Friday, June 05, 2009

Published - At Last!

Dear All,

I am pleased to say that thanks to a dear friend of mine, I have been published at last. It's an awesome feeling to see one's name in print. Here is my list so far:
1. Design Today (April-09) - Write up on PVR Phoenix Multiplex interiors
2. Good Housekeeping (April-09) - Protect Yourself from the Rainy Days - an article on how to manage your finances during recession
3. Good Housekeeping (June-09) - Action Plan: Help Your Child Reach their Potential

Please do read the India editions of th emagazines listed above!

Thanks!
IC

Friday, January 30, 2009

Declaration

To all

I hereby declare that I want to write professionally because I beleive I have it in me. If you have a writing assignment then please contact me at ichatteralot@indiatimes.com.

Thank you,
IC

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Questions and Answers

I have not been tagged but the following set of questions is one I thought may be interesting to answer even if I am married, have a child and some situations have only hypothetical answers.

1. If your lover betrayed you what would your reaction be?
Love is an emotion that transcends hate, sure it's natural to feel murderous, suicidal, hopeless but beyond that there is love and hope and it is possible to forgive, forget and accept or to move on. Thats what I would do.
2. What’s it that you see in an ideal partner?
A person who can be a friend, in good times and bad, someone who will thoughtfully light a torch in the stairs when there is a per cut (as I cant see in the dark) and someone who will hold my hand whn I climb down stairs as they scare me.
3. What, according to you, is the perfect date?
There is no perfect date - wine, candles, cards, chocolates and flowers were invented to make you spend money. One can have a good time anywhere.
4. Would you like to have children soon enough? Or would you wait till your mid-thirties for the first child?
Biologically it makes better sense to have them sooner, emotionally you are better prepared when you are older.
5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?
Now let me think - no I think that would be sacrilege, even if he is the best looking man on this planet. Love is complicated while friendship is much more simple and I would prefer to maintain simplicity.
6. Which is more blessed: loving someone or being loved by someone?
A parents love and a child's love are the purest and the most divine forms that one can experience. The man-woman thing is often laced with unexplainable complications!
7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you love?
I didn't wait - I just married and you know what, its great!
8. If the person you secretly like is attached, what will you do?
That has happened to me all the time in school - all my crushes had crushes on the hottest girls in school - what can one do really except forget them!
9. What do you think are the foundation stones of a good relationship?
A balanced mix of space and caring
10. What according to you is the most beautiful thing about relationships or marriage?
Dissolving of self
11. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
An acclaimed novelist
12. What’s your fear?
I cant think of any
13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
No one tagged me so I think all people out there are just wonderful!
14. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor?
Rich and poor is relative - I am what I always was, I neither feel richer or poorer, so marriage does not really make a difference if you ae careful about joint finances.
15. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously who will you pick?
Intriguing situation - flip a coin maybe?
16. Would you give all in a relationship?
Relationships are not about give and take, if we understood that, we would have everlasting relationships! Its because we think we give, we expect returns from the other side and that leads to all kinds of problems.
17. Would you forgive and forget someone no matter how horrible a thing he has done?
Depends. Its not possible to ignore a wilful desire to hurt someone, if someone does that to me I would disconnect immediately.
18. Do you prefer being single or in a relationship?
That is a question which has no answers - man is never satisfied really! If you are happy and at peace with yourslef, it does not matter whether you single or in a relationship

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Letter to a Landmark

Dear Taj,

The dust has settled, the debris cleared, blood stains whitewashed, candles have been lit, marches and speeches are over. You stand strong while your core is shattered, a symbol in a way, of the Indian stoic resilience.

You have always welcomed me so graciously and when you needed help, I was unable to be by your side. I wept invisible tears of anguish when I saw you and those you held in your arms being ravaged so ruthlessly and berated my general helplessness.

You are so grand and so beautiful; I have always been in awe of you since my childhood. I always wanted to see you in person someday and it happened on my first trip to Mumbai for a job interview. A friend had invited me for tea and I accepted just because it gave me an opportunity to see you. Your grand staircase, beautiful paintings, chandeliers dazzled me. The view of the lighted Gateway from the Sea Lounge was ethereal in the evening. The tea and cakes were heavenly; the person playing the grand piano at the front was playing some hauntingly familiar tunes.

Going to you was an aspirational journey, a raise, a few extra dollars earned from a trip outside India, special occasions and the many more milestones we had yet to celebrate. Your welcoming ambience reaffirmed our belief in ourselves, that we could come back for more when some more of our aspirations are fulfilled.

Dear VT,

You are the symbol of Mumbai, the busiest place with teeming millions passing through you everyday, the beautiful facade serene and timeless. I have passed through you so many times, always in a hurry, not really looking around to see the details. On the day your floors were spattered with blood and bodies, I saw your structure in relief - familiar and yet shockingly unfamiliar in its new avatar - a terror struck place. The odd passer by, families waiting for a long distance train to their home town, vendors, and policemen, here now and gone the next - wiped out by a massive wave of hate eliminating life forever.

Masses of humanity still flow through you, perhaps a little quicker than before as if fearing the aura of death that hangs over you. Life must go on, those who pass through you must think and they must also fleetingly think how quickly life can end even in the most common everyday places

I pray for both of you and those who died in and around you, I pray that we recover our faith in humanity, I pray that we live with hope and not with fear, I pray for Baby Moshe whose parents were killed without reason, I pray for peace and the mundane predictability of daily living.

Happy Republic Day.