IMG_20161225_105238Good morning, afternoon, evening or night. I’m Shreya, and I’m a proud British Indian. I was born in London and have lived in (or near) the city my whole life – the buzz rubbed off and now I can’t live without it.

My passion for reading, literature and the arts has its roots in the nature of my grandparents’ education. My paternal grandfather, a true inspiration of mine, is an avid lover of books and poetry, and has been throughout the seven stages of his life. I spent a lot of time with him as a child, and even more now I can appreciate the rarity of being able to speak freely with someone who can recite 4 stanzas of ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, or can go straight through from “What passing-bells for these who die like cattle?” to “And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.” at 83, even after a stroke. My granddad made a great deal of who I am.

My late maternal grandmother lived in India, unlike my granddad who moved to Britain in the 60s, and thus my relationship with her was much less developed. What I’ve heard: in her prime, she shared those same intellectual qualities as my paternal grandfather, and she had a personal affection for Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Hardy and writers of similar brush strokes. Unfortunately, my family lost her too early for me to have really known her, but in my mind, that loss has also shaped my perspective on relationships- with people and also with how one receives art.

I’ve always found it hard to choose favourite subjects (I love everything I’m studying right now) but I go with maths as default. Nothing else makes me so excited so often, thus I have drawn the conclusion that it must be my favourite? I also have a passion for physics, and as I grew older, my dreams changed from “building astronaut stuff” (whatever I meant), to understanding the Standard Model, explaining the Universe, and once I understand the answers we have at the moment, setting about finding some new ones.

But for all the numbers, the world is filled with colours often indefinable by code- emotions so rich, passions so raw and dreams so bright. This WordPress is for writing about that stuff. (And whatever other things are on my mind I guess.)

Thanks for reading all that. I hope you are living life with bright eyes and an inquisitive mind! Here’s to happiness, hare krishna ॐ.