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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 →

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 →

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 to… 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 →

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 →

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 guards salute are the ones who are ‘powerful’ enough to decide the guards’ fate). When there is no… 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 →

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 →

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 off we went to a village… Continue Reading →

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