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"A mesmerizing account of the well-known story of Matsyagandha ... and her transformation from fisherman’s daughter to Satyavati, Santanu’s royal consort and the Mother/Progenitor of the Kuru clan." - Hindustan Times

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28 August 2013

Life in Instagram Part Two

See part one here.

I've been trying to have more lunch gatherings. Usually on weekends, it means my guests wind up falling asleep, more often than not. Here's my friend being nap-bombed by a cat who likes nothing more than to insert himself into the curves of humans and fall asleep like that.

Boy, it's been raining a lot lately. This is what happens to my lane each time it goes on for more than an hour. Result: housebound.

I left my year-long gig with Brown Paper Bag last month. From this month on, I've been working as the lifestyle correspondent for BLOUIN ARTINFO. Longer post on being a writer versus being the editor of something coming up soon. This photo is from a goodbye-good morning coffee I had with my colleague.

I went to Bangalore earlier this month to hang with the Good Thing and his parents. Yup.

I see long distance reducing considerably in our future, or, at the very least, a lot more photographs like this one. Planes. I'm an expert.

And my opinion on planes? Air India is proving to be the best and cheapest way to travel. No, honestly.

My mother's house is being renovated so she's staying with me for the foreseeable future. I haven't lived with ANYONE in five years, and I haven't lived with my parents in ten. It took some getting used to, but now we have a rhythm.

The perks of the situation are the furniture from the old house making its way to me. I have a washing machine now (no longer in the landing, thank goodness) and a big fridge instead of my single-person one (that's become my booze fridge). Plus someone to ask if I've had breakfast in the morning. It's nice.

I'd been avoiding Fork You in Hauz Khas Village because I heard the food was terrible. A friend organised a lunch there, despite my dire warnings, and I went, all prepared to say "I told you so." Um.

I had to eat my words along with one of the best medium-rare bacon cheeseburgers I've ever had. Plus, pretty cheap and happy hours.

Switched phones recently, going from being a dedicated Android user to the Windows Phone 8 interface. Obviously, this deserves a longer review post (I'm waiting for a few more days to do it), but can I just say the camera on this phone---a Nokia Lumia 720--is insanely awesome. This effect is from one of the built-in Nokia apps and is of the Shiv temple adjoining my house that I can see from the bedroom window.

This is the only photo in the series taken from this phone, and I think you'll notice a considerable difference between this one and the others. 

Pretty, right?


  1. Hahaha thanks!! I appreciate being the photographic highlight of your lunches! (even if sleepily so)

  2. Hey, can you tell me what app have you used for the selective colouring bit in the last photo? It looks fantastic ! So do the others but the last one , more so :)

  3. It's a nokia specific app called creative studio.:) i just googled best windows phone camera apps,and played with a few before settling on my editing routine.

  4. Love your photos. Can you give me directions to Fork You in Hauz Khas Village? I tired to find the place but no luck. Is the burger that good?


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