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Belated Quote of the Week

"I want us to talk again - the way we used to when the sun was coming up, and we were miles away from anywhere.

I want us to talk again - about all the things we would think about, yet never thought to say out loud to anyone else.

I want us to talk again - like the way we did before we wanted to do anything more than that. I want us to talk.

And if we never talk again, I want you to know that I miss that most of all - and every time the sun goes down, I think of all the things I wish I could tell you."

- Lang Leav | Talk Again

Into the Land of Thunder Dragon : Bhutan Travelogue - Tango University of Buddhist Studies

Whenever I look back to our Bhutan trip I feel a strong urge to slap my own face for wasting so much time at places where we shouldn’t have. We could have skipped Buddha point, we could have skipped the museum tour, and we could have skipped the handicraft stalls. Instead we could have devoted more time exploring the places of true importance – well, places that most tourists (read Indian tourists) skip owing to lack of knowledge and shallow mindset. I had information but I did not have a proper guide to chalk out a successful plan. And thanks to the great immigration office of Bhutan, our plan had gone haywire even before the actual journey began. Among all the monasteries and off-beat places in Thimphu, we only got to cover Tango University of Buddhist Studies or more popularly known as Tango Monastery. I consoled myself telling that perhaps the gods of Bhutan want me to come back again and hence journey remained unfinished this time. I chose not to argue with myself – destiny has …

Confessions of a Psychopath

Remember the Tamil movie Aparichit? Where the main protagonist would turn into a self-appointed punisher every time he saw people commit unjust deeds that would go otherwise unnoticed by the rest of the society? Or the Jim Carrey movie Me, Myself and Irene? Jim Carrey got so fed up with the asshole society that he became schizophrenic one day and started freaking people out? In both the cases, it was their suppressed emotions that worked as the catalyst in their transformation. The injustice of the society, the lack of humanity that drove them crazy and one day all those buried emotions came back into life in a much uglier form and turned them into violent psychopaths. And what they couldn’t accomplish by being nice, their badass alter egos finished those tasks on behalf of them.
Every day I treat my strays with evening snacks after coming home from office. After a long, shitty day of putting up with a bunch of hypocritical bastards at the office when I come home and hug my dogs, it …

Into the Land of Thunder Dragon : Bhutan Travelogue - Thimphu

Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan is a valley on the west bank of Wang Chhu. In 1961 the capital was shifted from Punakha to here. Thimphu is the pampered child of proud parents who doesn’t like to get up early. Although the offices start by sharp 9 o’ clock, most of the shops and restaurants remain closed until 10 – a phenomenon that was received with utter bewilderment by us. I would kill to become the residence of a place like Thimphu where nobody would ask me to move my limbs before 10 in the morning. S and I are both hardcore gluttons and we were both feeling ravenous. So instead of sitting on the windowpane enjoying a morning view of the city, we decided to haul our bottoms and go out to find a nice place to have breakfast. S was complaining about a large regiment of dogs that apparently barked all night on the street just underneath our room and ruined his sleep. However when it comes to dogs we both are surprisingly quick forgiver and soon found ourselves admiring and wooin…

Quote of the Week

"It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you."

- John Updike

A word of wisdom that I have learned first-hand.

John Updike is among the handful of authors who had the rare talent of bagging Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once.

Into the Land of Thunder Dragon : Bhutan Travelogue - On the Way to Thimphu

There is a popular saying in Bengal that if you visit a village and ask a villager about the distance to a certain destination the patent answer they will give you is, “Eito praye pouchhei gachen dada.” (You are almost there mister). When in reality you probably need to keep walking for another couple of hours.  Upon arriving at Phuentsholing everyone had told us that the immigration office would open by 9 o’ clock in the morning on Monday and there might be a ‘slight rush’ since it was closed for past two days. That time we did not know it would turn out to be the biggest understatement of the year for us.
On Monday morning we reached the office by 8.30 am and joined the queue behind 5-6 people. I was already kicking my heels and calculating quickly (this is an ISI trait) in my head that if we reached Thimphu by afternoon we would be able to visit at least one monastery. Every second is precious when you have a hectic job and you had practically lied to your boss to have your leave…

Into the Land of Thunder Dragon : Bhutan Travelogue - Phuentsholing

It was in October last year when we had initially planned our Bhutan trip. But then it got cancelled and later I comprehended the significance of the proverbial reason that is just waiting to be found behind every little incident in our life. Then the same topic resurfaced again in January (with someone else) but I later cancelled it rather brutally as I wasn’t happy with the whole situation. Again, it happened for a reason. Then finally I called up S and told him that this time we were going to make this trip happen no matter what and booked the tickets one week prior to the trip and packed our bags the night before the flight. And guess what. We were off to Bhutan. The trip did not go as smoothly as our previous trips. There were numerous glitches, some of them being totally out of our hands. For example, we couldn’t acquire the permit from the Bhutan Consulate Office in Calcutta as the particular staff who issued the permits was on leave. We were quite surprised and wondered how c…

All Good Things Come to an End

And when it does happen, it feels like my life is nothing but an aimless piece of crap. That I have nothing to live for. Every time I finish a book or I'm done watching a series, I go through the exact same morbid phase. Okay in such cases at least I have an option to start a new book or start downloading (illegally, of course) some new cool series on the block. I am an expert at escaping the reality only to find solace in my 'mind palace' where I'm the queen of my fictitious empire. Autocrat queen.

Ever since I am back from my vacation, I have lost my willpower to live. My normal life sucks to such great extent that my life has become one great saga of denial and escapism. S (my best friend cum travel companion cum saviour) has aptly figured out that given my characteristics I would make a perfect lama. My mindset does not suit the complexity of everyday life. I cannot even fill up my tax return form properly for crying out loud. I'm far better at embarking upon …

Quote of the Week

"Do you think there is the possibility of you and I? In this lifetime, is that too much to hope for? There is something so delicate about this time, so fragile. And if nothing ever comes of it, at least I have known this feeling, this wonderful sense of optimism. It is something I can always keep close to me - to draw from in my darkest hour like a ray of sunshine. No matter what happens next, I will always be glad to know there is someone like you in the world."

- Lang Leav | Someone Like You

When in Doubt

This is a pre-scheduled post as I have said earlier that I should remain unavailable this entire week. I wanted to keep my blog active but did not have anything useful in hand. Whenever I run out of ideas as what to post I opt for an outfit post. They require minimum effort and intellect. And they also offer a great chance to exhibit some narcissism. So my dear readers, there you go. Enjoy (I have such a high opinion of myself, don't I?) the pictures until I come back next week with some fresh ideas (Oh shut your mouth Kuheli).

These are from my last week's day trip to Bandel.