Roots: Gap Year Week 26

"After a week in the unfamiliarity of the Andamans, I was looking forward to the five days in Vizag. No one will take care of you like your grandparents do, my mother reminded me just before I arrived. Finally, I was reaching somewhere like home."

To Calcutta and Beyond: Gap Year Week 23

A sudden, selfish urge rose within me to whitewash the world too. Wipe it clean of trash. Of buildings. Of people. Leaving only the things before myself. Before humanity.

Returns, Possibilities, and Fourth-Graders: Gap Year Week 21

Last week, I came back to Singapore after three weeks in Sri Lanka. It was a short return, admittedly—I am now elsewhere and continuing what’s now a firmly ingrained bad habit of avoiding any timeliness when writing blog posts. Short returns, though, will now be the norm, especially as I spend longer and longer periods… Continue reading Returns, Possibilities, and Fourth-Graders: Gap Year Week 21


Diving Deep: Gap Year Week 19

"This is why I’m taking a gap year—to come to things, new or old, and dive in headfirst without needing anything from it. For these firsts that let me see the world in fresh ways, over and over, from beneath the surface."