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That Long Hug

It had been a lovely evening.  He was visiting her city for a day.  He flew in that morning, had meetings during the day, and would fly out back to his city later that day.  They had squeezed in some evening time – post meeting,...
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Lallison

On my US coast-to-coast Amtrak journey, I met many a wonderful people.  None more interesting than this girl that I met on my train ride from Chicago to Seattle.  The journey was going to be long.  46 hours to be exact.  So I had to...
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Past-self pays visit!

I have always maintained that if people lay in the open under a moonlit star-studded night sky often enough, they would lead their life very differently.  Stargazing lends perspective.  I had one such opportunity recently. I was in Pushkar.  2am.  I stepped out of my...
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Red Light District

“My time is very precious, honey.  Don’t waste it.”  Saying so, she slammed the door on his face and went to stand in front of the adjacent glass window.  She was an escort in the Amsterdam Red Light District.  Let’s not name her. She was...
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Unmarked Grave

He found himself in front of a blank headstone.  He looked deeply at the tombstone.  He wondered about the person lying inside that unmarked grave.  Was it the sign of ignominy?  Or was the profundity of this symbol lost on him.  As a Hindu, he was...
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Travel therapy

Since I can remember, I have been very fond of traveling.  Going to new places, meeting with new people, and exploring sights and cultures that I haven’t experienced before has always excited me tremendously.  Over the last few days I have been reflecting about my...
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Pehle AAP? Not again!

Before the last Delhi elections, I wrote about how I won’t vote for AAP.  My key argument was that Delhi needs a specialist; and although Mr. Kejriwal’s honesty, courage, and brand of politics should be respected, he is not (yet) the right leader for my...
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What would you do?

It was a hard day.  I hadn’t slept much the previous night and it was an early start to the day.  The good part was that I finished my day’s work early.  I was free by 4pm.  I took a metro to Rajouri and then...
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Why Travel?

‘Why do you travel?  These short trips that you make every few months!  Are you running away from something?  Are you an escapist?  Or are you looking for some kind of social approval and acceptance rooted in your insecurity of being loved widely?’  He was...
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The Fault in our Stars

He was going back to Amsterdam the next day from Lisbon.  He would visit the Anne Frank House.  It was meaningful for him to visit that place, especially since watching and reading ‘The Fault in our Stars.’  He asked her to come along.  She couldn’t. ...