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Happiness doesn’t come in square feet

I had promised my kid that come summer vacation I will take him to a village. A real village. Not the road side settlements behind a few trees on the fringes of towns. So...

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Living in Death

I lie quietly on the bed. Fan whirring over my head. Leaves rustling outside the window. My ailing wife feebly groaning by my side. I can still hear them all, clear and crisp. I...

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The Killer: A Story

I woke up to a steaming paper cup lowered over my face. Through the slender fingers from which the rolled and waxed paper cylinder suspended, I looked up at the woman towering over me,...

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Mumbai Local

It was pitch-dark down straight below the belly of the A-380. Some twinkling lights occasionally tried in vain to illuminate what seemed like a vast expanse of molten pitch. I was shivering in 22...

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The Song of Stench

I wake up into a lazy sunday morning, the yellow rays of a mellow sun pushing through the fluttering curtains. I can’t see the sun, but the distant horizon running parallel to my window...

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Who Died a Dog’s Death?

While driving back home from college after a long day today, I saw from a distance a white mass lying on the road. A polythene bag might have been dragged in by wind from...

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Happy Women’s Day

  You are the origin of life, but also the biggest killer of the male species. You embody love, harmony and peace,  and yet you are one of the primordial reasons why men fight....

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Chal Meri Luna

While cycling back home from a morning cycling trip to the Bhubaneswar Golf Club, I passed a Luna overloaded with gunny sacks hanging on its slender sides, moving up a slope. I was slow,...

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You will never notice today!

Did you notice that I am not really sleeping, even if I am halfway into my sleep? I am listening to your feet movements. I am guessing your location from the pressure on the bed-sheet...

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Ek Moad!

A few Hindi film lyrics come to my mind as I write this: – Ye Kahan Aa Gaye Hum – Ek Moad Aaya – Kaisi Paheli Zindagaani Pretty atypical title for my posts. I...

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Waking up to a Different Morning

One morning, I wake up not to the hoarse sound of concrete mixers and diesel generators, but to birds tweeting and chirping invisibly atop the trees around my house. Sitting on the verandah, I see squirrels scurry...

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The Night of Blood Suckers

As the age of night grows and the whistle of the night watchman falls silent, time plays hide and seek games with you. If you are still awake, that is. I tell you, time...

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I Buy What You Can’t Sell

“Does it have a SiRF III chip inside?” I ask. The poor sales guy thought for a while and then said, “Sir sirf chip nahin hai…GPS bhi hai. Par kitna chip hai maloom nahin“....

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Cibaca, Binaca and Ameen Sayani…

I am not feeling quite well today. Woke up in the middle of the night and not able to sleep anymore. But just before I woke up, I was having a dream. Of listening to music...

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The Art of Being an Apple

The more I think about it, the more intriguing it becomes. How on earth can a company get everything – just about everything – right, in the mind-mindbogglingly complex world of consumer electronics, with...

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Illogical Involuntaries

I tore open the packet hoping nothing except what I thought it would contain. And then as I was about to throw the envelope into the trash can, a neatly folded paper floated out,...

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Are You Successful?

How do you really define “Success”? What do people mean when they say someone is successful? Do they mean that the person they call “successful” has reached a certain threshold that they aspire to...

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The Curious Case of Lux Cozi

As I type these letters from my dirt-covered keyboard (did you know that keyboards are among the dirtiest places in a household, next only to the toilet?), I am not sure whether I want...

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When Most Things Matter No More

You look at the clock. It’s 5 minutes to 10. You know you have five minutes to gather yourself, draw the legs of your pressed pair of trousers upon yourself, wrap the trouser waist...

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Slamina

They saw Heaven get emptied. They knew timing was everything. Because who doesn’t want a piece of the Heaven? So they both came running. From opposite sides. The thin fast. The thinner a little...

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The Hot Dark Man

The muddy amber back light in the shape of a rounded square flashed through my windscreen as I waited at the signal. The rusting wood-metal body of the weathered truck stood in front of me,...

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The Business of Tragedy

As most of us seated on their drawing room sofas watched with horror the terrible turn of events unfold on the tv screen and read from the internet real-life terror accounts of survivors –...

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Memories of a Grandfather

Exactly one year ago, after my dinner at night, my mother had called me to say that my grandfather is probably no more. She used the world “probably” to lessen the shock it would...

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Living a Matchstick’s Life

All human beings are like matchsticks. Lined up in the womb you wait for the day, when you slither through the anatomy of your mother into the world and take up a unique role in...

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The Pune Rains

I apprehensively looked out of the smoky double-glass window of my AC Chair car compartment lest I should miss my station. The almost opaque glass helped little to see and make out the place...

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Escape? My foot!

While flipping through the morning Times of India, I chanced upon an ad by Hutch. The newly-wed company with its peppermint-fresh vigour had put an ad on Blackberry phones – the dainty little wide...

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Wordmasters?

The following is my entry to a creative writing competition called “Wordmasters” organized by Google across 10 cities in India on 30th September 2006. The rules were simple. Contestants were given two topics to...

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Beyond Google!

Many of you would know that our Honourable Railways Minister Mr. Lalu Prasad (the ‘Yadav’ part seems to have been given a miss deliberately, for reasons I am blissfully unaware of) paid a visit...

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Kutte, Main Tera Khoon Pee Jaunga!

The other day while listening to Radio Mirchi, I heard that Dharmendra, our dhishoom-dhishoom Bollywood megastar of yore, along with his two sons, Sunny and Bobby, had come to Gujarat for a film shooting....

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Purani Genes

Much had been written already about reservation. Many among us have shouted, opposed and stayed hungry. Others have been hit mercilessly by khaki-clad goons and lived through treatment that they didn’t deserve. For people...