To Calcutta and Beyond: Gap Year Week 23

After Delhi, I went to Calcutta. My mother had her 25th college reunion, and I met my family there for two slow days in the city. Continue reading “To Calcutta and Beyond: Gap Year Week 23”

Oceans of the Mind: Gap Year Week 20

I first encountered Robert MacFarlane in the mountains. To be fair, I saw his The Old Ways first in a labyrinthine London bookstore, and began reading it outside a tiny Singapore salon. But words mean different things in different places and so my first real encounter with Robert MacFarlane was three years ago, perched on the porch of a small Italian inn miles from civilization, waiting for the sunset to edge the Dolomites into shadows. Continue reading “Oceans of the Mind: Gap Year Week 20”

Diving Deep: Gap Year Week 19

I’m not in Singapore anymore. Two weeks ago, I said good-bye to my parents at the airportand left for Sri Lanka. I will admit a certain lack of novelty in the destination: this is my second time in the country this gap year, after a weeklong family holiday back in June. Continue reading “Diving Deep: Gap Year Week 19”