A Year after the Smile Project

  Written in November 2015 A year has come and gone and a lot has changed. 2015 to me was a year reserved for self-discovery. The purpose of this year was to become comfortable in who I am, what I want to be and where I want to go. And to find these answers not in others, but in myself, alone. I consider this year to be the year in which I opened up spaces to not just feel emotions but to make myself realize how every life event impacts me internally and how it changes the way I feel.…

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Love Yourself (4/4)

Written in February 2016 I understand that in the society we live in today it’s quite scary to be single and you know, “alone.” Everywhere you go people are either with their significant other or in families. Be it restaurants, weddings, parties. People come at least in pairs. A few years ago when I had gone to a Christmas party alone, a person there had asked me, “You came to the Christmas party alone?” “YES” was my solid answer with a very sweet smile. Not even taking it to heart. What was wrong with it anyways? If something is important…

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Love Yourself (3/4)

Written on July 22, 2015 There was a time when a cherry’s bitterness felt way too bitter. It was nice to have everything sweet. A hint of bitterness was too much to disrupt the sweetness in my mouth. It was an unenjoyable taste. Bitter. A long time ago, I wrote about the longest path in life. It has been a year since I decided to change my life. 5 years since I realized that even though I had everything I wanted in life, I still wasn’t happy. A lifetime since I have been searching for my purpose in life. The…

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Love Yourself (2/4)

Written on July 16, 2015 It has been a really long time. We never met. The habit of writing the date before starting an article makes me happy. There was a time when having to write down the date in every single class every single day for every single chapter felt like the most annoying thing in the world. Today, it comes naturally. Like putting on your undergarments before your clothes. To have my words stuck in time on a particular day and time makes me feel safe. At one one point in life, I felt this way. At one…

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Love Yourself (1/4)

Written on Mar 22, 2015 As we grow up, we tend to lose ourselves. We begin to doubt our potential. Worse, we try to be like other people; people who are perhaps considered more “normal” by society. We forget to look at and appreciate our own uniqueness and then we wonder who we really are. Many thoughts go on in our mind…. Am I really a person? Does anyone notice me? Am I visible? Does anyone love me? Does anyone care about me? We lose ourselves. Worse, we lose the ground we are standing on. It took me a really…

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The Journey Back Home (5/6)

The Tree of Life, Written in February 2016 They say you have to come from a great place, not even realize it’s worth, go on to bigger cities, find people exactly as crazy as you, get completely messed up by your own brain and then… go home yet once again in this lifetime. This time, however, a little differently. This time knowing that after all the unnecessary running, you have to learn to stay still. That no matters what happens in life, you must always learn to go back home. That Home is and always will be your default location.…

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The Journey Back Home (4/6)

Memories…. Written in January 2016 Many times in life I have asked myself what it means to live. And often I have found myself without answers. I have tried to look for it in places, people and career, and yet, the answer was always at home. I have always said that I don’t remember much about my past life and in some ways, it is true. However, it turned out to be not as true as I had thought. As I walked down the streets of my hometown in India,  everything seemed as if it had remained exactly where it…

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The Journey Back Home (3/6)

Emerge, Written in December 2015 There’s so much beauty around us that we often fail to notice. As it gets colder and colder, it becomes easier to stay warmer and warmer and just be lazy. It’s as if the spirit is gone, disappeared into thin air, never to be found again (until Spring at least). Like the breath now showing up in visible form like an uninvited guest, reminding you once again that in the depths of life no matter how dark it might get, you are still alive. It angers me sometimes to have evidences of life show up…

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The Journey Back Home (2/6)

Truly Untitled, Written in December 2015 I don’t know what I am writing today. In fact, I haven’t known for a very long time. I have just been writing, that’s all. I have found that that’s the best way to discover what comes out of you. And that’s the strategy I have been following for a long time. So today, I don’t know what I am writing about at all but I haven’t written much in a very long time. I have been photographing a lil’ but not too much. I have lost my paint brushes so I can’t paint…

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