A party: The People and the Aftermath

Interesting things are going on in the amazing land of Amdavad. The beautiful red world is turning upside down, tipping and turning on a point till it all shatters into millions of little bricks and pieces. Such blasphemous and ridiculously preposterous occurrences have not been heard of outside these circular walls. In dark corners and…

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थक गए हैं पाँव

थक इस कदर गए हैं पाँव, कि अब हम चल न पाएंगे किये थे जो भी वादे खुद से, फुर्सत में निभाएंगे ज़िन्दगी ने राह तो दी मुक्कमल, ऐ मेरे दाता चंद लम्हे जो मिल जाएँ, तो जज़्बा ढूंढ लाएंगे   टूट जाती है रूह, इस दिन की भागा-दौड़ में ऎसे चले आते हैं सर…

Why always me?

This is not the first time that these feelings have cropped up in his heart. He went through a similar emotional turmoil same time last year. These months of May have been bringing along with them a sense of desolation which have fostered from the disappointments he has had to suffer. Coupled with these disappointments,…

Silence – Redefined

Sitting with a pen in my hand, I was looking for the obvious. By obvious I mean the right word that would fit my story. And it is quite difficult to find it when you have a very enthusiastic culprit in your mind, the idea. It just doesn’t wait. It would selfishly and excitedly wander…

New Phase

New phase, new life. While the word ‘new’ in itself is exciting, it always brings along an anxiety for me. It is also always, that excitation overcomes this anxiety but not this time. This time was different. From the time I came here, I knew I was missing something. Well, it was nothing not normal…

The Mumbai local – a lesson in intimacy

American anthropologist Edward Hall Jr. pioneered the social science of proxemics – the study of physical proximity between people and their reactions at various distances from each other. He defined four personal reaction bubbles based on distance. There is the intimate space (<6 inches to 1.5 feet for hugs, kisses, tickles et al). There is…

The Journey

The pilgrim trudged on with great effort. The toil of the journey, the vagaries of the weather and the sheer longevity of the pilgrimage had scarred not only his body but his inner resolve as well. The only thing that had kept him on the path was the desire: the desire to accomplish his goal.…

Introspection during a power cut

Two assignments open side by side on my laptop screen, blocking out my cherished Emma Watson wallpaper… Half a cup of coffee on the table, ignored and getting cold… Retro classics playing on my iPod… The unfinished ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ resting on my thigh… 2 a.m., proclaims my old table clock. Enough…

Shadowed Prayers

“Shoo, shoo, go away. Away, I said.” The young dogs were the first to push their noses where they did not belong, but, unlike the people who came later, they were decent enough to heed the words of the lady, who was demanding her space. They heeded, because she had been good to them these…