Dreams and numbers.

Hamid; sixty two, had always had an urge to please toddlers and watch them laugh. His wife had had a miscarriage about five times and finally died during the sixth delivery. Ten days after his wife’s funeral; Hamid sold her jewelry and bought a walkman and a merry-go-round swingset. Everyday, he starts at 5.02pm sharp […]

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Your Tara

‘And what is this, Tara?’ ‘That is my dream, dadi’, I tell her, when she holds one of the diaries I have been writing stories in. For the next hour, I read to her and translate it to our home language. She has tears in her eyes, she does not wish for me to see, […]

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Dear 2019

Dear 2019, I hope that you are not overwhelmed by all the hype, expectations, hope and all the stupid stuff people are creating already. It is the same every year, I have been observing them for many now. So yes, it’s nothing new. Even the wishes and greetings which they spam WhatsApp and Facebook with […]

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Stories I met inside people.

1. I once knew a girl whose father left her mother when she was born. People joked how he left the mother, who wasn’t yet a wife, because she was born. The single mother brought up her child with alacrity. Not once did she shame the father, or speak viciously about him. She showed me […]

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Like a Smoke Filled Room.

Despite of how we all perceive it, why do we say there’s always a silence before the storm? Not because the storm is too loud itself to make that silence felt, but because it sucks out all the noises before it comes, like water draining down a sink hole – leaving behind the wide, open […]

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8.71 crores – Day 1 collections I know of Marwari families that start arranged marriage conversations by asking, ’kitney ki party hai?’ limiting communion and all the nuance around being together to a single metric – net worth. It’s a practical filter, I must admit, which adds to the revenue of both homes. Dhadak is […]

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Left Behind.

People leave like it’s the easiest thing to do. They pack up their belongings, make check lists and book their tickets. In the middle of it all, you’re supposed to remind them to take everything and double check the bookings and the essentials.You get caught up in it, the excitement and the rush. That is, […]

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