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2020-08-10: I watched this lovely little documentary thrice yesterday and it got better each time. It combines … #

2020-08-09: Black-and-white. Day 9 of the photoblogging challenge. 📷 #

2020-08-09: One of the better things to have happened because of the pandemic and resultant quarantines is that, … #

2020-08-08: A view of a 6,700 metre high peak from across the valley. We had to climb to around 5,000 metres to … #

2020-08-07: Daytripping in the Himalayas. Location: Somewhere along the upper reaches of Hindustan-Tibet Road. … #

2020-08-07: Om Malik on a beautiful post about imagined landscapes: About two years ago, I was in Yellowstone. … #

2020-08-07: Leaps of Faith

2020-08-07: Bisect As usual, I am late! Day 6 of the photoblogging challenge. 📷 #

2020-08-06: Who is to say that my generation’s index of culture should be yours also? Ignore those who would … #

2020-08-05: When clouds flow like water. Location: On the road to Kargil. Day 5 of the photoblogging challenge. … #

2020-08-04: Finding meditative peace in the cold of a Spitian winter. 📷 Location: Key Monastery. Day 4 of the … #

2020-08-04: Fellow volunteer and colleague at The Community Library Project, Michael Creighton writes … #

2020-08-04: A Long-horned Orb-Weaver Spider. Location: Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary A late to the party bug … #

2020-07-31: One winter morning on The Brahmaputra. 📷 #

2020-07-31: This is a kickass cover of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer by Harry Styles. Aside: His solo … #

2020-07-31: Thinking about moving to Wordpress

2020-07-31: Travels with P. In our new reality, I’ll miss doing these kinds of impulsive things. Here, we … #

2020-07-29: Why did Flaubert so admire the camel? Because he identified with its stoicism and ungainliness. He … #

2020-07-28: Grandmother’s chair. #

2020-07-25: Requiem for all my broken 35mm cameras Dan Bracaglia from DPReview shares all his broken down film … #

2020-07-23: Reading about Ben Thompson’s home office setup makes me realise a couple of things. One, most … #

2020-07-23: Nilambur

2020-07-22: I personally would rather do the existentially essential things in life on foot. If you live in … #

2020-07-22: Kurosawa mode on Ghost of Tsushima. From whatever little I’ve seen on YouTube and screencaps, … #

2020-07-22: Painting a dawn. #

2020-07-18: 5.30am at Bangalore City

2020-07-17: Red earth and green toes. #

2020-07-10: Roman roads as modern day subway maps. Beautiful work by Sasha Trubetskoy. I must confess that I … #

2020-07-09: The thing I’ll miss most in our new future is the sense of grand adventure of before. The … #

2020-07-07: An attempt to create a scene from a Hou Hsiao-Hsien movie. #

2020-07-05: To labour under no pretensions of being unique, yet to come to terms with the lack of a mould. To … #

2020-07-05: One of those frustrating mornings when you wake up full of verve to write, but the minute you brew … #

2020-07-03: Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they … #

2020-06-29: When your pre-dawn run turns into an Edward Hopper-esque painting. #

2020-06-29: I am not a app developer, so some of the details of APIs etc. in this WWDC 2020 talk about … #

2020-06-27: A morning ritual. #

2020-06-26: In Search of the Lost Railway of Tisiyanvilai

2020-06-25: From a full day walk along the Indus River in Ladakh, India. The sound of my feet against the … #

2020-06-25: Olympus getting out of the camera business Sad news, but was inevitable really. Years ago, when I … #

2020-06-21: I am fortunate enough that work takes me travelling to remote corners of India. Corners that are … #

2020-06-19: Is Dove Soap Actually Soap? In case you’ve always wondered. #

2020-06-18: I’ve said this before, but I really wish there was a Wirecutter equivalent for India. Most … #

2020-06-16: From time to time, this whole iCloud synching thing seems so brittle, especially on the Mac. Error … #

2020-06-14: The Orion/M42 Nebula. Shot using my regular Fuji X-T20 with an old 85mm lens, with no tracker or … #

2020-06-14: The WhatsApp Hold

2020-06-13: Is Dark Mode Such A Good Idea?: I’ve decided to stop using dark mode across all of my devices, … #

2020-06-12: One of the things I miss doing most these days is going to the railway station, camera in hand to … #

2020-06-11: After the rain. 📷 #

2020-06-10: I have a lot more to say about Affinity Photo soon, but I love its near flawless implementation of … #

2020-06-08: My city, Bengaluru, has done remarkably well in the first few months of the virus outbreak to … #

2020-06-03: To get the sound take everything that is not the sound drop it Down a well, listen. Then drop the … #

2020-06-01: I like the way this series is shaping up. I think I might just invest a bit more time in processing … #

2020-05-31: Dialects

2020-05-30: A misfortune can swell for a long, long time in the mind. While goodness shrinks down to a hard … #

2020-05-29: This evening it poured rain, but before that the light was just absolutely gorgeous. iPhone portrait … #

2020-05-29: Re-reading this classic after years. Seems so apt for the times. 📚 #

2020-05-20: Jonathan Hoefler on saying farewell to The Quick Brown Fox. A most delightful and nerdy typography … #

2020-05-19: I am not a huge fan of brutalist inspired design, most of all in typopgrahy. But these are strange, … #

2020-05-18: I keep revisiting this piece on Farnam Street to remind myself on the work required to have an … #

2020-05-16: Shadow and light and grain. 📷 #

2020-05-13: At this point in time, writing about macOS email clients, especially for Gmail, feels like shouting … #

