Taking the plunge.

It has been almost a year since I “started” this blog. I find it funny that I am writing now considering how this has been on my mind for so long. I have been toying with the idea of what my first post on this blog would look like, sometimes looking at photos from my travels this year (there have been quite a few of those this year, I tell you) and making repeated mental notes to write about them. Or, like yesterday when I was rearranging my wardrobe and wanted to write about this saree. Yet, it has taken this long, why?

Sometimes I wait too long. To make that perfect beginning, to want keep this place a reflection of my best. Now, this is really funny because, I intend for this space to be an honest me. After all, it is my life and times. Yet, I crave for a fantastic start. Like, when I start writing in a fresh notebook. I cannot tell you the amount of effort I put in making sure that the first page is my best writing, my best work. Sometimes, it takes too long. And something snapped. I don’t want to be that person anymore. I want to just start – and let it flow, uninterrupted by my unnecessary obsession for a “great” start.

So.

We moved. Again. From Singapore to UK. Surrey.  I still travel to sunny Singapore, am still a graduate student. And well, Singapore will always be my home, wherever I am. I found a third home I guess. At least I am warming up to the idea of UK being home. Before the big move, we heard all kinds of jokes from friends in Singapore about the 5 days of summer that London has, on how we must enjoy the sun while it lasts yada yada. Even the electrician who came to fix some stuff in our UK home didn’t understand why we would move from Singapore to England. I wish I could thrust this weather at them and see what jokes they make now. It has been so hot and sunny for two months now, sans the humidity that Singapore has in abundance (that we do not miss at all). I am not a sunny person. I mean, I enjoy sunshine but it does not decide my mood. I dislike hot and humid. I love winters (okay this maybe coming soon, but for now, I love them). It has been okay so far. I do like sunlight until 9 PM, so we are enjoying it (while it lasts).

We have found a home, all our shipment is unpacked. It was pretty daunting to see how much two people who do not have a hobby of collecting anything, can accumulate. I am not looking at you, books. Tsundoku is my thing, it adds value to our lives. At least I have convinced K of it. Seriously, all the travel and moving has made me watch videos on small homes and minimalism. I have not shopped for 2 months now, or maybe, three. It is liberating. That’s fodder for another day.

The thing is this. You don’t need much else to be happy about, in Surrey. There are so many wonderful surprises you encounter on a random walk in our neighbourhood, like this.

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If random walks lead to a gorgeous sunset behind that veil of green climbers, I am all for you, Surrey. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for us and what we make of you and our time here.

 

Namaste.

Namaste.

After much mulling, random 3 AM thoughts, pondering over coffee, flashes of inspiration from instagram and web-hopping , here I am. This isn’t the first time am foraying into the world of blogging/ internet diary-ing. I have had an active blog in the past for a couple of years before embarking on a new journey. Blogging has always been a creative expression of myself, one that is honest, liberating and joyful. I have shared my travels, little stories from my everyday life, experiments in the kitchen, movies I have liked and books that linger. My earlier writing delights me as much as it makes me cringe. But, am grateful I wrote them down because they make me bask in the past and remind me of how far I have come, of how some events all make sense now. And all those wonderful memories seem to become more concrete when worded. I may even repost and share some of them here.

I now feel like making a fresh start. A new space on the www. A new beginning. A lot of my reactions, opinions, ability to take perspectives, choices and perceptions have changed. Sometimes, I catch myself thinking of an issue and consciously realize how I would have formed an entirely different opinion or gone through a different thought process like 2 years back. My interests now span a diaspora of topics and I am raring to share my outlook here for myself and for any of you visiting me here. I am an aspiring polymath and look forward to sharing my thoughts and stories here. Do say a hi anytime!

Welcome. I’m Piyu.