I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.
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Fondation Beyeler – Monet 21

Cabane des douaniers at Varengeville. Monet painted this lovely cliff-top cottage from many angles. Unlike the earlier work I posted, the cottage here does not melt into the background, it sticks out from the cliff and challenges the horizon; it’s vertical and diagonal lines contrast with the horizontal ones nature has laid out. Even the … Continue reading

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 20

On the cliff at Pourville. The afternoon haze blurs the boats as the gaze goes farther afield, the cliff is an unsteady base to stand on; and yet, I could sit on the edge of the precipice for hours, watching time sail by.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 19

The cliffs at Etretat. Another of Monet’s favorite subjects; he painted the cliffs and the sea from all angles. Of course, this isn’t the more famous part of the cliffs, the arch (which I assume is on the other side of this angle, behind the artist) might possibly lay claim to that and Monet painted … Continue reading

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 18

City by the sea. The air is warmer in this work; the tone is summer, the breeze saturated. The tree in the foreground is suddenly what you are thankful for!


A short sabbatical, and I hope to be back soon. Take care and stay strong.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 17

One of Monet’s seascapes. He chooses his place carefully, the sunlight catching the city at just the right angle. Placed perfectly between the green canopies of the trees, the azure of the sky and the deeper blues of the ocean, it seems suspended in mid-air. Why is there no path to it visible, I wondered.

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 16

A windswept hillside, a lazy afternoon, a house arising in the distance. Monet made the building almost organic in the way it merges with the hill it rests atop. This isn’t a place where the human presence predominates, we are just a small cog in the vast machine…

Mundane Monday #100

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 15

Oat and Poppy field – Giverny 1890. The sky is almost featureless, contrasting the riotous reds run amok on the field below…

Fondation Beyeler – Monet 14

The Petit Creuse river. How vivid the rippling water, the jagged hills, the sun-dappled heath!