After 21 years I will move back to India. I was a teenager when my family emigrated to the Silicon Valley. I leave New York in December 2018. Chronicles of this change is this podcast. Episodes are recorded during travel on different modes of transportation, beginning with the G that connects Brooklyn and Queens.
Easiest check-in ever.
The moon and clouds from a window at home.
Making peace with the layover at Narita.
The title are the words of the 15 year old guide Arun who accompanied me on the trek to Triund. Weeks after this experience I feel the need to go even higher and to the next trek. Arun was an excellent guide and a very bright young man from Dharamkot.
The protection and power of the 700 shlokas of the Goddess
Keep walking, keep working and never give up.
making a record of whenever I feel happy and light and calm ... when I do what I promised myself.
I want to remember great days. I want to remember who I am on great days. Creative process is the key for me.
when you know you need to do something
Trying to listen to spring
Once again to the Mission Peak.
I want to remember how these past two weekend days made me feel happy because I was productive, I gave my 100% attention to things I wanted to do. I was exhausted in a good way.
daring to go a little further may show you a new path that takes you exactly where you need to be.
Lucky to have the friends I do.
coincidence with those dates
First bit from start of a hike, never recorded the top ... forgot. Second is with news of Michael gone ... I will never forget him, our Walter Kaufmann.
Do nothing. Say nothing. Just wait.
More cow moos and less drone please
Been in the bay since July and had not come by to Ocean Beach in SF. Also first visit to SF this visit. October, I'm here with water touching my feet.
I don't want to forget
Back home. India at the Olympics
Social distancing on a full flight?? Say what ?
Clouds and mountains play here. Unfortunately the kind of people you want to avoid end up in the place you arrive in.
Blasting rain after a hot humid week is what is needed all the time. Going to the bay soon.
Rain. New friends. Next Phase
The world as I know it is one disconnected mess. Photo is of a bookhouse I created using recycled wood I've been collecting.
I have Covid
Some shitty self-doubt
Writing Acting Directing Theatre Festival... most theatre ever.
so .. basically I don't think anything has united Indians in the recent past as much as this victory.... also Dravid definitely groomed the youth that brought the victory. #teamIndia #cricket #indvsaus #dravid
the temptation that is attention.
How do I describe me ? I thought
Fontwala is getting its first reading tonight for my ears and for some creative friends whose feedback I value. Nervous excited and looking forward to it a lot.
I get worked up in this one, but I whole-heartedly believe we need these conversations.
continuous light show from the sky with almost no sound. somewhere it is thundering but we don't hear it... till much later. Also sorry about audio in the last episode, got jacked up in the middle ... ugh. The episode image is actually that brief clip from a video of lightening at midnight.
rain surprise. you wish it rains for days and then in the middle of the night it arrives ... waking up to rain.
The lockdown in India is opening up. The cases are rising and #blacklivesmatter is rising and rising in the United States. Here is some reflection about what solidarity means when you are far from the country you've lived most of your life in.
Watch things grow.
Hmm, it may have been a koyal afterall. It was still nice to hear in the morning.
The time before the sun rises. I wake up at that time nowadays. Recounting what the last two months have been about.
Two months have passed since the lockdown was announced in India. More detailed episodes coming soon. I will be foregoing the requirement of recording only on transportation modes, as I have all the episodes in the past, due to the limitations of these strange times.
a recent incident, we gotta keep it together amongst all this hatred.
I am excited about performing.
The exciting last weekends of 2019. The one main lesson from the year. Image from the festive Bengali market where I was headed for a meeting.
one week since back been sick been working been hustlin' what is a sunday
this is the street of our home in California. My parents live here. I am leaving it again. I have visited many times and left it so many times.
Breakthrough with play structure. Charlie Kaufmann as my inspiration for NaNoWrimo
new station changes to what used to be an every day commute a few years back. warm springs is the new last station. no more sleeping till the last station, which was home.
In the bay area this month, happen to visit San Francisco and find a clear day. blue sky. no fog. Was there to watch a rehearsal. I always find a theatre and I am happy I was there to eventually find my way into a theatre.