What I talk about when I talk about myself.

  • Another bespectacled scribbler from India.
  • A Raconteur.
  • Between 28 and 29.
  • Sinistral.
  • Fueled by ‘Ginger Tea’.
  • Software Engineer.
  • Unbiased between E-Readers and Physical Books.
  • Programmed in such a way that when distressed I head to a bookstore.
  • ‘Live and Let Live’.

  • Logophile. 

I love words, everything about them. Their nuances, meanings, the way they mean so differently to different people, and even the way the alphabets are arranged to form them. And so, if you tell me ‘I love you’, I might take your words for everything but what you just said, which is sad at times, but fun at almost all the occasions.

  • Bibliophile.

I live between the pages of the books, between the lines on the pages. I was besotted with reading quite late in my life when I was in my sophomore, but I firmly believe that a love encountered late in life often offers you the most.

  • Scribbler.

More often than not the screen mocks me with bleak whiteness. Yes — much to your consternation — I don’t write on paper, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I love fancy fountain pens, their shape, their sharp nibs, the ink, and the way the nib of the pen, when seduced by the blank paper, intertwines itself with the paper, and then the pen and the paper seems inseparable until the author stands up to pee. I love the traditional writing process.

But, whenever my job and my restless mind permits me to, I type down a few lines on my Mac.

Who inspires me?

  • Readers.

  • Writers: I revere Rohinton Mistry, Fyodor Dostoyevski, Oscar Wilde, Haruki Murakami, Agatha Christie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Jhumpa Lahiri, George Orwell. In no particular order after the first two names.

  • Actors: I can stare endlessly at the screen when it hosts Shah Rukh Khan or Matthew Perry. I also happen to be in perpetual love with Michael C Hall, Ronit Roy, and Alia Bhatt.

  • Singers: There is absolutely nothing more soothing than listening to Mohammad Rafi and Sonu Nigam. Kishore Kumar’s songs are charismatic. Voices of Harshdeep Kaur and Anuradha Palakurthi reside in the deep recesses of my heart, just like the voices of Lucky Ali and Papon.

  • Cricketers: Rahul Dravid, the very sight of him taking guard on the ground is so assuring. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the sight of his name on the screen is hope.

  • And every aspiring artist I stumble across in life. One of them happens to be a dancer, and a good one at that, I dote on her art. Another is a painter and I love her works. And then, there is a singer, a crazy person but an equally wonderful artist, he is more established than me, so I am just happy for him, and finally, there is this girl who captures photos making the reality seem more beautiful every time it is captured by her.

What inspires me?

  • Birth
  • Death
  • And everything in between.

What scares me?

  • Running out of love that I have for you.
  • Your running out of love that you have for me.

What brings me back to this site time and over again?

  • I am a strong believer in the fact that this world needs an observer just as much it needs the doer. So, this site is a compendium of my observations of things that often go unnoticed.
  • And the fact that I have no other place to write and reach out to you.

You can find all of my write-ups here

Now that you know the person behind the site. Learn what the site has to offer to you.

Happy Reading.

PS: Hug your mother and kiss her on her forehead. You have one life and one mother, and albeit the love that you have for each other is enormous, life is short, believe me. Let this be the only thing that you take away from this blog.

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    1. ‘To define is to limit’ – Oscar Wilde.

      But, I believe, one has to let the readers know about themselves despite the process being tedious and onerous.
      I am so happy you liked it, (someone whose name I believe is anything but…Curving Within).
      Thank you for your time. Have a good time reading blogs.

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    1. Thank you, Avyukta. For the really motivating words.
      I earnestly try to make it worth the time of readers every time I write something down. I am happy you were able to connect with the writing, it always comes down to the reader establishing connection with it.

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      1. My pleasure:) Yes i could connect it well. Still i am speechless…keep writing you’re amazing and i like your writing style. Keep it up:)


      2. I am not particularly good at reacting to the compliments, I didn’t know it’d be equally difficult to deal with the compliments virtually as well. And now you have rendered me speechless. But I am elated that you liked the write-ups. Go through more, and you’ll see how the style evolved over time.

        Thank you, yet again.

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      3. Haha…I just wanted you to know that your write ups are connecting and deep👍 Sure Akarsh, I would like to read them one by one.


  1. “I am a strong believer in the fact that this world needs an observer just as much it needs the doer.”

    Yes, The world needs more observers, more people who stop, step back, and look carefully at the world. I sense a kinship that stretches between India and Minnesota.

    Do you know Joshi Daniel or his website?

    Grace and Peace,

    Gordon C. Stewart, author

    “Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness” (2017, Wipf & Stock)

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    1. Hi Gordon. I am so pleased to read your comment. Thank you for your time.
      I think in one sense or another all the bloggers are observers.
      As to the kinship, empathy, I strongly believe, is a universal thing.

      Also, I’d visit Joshi Daniel’s website whenever time permits me to.

      Keep reading and writing.

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    1. Thank you MSP (I don’t know the name). I threw a perfunctory glance at your blog but it has just so much to offer. So I’ll, at my volition, visit it again when the time permits me to, and read as much as I can.

