Anita means grace. Hey, don’t look at me, I didn’t choose my name.
I am a communications specialist – this includes all aspects including internal, external and social media. I graduated in Physics and then went on to study Journalism and Communications. Don’t ask me why
My greatest regrets are not being able to sing, dance and play a musical instrument. None, for the lack of trying though.
I’ve always wanted to learn languages. I know Assamese, Hindi, English. I can understand a bit of Marathi, Bengali and a few words of Kannada. I learnt French at the Alliance Francaise for well over two years. I made some genuine efforts but I’m not too good with languages is what I’ve surmised. After tying the knot with a Bangalore boy, the pressure to learn Kannada is now very high. Swalpa adjust maadi – it’s happening (albeit at snail’s place)!
It took me a while to get where I am in life. After a few stormy, turbulent years, I’d say I’ve reached a stage where I’m reasonably content. Still have itchy feet, but…
My cat Kit Kit came into my life in 2001. It was a stormy, rainy night and her mother left her on my doorstep. She was a few weeks old. I took her in and she’s been with me ever since. I knew nothing about cats at that time. But with Kit Kit, I’ve realized they’re one of the most graceful, beautiful and independent animals – I feel blessed that she chose my doorstep. You can never own them, they won’t respond on demand, they won’t leap at you; most of the time they ignore – and that’s why I love them! I think it was just meant to be.
My first crush was in school. The guy was from another school’s debating team. I thought he was awesome. He wore glasses, looked really intellectual. In hindsight, he was quite a dork. I never got to talk to him. Which was probably a good thing!
I have no roots. I have lived all over the place including:
- Jorhat (early childhood)
- Shillong (childhood/school)
- Guwahati (college)
- Pune (post-grad)
- Wollongong/Sydney (overseas adventure)
- Mumbai (mostly spent in local trains)
- Bangalore (work and play)
- I still hope I can live, work and play in some exotic part of the world
I have a wandering and restless spirit, which annoys my mom no end. She’d like to see me “settled” (as she never fails to mention in any conversation she has with me) while I continue to feign ignorance of that term in the conventional sense. She seems to be doing less of it now that I’ve crossed over to the “other side”. I like the concept of being a global citizen. I don’t yet subscribe to the theory of growing roots and getting old in one place, living there for the rest of my life. I know people who are like that – I’m definitely not one of them. Maybe, I’ll change my views once I get older. Maybe, I won’t. I still have itchy feet and wish I could experience life elsewhere.
I am passionate about travel. Stuff I’d like to be doing ideally (given the money and time):
- Scuba diving in the Andamans (or even Lakshwadeep) – done
- Riding camels in Egypt
- Trekking in the Himalayas – done in parts
- Doing a long drive on Australia’s Southern Coast
- Tasting wine in the vineyards of France
- Cycling from London to Paris
- Cycling across America
- Chilling out in the Bora Bora islands
At 10, I wanted to be fed (mostly); at 15, I wanted to be a heart surgeon; at 20, a pilot; at 25 I wanted to be a career woman (whatever that means). Later, I realised I didn’t much care for that either. I’m taking things as they come right now and living life to the fullest. I’d also like to see much more of India – what a beautiful country!
I like playing badminton but I don’t do enough of it. Last year (2012) I played badminton after a long gap and landed up with an achilles tendon tear, which required surgery, 3 months in a cast, rehabilitation. I am still get back into things now. I also like swimming and would ideally love to live beside water (being a Piscean I could probably live in water!). But I also love the mountains, brought up in the lovely hill station of Shillong. I had a most blessed and charmed childhood – it was truly one of the most beautiful places to grow up in.
I currently reside in Bangalore, India. It’s a lovely city. The weather is beautiful, especially when it rains. I dig the opportunities it offer for travel. The fact that I can get onto an overnight bus and reach another state. And all the great people I’ve met. But I hate the traffic (and I also realise the fact that we’re responsible for it). I hate the honking. And the badly designed speed breakers. And the fact that everyday I see those lovely old trees disappear. And I’m only too glad that there are organisations like treesforfree.org. And I think that it’s even more important that we all do our little bit before we say adieu! It’s a short life we have on earth – enjoy it, do something worthwhile and leave the rest upto… chance, lucky and destiny. If I was single and footloose, I would move in a jiffy. But then I’m not anymore
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH:
Running & Cycling: Over the last few years, I’ve taken to running and cycling as my ways to keep fit – they’re probably the best things I did after moving to Bangalore. As an aside, I also get to interact with some very interesting people across all walks of life. The great thing about being a part of different communities is finding others with common interests, like minded people and exploring what drives them – it never ceases to fascinate and amaze me. I am a part of Runners for Life and the Bangalore Bikers Club. During the years between 2007-2009 I did several 10ks, half marathons and weekend long runs. Post 2009, cycling took over and I’ve done some long rides, including a 300km Bangalore-Chamundi in 13 hours, a 400 km Bangalore-Vellore-Bangalore in 23 hours, the Tour of the Nilgiris (8 days across the Nilgiris) and Manali-Leh over 9 days in 2010. If there’s an event you need help with or anything associated with these sports you feel I can contribute to, do yell out.
