STORY-TIME: PART II— THE AFTERMATH AND MORE

The worst part of having an accident at home is having to entertain an unannounced guest right after the accident! Moments after the fire was doused and we heaved a sigh of relief, the doorbell rang. It was our distant relative. Hospitable as we are, we welcomed the guest as if it was just another…

STORY-TIME: PART I— THE ACCIDENT

There was a fire in our house recently. Not some little sparking in a switchboard or a tiny flame caught at the corner of a cloth, but full-blown fire; and that too in the least fire-friendly room a home can have— the kitchen.  The incident happened on a lazy Saturday morning. On the terrace, my…

EATING FANCY FOOD AS A ‘FOMO’

As a self-proclaimed foodie and someone who was recently bed-ridden completely for a week, I might be less qualified to ask the following question, but here it is— Do we now eat food out of FOMO— fear of missing out— rather than for its essential function of sustenance and nutrition?  We are surrounded by a…

PEACE ON EARTH TO PREVENT PIECES OF EARTH

An insight into how developing the values of ‘Ahimsa’ and ‘Satyagraha’ in oneself would lead to greater Peace for humankind. The deepest of moral lessons come wrapped in the form of stories. In the tales I heard from my elders while growing up, someone called ‘Gandhi’ was mostly the protagonist. Every moral virtue was personified…

OF THE WARMTH IN WINTER

Winters make you lazy; or maybe they just expose your true character. Your indolence remains unchanged, only now you get a scapegoat to blame it all upon. “Bahot thand hai, yaar,(it is very cold)” is the shameless excuse to evade from every task (read: bath) and work (read: assignments). Only today, for once, I decided…

NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON’T

Online classes are a microcosm of the obscure reality we reside in! Only a little more hilarious than usual! For starters- you are not alone; you are never alone! Yeah! But how can you be alone in a class of 50 odd students- so you would argue. Yeah! Of course, that is true but you…

THAT’S THE WAY

Walking, as recommended by doctors, who themselves are mostly adorned with a bulging belly, is a healthy and easy way to keep oneself in a proper shape. My years’ long on and off spell of early morning walking makes me realise it. Recently, on my miraculous revival of this early morning routine (thanks to the…

THE INNUMERABLE MASK-ETEERS

The corona virus is in the air and is here to stay for a long time. No known vaccine has surfaced so far and it will take probably at least another year for the vaccine to be made available for the patients around the globe. Hospitals have run out of beds for patients (and in…

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING COCONUT

“Where has it vanished away?” I exclaimed in all bewilderment. “It wasn’t there at all in the first place!” My mother tried to reason and calm me down. “It was! I saw it! I saw it for real!” “Oh, you must have mistaken a brinjal for it!” “What!” I thought, “Is that even possible? Did…

QUESTIONS

Oftentimes some questions can be really thought-provoking, answering a lot of curiosities; but at other times, some questions can simply leave one perplexed and dazed. For DK (Nasseruddin Shah) from Masoom, it was mostly the latter case.  DK is caught tongue-tied on numerous occasions when his illegitimate son, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj) asks him certain questions….