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    1. Hi Dottie (I pray hope that I have used the correct name). Albeit I am sad after hearing that, but I firmly believe that mothers never leave their children. And you must have noticed the love you have for her increasing with each passing day.
      Also, you already understand the reason as to why I exactly included the lines in PS.

      More strength to you. And love.

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      1. Thank you so much. Dottie is fine. I also go by Dorothy. So whichever you prefer is fine. You are correct, my mother remains with me in my heart forever. And I love her immensely. 💖


  2. Thank you for this great “About” page. So many people say nothing about themselves on their pages and this is refreshing! All the best. Tom (And, thanks for liking my latest poem.)

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  3. First of all, thanks Akarsh for visiting my blog. I have a personal one where I get the freedom of writing anything and everything that comes to my mind….so welcome to explore. Your About section is quite absorbing and engaging, nice work there. Will connect more through your posts.

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  4. Thanks for liking my Blog losing my Religion the plight of the Homeless is something that has disturbed me for 50 years . my solution is if the Government can’t find the solution then it’s up to the Community and the Church.

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  5. What a great introduction from you. Interesting and rounded. I am also a software developer turned writer. It seems there’s something about using the left hand side of my brain that makes me want to balance it out with using the right hand side and that’s why I write so much nonsense .. ahem … so many interesting articles on my blog. 😉
    Have you ever read your Spam comments? I just went through and deleted 61 items from my blog and it’s just made me hyper aware of how similar those comments are to what I write. That’s one clever algorithm someone’s come up with. Machines are getting cleverer and cleverer. We should …
    Okay, I’m going to stop now because it sounds to me like I’m writing a new post. 🙂
    Have a great day, Akarsh.
    Kindness – Robert.

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  6. Love the portion about Mother. Absolutely true. Wished I had done that every day of my life when she was still around. To add on, bring out your mother once a week on a date night for dinner or movies, it will go a long way into those memories which are been built upon. There will be no regrets when the time comes for her to go.

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  7. Take a man at his word-it is said-and what you have said to describe yourself is magnetic. Here is wishing you the very best in your observations; scribbles; challenging the whiteness of screen and experiences through all you know, and more so from what you dont..and is unfolding for you!

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  8. I also was a late Reader, from Grade School to Junior High I only Read enough to complete my Assignments. In High School I Developed into a better Reader in English Literature and Drama, though I was distracted by living a Hollywood Lifestyle, fast living and fast Women, I became further distracted when Romeo and Juliet and Oliver Twist became required Reading. The only thing that kept me from being. Illiterate was one Wise Teacher who told me that I should never stop learning, even when I was finished with School. She said that when you stopped Learning your Brain turned into Mush. That did it for me, when I decided not to go to College I became the biggest Do it Yourself Person in the World, whatever caught my interest I would self Educate myself. I Thought myself to repair Cars and every Electronic Goods including Computer by owning every Books written on the Subjects. Now at 66 I am having my last Hurrah on my Boneheadedness towards Higher Learning, I am Teaching myself to Write. Thank you for being You, you are a Breath of Fresh Air.

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    1. I was smiling all the while I was reading your comment. People like you (and in no way am I outcasting you by saying ‘people like you’) are an inspiration. I wish many more years of learning to you. Love from India.

      No one in particular ever told me about learning the way you were told by your teacher. But it just made sense, like breathing. Of course, I had had my fair share of moments where I ran away from the books and all that was insistent upon teaching me something, but I always returned to books.

      The way you taught yourself to do the work yourself on certain subjects is so Non-Indian way of doing things. We depend on everybody for our tasks and that is what fosters our ‘unity in diversity’. We seldom clean our utensils, seldom cook our own meals, and we never repair our own cars. Albeit, the things are changing now. Most young people are ever more persistent on being Independent now. Perhaps I too will someday.

      I am happy to have you over my site. And to bring in a fresher perspective.

      Keep reading!

      Thank you!


  9. Oh my goodness, it’s my first time to visit your entire website and read information about you. .. I’m sorry. The wordpress App doesn’t show everything.
    Your introduction is impressive and delightful to read! By the way, is the title of this post inspired by Haruki Murakami?😄😉

    Good day!🌸


    1. I can relate to that. Different themes are showcased differently on the mobile application and over the website. I am happy that you finally did. Thank you for your words!

      Yes, of course, the title is inspired by Murakami’s book on running, which was inspired by Raymond Carver’s “What I Talk About Whn I talk About Love”…

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      1. Thank you for reminding me of the origin of Murakami’s book! I used to read some Reymond Carver’s short stories, but I couldn’t get it and relate to them.😅 But I like this book about running by Murakami. A very interesting read.😃
        Good day!

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      2. Murakami is a legend. A genius of rare brilliance. He is the only person capable of making me read anything, even if I don’t agree to that.

        Yes, ‘What I Talk About When I talk About Running’ is as brilliant as it gets…

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  10. Thank you for the Like at DailyBiblePrayer. I hope these prayers will encourage you to be more intentional and consistent in your prayer life, drawing you closer to God. May you feel that He not only can…but WILL help you in your ministry of words. We are not just His image bearers, but syllable carriers!
    God bless your day


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