• Journeys,  Travel

    Mountain Daze

    2009.  Bagga and I had just returned from a 3-day hike of Mount Rinjani.  Kranti Singh Bagga was my batchmate in college, and my housemate.  He had all the adventurous ideas, and I was the guy who’d always say yes.    The hike had been pretty amazing.  We saw lava pour down the cinder cone into a lake while having fried…

  • Reflections

    Are you tethered to the average?

    Growing up, my parents were content with me because I was an above-average student.  Eventually, I became an above-average employee, an above-average friend, and husband. Before I knew it, it had become an addiction – to be above average.  This expectation that I had set for myself had started to become a deep source of fear and anxiety.  It inhibited…

  • Journeys

    An hour in an isolation tank

    It must have been early May when an old friend of mine shared with me her mystical experience of the isolation tank, also known as the sensory deprivation tank or the floatation tank.   The concept was so new and fantastical that I had to try it out.   Months later, I was visiting another dear friend in Sterling Heights, Michigan when…