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I should write…

It has been ages since I wrote something properly, and so much has happened in my life. Now I just need to find time – actually scratch that, I need to get the drive to write something properly.

So many drafts lying unpublished, so many stories lying without an end – should get back to those. I should write.

I should write about Hyderabad – my home for nearly 11 years – how badly I miss it. I should write about Munich, my new “home” – can I even call it that yet?  I should write more.

I should write about the new gadgets I’ve been using, but what is the use? Everybody uses the same. I should write about the apps I’m loving, but leave that too. At least I’ve been clicking photographs and publishing them on instagram – that is one good thing.

Well the conclusion is I should write, will get to it soon, hopefully!

Down the Road Hyderabad Launch

Down the Road was launched on Saturday at Hyderabad. I had been a nervous wreck during the launch of Urban Shots, thankfully on Saturday I was much calmer (looks like experience counts here too :) ).

Unveiling the book 'Down the Road'

Kunal & Ahmed

The launch was fun, had a few interesting conversations with the people attending. And I had my first chat with a reporter. Talked with a lady from Indian Express, and she asked me a lot of questions. I saw the article on the Indian Express website and even though my name has been printed incorrectly, I’ve been quoted extensively. Feels good :D

The post-launch dinner session with friends was a perfect end. The book “Down the Road” is about the good old school/college days and I was able to relive the exact same emotions thanks to a mini-reunion with friends from alma-mater (courtesy the book launch). Had such an awesome dinner at our favourite dhaba – Needs that when people asked me about the launch I replied with the number of Alu-Parathas and Lassi we had.

That is the power of any campus – you forget everything else. Hope this book does the same with the readers. And hope this book too becomes a bestseller :)

Buy ‘Down the Road’ from Flipkart

Down the Road

I had always dreamed that one day I would be a best-selling author. Well, that dream has come true, although not completely. Today I can call myself a co-author of a best selling book – Urban Shots.

Now that that chapter is close to its end rather than the beginning, it was time to write another chapter. And so I picked up the pen once again, and wrote a short story for another anthology – Down the Road. This book has also been published by Grey Oak Publications and this time the stories are based on the years we have spent or are spending in schools and colleges.

The book will be releasing in a few days and can be ordered right now from Flipkart. The launch events for the book would be starting this weekend onwards, and more details can be found out about the launches at Grey Oak’s Facebook page.

Hyderabad launch for “Down the Road” is taking place this Saturday, on the 9th of April at Landmark in Somajiguda. Inviting everybody for the launch of my 2nd co-authored book.

A Sunday Well Spent

Today, on a Sunday morning, as I was driving towards my office there was a spring in my step, and an extra kick to the bike. No, I am not a workaholic, and no I am not insane to be working on a Sunday. My destination were the hills that lie a couple of kilometers beyond my office. Hi-Tech City is a jungle of buildings, but this jungle was built amidst rocky mountains – a part of which still lies intact. One such rocky hill was our intended target. Neil, Rahul, Alosh and I met at the crack of dawn to commence the hour long hike.

We were hardly a few meters from the road, and were able to spot these weaver bird nests. These nests used to be so common earlier, now if I see a simple nest sometime – I count that an achievement :|

I was surprised that as soon as I left the road, I was able to spot so many birds. Alosh spotted a crow-pheasant, I spotted a peacock, some eagles, and many small birds that I was not able to identify.

The hills were strewn with rocks, long grass, and bushes of numerous variety, although they all had a common trait – they were thorny :) Every few minutes we would stop and pluck out the thorns painfully residing in our hands, or not-so-painfully embedded in our clothes.

The rocks make many interesting structures, and a few of them seem to be balancing precariously, but all of them are steadfast. There were small tunnels between the rocks, and they were far easier to navigate rather than climb over the rocks. I have learned one hiking lesson the hard-way – if there is an easier route available, always take that.

As we were climbing up, the sun was behind the hills and we caught the sun rising from behind the hills. Anytime I see a sunrise, I rue the fact that I normally wake up late and miss the sunrise. I always resolve that henceforth I’d try to catch the sunrise and my resolution stands for exactly one day as the next morning I am up late again :)

All-in-all, a very nice way to greet the new year (although a day late). Planning to do similar mini-hikes every month, let’s see how long that resolution stands :)

Post # 400

Connect the following: Cricket, Moon, Tea

Unlike the normal Indian Railways train. the thought train runs a bit too fast, and how two completely unconnected things find a connection is uncanny. The brain sits idle for a few minutes and the trail of thoughts becomes so long, that it is next to impossible to trace back its route.

Yesterday while watching TV I saw the ad of the upcoming India-SA series, and felt good that now at least two evenly matched teams would be playing Cricket instead of the sham that is going on in India. As the NZ team stands now, India can play its under-19 team, and still win the match. This reminded me of the test match that I saw at Hyderabad Cricket Stadium few days back where I experienced the complete gamut of weather phenomenons. In the morning it was really cold, the afternoons were scalding hot, and then the rains descended. With the cloud cover, it really got very dark in the stadium, and what was being telecast on TV was a bit too bright than the actual conditions. The sun looked like a moon under the cloud cover.

As I thought of moon, I was reminded of the telescope I used to have and how clearly I could see the craters on the moon. The craters of the moon reminded me of this shot“an abstract moon shot” as Alosh succinctly put it. I had used this shot, in a post I had written about tea – Tea Tales. Now that the thought train had latched on to tea, I could not help but remember the tea I had had in Amarkantak a few years back. We had got up before dawn to catch the sunrise, and once the sun did rise and rose the temperature from 1°C to 2-3°C, all we needed was tea. We trooped off to find a tea-stall, and that day I drank the tea as soon as it was poured from the boiling kettle to the glass. That incident reminded me of a candid photograph I had shot almost a year back at Raipur of a couple drinking hot tea to ward off the chilling winds.

Nothing beats a cup of hot tea on a chilly morning

Feels good to be scribbling random unconnected thoughts on the blog.

And yes this complete nonsense that I wrote was with the sole purpose of posting this photograph :)


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I write! Topic does not matter, can be my life, or my travels, or any match I saw, or the Hyderabadi life, or reminiscing about Raipur, or penning Short Stories & 55s.

I can be contacted at kunalblogs[at]gmail[dot]com.

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