Arijit's Special Newsletter

Ramblings & essays

Luxuries

Dear L, I grew up with a general idea that anything superfluous should be approached with careful examination and skepticism – and it's probably one of the most important life lessons that I have had the privilege of learning. "I don't need it" is my general starting point in any dialogue…

Instruments

Dear L, When I was about fourteen years old, I came across a computer application called Fruity Loops [https://www.image-line.com/]; It came in a CD that shipped with a computing magazine. I remember firing the application up for the first time. It was borderline mesmerizing to see the…

Surrealism

Dear L, Ever since I started reading Murakami, I believed that surrealism is a very effective instrument in despair. It manifests in sudden mild dissociations, like a curtain on a sunny day yanked by a gust of wind, slowly falling into rest. It not only allows one to detach from…

Being Busy

Dear L, A few weeks after I moved to Germany, I started noticing a glaring difference compared to my life back in India. The difference was time. I didn’t have to calculate the extra time when going to places, the public transport worked reliably. No longer I would fall…

Magic

Dear L, In late 2013, an email lit my phone up as I was trying to get my drunk body to bed. My mentor & employer had emailed me in reply to my resignation. A resignation that was preceded by a fight. We had a falling out. The email was simple.…