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 lena (buy yourself a…

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Pincheliosclerosis – A Story

‘Mrs. Mehta!’ the buxom lady in the gaudy, hot pink chiffon sari lumbered over and engulfed Chiroo’s mother into a death-embrace. Chiroo was sure the bear hug must have given his mother a hernia. He could swear he heard a crunch where his Mother’s emaciated bones creaked with the enormous strain they were being subjected to.…

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Thirty Seconds Tales #17: Something Broken

A four-year-old says to his babysitter – ‘What is cloaked?’ ‘Covered.’ ‘Then what is clocked?’ ‘Something to do with time, or achieving something. Please, not now. I’m trying to find my phone. I don’t know where I put it… Did you see my phone?’ He doesn’t answer. After a while. ‘What is croaked?’ ‘Aargh! Can…

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Her Happy Family

It’s a fact that we crave what we don’t have, but we care naught for what we have in hand. Like the young ones impatient to run out of the gates of her daughter’s High School, who wanted nothing more than to give up the confines of the school and their homes and burst out…

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Genius School Kids

Everyone of us has been through times in school when we blanked out during an exam and didn’t know the answer to that one question. A normal kid would simply leave the space blank, or at best, write a word of apology addressed to the teacher. But these kids, they’re PURE GENIUS! They had guts…

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Are We Failing As Parents?

Apologies for a very long post. I have a lot to say on this topic. If you make it to the end of this post, I must congratulate you for your patience; if you don’t, I understand. Some of my fondest memories were created while at play. The first sand castle, the first friends, the…

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