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New year, new blog post

7th January 2018

2017 was a fulfilling year, in more ways than one. On the professional front, it was my first year as an independent content strategist, and I am happy to report that I didn’t spend my days (well, not all of them) in my PJs. One of the most exciting projects I worked on was developing content for the Geist website. I had so much fun working with the team that I didn’t want to stop at just that – I now lead…

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36 hours in Kolkata

21st March 2016

When I heard last month that Lagori was scheduled to play in Kolkata on the 19th of March, I pulled out my phone to check the calendar. This was an excellent opportunity for me to tag along and try and explore a city I’d heard so much about. Luckily, the gig fell on a Saturday which meant we could stay on a day after to see as much as we could within that short time. In the days leading up to…

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The Planner Diaries – Favourite Filofax Personal Printables

28th April 2015

I have recently begun trying to seriously use the gorgeous Filofax Raspberry Personal Saffiano organizer I bought at the end of last year. So this means entering the world of “personalizing” an organizer, and much of my efforts to create a system that works for me have been fuelled by some lovely printables I found on Etsy. Yes, these cost money – but hey! Instant downloads, so instant gratification 🙂 Here are some of my favourite Filofax personal (paper size 3.7″ x…

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My thoughts on “If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai”

3rd April 2015

“You have five minutes to pick a book”, said G as we raced towards our gate in the domestic terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport. No, we weren’t actually late – we just really wanted to make sure we had time to grab a bowl of mini idlis in sambar before we boarded the flight. This has apparently become some Lagori tradition, and I really didn’t want to be responsible for them breaking it! But I have my own traditions, and one…

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My TripAdvisor review of Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort (Alappuzha)

1st April 2015

Read this on TripAdvisor We stayed at this Lemon Tree property for 2N/3D at the end of March 2015. Right off the bat, the staff were extremely courteous and accommodating by making sure our room was ready despite our early arrival. The surprise was the complimentary upgrade to a Superior Lakeview Room – we had already got an excellent deal, and this was a perfect beginning! The building itself is beautiful – charming Kerala-style architecture with lots of greenery. The…

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A Kindle fan visits Blossoms

17th March 2015

If there’s one device that’s changed my life, it’s the Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation). And where was I when I came to this conclusion? In a book shop. I met up with my college friend N at Church Street Social over the weekend. She got to Church Street before I did, so she made a trip to Blossom Book House (affectionately known as ‘Blossoms’) as I hurriedly made my way through Bangalore traffic. Naturally, I spied the mountain of books she had bought…

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The Feb 20th saga

21st February 2015

Birthdays are a big deal in the Chitnis household. Hints about gifts are dropped over months. Requests for favourite dishes are made. Parties are planned weeks in advance. A meal out in a nice restaurant is mandatory. I grew up with these traditions, because for my dad, his birthday in particular was always about spending time with the family. In 2008, this changed a bit. This was the year I first began rationing my time on Feb 20th between spending…

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Thank you, Bangalore Baptist Hospital

7th June 2014

There are really only a handful of places that I really saw my father “feel at home” in  apart from our own house. One was my grandmother’s house in Germany, another was Goa, and a fourth — and the reason why I am writing this post — was Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH). It sounds strange, but towards the last days of his life, my father decided he wanted to be in the hospital instead of at home. More specifically, he…

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