Writing: I love writing. I used to keep journals while growing up, which I burnt, symbolically as I thought I was going to begin a new life. Now, I’ve switched to the online mode. When I’m in my 50s, I think it will be interesting to turn back to 2001 and read about the stuff I’ve written since. When I first discovered blogs in 2001, I jumped onto the bandwagon almost immediately. I started my blog at this place. Later I moved to my own domain. I used MT for a few years and then moved to WordPress. My blog journey has been interesting. I’ve met some wonderful people, made friends in many cities, had some great experiences. But when people ask me what it’s all about in a nutshell, it’s rather difficult to explain. I think it’s something that needs to be experienced. Over a period of time. If you don’t have one yet, get one! I have done a lot of writing on travel, technology, trends, culture. I currently contribute to “Crank”, a cycling magazine.
Photography: I’m an enthusiastic amateur photographer. If I hadn’t been in communications, I would have probably gotten into photography. I love going out with my camera in hand and taking pictures. I can do it for hours on end. I also do select assignments – mostly portraits, weddings, interiors, exteriors etc. whenever the opportunity comes up. If you have an interesting assignment, please do reach out.
Wine: I discovered the world of wines rather late in life, but have really enjoyed exploring different varieties from the world over. To find out a little more about it, I completed my WSET level 1 Certification in Wines, which is the first step to stepping into the wine world! I am hoping this journey leads me somewhere…
Clay: I have dabbled in art occasionally. It’s something that would give me immense pleasure. Time just flies when I’m immersed in painting. Mostly, I do it for myself, my friends and occasionally for people who specifically want something for their walls. I must admit that I no longer paint and am hoping to get back to it. I discovered clay when my talented sister Ranjita took a course and over the last few years has emerged as a brilliant ceramic artist, specializing in functional pottery. Seeing a shapeless lump of clay taking form, texture and turning into a work of art is a delight to watch and experience. Even something as simple as a cup, takes a potter hours to fine tune and produce. So next time you see something handmade, do look at it in perspective. Realizing it’s worth in the context of the journey it has gone through is important to understand and truly appreciate this art.
I began to market her products through my brand name called My Artitude. Over the year, the brand has taken a life of its own and I have now expanded the range to include different kinds of ceramics and pottery, sourced from studio potters all over. The collection is online here: facebook.com/myartitudeindia. I am also dabbling in clay myself and find it an enormous stress reliever – the journey has just started and I am letting it take its own course.
Bulk orders, customised handmade ceramics are also possible – however with a caveat – only if the potter/artist is comfortable with the brief. With handmade products, what we need to remember is that every piece is unique and different and sometimes difficult to replicate. So come with an open mind and you’ll find a beautiful world open up! You can contact me through my form here.
Diving: In 2011, we discovered a whole new exciting world underwater and got our Basic and Advanced SSI certitication done. I really enjoyed my stint with DiveIndia (I recommend them highly) – the trainers were fantastic and I soon returned in 2013 for more diving. It’s a pity the water is not closer – I’d probably aim to be a dive master if I had a chance!
Love: Kit Kit (my adorable cat who came into my life in 2001), DS (who came into my life in 2006), corn (in any form), books, movies, music (long live rock & roll), photography, travelling, trekking, running, cycling, lazing around, cocktails, wine, almonds, cashews, letters, stationery, cats, tigers, wildlife, blue eyes, avocado, tea, trees, rain and the list goes on
Hate: Pessimism, people who have bad attitudes and are nasty, fanatics (of any kind), cowards (any kind), rash drivers (who honk too much), tempo trucks, spitting, smoking, shoving, staring, travelling in crowded Mumbai locals (ah, what a relief to be out of that!)
If you have something nice to say: anitabora at yahoo dot com or use the contact form.