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A bamboo cluster in Lal Bagh blossomed and is now fruiting what’s called bamboo rice. Bamboos flower and fruit every 45 years or so. Collected a few that were scattered on the earth as keepsake on a heritage walk organized by Women on Wanderlust (WOW) and led by Bangalore Walks’ Vijay Thiruvady.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

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© Anuradha Prasad 2018

a twitter stream of birds
perched on a gulmohar
characterless.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

My neighborhood is getting noisier, pubs and resto-bars aplenty. And then this sweet little place pops up. Dhyaana School of Wellbeing and Café is the newest kid on the block and a super fresh (like healthy) kid at that. I haven’t ventured into the studio yet. Happy stretching my limbs at home led by my feline yogi, Rosa. But I did catch a wonderful Sufi music performance there.

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Now the café…I can’t get enough of it. It is just as well that the food and smoothies are all healthy besides being delicious. The first dish I had was from their Buddha Bowls assortment, the Southern Buddha – millet upma served with chutney, sliced banana, jaggery, and spouted beans. I love their Khichdi Bowl sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, crispy papad and the contrasting coolness of cucumber and yogurt on the side. It is comforting, tasty, and nourishing. As are the lunch trays with variations over the week. Ideal for someone (me) who hates cooking and eats out all the time. Masala chai and the raw chocolate brownie are my order staples. If you need to find me, just look out for the one with the-world’s-a-rockin’ grin biting into a brownie. I have been hankering for some caffeine, so let’s wait and watch if some organic coffee will make its way to the menu.

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Did I mention that the ambience is lovely? Well, it is. An intelligent use of space and high on aesthetic appeal. Low white tables and chairs; little tent cards with quotes; stacks of books; glass jugs filled with the transparent cool of water and the green zing of mint; friendly folks; incandescent yellow bulbs suspended from twisty ropes, the frayed ends softening their bright gaze; and a mural of the Buddha peacefully emerging from multicolored strokes.

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My happy place, brings out the Zen in me in full force.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

bengaluru fantastic

My short story ‘Sheela Makes Her Bed‘ is up on Muse India’s Jan-Feb 2018 issue. Grateful to the editor Smita for publishing it. I wrote it while doing a course on social issues and identities. Do give it a read 🙂

 

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so the goal was to buy books under inr 200 and by authors i haven’t read with a little room to cheat. the result was this. © Anuradha Prasad 2018

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singer of sea songs, swimmer of seas, a dancing breeze, i live in the sway of trees. i wear purple in my eyes, green on my lips, a halo of nothingness flows over me, a puddle of gathering questions at my feet. flaming petals flaming fish flaming heart, there’s the ash of me. perceiver of light, see me in the dark-gowned pirouetting dream. moon gazing white, set alight by the sun. seeing everything, remaining unseen. wanting everything, taking nothing. this is where moths come to breathe.

zazen life.

zazen death.

© Anuradha Prasad 2018

a gathering cloud of thoughts at a workshop with hebrew-english poet, gili haimovich

 

Life took an unexpected turn this year. I turned social. What’s left of it is experience. Jepson says, ‘Everything is an education in writing’. Ready to shed skin, settle back into myself, and write.

Books (contd.)

  • Patty Yumi Cottrell’s Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
  • Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
  • George Orwell’s The Animal Farm
  • Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X
  • Scott F. Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned
  • Natalie Goldberg’s The Long Quiet Road
  • Julie Buntin’s Marlena
  • Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen and Moon Shadow
  • D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love
  • Isabel Hugan’s The Elizabeth Stories
  • Emma Cline’s The Girls
  • Dot Hutchinson’s The Butterfly Garden

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  • Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park
  • Elif Bautman’s The Idiot
  • Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy
  • Anais Nin’s A Spy in the House of Love
  • Bod Dylan’s Chronicles Vol. 1
  • Lalita Iyer’s The Whole Shebang: Sticky Bits about Being a Woman
  • Rochelle D’Silva’s When Home is an Idea
  • Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark
  • Bob Dylan’s Tarantula
  • Gili Haimovich’s Sideways Roots
  • Lauren Elkin’s Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London
  • Ivy Pochoda’s Wonder Valley
  • Patti Smith’s Devotion
  • Kate Chopin’s The Awakening

 Screen (contd.)

  • Tallulah
  • Tiny Furniture
  • Notes on a Scandal
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • Following
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Trainspotting
  • Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight
  • Annie Hall
  • Heathers
  • Fargo

manifesto

  • Endless Poetry
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Fatima
  • A Woman, a Part
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour
  • The Beguiled
  • À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)
  • Up in the Air
  • Choker Bali
  • Angry Indian Goddesses
  • Manifesto
  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  • Lady Bird
  • Wanted, Top of the Lake, Mindhunter, Unabomber

Miscellaneous Stories

People adored: Many

People un-adored: Also many

Crimes committed: One, could easily be three

Nature of crime: Classified

Kittens rescued (and loved): Four

Squirrels rescued (spoils of Rosa’s hunts): Two

Fun things: Horse riding

Indulgences: Caffeine. Blueberry cheesecake is a close second with stiff competition from churros.

Contemplations: Why fall in love when you can fall asleep?

Stuck on:

 

Still laughing:

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© Anuradha Prasad 2017

 

Bengaluru Fantastic, a tech + art event at Rangoli Metro Art Center, MG Road

© Anuradha Prasad 2017

An overcast sky. Devoid of the golden hour glow. Alumni engaged in a game of volleyball. Across the grounds, cricket, football, mostly cricket. Pedestal with a flag pole. Two girls studying, sitting on the steps. In uniforms, its shade, zaffre. At the back, a building in ruins. Possibly an anglo-vernacular school, they say. Chipping cream paint. Beneath it, its original apple red. Crumbling structure. More empty space than walls. A black cat freezes. The green looks greener. Inside the main building, the top floor is abandoned. Dust-coated broken benches. Cobwebs heavy with grime. Shafts of light beam through glass. High roofs. An overlap of european and vernacular elements.

The Façade

The Interiors

The Ruins

Fort High School, Photographic Documentation of Historic Buildings, a workshop by INTACH Bangalore

© Anuradha Prasad 2017