On Falling In Love

John Steinbeck’s 1958 Letter On Falling In Love Nobel laureate John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) might be best-known as the author of East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters is an alternative biography of the iconic […]

Exploring Urban Loneliness With Edward Hopper

It’s Edward Hopper’s birth anniversary on July 22nd. Born in 1882, the prolific American realist painter evoked urban loneliness and disappointment with beautiful clarity. Half a century has passed since Hopper died but his popularity hasn’t waned. What is it about Hopper’s brand of melancholy that has struck a chord with so many? His works […]

Love Is Not Enough

One of these two men had a clear and realistic understanding of love. One of them did not. One of these men idealized love as the solution to all of his problems. One of them did not. One of these men was probably a narcissistic asshole. One of them was not. In our culture, many […]

For The Art Lover In You

First of all, I’m thrilled that Bangalore has got a fine new art gallery. Surrounded by water and vertical gardens, this is one place I’d like to visit again and again. ‘The Gallery’ is a non-commercial arts space set up by the RMZ Foundation inside the techno-concrete jungle that is the RMZ Ecoworld IT park. […]

A Priceless Gift

The most introspective of hearts tend to be the most sentimental. We cling to the smallest moments from our past because we fear that emotion will never come our way again. – Shannon L. Alder Some things we’re expected to keep: a graduation photo, an award you got in school, the property papers of the […]

Life As A Work In Progress

We were supposed to have it all figured out by now, weren’t we? We were supposed to know exactly what we wanted and exactly how to get it by now, isn’t that what we were told about being an adult? We were already supposed to be the person we imagined when we were 10-years old, […]