Friday evening at office. Unhurried conversation, weekend plans, the smell of coffee from the pantry.
I’m a blue shirt under neon lights.
It’s a slow day.
I open Facebook, and a few inane scrolls later, a photograph. Of a train turning left on its tracks amidst green country, the misty heights of a hill visible in the distance. I don’t scroll further.
The clock stops. Memory starts to tick.
The train is going to my university, Amrita, at the foothills of the Western Ghats, on the Palakkad-Coimbatore border in India. My favorite professor had shared this photograph, inviting this year’s graduating class back for its convocation, with the words that perhaps drew you here -
..there’s a train going somewhere you were once..
I was there, in that ‘once’ of a different time, as were many others. And that place, this train journey; they were my becoming. For a parched mind and a restless soul, those orange buildings in the hills became more than a place to study.
They became home.
It’s been four years. Four years since a magical time of dark clouds, endless rain, incessant laughter, beautiful books, my first discussions on literature, art and life, and my first real romance.
Somehow I have never been able to get over that place, somehow it remains inside me, bubbling up on the slightest stimuli, giving me that cold, hard pain of something lost in a different time.
The neon above me flickers.
I look at my watch.
The clock is ticking again.
In 15 minutes, things can change.
Spring (summer) Cleaning.
A piece of Soviet propaganda from the 1980s. I found it in my desk. I wonder how it got there.
A show piece. For actual work, people use the computer next to it. I wish I had one.
Today, I finally got around to watching 'Her', and to use a cliché, it made me feel emotions I haven't felt in a while.
Everything makes sense when you see a customized bar.
2 gulps down