Another milestone reached. Aasim leaves for Drexel tonight

For all these years we have been preparing ourselves for this day. The day when Aasim will leave for the US for his undergraduate studies. He has secured an admission in Drexel University, Philadelphia, with a decent scholarship and will be attending the Close School of Entrepreneurship. He is flying to the US directly from Nagpur tonight, thanks to Qatar Airways flight via Doha.

There is excitement, and anxiety but also a reassurance that he will do well for himself. Being in Pune for the last two years has taught him vital lessons in survival though by no means all the life lessons. Those he will learn as he grows and grows up. While a parent can not stop being a parent ever, as parents, a major part of “upbringing a child” for us is over. We now have to take a backseat and just be there for him whenever he wants us. We too are preparing ourselves for this role.

So here’s to the future. Aasim’s and ours. Cheers!


गौरी। कुछ ५ साल की थी जब उसकी माँ इलाहबाद की गर्मियों की चपेट में आ गयी और २ दिन में ही इस दुनिया से चली गयीं उम्र इतनी नहीं थी कि सब कुछ समझ पाती, मगर पापा थे, भैया थे, दादी थीं, तीनों बुआ थीं. खयाल रखने वाले काफ़ी लोग थे। ज़िन्दगी इतनी बुरी … Continue reading गौरी

The 200 km brevet that I failed to complete

Behind the scenes A Brevet or Randoneering is a long distance cycling event in which the cyclist attempts to complete a distance of 200 km or more, passing through predetermined and timed checkpoints, completing the entire distance in a given time. I started cycling after a break of 25 years in November and was happy doing small … Continue reading The 200 km brevet that I failed to complete

From a boy to a man. Aasim graduates from UWC Mahindra College

Two years back, in August 2014, we sent our boy, Aasim to a UWC. Two days back, on May 21, 2016, he completed his IB and graduated from MUWCI (United World College, Mahindra College, India). While we saw him changing during his time at MUWCI, and we had expected that he would, it was a pleasure … Continue reading From a boy to a man. Aasim graduates from UWC Mahindra College

I couldn’t have asked for more!

It’s been 22 years to our marriage. Over the years, we have had many adventures together. My wish today is for us to keep having fun all our lives after all,  YLOO – You live only once.  No, not YOLO. Right, Aasim? 😛 Thanks for the lovely gift of the Surly Long Haul Truker, I … Continue reading I couldn’t have asked for more!

Turning back

साल २०१५ अगर ठहरी फिर से ये नज़र तो देख लूँगी आँख भर फिर न जाने कब सितारे ज़मीं पर बिखरें अगर थमी कभी ये राह तो पूछूँगी उससे क्यों भागा करती है बेपरवाह क्या जल्दी है गुज़र जाने की अगर रुका कभी ये वक्त तो गुज़ारिश करूँगी ज़रा सा पलटने की कुछ लम्हे दोबारा … Continue reading Turning back

Aasim is 18

It has been 18 years  – I look back and remember the day when the tiny bundle of joy had finally arrived. Since this wasn’t a child who cried too much I can’t say wailing, screaming bundle, but a bundle of joy nevertheless.  Although like most new borns, he did keep us awake at night … Continue reading Aasim is 18