Matured The startup rolls out a scheme to hire experienced candidates wanting to join after a break. The HR manager is concerned about the increase in cost. He opines they can hire freshers at lower salaries and train them. “We are in D2C (Direct to Customer) business where people experience matters,” says the COO. “Fresh … Continue reading Matured

Anger Why do clouds look like angry birds, hungry for revenge on invisible enemies? Anger lives in territories of its own, with deep roots and repressed emotions. It changes its language, depending on who or what it is directed at. I wonder if they recognise their own reflections. How do they label it? Angry birds … Continue reading Anger

Delivery Can exuberant personalities pale into insignificance on hearing a few words? I felt my sister shrinking in size as she struggled to assimilate what she had just learnt. “Is that true, Ronit!?” The executor of the will had just informed her that she inherits the vacation home in Goa along with the personal belongings … Continue reading Delivery

Unfolding The brush feels awkward between my fingers. I’d rather draw dark figures with a charcoal pencil. I’m trained to do that, and it feels effortless. I see kids handle the brush deftly. Splashes of paint blossom into flowers. Onlookers in the cafe make me self-conscious. I don’t want to fail or look stupid. The … Continue reading Unfolding


I wake up every morning with a thought. What if there are no calendars, rituals not imposed on me? Would I still make an effort to recap, review, reset?  I take sunrise and sunset for granted. Why do I need to worry about the number of times my planet revolves around the Sun? It’s an … Continue reading Renewal

A beautiful friendship

Don't pluck me, let's grow together, says StalkI just smelt you to find a new friend..Wow! I'll just bask in the sun, you walk…Let's spread the love, and warmth extend I just smelt you to find a new friendI'll tell you secrets, romp around all dayLet's spread the love, and warmth extendThe world is all … Continue reading A beautiful friendship

Cycles of cheer The season of cheer is over. Santa moves back to familiar environs of comfort after doling out promises and gifts. The pall bearers of dreams carry the carriers away. Coloured wrapping paper is strewn all around carrying different stories of ecstasy and disappointment. A child exclaims, “Mosquitoes sparkle so much in December.” The homeless … Continue reading Cycles of cheer

Being alive Sadje's prompt It takes a lot of courage to be here - being alive to warm your soul. They believe a lamp spreads light by burning itself. I burn to fulfil the purpose of existence. It’s the only way I know to exist. I revel in self-created auras around me. If someone benefits, it’s … Continue reading Being alive

A-changing The storyline of some movies I saw in childhood centred around village fairs - lost and found themes, kidnapping, poverty and exploitation.  I see a new tribe of village women here, all made up and wearing red lipstick selling sugarcane juice. It is a marvel how the local mindset has changed from keeping women … Continue reading A-changing


I’ve watched calcification of souls with slow accretion of deposits of apathy -disconnectedness rules I was alive once but chose petrification with concentrated spirits some day I hope to connect human rocks below infuse empathy in them maybe they see what I see maybe we connect better maybe they see value in going back to … Continue reading Petrified