Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.

I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot.

If you'd like to get in touch, feel free to send me an email or find me on Twitter.

Recent Posts

  • I don’t have any hobbies Nov 18
    I’ve been thinking a lot about my hobby of collecting stamps recently because I’ve realized that I don’t have any hobbies, anymore.
  • A few things I learned these past two months Jul 29
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in June and July, 2021.
  • New beginnings, new returns Jun 25
    After almost a year away, I return to work next week. Zoya will be starting daycare early in the week, and both L and I start work shortly after that.
  • No ideas to explore May 30
    I’ve been sitting on this list of links for weeks now, waiting for inspiration to strike so I can write a nice preamble before posting the links, but I’ve come up empty. I have nothing to say.
  • A few things I learned these past two months May 29
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in April and May, 2021.
  • Five nice things Apr 23
    Five nice things that passed through my mind this morning as I sat in front of my iPad and started to type.
  • People are getting vaccinated Apr 09
    Depending on where they live, friends and family are starting to receive their COVID vaccines, and I couldn't be happier for them. The faster we all get vaccinated, the closer we all are to resuming some kind of life where in-person social interaction isn't verboten.
  • The legacy of Manny Apr 09
    Manny used to own the convenience store across the street from my high school. I'd go and visit him almost every single day.
  • A few things I learned these past two months Mar 29
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in February and March, 2021.
  • An inbox of newsletters Mar 12
    At some point in the past few years, everyone started having a newsletter, and personal sites and blogs started to disappear.
  • Thirty-nine Feb 23
    A few weeks ago, I looked in the mirror and realized that I was old.
  • Sparkles in the snow Feb 19
    Some nights, when we look outside onto the front yard as part of Z's bedtime routine, the snow shimmers in the moonlight, as if someone had dropped a jar of sparkles all over the yard.
  • Every day is not the same Feb 05
    While the big patterns of the day never change, while we do the same things over and over again, the little things are different, and are important.
  • A few things I learned this month Jan 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in December, 2020 and January, 2021.
  • Uni uni rotli ne karela nu saak Jan 08
    There's one lullaby in particular that I sing to Zoya every day; it is in Gujarati, and I'm almost sure I don't pronounce all the words right. All I know is that it is soothing to our little one, and it is soothing to me, too.
  • A cup of chai in the afternoon Dec 04
    L makes chai most afternoons when we are home together. She uses the recipe for quick chai that my mom showed her some months ago, and the resulting cup is warm and milky and delicious.
  • A few things I learned this month Nov 30
    A quick roundup of a few of the things I learned in November, 2020.
  • A name as a reminder of who we can be Oct 23
    I've been thinking a lot about names recently, probably mostly because many people have asked us why we chose Zoya for the name of our child.
  • Going for walks with podcasts Oct 12
    When Zoya won’t settle, or when she needs a change of pace, we walk.
  • Not wanting to live when you have everything to live for Sep 17
    I have learned a lot since becoming a father, but one of the things that has been most painful to learn is that men can get postpartum depression too.

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