Chapter San Diego: Of sea, sand, and surreal sunsets

With a plan jotted down on a notebook, and a map saved offline, it was going to be another day with another exciting new (weekend) journey. It started with the groggy, hungry, and airsick me silently requesting my stomach to hold on to some dignity for the two-hour long journey from Seattle to San Diego.... Continue Reading →

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Where identity ends and crisis begins

"Anitha suicide: Death of innocence busts NEET myth as the great leveller of India's medical education" said the FirstPost. "Dalit girl S Anitha, who filed a case against NEET, commits suicide" said The Hindu. I'm not here to argue or justify either headline. My qualm, however, has always been about whether or not to identify... Continue Reading →

‘Distract yourself’

"I think I'm sad." "Why? You have a happy family, a good job. You're following your dreams. How could you even be sad! Stop overthinking." And I did. Stopped overthinking. Tried to shut my thoughts. My mind, like a puppeteer, kept controlling, overpowering, and diminishing my every last ounce of sanity, self-worth, strength, and energy. ... Continue Reading →

Letting go

It's almost midnight. The rain still softly falls on the windowsill, the blades of the ceiling fan turn slowly just enough to keep the buzzing mosquitoes away.  The trivial noises fill my ears for they don't know my thoughts are narcissistic. My thoughts demand to be heard as they keep getting louder with every spin... Continue Reading →

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