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Family

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Uncivilized I want to stay!

My three-year old kid loves birds and animals, like everyone his age does. But he also asks me questions on who could eat whom or who would win if there was a fight between two. These hypothetical questions are difficult… Continue Reading →

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 and keeping myself ready to turn… Continue Reading →

Illogical Involuntaries

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 →

The ‘Arrival’ of the Father

You look at the clock. It’s five minutes to ten. You know you have five minutes to gather yourself, draw the legs of your pressed pair of trousers upon yourself, wrap its waist around the striped shirt hanging loose from… Continue Reading →

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 have on me, because last time… Continue Reading →

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