Musings of an overseas Indian: adapting Hindu customs for the diaspora

Musings of an overseas Indian: adapting Hindu customs for the diaspora

I’ve been a minority my whole life. In Singapore, I’m Indian. In India, I’m Singaporean. In Britain, I’m Asian. In Japan, I’m a gaigokujin. Foreigner. The essence of who I am is truly lost in all the labels that people keep giving me. I went to the National Gallery in Singapore last weekend, and the docent told me – ‘Enjoy the rest of your stay here’. No, the comment did not annoy me. To be honest, I thought it was quite amusing. Our preconceived notions about who and what people are can be startlingly different from the truth.  Continue reading Musings of an overseas Indian: adapting Hindu customs for the diaspora

The Red Flags: Dealing with Difficult People

The Red Flags: Dealing with Difficult People

I’ve known a few people like that. People who won’t listen to reason. People who cannot make a decision for the collective benefit of all. They create situations where they win and you lose. There is no point in trying to reason with them. No matter what you say, do or explain – they will simply refuse to listen or understand your point of view. They are right. You are wrong. End of story.  Continue reading The Red Flags: Dealing with Difficult People

The Expat Returns Home: playing tour guide in Singapore

The Expat Returns Home: playing tour guide in Singapore

I’ve been a traveller on the road for the past 12 years so it’s strange to suddenly find myself back home and playing tour guide to visitors from abroad. I used to do it a lot growing up. I come from a family of merchants – and hosting our international suppliers was part of my job description. But 12 years can change a lot – especially in fast-paced Singapore.  Continue reading The Expat Returns Home: playing tour guide in Singapore

The Dodgy Art of Managing Impressions: social media and superficiality

The Dodgy Art of Managing Impressions: social media and superficiality

We live in a world where people have mastered the art of managing impressions. There’s fake news everywhere. Fake followers. Fake lives. Fake well… everything. The filters and perfected poses make our lives look better than they really are. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at some of the things I encounter on social media. Continue reading The Dodgy Art of Managing Impressions: social media and superficiality

Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

I first read Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba in Melbourne some eight years ago. The graphic novel was a gift from my friend Tal for my birthday. The images stuck with me. This morning, I remembered the novel and re-read it. It awakened in me something that I hadn’t felt for a long time. Their story inspired me to write my own. Continue reading Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Yom Kippur, the Five of Swords and Forgiveness: a meditation

Yom Kippur, the Five of Swords and Forgiveness: a meditation

I came to the epiphany yesterday that it is only a person who is in a tremendous amount of pain that can inflict that pain on another. And whilst I don’t have anything I really want to atone for – there’s still people I need to forgive. Because if I do not do that, I will continue to suffer long after they’ve gone from my life. Continue reading Yom Kippur, the Five of Swords and Forgiveness: a meditation