“Masterji!” – A Name I Like to Live By

"Masterji!" she called. "Haan beta." I replied. "Aapne kuch laya?" Searching through my bundle of letters for her mother's name, I finally said "Nahi beta. Par main aapke liye kuch aur laya hoon." I extended my hand to give her a Mango Bite. She smiled cutely without losing a second. The small girl standing in... Continue Reading →

“Learn to live with it!” – A Father-Daughter Conversation

One night my teenage daughter and I were sitting on the sofa and watching television. My daughter Vivian was 16 and quite mature for her age . Thankfully, she wasn't a fan of MTV or showed much teenage tantrums which are common for youngsters. The credit goes to her mother who had been the pillar... Continue Reading →

Three Friends and A Small Truth

The Sun was descending in the evening sky looking spectacular in all it's glory. The playful sea waves touched the shores time and again, retreating seconds afterwards. Some tourists relaxed in the sweet spots while few others played the outdoorsy beach games, taking fullest advantage of their vacation. I was sitting in a modest, sea-side... Continue Reading →

COVID 19 – The Night You Didn’t Expect.

The Night has fallen with graves settling here and everywhere. The wolves howl out loud facing the darkness that tames them beyond their control. These ferocious dogs of the forests run and chase but teethless they remain. Surrendered. Powerless in the eyes of the dreadful night that has eclipsed the shine of the day. This... Continue Reading →

My Desperate Attempt to Return Home

COVID-19 has compelled migrant workers to return to their hometowns as they are without job, money, shelter and food. With vehicular movement restrictions, they have to walk for hundreds of miles to reach their respective places. Few days ago, a 12-year old girl lost her life when she was returning from Telangana to Chattisgarh. She... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 and Time Travel

Till decades ago, families and relatives spent time together and the bond of love, trust and brotherhood was strongly intact. The older generation narrated stories and experiences of their past while the younger generation attentively listened to them. When the kids had doubts, they asked naively and got it cleared. Homely food prepared on chullah... Continue Reading →

“Please Give Me Some Food!”

"Please give me some food!" he kept asking every time a pedestrian passed by. He didn't look at their clothes or belongings. He just begged. I saw this beggar everyday as my modest restaurant in Beach Road, Australia was just across the street where he daily stationed himself. He had a long beard, brown eyes... Continue Reading →

First Impression

They know you. That’s what they think! Those brutal eyes know nothing else, except to make judgements, false judgements. They scan you first, they observe you next and then they assume based on their ‘beautiful’ past. So simple, so dumb! Things happen. Situations happen. Impressions change. Damn first impressions! First impression ain’t the last impression... Continue Reading →

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