Quietude at an altitude
I missed writing last week’s issue. And after multiple false starts, I’m unable to write anything this week either. It has been an odd few weeks, where I’m not able to write what I’m feeling. Rather, I’m unable to publish it.
I’ve been in Dharamkot for the past five days, a small village to the north of McLeod Ganj. Five years ago, I came here on a trip with a stranger, and ended up marrying her. So, my wife and I are here to celebrate the beginning of our courtship.
It is one of the most beautiful places I have been to. These mountains are mighty and serene, and their vastness can stun you into silence. I’m probably in need of that. It’s nice to stfu once in a while and process everything that is being felt. I’m here doing exactly that.
I hope I can finally write something substantial next week and end this dry spell.
Until then… stay creepy,
❤️ Links I enjoyed this week
- I somehow forgot to share this video two weeks ago. Sylvester and I covered one of our favourite songs. Have a listen.
- Bringing Independent Cinema to the Mountains: The Story of Dharamshala International Film Festival by Tenzing Sonam. This is a very interesting read on how filmmaker couple Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin started (the now very promient) DIFF.
- Uniform cannot be more important than education On Karnataka's Hijab row, by a muslim woman.
- Of Shakun Batra's Gehraiyaan, culpable husbands — and gallant fathers This is a very difficult read. Rahul Desai has a flair for writing.
- I’m reading Katharina Kakar’s book Moving to Goa. It has been very fun.
- I’m also reading Ian Morris’ Why the west rules for now. It is… dense.
- Ramachandra Guha: How the Gandhi family is actively facilitating Hindutva authoritarianism Ram Guha is my favourite. He's scathing in his critique of the Gandhi parivar. If you don't want to read, you can watch the video here
Done is better than perfect.
How many times do I have to remind myself of this? Could someone please tell me?