Who am I? Loaded question πŸ™‚

I’m not big on labels but seeing as they are unavoidable in said circumstance, here are some I like to use when describing myself, and hope my friends would use when describing me πŸ™‚ The list is not written in stone and will no doubt evolve as I discover new amazing qualities within myself πŸ˜‰

human. woman. intelligent. writer. dreamer. funny. friend. lover. reader of books. traveler to distant lands. sister. phenomenal. dog-lover. independent. animal-lover. mother. nature-lover. impatient. amateur photographer. wife. pediatrician. loyal. counselor. daughter. optimist. poet. blogger. short-tempered. crazy. empath. virtually addicted. singer.

Having recently moved to Goa from Singapore, I needed an outlet – Β to vent, to contemplate, to ruminate. A place I could come to, far from the maddening crowd and relax, be myself. Unfortunately, such a sanctuary, for me, now exists only in the Β virtual world!

Not that i’m complaining, I’m addicted to the Internet and enjoy the anonymous freedom it allows. I’ve been blogging for a year or so now at my blog H is for Happiness.Β Just that as Β a ‘Toddler Mom’, I now have no time nor space that is exclusively mine! Signs of toddler habitation abound and the house is littered with scattered toys, pens, coasters, newspapers and anything else that is the ‘fancy of the moment’! Most waking moments are spent feeding, playing, potty training, trying to get him to sleep, feeding again, oops potty again, playing some more…it’s an endless cycle!! I love my boy, but I also love who I was before I was a Mom and so this blog is Β a way to hang on to that part of me that I most cherish.

It’s also all about coming home to live with my parents after an eternity apart, the process and all it entails – in short a slice of my life in Goa…

I chose ‘Rhapsody’ ‘coz I love the promise it seems to hold – the way it rolls musically off my tongue, just the right hint of mystery!

Rhapsody: Derived from the Greek word rhaptein = to sew together + ōidΔ“ = song

1. Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
2. A literary work written in an impassioned or exalted style.
3. A state of elated bliss; ecstasy.
4. Music –Β A freely structured and emotional piece of music, usually instrumental of irregular form that often incorporates improvisation.
5. An ancient Greek epic poem or a portion of one suitable for uninterrupted recitation.

And so this is my Goan Rhapsody – my song of life, replete with emotions, written with Β passion.

I hope you enjoy it!

17th February 2010 @ 5.17 pm IST

Have decided to revert back to H is for Happiness as the blog title. Have had enough of the melancholy that threatened to overwhelm my Goan Rhapsody! From now on, I want to concentrate on the good things in Life, of which there is an abundance despite my cribbing so far! And though a wise man once said, ‘What’s in a name…’, a wiser woman said, ‘Names have power, speak them with caution!’ No points for guessing whom my vote goes to!

So here goes…H is for happiness…hopefully for author and readers alike πŸ™‚

24 thoughts on “Me

  1. Hi Harsha:

    I’m liking your blog, although I confess I had to Google “Goa.”

    One of my favourite authors, Rohinton Mistry (“A Fine Balance”), was born in Bombay, but now lives in Canada. I seem to be drawn to stories about India…I’ve also read “City of Joy” by Dominique Lapierre.

    I have subscribed to your blog, and look forward to reading more!


    1. Hello Wendy!

      Thanks for the visit, the comment and the subscription πŸ™‚ I truly appreciate it. Goa is tiny but beautiful and totally ‘google-worthy’, even if I do say so myself!

      Always great to meet a fellow book lover…I would recommend Anita Desai, (especially Fasting, Feasting and In the Clear Light of Day), she’s an Indian author I enjoy and mother to Kiran Desai, the Booker prize winner for Inheritance of Loss, which I haven’t read. You may also like Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Namesake which I loved.

      Look forward to reading lots of funny on your blog πŸ™‚

      Cheers, Harsha.

