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2020

10 July: Roman roads as modern day subway maps. Beautiful work by Sasha Trubetskoy. I must confess that I spent a lot of time looking at the map of Gaul, …

09 July: The thing I’ll miss most in our new future is the sense of grand adventure of before. The possibility of spontaneity. That you if wished, you …

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

05 July: To labour under no pretensions of being unique, yet to come to terms with the lack of a mould. To look into the mirror and see neither ourselves nor …

05 July: One of those frustrating mornings when you wake up full of verve to write, but the minute you brew yourself a good cup of coffee and sit down at the …

03 July: Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation …

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

29 June: I am not a app developer, so some of the details of APIs etc. in this WWDC 2020 talk about typography in UI was lost on me, but the type nerd and …

27 June: A morning ritual.

26 June: In Search of the Lost Railway of Tisiyanvilai

25 June: From a full day walk along the Indus River in Ladakh, India. The sound of my feet against the flowing water that day was meditative and rescued what …

25 June: Olympus getting out of the camera business Sad news, but was inevitable really. Years ago, when I was looking at upgrading my Pentax setup, I asked my …

21 June: I am fortunate enough that work takes me travelling to remote corners of India. Corners that are only accessible by long walks that start well before …

19 June: Is Dove Soap Actually Soap? In case you’ve always wondered.

18 June: I’ve said this before, but I really wish there was a Wirecutter equivalent for India. Most items they review or recommend aren’t easily …

16 June: From time to time, this whole iCloud synching thing seems so brittle, especially on the Mac. Error messages are far and few in between and often it …

14 June: The Orion/M42 Nebula. Shot using my regular Fuji X-T20 with an old 85mm lens, with no tracker or guide. Processed using Siril and Affinity Photo. Must …

14 June: The WhatsApp Hold

13 June: Is Dark Mode Such A Good Idea?: I’ve decided to stop using dark mode across all of my devices, because research suggests that going to the dark side …

12 June: One of the things I miss doing most these days is going to the railway station, camera in hand to capture everday scenes. On a bright November …

11 June: After the rain. 📷

10 June: I have a lot more to say about Affinity Photo soon, but I love its near flawless implementation of 32-bit editing. I am able to tease out so much more …

08 June: My city, Bengaluru, has done remarkably well in the first few months of the virus outbreak to contain its spread. We’ve had less than 500 cases …

03 June: To get the sound take everything that is not the sound drop it Down a well, listen. Then drop the sound. Listen to the difference Shatter. Epitaph: …

01 June: I like the way this series is shaping up. I think I might just invest a bit more time in processing them and making prints available. 📷

31 May: Dialects

30 May: A misfortune can swell for a long, long time in the mind. While goodness shrinks down to a hard shell. I reach for the hammer, but it doesn’t …

29 May: This evening it poured rain, but before that the light was just absolutely gorgeous. iPhone portrait mode with the Stage Light Mono setting, a piece …

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

20 May: Jonathan Hoefler on saying farewell to The Quick Brown Fox. A most delightful and nerdy typography read.

19 May: I am not a huge fan of brutalist inspired design, most of all in typopgrahy. But these are strange, ragged times and I am increasingly being drawn to …

18 May: I keep revisiting this piece on Farnam Street to remind myself on the work required to have an opinion: ”The difference between the people who do the …

16 May: Shadow and light and grain. 📷

13 May: At this point in time, writing about macOS email clients, especially for Gmail, feels like shouting into The Abyss. Millions of words written and …

12 May: Sobering work day realisation - Cory Doctorow is right: But “contact tracing” apps don’t actually do contact tracing. Real contact …

11 May: Random thoughts and notes: Finally wrapped up watching The Clone Wars. Along with The Mandalorian and Jedi Fallen Order, the best Star Wars of the …

10 May: Cover me over In dusk and dust and dreams. Cover me over And leave me alone. Cover me over, You tireless, great. Hear me and cover me, Bringers of …

06 May: I like it when one is not certain what one sees. When we do not know why the photographer has taken a picture and when we do not know why we are …

06 May: I wake myself imagining the shape of the day and where I will find myself within it. Language is not often in that shape, but sentences survive …

05 May: Sometimes, magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect. — Teller

04 May: A Bag of Chips

02 May: The Papers

01 May: Evidence the rain leaves behind.

28 April: Where does the ripple in the sky begin? Behind the mountains holding the waters in. — Charles Tomlinson 📷

28 April: Blue Sweaters

28 April: Pickings on the morning run. 📷 There’s a small flower patch that I circle a few times, so at the end of the run, I pick a few, come back home and set …

