“Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to sleep through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won’t be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there- to the edge of the world. There’s something you can’t do unless you get there.”
— Haruki Murakami, Kafka on The Shore
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Maa Tujhe Salaam | What does it mean to be Indian?

Yesterday was India’s 69th Independence Day. There were speeches, parades, stories shared and twitter exploding. And then, Wordpress asks me if I am patriotic.

This is probably the first Daily Post Prompt that left me confused. I stared at the page wondering what I am supposed to answer to such a question. I started with:

What was the “expected” answer?
Am I patriotic?
What is patriotism?
Where does pride associated to a country stem from?
What do I feel about living in USA right now?

So, what does it mean to be an Indian?

Is it a place of stay or birth, or the odd arrangement of letters on your passport, spelled out beneath a seemingly three-headed lion emblem?

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All About Me.” So, if you’ve wandered around my blog, I’m sure you would have chanced upon the ‘About Me‘ section of the blog – which was last updated over a year and half back. It is also fitting, as I recently received a notification telling me […]

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An applause in three parts

The wind carries with it an uplifting tune; let your hair dance to it. If petrichor can hold you locked onto the moment as streaks of light dispersed envelopes you – let it.  Put on a performance. Smile. Thunderstorms will startle you. ** (yes, you) are my summertime joys my box of mangoes with a […]

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Oranges and Orlando

What symbolizes Orange more than Florida? Or is it the other way? (I think I’ll start this weekly photo challenge blogging theme to keep this alive and running) A trip with friends is amazing – made more so if it’s a reunion meeting up in another country! Familiar faces and tales are a comfort, one […]

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“We cling to the idea that success is a simple function of individual merit and that the world in which we all grow up and the rules we choose to write as a society don’t matter at all.”

― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

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