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Happy Teachers’ Day, I wish myself!

As I sit in my cool cabin under a puddle of light from a meek table lamp, a few early gifts by my side, outside a predicted rain merrily jumps off a white corrugated roofing sheet, needlessly smoking and clearing… Continue Reading →

The Artificial Dumbness!

Man is born intelligent and stays so until it learns enough to be a dumb Years back, in Pune, we had an affectionate Tamil neighbour who we called ‘Didi’. My wife and I spent a good deal of time in… Continue Reading →

A ‘Sustainable’ Greed!

Not until I landed in the US (that was close to two decades back) did I truly realize the magnitude of that country’s obsession with consumption and use-and-throw items. With hardly any domestic help unlike India, everything was designed around… Continue Reading →

The Innocent Gun

People kill people. Guns don’t.

True. Packed with harmless powders lying lazily behind cold metal, they are just a little device of  hammers and springs that doesn’t do anything on its own. Sold in swanky showrooms where they are laid out enticingly under the glare of piercing lights that reflect off their polished bodies, they are just as innocuous as your shiny figurine of the Spider man. Yep, they are slick, super sexy toys. Big men love them. Kids love them. They are cool to have

Unless they are father to a daughter!

Have you ever been madly in love with a girl who couldn’t do anything properly? Someone so ‘incomplete’, so ‘incompetent’? Because she couldn’t walk without staggering or falling down. She is missing several teeth. She wouldn’t clean her mouth. She… Continue Reading →

Where are the Teachers?

They ask you what made you make such a decision. Why a teacher when you can do ‘much better’? You have the answer, but you know in your heart it won’t satisfy them. You smile and stay silent. They scramble… Continue Reading →

The Selfish Samaritan

The journey so far had been good. The AC inside the car hissed smoothly, hemming the soft music that flowed out of the cold speakers concealed behind tiny hexagonal holes. Outside, a light rain needled the road ahead, pricking watery… Continue Reading →

Six less talked about mistakes that MBA aspirants frequently commit

Couple of years back I was in the same boat as many of today’s MBA aspirants are. Today, as a professor, I sit on the other side of the table taking GDs and Interviews of aspirants who are in search for… Continue Reading →

SUM Hospital Today. Some Hospital Tomorrow.

It was disgusting to watch the news hour debate with Arnab (who I don’t have any liking for, but for a change was spot on), especially our wonderful ex-minister and govt. spokesperson Mr. SN Patro who had his foot firmly… Continue Reading →

Pak, Politics and Public

I have been following the current tirade in the media and social media fervently for the last week, following India’s surgical strike across LOC as a response to Uri terrorist attack from the border. The following stand out: 1. On… Continue Reading →

India, don’t get so worked up over Odisha’s Dana Majhi, the man who carried his dead wife for 10 km

A friend Whatsapps me yesterday on a group asking “What’s this new shame?” What shame? I don’t watch much of these idiotic news channels anyway. But apparently the video of the man was looping across all national news channels ad… Continue Reading →

Who to blame for India’s sporting mediocrity?

“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 to creep into 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 Sunday morning. On holidays I usually let him oversleep, to make it up for my tortures on school days —… 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

Couple of months back, a friend posted a compilation of bike accidents (none of the clips seemed to have been shot in our country) where you could see how the bikers were tossed into the air like roomali roti or… 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 →

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