Morning rituals

This picture describes my favorite morning ritual. The first thing I do when the morning’s paper arrives is jump to the Sudoku page and mull over it with a cup of steaming, masala chai. The perfect way to beat the gloom of the Pune monsoon where the skies are overcast enough to make it feel…

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The Necromancer

On a cold, stormy night I came into this world. I bore the dual stigma of not just being born into a slave family, but also of killing my mother. They say my mother, who would get visions, had predicted it, but had still kept me alive in her womb because she foresaw what I…

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Morning Tea

Morning beckons,  The kettle is on,  I retrieve the lemongrass,  Ginger and peppercorns.   You nudge me in the side,  An excuse to tickle and touch,  I give you a knowing smile,  The brew simmers,  For there’s no rush.    A hint of Darjeeling, A touch of sugar, As I turn off the kettle, Your wink…

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