2020-05-12: Sobering work day realisation - Cory Doctorow is right: But “contact tracing” apps … #

2020-05-11: Random thoughts and notes: Finally wrapped up watching The Clone Wars. Along with The Mandalorian … #

2020-05-10: Cover me over In dusk and dust and dreams. Cover me over And leave me alone. Cover me over, You … #

2020-05-06: I like it when one is not certain what one sees. When we do not know why the photographer has taken … #

2020-05-06: I wake myself imagining the shape of the day and where I will find myself within it. Language is not … #

2020-05-05: Sometimes, magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably … #

2020-05-04: A Bag of Chips

2020-05-02: The Papers

2020-05-01: Evidence the rain leaves behind. #

2020-04-28: Where does the ripple in the sky begin? Behind the mountains holding the waters in. — Charles … #

2020-04-28: Blue Sweaters

2020-04-28: Pickings on the morning run. 📷 There’s a small flower patch that I circle a few times, so at the end … #

2020-04-27: Struggle of the times: Trying to find a face mask that is protective, fits well and at the same time … #

2020-04-26: The baby radishes are just about ready for harvest. Planning on making a simple roasted radish … #

2020-04-25: Via Dan Cohen: A reminder that the Digital Public Library of America has thousands of high-quality … #

2020-04-24: This New Home

2020-04-24: 3 links of interest: David Sedaris on confronting his father’s imminent death. Mariano … #

2020-04-23: Reading Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet. #

2020-04-23: I’ve been mulling over what public transport in India will have to be post May 3rd when the … #

2020-04-22: Streets Naomi Shihab Rye A man leaves the world and the streets he lived on grow a little shorter. … #

2020-04-21: Tuesday afternoon office hours. #

2020-04-20: Makeshift trellis in the works. Hopefully, I can do something more robust soon, with more climbers … #

2020-04-20: I deal with tons of tabular data at work these days, mostly in CSV, but when the odd Excel turns up, … #

2020-04-19: Alain de Botton on why we should all value pessimism more: It’s time to recognize how odd and … #

2020-04-19: Do not forget old friends you knew long before I met you the times I know nothing about being … #

2020-04-18: Last of the Semaphores at Jaisalmer

2020-04-17: Ever since Apple yanked support for Internet radio stations from iTunes with macOS Catalina, … #

2020-04-16: Today was a crazy work day, but soldiered on and managed to import most posts from the old Hugo blog … #

2020-04-16: This morning, photographing yellow veins. 📷 #

2020-04-16: Wondering if there is a way to import a Hugo blog deployed via Github → Netlify to M.b without … #

2020-04-16: Two months ago, when sitting next to wings and seeing the world below was a thing. 📷 #

2020-04-15: Next steps (mostly as note to myself): Relearn to post here first Import entries from the Hugo blog … #

2020-04-15: Most social media has made it easy to follow other people, perhaps way easier than it needs to be. … #

2020-04-15: Finally on micro.blog! After much waffling between this, Blot and Wordpress. #


2019-07-20: The Far, The Past, The Invisible

2019-07-20: Stillness

2019-07-20: Feet Up

2019-07-20: MG Road with Kodak Tri-X Film

2019-05-18: 4.30am at Cantonment

2019-05-18: Kyoto Evenings

2019-05-18: Kyoto Red

2019-05-18: Fuji San

2019-03-02: A Boat Ride

2019-02-14: The Great Indian Hornbill

2019-01-21: Float Above the World


2018-12-30: Water So Clear

2018-11-16: Kyagar Tso

2018-11-12: Vetiver

2018-09-23: The Moorish Mosque of Kapurthala

2018-08-01: The Best Fruit Juice in the World

2018-06-28: On a Cold February Morning

2018-06-23: Homework Time at Dorje’s

2018-06-21: Where is The Milkman?

2018-06-21: Nataraja in Bronze

2018-06-21: Abandoned

2018-05-19: Aduthurai

2018-04-30: Reading John Berger

2018-04-13: On Making Ramen


2017-11-30: Kovaipudur

2017-11-21: Scenes from a Subway

2017-10-19: Travel

2017-09-01: The Balladeer

2017-09-01: Kofta

2017-08-28: Kipling’s Trains

2017-08-26: A Rajasthan Sunset

2017-05-28: Father

2017-03-12: Mahalakshmi Tiffin Room

2017-02-15: Belur


2016-09-14: Light From Far

2016-09-11: Chandrataal

2016-06-30: Waiting

2016-06-30: A Bench

2016-04-10: Nikal re, mian? I am moving cities. In a week’s time, I’ll be saying sayonara to Hyderabad after … #

2016-01-30: Phulera

2016-01-29: Jodhpur


2015-08-24: Home Is...

2015-08-06: Gently Flows The Sharavati

2015-03-01: Arrival


2014-03-12: Climb Mountains

2014-03-04: Going Home


2013-11-23: Rettai Vaal Kuruvi

2013-03-07: Junagadh Reflections

2013-01-22: Bangalore Cantt.


2012-09-05: The Train Driver

2012-08-19: A Bombay Morning


2009-12-21: Dhoom Macha Le

2009-09-11: Guntakal

2009-08-17: Mughalsarai

2009-08-05: Orissa Walking

2009-02-08: Calcutta On My Mind

2009-01-11: On the Beach at Somnath


2008-12-25: The Kite Flier of Benaras

2008-12-24: A Winter Sunrise

2008-09-11: Work Hats


2007-04-18: Pray