Pratik

04 Jan 2022

But on the other hand, I like this fan for when I’m on the pot.

PS. Photo taken when NOT on the pot.

04 Jan 2022

Quite a contraption to have above your head while in the shower. False ceiling would’ve helped here. Especially unnerving coz one of my friend’s mom died when a bathroom water heater burst.

04 Jan 2022

The mornings & evenings are smoky but on the plus side, it makes for great sunrises and sunsets.

02 Jan 2022

The municipal corporation of the town just sent healthcare workers to our home coz they knew I had traveled from outside India. They ended up testing everyone in the house. Quite an endeavor for a country with a billion+ people

02 Jan 2022

After a depressing New Year’s Eve 1, I decided to start my new year with an early morning walk around my hometown field, or as we called it, ground. It has changed quite a bit since my childhood days. It is more structured with a boundary wall, areas demarcated for exercise equipment, cricket nets, tennis, and badminton court.

Barns School, one of the few English medium schools around during my time, is still around with its haphazard near-dilapidated structure propped up by ad-hoc structural improvements. Recently, the Society restricted their use of the ground by erecting a fence to separate the school property from the society.

With an adjacent space for small meetings, the small local temple has expanded into a more significant community center. I don’t know what it’s used for because I’ve only seen people outside its locked doors. Believe it or not, I used to attend “_sanskar warg_” (cultural classes) back in the day where a bunch of kids led by an elderly lady used to memorize and recite Sanskrit shlokas (verses) from The Bhagwad Gita. Although I’m an atheist now, I still remember enough from one chapter that I had fully memorized.

When not used for weddings or cultural festivals like Dandiya Ras, the rest of the ground is open to all kids who live either in the Society or anywhere else in town for all outdoor activities, although 95% play cricket. It’s the perfect melting pot for kids of all communities, ages, and backgrounds. There have been minor attempts to keep out the “outsiders,” but thankfully, none of it has worked.

I made nearly ten rounds along the walking trail or about 2 miles. I’m sure I got some looks from the regular newcomer wearing a Route 66 t-shirt with black Nike shorts. People here usually do not have walking outfits, and although shorts are now more common, people will still do their walks in button-down shirts and pants that they would otherwise wear to work.

Later in the day, I took a short walk in the town, although I didn’t venture too far. I still saw some stores around when we were kids, e.g., Anand Stores is where we bought our cricket bats, balls, and if our parents felt generous, stumps too. The local cycle (bike) store where I bought my first bike is also around, although it looks so much smaller now and is relegated to a basement location and replaced on top by fancy clothing stores. I might take another walk and shoot some pictures of the order in the chaos.

I spent the evening catching up with a couple of my high school friends who are married to each other and talking about our struggles with parenting, the rising cost of college in India2, better digital payment options in India, and of course, our high school days of crushing on girls. Much liquor was consumed, and plenty of takeout food was had. I finally stumbled home close to midnight.


  1. I had to accompany my mother to a wake for their friend’s wife who succumbed to lung cancer at 9pm. [return]
  2. If you think college got expensive in the U.S., you would be blown up by the rate of increase of college costs in India. [return]
02 Jan 2022

Chuffed to see that my hometown named a road after the school that my mom founded and ran for 35 years.

02 Jan 2022

My mortgage bank wouldn’t let me open their website from India. No error message either. But I’m sure they still want my mortgage payment. Glad I have a VPN for such situations.

01 Jan 2022

Haha! It’s always fun to read the ‘On This Day’ entries in my DayOne journal

01 Jan 2022

Happy New Year to folks who’ve already crossed the midnight hour!

31 Dec 2021

The view from the home I grew up in has changed (more green) but is also a floor up now coz my parents demolished the original house & moved into an apartment at the same location.

28 Dec 2021

Tested negative for the pre-flight COVID test. Completed Air Suvidha, the self-declaration form including details for contact tracing that India requires. Bags packed (must not forget toothbrush). All set for my trip to India tomorrow.

28 Dec 2021

Major Purchases in 2021

Thanks to Kaa’s post, I, too, decided to take a second look at what we bought and regularly use (or not) in 2021. I use...
27 Dec 2021

Any idea why the avatars are center-aligned in the comments for the Ink theme? I don’t have any custom CSS that’s to blame. I’ve dug around the CSS for the theme but nothing there. Also, no replies template file.

27 Dec 2021

I just weighed my one (and only) checked bag for my India trip. I’m almost done packing, and the bag is still 13 lbs underweight. This would be considered blasphemous for all Indians that fly.

27 Dec 2021

Are we sure Don’t Look Up is not a documentary?

27 Dec 2021

How to ensure that you don’t work on Christmas 🙃

26 Dec 2021

Who else had their email alias that they set up as ‘Email to Reply’ get instantly crawled by spambots?

26 Dec 2021

I’m glad the Griswolds down the street are still at it

26 Dec 2021

Tandoori chicken and rack of lamb for Christmas dinner

26 Dec 2021

Pre-Christmas dinner snack

26 Dec 2021

I’ve gone from wanting an afternoon nap to needing it.

26 Dec 2021

Took 50 hours to get the result but relieved.

25 Dec 2021

The Christmas gift has already been assembled

24 Dec 2021

The results from our PCR test from yesterday are still not available. In-laws are waiting to hear before they leave home. They’re only a couple of hours away, so not a big deal, but now I’m concerned if my PCR test on Monday will come in time for my flight on Wednesday morning.

24 Dec 2021

Micro.blog celebrates Christmas (and other global holidays) for two days, starting with folks in New Zealand and ending with those in Hawaii 🥳