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Illogical Involuntaries

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I tore open the packet hoping nothing except what I know it contained. As I was about to throw the envelope into the trash can, a neatly folded paper floated out, settling quickly onto the floor. I picked it up… Continue Reading →

India, forget Olympic Medals. You deserve only Cricket and Kick (or may be Ek Tha Tiger!)

“It’s insane! Just simply insane. I would never attempt it.”   It’s close to 12 am on 14th of August, well past my usual bedtime. As the night awaits creeping inside me, the muscles of my temple are on overdrive… Continue Reading →

Discussing Binary Numbers with a Seven-year Old Kid!

“Papa, come sit with me for breakfast,” my seven-year old son studying in standard two asks me on a cloudy August morning. On days when there is no school, I usually let him oversleep to make up for pulling him… Continue Reading →

Falling in Love All Over Again!

As I stand outside the modest labour room separated from my wife by a dark green screen, an aluminium door and a thick curtain of apprehension, I feel a numbness spreading from my chest. I know it’s a decent hospital, and… Continue Reading →

Confessions of a Four Wheeled Animal

Like everything else, there are good, responsible bikers and there are monkeys (sorry forefathers, it’s just habit, I swear, because humans can surpass monkeys any day in ‘monkeyness’). But I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that the biggest… Continue Reading →

Toys are not for playing! (Part – I)

I have no memory of toys. Well, except for a green-yellow guitar (it’s the size of a large spatula that cost me a huge forty rupees in the village fair and earned me several reprimands from mother for wasting away… Continue Reading →

Want immediate justice in India? There is just one place.

A few months back, I was driving a Hyundai Eon (fortunately) on a small town road with my father sitting beside me. At a traffic signal, I slowed my car to a crawl and steered it towards a gap between… Continue Reading →

The Brahma-rakshasi and the Lily Pond

One of the beauties of childhood is that you believe in too many things. You believe that one day you can fly if someone gave you enough bird feathers or you can swim if you ate ants or that all… Continue Reading →

A Trip Less Usual

Everyday when you take out the car, you see your motorbike lying in the basement, slanted, stooping in shame and embarrassment, in abject deprivation of the master’s attention. It gathers dust and pity, its body almost leaning against the basement… Continue Reading →

The “Can’t Talk, Message Only” Society

My friend from MBA days had started up something on his own. I was excited. We wanted to speak to each other and discuss what was happening with our lives. He messaged that he would call me in the evening. When… Continue Reading →

Mangalajodi in Odisha: The Unknown Best Place in India for Bird Watching

If you love the winged creature, there is one place you must head to. Mangalajodi in Odisha. Tucked away in a corner of the Khurda district and overpowered by the majestic deep blue waters of the ravishing Chilika lake, the… Continue Reading →

11 myths about Odisha

First, I hate this title. It looks so much like those meaningless viral posts that collectively must be wasting giga-hours of netizens’ time, almost to the point of criminality if you look at the number of views and shares they… Continue Reading →

Love Is Still the Most Underestimated Thing in the World!

I have a colleague who always gets unfair treatment. The guards at the office gate salute him (the only other people the guard salutes are the ones who are ‘powerful’ and can decide the fate of the guard, which my… Continue Reading →

The Story of Mastani

She felt as if death was crawling all over her, killing one tissue after another. Her limbs were giving up and she felt her neurons severed so that she could no longer twitch or move a finger. A cold grip… Continue Reading →

Aamir Khan Row: How social media makes fanatics out of perfectly sane people!

When I see a lot of my friends share anti-Amir Khan messages on their FB walls and keep spreading messages on Whatsapp to boycott his or Shahrukh Khan’s movies, I can’t help but wonder how many of them really took… Continue Reading →

The Temasek Village and the Bloody Indians

Sample this: A group of very loud Indians crowd the lobby, climb over one another inside a circular cane chair that looked particularly photo-worthy, take many pictures, selfies and groupfies and whatnot. One of them, a pot-bellied middle-aged guy in… Continue Reading →

When was the last time you felt Alive?

When was the last time you cycled in the rain on a deserted road? And drank rain water off a leaf. When was the last time you beat the sun and saw it slide up on the sky, while you sat… Continue Reading →

The Digital Dehumanization

In the last visit to my hometown, I witnessed something less usual. While I was out shopping in the market with my father, I had chance meetings with several people; people who I hadn’t met in the last fifteen years…. Continue Reading →

Short Autobiography of a Whatsapping Man!

There was a time when we just loved some people at the parties because they had an inexhaustible supply of jokes to keep everyone entertained. When we made greetings cards for close friends, visited them or at least called them on… Continue Reading →

ShutAPP: Why Nobody is Talking about Access Neutrality?

Figure this. You enter a shop and the shopkeeper tells you bluntly, “Sir, you’ve got to come in a suit. I am not selling you otherwise”. How would that make you feel? A few days back, I attempted buying something… Continue Reading →

A Beautiful Criminal

In the grind and mundaneness of our daily lives, we often forget that there is so much joy in the little things that we ignore each day. And sometimes, we are reminded that we didn’t realize things that are always around us… Continue Reading →

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