Brand of Ethics

“I would advise you to stay. You are too callow to understand the ways of the world out there.” “I’m not comfortable here.” “You have been given everything you need.” “Really? All I need is a level playing ground to up my game.” That was a decade ago. I’ve learnt there are no level playing …

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Untouchability

“Why should I be here, a few levels below?” “Social distancing is the new normal.” “But why is the seating arrangement not at equal level?” “Some people need more care, owing to their precarious health conditions.” “The contempt you’ve always held has come to the fore. The pandemic is being used as a cover to …

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Halloween

I see a congenial, smiling face and then the mask drops. A monster emerges. No. It’s not Halloween. I must be dreaming. The behaviour is different, but voices are familiar. Could it be….? Again, the mask drops. I see creatures drowning in a sea of fear. They fold hands, they pray and then exercise extra …

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Autumn

If winter is death, surely, red-slashed autumn is the wound that brought it. Autumnal years have a sense of foreboding, but experience and wisdom add shades of color. Some may nurse wounds of unfulfilled ambition. Yet, the peace of white snow-filled peaks is unbeatable. It holds the enlightenment of truth, after peeling off layers of …

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Foodies

“Tell me what will you like to eat. I don’t get Indian food habits. Some of you are non-vegetarian, but won’t have pork and beef. Some call themselves eggetarians - no meat. There are fishetarians too - no meat, but all seafood is fine….” I’m amused at his exasperation, and decide to instigate him further. …

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Build new tracks

the train stopped in the middle of nowhere I alighted to build a house there to discover joy and sorrow not felt before… the terrain’e new but lovely…. ghosts came to life imposing values not seen before I felt claustrophobic the terrain’s new and ghastly…. the train stops again in the middle of nowhere I …

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Narcissism

A change in placement, pattern or taste would have been welcome. She was tempted to add some new seasonings in the tray several times. But one had to follow a set of rules in that house. There were things titled “I just love this”, and others were “Yuck”. No middle ground was ever visualised or …

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Ghostly sojourns

the exorcist  is exhausted the spirits don’t go away ghosts are surprised to see their stories rewritten to fit in contemporary  moulds I wonder which house or body will they occupy next just to prove a point… just to justify a stand taken  back then a life lived a passion served undervalued understated…. The exorcist …

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Different Destinations

smart “I’ll be back in a jiffy.” He said. Time is measured differently by riders of  different vehicles. He did not return. She was the single parent to a child she was carrying then.  She is proud of his success, and the fact that he flies around the world. He may find his father some …

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Long Roads

It’s a long and arduous journey. I’m not sure if I’ll make it.  If you do, will you turn and look at the road you traversed? Yes. If you do, will you regret or celebrate it? It depends on what happens enroute. What do you thing will make it worth celebrating? Overcoming all obstacles on …

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