27 April: Struggle of the times: Trying to find a face mask that is protective, fits well and at the same time makes sure my glasses don’t run down my …

26 April: The baby radishes are just about ready for harvest. Planning on making a simple roasted radish salad. The seeds were planted just a bit before the …

25 April: Via Dan Cohen: A reminder that the Digital Public Library of America has thousands of high-quality ebooks in EPUB format to download to e-readers, as …

24 April: This New Home

24 April: 3 links of interest: David Sedaris on confronting his father’s imminent death. Mariano Pascual’s brilliant surreal illustrations about life in …

23 April: Reading Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet.

23 April: I’ve been mulling over what public transport in India will have to be post May 3rd when the lockdown lifts. There is no scenario in which a …

22 April: Streets Naomi Shihab Rye A man leaves the world and the streets he lived on grow a little shorter. One more window dark in this city, the figs on his …

21 April: Tuesday afternoon office hours.

20 April: Makeshift trellis in the works. Hopefully, I can do something more robust soon, with more climbers coming off the balcony railing.

20 April: I deal with tons of tabular data at work these days, mostly in CSV, but when the odd Excel turns up, it annoys the hell out of me when columns with …

19 April: Alain de Botton on why we should all value pessimism more: It’s time to recognize how odd and counterproductive is the optimism on which we have …

19 April: Do not forget old friends you knew long before I met you the times I know nothing about being someone who lives by himself and only visits you on a …

18 April: Last of the Semaphores at Jaisalmer

17 April: Ever since Apple yanked support for Internet radio stations from iTunes with macOS Catalina, I’ve been a really happy user of The …

16 April: Today was a crazy work day, but soldiered on and managed to import most posts from the old Hugo blog to here. More work on that front tomorrow. In …

16 April: This morning, photographing yellow veins. 📷

16 April: Wondering if there is a way to import a Hugo blog deployed via Github → Netlify to M.b without manually recreating all the entries. @manton

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

15 April: Next steps (mostly as note to myself): Relearn to post here first Import entries from the Hugo blog Fill out a few of the other pages Tweak design, …

15 April: Most social media has made it easy to follow other people, perhaps way easier than it needs to be. I’ve spent the last 15 minutes trying to …

15 April: Finally on micro.blog! After much waffling between this, Blot and Wordpress.

2019

20 July: The Far, The Past, The Invisible

20 July: Stillness

20 July: Feet Up

20 July: MG Road with Kodak Tri-X Film

18 May: 4.30am at Cantonment

18 May: Kyoto Evenings

18 May: Kyoto Red

18 May: Fuji San

02 March: A Boat Ride

14 February: The Great Indian Hornbill

21 January: Float Above the World

2018

30 December: Water So Clear

16 November: Kyagar Tso

12 November: Vetiver

23 September: The Moorish Mosque of Kapurthala

01 August: The Best Fruit Juice in the World

28 June: On a Cold February Morning

23 June: Homework Time at Dorje’s

21 June: Where is The Milkman?

21 June: Nataraja in Bronze

21 June: Abandoned

19 May: Aduthurai

30 April: Reading John Berger

13 April: On Making Ramen

2017

30 November: Kovaipudur

21 November: Scenes from a Subway

19 October: Travel

01 September: The Balladeer

01 September: Kofta

28 August: Kipling’s Trains

26 August: A Rajasthan Sunset

28 May: Father

12 March: Mahalakshmi Tiffin Room

15 February: Belur

2016

14 September: Light From Far

11 September: Chandrataal

30 June: Waiting

30 June: A Bench

10 April: Nikal re, mian? I am moving cities. In a week’s time, I’ll be saying sayonara to Hyderabad after having lived here for more than 20 years. Sure, I …

30 January: Phulera

29 January: Jodhpur

2015

24 August: Home Is...

06 August: Gently Flows The Sharavati

01 March: Arrival

2014

12 March: Climb Mountains

04 March: Going Home

2013

23 November: Rettai Vaal Kuruvi

07 March: Junagadh Reflections

22 January: Bangalore Cantt.

2012

05 September: The Train Driver

19 August: A Bombay Morning

2009

21 December: Dhoom Macha Le

11 September: Guntakal

17 August: Mughalsarai

05 August: Orissa Walking

08 February: Calcutta On My Mind

11 January: On the Beach at Somnath

2008

25 December: The Kite Flier of Benaras

24 December: A Winter Sunrise

11 September: Work Hats

2007

18 April: Pray