Some joyful moments in my personal life are recounted below :)

Hand drawn pictures of games we played in our childhood, growing up in India :)

Personal experience with a 6-day water-only fast.

'Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi', Karamchand, 'Bikram Aur Betaal' Jaspal bhatti Chhoti Badi baatein Vikram aur betaal

Quite happy that I was able to finish the hike on day 20 of a juice fast! :)

Celebrating one year of daily cold showers!

Finally recovered from shin splints with help from Niraj Hazari, a physiotherapist in Mountain View.

A delightful moment in my life :)

Personal experience with a 3-day water-only fast.

What are your favorite closing lines in emails? In the past, I have used "With warm regards", "Cheers!", "Balle balle!", "Love", "Lots of love", "Thanks" and "Many thanks". These days, I almost always write "Sending you good wishes".

A lovely day with beautiful cloud formations across the evening sky, a big bright moon at night and raindrops on my windshield.

The joy of lying on a grassy knoll and admiring tiny aeroplanes in the sky :)

Only six cards in my pocket now: drivers license, 2 credit cards, 1 ATM card and 2 health insurance cards. Plus a few bills totaling $60 and a piece of fine cloth to wipe my specs.

Gifted away all of my origami models today! Am delighted :) A step in my journey towards minimalism.

A composition for loved ones.

Did something silly but satisfying today :) Day hike to Half Dome in 8 hours (4.5 hours to the top, 3.5 to come down). Plus driving from Mt View to Yosemite and back, all in one day! The last time I did such a trip was in 1998, fifteen years ago, when I was 25.

An insightful conversation with my daughter when we were both making cat sounds on telephone.

A gorgeous sunset reminded me of this song: "Chand Jaise Mukhade Pe Bindiya Sitara" :)

Met an extraordinarily happy individual today: a mom of three boys who came to pick up some free things that I was giving away.

A journal of hiking and trail running along Mission Peak Trail (6 miles round trip and 2100 ft elevation gain).

How did my friend Ram reply to an email whose sender had died a few hours ago?

A brief but blissful interaction with an elderly naturalist in Baylands Park.

Vibram Five Fingers are awesome shoes for near barefoot experience. Over time, my feet got stronger. I've really enjoyed hiking in them.

My first whitewater rafting trip.

I made only two sketches in my entire life.

One of the two hikes I did in 2008 (on the longest day of that year), after a gap of 3-4 years.

I played Holi for the first time in 18+ years! It was very very enjoyable! One of my pictures was chosen for publication in IndiaWest.

A poem I wrote way back when I was in high school.

This is how I felt that week.

I assembled a series of models, primarily for stress reduction. Each model takes two to twelve hours. The end result is tangible and satisfying.

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