are the most brilliant minds of their respective…

A New Favourite

Please listen to the song before proceeding… Fridays have become sacred to me ever since I reduced my working hours at the office. Sleeping in an hour longer and having a slow start, leisurely breakfast, and then just writing away. Internet radio has become part of my lifestyle, and on weekends, I start the day with jazz. This morning, while chilling on the sofa with the cats, there was a song that came on Radio Swiss Jazz that caught my attention and the lyrics spoke to me on so many levels. I didn’t catch the name of the artist, and…

Internet Linguistics

A plethora of words born or invented after the internet have unfortunately become an intrinsic part of our lives. They have made their way into our daily language and I dislike them intensely, beginning with the word welp. What the hell is welp? Who uses it and why? A lot of people on facebook and twitter, I discovered this morning. It may not be in the dictionaries yet, but it is on the Merriam-Webster radar of words to watch. Here’s what they had to say on the matter: “We regret to inform Twitter that welp is a word, even if it’s not…

Banana Homesickness

There are things in Asia that one simply cannot find here in Germany, and one of them is decent bananas. Before you go into a tirade about European banana pride, let me remind everyone that bananas are not native to Europe, are all imported from Asia, Latin America or Africa, and the imported bananas must comply with the EU standards and guidelines. Ironically, many of the banana exporting countries are also referred to as banana republics, a derogatory term to describe a developing country with continuous political instability and limited resources to export. This has nothing, absolutely nothing to do…

Hard Lessons of Frugality

Aside from building a brand new life alone after the divorce, one of the most difficult lessons (rather, on-going challenges) is frugality. This is such an alien concept to me because I grew up as a privileged expat child who never had to worry about the cost of things. I learned to indulge in the finer things in life from an early age, as most expat children do, because Daddy could always afford it or the company paid for it. Saving up for something was never in my cards, because if my parents wouldn’t get it for me, grandmother would,…

Celebrate, not Define!

celebrate instead of define. One phrase stood out this morning during mass: We tend to waste far too much valuable time defining our roles, relationships, personalities, failures, achievements, goals instead of celebrating them. I stared at the Dominican priest as if he suddenly sprouted three purple dragon heads. Those three words hit me right where it needed to, as I have been in an emotional slump these past few days, battling some unwanted demons of my past. He was absolutely right – I have spent the last five decades listening to roles being defined for me, my life being defined…