The Middle-Aged Newsletter

The Middle Ages
Created 08 Jan 2021
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  • Tuning to a city's frequency
    06 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Dear reader, Whenever I hear Shigeru Umebiyashi’s score for In the mood for love, I wish Yumeji’s theme to match mine — languid poetry in colours and the music to match that slightly lingering existen...
  • Person, place, thing
    31 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    A person who worked with me liked everything with tomato sauce. He would even eat curd rice with ketchup. Another person I know loves pillows, as if the bed is a nest and the pillows feather stacks to...
  • The three body problem
    22 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    There’s a problem in mathematics called the ‘three-body problem’. How two bodies interact can be encapsulated in a relationship where everything is clearly understood; what is termed as a closed-form ...
  • In these truths we believe
    01 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    It was somewhere in Nungambakkam. I don’t remember exactly what the story was; I was trying to talk to some people and then walked to the main road to catch an auto, and met a friend. Hellos and how d...
  • An n-year experiment
    25 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    It could have been three years ago. I saw the slider on Netflix, and saw a row of white faces lined up for me to scroll. And for a moment, I thought - but, none of them look like me. It started as a d...
  • How I met my body
    16 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    I was helping my father repair a telephone connection. It was a landline, and sometimes inside that small dabba with all the connectors, the screws would come loose. A tiny electric current pulsed, an...
  • What I learnt from watching birds
    14 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    S. lives in Bangalore. We know each other for over two decades now, and have commiserated with each other on every twist and turn our lives took. Even though S is in Bangalore, and every time we meet ...
  • The horror of self-discovery
    07 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    “I’ve always considered myself to be, basically, a lucky person.” That’s how Tana French’s The Wych Elm begins. The person in whose voice the novel unfolds is Toby, who is a young white male, personab...
  • Pop psychology with playlists
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Some years ago, a friend came to visit. We were chatting about music, and he said, you have to listen to this song. And went on to play the song from Youtube. It was a malayalam song composed by music...
  • It is Aunty J's birthday tomorrow
    23 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    It is Aunty J’s 80th birthday tomorrow. I am not sure when was the first time I met her. I do remember a party. I was tipsy and she stood there, and I, gawky even in my 30s, went to her and said, “If ...