My Lockdown Diary

I will be honest; this blog post is mostly an exercise in self – indulgence. I say that because unlike my previous posts which may be considered purposeful reviews of books, activities or movies, this post is all about my lockdown experience.

Everybody has a lockdown story – some more inspiring and heroic than others. Mine, I suspect, is quite ordinary and perhaps not worth jotting down.

So, why write it?

3 Books that will make your Long Flight and Holiday enjoyable

Poets and philosophers have often called life a journey that one should try to enjoy as much as possible. True as this thought is, real journeys aren’t always the most enjoyable – and if you are a commoner like me and travel in economy, well, journeys can sometimes be difficult 🙂

Wild Wild Country: Netflix’s unbelievable saga of Sex, Drugs, Guns and Rock & Roll

Wild Wild Country is a real potboiler that has enough sex & drugs, romance, murder plot and mysticism all combined in one – making it a story that can put even bestselling paperbacks to shame.

India, the land of mystics and gurus, is certainly no stranger to the idea of ‘god men’. But the kind of cult that Osho left behind is commendable even by India’s own historical and spiritual standards.

My Vipassana Experience in Dhamma Thali Ashram at Jaipur in Rajasthan

Yes, you are right, full ten days with no technology, no reading or writing, no music, no exercising, no sex or alcohol and strict adherence to noble silence (no verbal or non-verbal communication). And no, I was not in a prison but in Vipassana.

I am here talking about Vipassana meditation retreat that I recently attended in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I am writing this for my friends & family, and others who are curious to hear about my Vipassana experience before they take their plunge.

Well, I understand the need for a feedback here when in the age of internet some people do not buy even a toothbrush without having read an online review. And over here we are talking about much more valuable – your time, 11 days’ commitment to a meditation retreat.

So, was it worth it? Was it good? Will I recommend it? For the answer you will have to read through this article and come up with you own answer. It is a long article but worth the read –  you may just want to grab a cuppa before we start?.

Three Man in a Boat

Three Men In A Boat (to say nothing of the dog)

The preface of Jerome Klapka Jerome’s delightful little book begins with ‘The chief beauty of this book lies not so much in its literary style…as in its simple truthfulness…George and Harris and Montmorency are…things of flesh and blood – especially George, who weighs about twelve stone.’ These lines not only describe the book perfectly, but also outline what a reader can expect from it.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is the first book that I have picked to review it for the site. Sapiens makes it to one of my top reads in 2018 and  is also on of my all-time favourite book.

I always thought History is boring. Only after reading Sapiens I realised that my school text books were boring and not the History. Dr. Hariri’s elegant, crisp and clear writing shows how History can be just as interesting and engaging as any other genere.

Without trying to sounds pretentious, I found book quite existential at some level and made me think quite deeply about certain aspect life I thought I knew and the future. How? Read on.