A stranger in someone else’s paradise

I ache for solitude. A few minutes of uninterrupted silence. I want it so badly that I can taste it under the roof of my mouth. I can smell it in the air that I breathe out. And I want to make a dash for it. Kneel before its fountain, and tongue its sweet nectar;... Continue Reading →

Birds of feather balk together

If it weren’t for birds, I wouldn’t have met any of you. This blog is almost two years old. Some of you have been visiting me since the beginning. It’s the second longest relationship I have ever been in. I don’t know how special this has been for you. But, it has meant a lot to... Continue Reading →

Show me where it hurts

I know that you aren't sure why you feel depressed. You try and hide it because you can't find its source. You fear judgment from others. The ones you know and those you cherish. They won't understand what you are going through because you don't either. So you avoid thinking about it, but it doesn't go away.... Continue Reading →

Kodaikanal, my turquoise queen

Kodaikanal, a hill station in south India, is my happy place. That sweet spot halfway between the gutter and the stars. Her songbirds, smiling faces, street food and silhouettes of trees have filled me with warmth. She births unsupervised fires in me. Whenever I climb up her turquoise thighs, she holds me in a vice-like grip. She... Continue Reading →

The right to soar: Scaly-Breasted Munias

Scaly-Breasted Munias, like many other finches, are prostituted into the pet trade business. I'm not surprised that people are illegally selling them. I know the kind of things that people are willing to do for money. We all do. It's why the seller doesn't bother me as much as the buyer does in this business. I wonder... Continue Reading →

In the mighty jungle, the Lion-tailed Macaque is awake

An enema procedure for a kidney stone operation once taught me two valuable lessons. One is that I should drink more water on a daily basis. The other is that I should stop making New Year resolutions. After spending three days at the hospital, I was overcome with trepidation and boredom. Lying face down on... Continue Reading →

Sun, we need to talk

The sun has been my city's mischievous daytime lover for the past two days. We blew kisses to her the moment she filtered through our windows after a prolonged absence. We missed her so much.  Yet she wants to play peekaboo with us. She doesn't seem to stick around long enough for us to cuddle her. The good news is that... Continue Reading →

Flood crisis: If Chennai had wings, she would be an eagle

Today, I am proud to be a resident of Chennai, not a citizen of India. In case you haven’t heard, my city was affected recently by the heaviest rainfall recorded in over 100 years. Floods wreaked havoc on the lives of 2 million people. Over 325 are dead. Many birds and animals, especially strays, too. Tragically, a few other districts in the state... Continue Reading →

Beauty and the creased: It’s for the birds

Slaves to moisture, bartered to the bone, soft-shelled and viscous, like winter crustaceans in heat, wading to tricky tops of saturated springs to steam-iron each other's creases, they moan. Beauty can be a mess. A parliament of fear, anger and disgust. A moment that passed too soon. A story that went on for too long. A slow-motion... Continue Reading →

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