My Monsoon Diaries, 2019: Karla Caves and Other Trips.

This doesn’t happen often to me, I tell you. Everything around me today is a shade of golden yellow, even though it’s burning hot outside. I feel like I’m a bird of paradise singing an ode to this beautiful day because I’m remembering a beautiful day. Remember how about a month back I was lamenting…

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Hypocrisy

He says, I’m an ascetic. Then molests a girl. She says, gender equality. Then whines over reservations. He says, I want to change the world. But he spits on the road. She says, I’m not a faker. But spends hours on photoshop. They say, we want justice, peace. They incite to break, maim, wage war.…

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Where’s My Gullak?

Remember as kids how much we loved receiving ‘ashirwad’ money? When the fifth cousin from Dad’s side would visit in what was a once-in-the-lifetime (or once-in-a-long-long-time, or why-do-I-even-care-how-long-a-time) family visit and hand us a rolled-up bank-note (or two, if they were feeling generous) with the customary tagline – beta, isse chocolate kharid lenaΒ (buy yourself a…

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Cast Out and Other Stories by Sucharita Dutta-Asane: A Review

Sucharita Dutta-Asane is an upcoming talent in the Indian short-story circle and it’s easy to see why. With her lyrical writing style and empathetic approach to social flaws and topics that are taboo, she creates stories from seemingly everyday occurrences that still make the reader pause and reflect. Dutta-Asane is an independent editor and short-story…

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Standing (Ill) At Ease: For Those Who Stand At Work

Shopping malls are so much fun, aren’t they? All your favourite brands lined up in one location. The latest trends on display, beckoning you (or your wallet)… Come take a taste. Try me out. You want it. We know… we know. And you’re lured in by the smell of fresh fabric, the jazzy music and…

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