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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 sill has turned orange. The twinkling… 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 →

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 somewhere, I first thought. Or may… Continue Reading →

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. You feed men and yet leave them… Continue Reading →

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, tired as I was from over… 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 →

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 about, pausing at little fruits dropped… Continue Reading →

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 is a slippery cunning bastard. It… Continue Reading →

Games Corporate People Play

The Corporate World is a slippery slope. It’s where the big mostly eats up the small and the shrewd eats up the naive. There is competition, all right, but not always fair. I hear many complain about the politics at… Continue Reading →

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“. I didn’t know what to say. Well,… Continue Reading →

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 in my old Philips two-in-one. After waking… Continue Reading →

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 established deep-pocketed players, a demanding and… 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 →

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 reach themselves? Or there is an… Continue Reading →

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 to write this post at all…. 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 →

Slamina!

Their Heaven lay in front of them, at the edge of my world. They saw and ran for it simultaneously. As if their life depended on it. Who doesn’t want a piece of the Heaven anyway? The thin ran faster… Continue Reading →

The Uncivilized 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 a weathered truck stood in front of me, its tattered tires motionless on the grey… Continue Reading →

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 – for whom clock had stopped inside… 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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