  2. Hi Harsha:

    If you haven’t read “A Fine Balance,” I would heartily recommend it – it’s depressing, but uplifting at the same time (strange!). I’ve heard of Anita Desai, but haven’t read her yet. We have a copy of The Namesake at our bookstore…maybe I’ll take it home and read it!

    Please check out the archives on my blog…


    1. Hey Wendy,

      I’ve read A Fine Balance Wendy and I agree with you…brilliantly depressing. Have you read Family Matters by him? I love his solid knowledge of the culture he writes about (primarily the Parsi community to which he belongs) and his skill in weaving an authentic story around it. I remember after reading A Fine Balance, I was depressed for days and yet sadly that’s exactly how things would turn out here in India, in the real world. The Namesake is a much easier read…

      Will certainly check out your archives…I wish WP had a Shelfari widget so I could have my books and reviews in one place!

      Cheers, Harsha.

  3. Hi,

    I came across your blog while i was searching something about the Mark Zuckerberg & The Social network movie which i eventually saw an hour ago πŸ™‚ But this site made me to read it for a while & i eventually forgot the thing i came for :P. Nice innovative writing & loved it

    Cool one πŸ™‚ Will subscribe for sure !!

    Will add more comments as i read along d day !

    1. Thank-you Gobind, for your visit and kind comment! I’m glad the site had that effect on you and thank-you so much for your subscription πŸ™‚ Come back soon and remember – I live for comments πŸ˜€ Have a Happy Day!

  4. Hi Harsha,

    Just lately discovered your blog, it’s wonderful, really enjoyed reading it…. Love your writing style!
    H is definitely for Happy-ness!

    PS: Your home page is still the same one. Have you stopped writing…. Or is it that you still do but we’ve been unable to pull it up…..??


    1. Thanks JS!! You are very kind πŸ™‚ I haven’t posted anything new in a while…Life has a way of well, ‘getting in the way!’. But I’ve by no means stopped writing so do check back in a couple of days. Easier still…if you subscribe, you’ll get an email when I post.

      I also have a blog for my pictures that you can check out if you’re so inclined. This is it

      Thank you so much for visiting and stay Happy πŸ™‚

      Warm regards, H.

  5. You have a great blog here, and a fantastic writing and storytelling style in your blogs. I will definitely be returning here regularly! Thank you for sharing these great stories πŸ™‚

    1. I wanted to visit your blog before I replied to this comment and having done that I must say I am very very glad that you found me and that I found you πŸ™‚ These are the times that I bow to the magic of the Internet! Thank you once again for your kind words. I look forward to reading you πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Harsha,

    I happened to see your blog a few mins ago and found it quite bookfulish (am I the inventor of this word? :)). I must say, you have an eye for details and you are able to translate that to words; not everyone has that capability.
    Apart from reading and writing, I was amazed to see that we share quite a few things in common – travel, photography (I saw your pics, they are worth placing in an exhibition) and last but not the least, we hail from the same home-ground i.e Goa.

    I went through a couple of posts and found it immediately subscribed it via feed-reader. I also liked your blog title. Let the words flow… Keep it up and happy blogging.

    1. Hi Siddhesh! Thanks so much for your kind words & for subscribing to my blog πŸ™‚ You obviously love words and writing and are pretty inventive yourself! Always nice to meet a fellow Goan in the blogosphere πŸ™‚ Am looking forward to visiting Goa during Chaturthi!

  7. Am back from a rather hectic holiday in Goa…to an even more hectic routine in Bombay!! Hopefully will be able to post soon πŸ™‚ Hope you had a good Chaturthi Siddhesh! May Ganapati Bappa grant your every wish πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Harsha….I am Sudeshna, an Editor working with Oxford University Press, India, and I am interested in one of your snaps from Bhopal (troop of monkeys in Van Vihar) in one of our kid books. In this regard, I would like to know more about acquiring the copyrights of your image. It would be great if you can provide me with your email id or contact information, enabling me and my team to get in touch with you.


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