It all started a few months ago when I moved to the city after having lived in a village for a couple of years. I was, naturally, convinced that the move to the city caused it all. I had not experienced illness such as this when in the village.
“Rucha, we have not had electricity in days.” - “Oh.. How often is there an electricity cut?” “Haha! You mean how often do we GET electricity? - About a couple of days in a month.”
Fear. The only thing I seem to feel these days, that I am aware of. Yes, there is uncertainty and worry. Also some moments of elation and sadness. A little bit of confusion and clarity.But fear precedes everything at the moment. This morning, I opened the box where I keep my coffee stash only to … Continue reading Are we there yet?
My definition of Ijeirong in a picture. I came to Manipur exactly 9 months ago. 9 really short months ago. It seems just like yesterday when I met Tracy and her baby Rining (who has now started walking and gibberish-talking btw!). It seems just like yesterday when I came all excited to this place thinking … Continue reading All starry-eyed
I wake up to this every morning 😊 The rain is hitting the tin roof of my wooden house real hard. It is music to my traffic-accustomed-city ears. I am sitting alone in my room on my single bed but I have the company of clouds. They have dropped in to say hello, just like … Continue reading Hugs from clouds and trees.
Children from the remote village of Ijeirong laying hands on storybooks for the first time ever! Mumbai, 9:30 am.It was a normal morning for Nikita Barton. Between day dreaming and procrastinating about the many assignments lying in front of her, she finally decided to have a look at that summer internship by Sunbird Trust that … Continue reading Changing lives, one book at a time!
Order, order. You. Yes, you, the person writing this. I judge you. I really don’t want to but I judge you. I judge you for snapping at that aunt you don’t like, when all she did was taunt you about never visiting her.I judge you for not liking her. I judge you for staring back … Continue reading I Judge You
Out of focus. He takes a step back. It becomes clear, all of it. Takes another step back. Sees it a little more clearly. Takes 5 steps back. Reaches out to it, fingers stretched. Can’t reach it! Goes back 10 more steps. Has a bird’s eye view, only horizontally. He likes this view. He smiles. … Continue reading His happy day.
My sweet Ajji I think the entire world knows that my Ajji (Granny) is my favorite person in the whole world. She is sitting here, across me, staring out of the window looking at three parrots sharing a fruit. To that she says, ‘look, it’s a family, the little one seems to be the son … Continue reading Ajji
Evenings, sunsets and everything in between.(This picture was not taken today.) Today I decided to take myself on an evening stroll. So I came up to the terrace and did just that. ..I let my mind go on a stroll. I let it wander and stray. I let it jump and observe. My mind went … Continue reading An evening stroll