Generation gap

“I don’t see the relevance of this outdated machine being placed here.” “It marks the beginning of an era to make villagers independent.” “Then, it belongs in a museum.” “I value my personal bond with the hands that operated this. It is an object of worship for me.” “I guess, your mindset too, is a … Continue reading Generation gap

Encore

I recall a video by Sara Jacobovici, a music therapist. A child starts mimicking her body movements in response to music. She claims it as the moment when a connection is built, and knowing that the therapy can now move forward. I guess it applies to so many situations - in performing arts, writing or … Continue reading Encore

Spirit of Giving

I love the surprise you are going to spring on me. And I won’t tell you that I already know it. I’ve tracked your movement across the globe - your academic achievements, jobs, international assignments.  I wanted to say I’m so proud of you. But something stopped me. I did not want to puncture the … Continue reading Spirit of Giving

Eclipse

“There are no permanent enemies or friends in politics”, sighed the party loyalist on seeing his leader shake hands with their bete noire, “all the intense battles we fought have come to nought today.” “The quest for power demands a different discipline. Nobody hands over power to you on a platter,” came another voice with … Continue reading Eclipse

Why is it unacceptable?

“I can handle dissent, not insanity,” the chauvinist speaks in a tone of assumed authority, which is not really his. “What you term as insanity is an eruption of long-suppressed flames or instincts… at least you know what was brewing within.” “Whatever is brewing is not acceptable to me or society…” “Whatever is unacceptable arouses … Continue reading Why is it unacceptable?

Recycled Wisdom

Her hesitation in crossing the threshold is understandable.  She sees her future on the other side of the looking glass. Nobody likes being a has-been. The old man steps back to speak to her. “I’m grateful for being of some use to society. The substance in me is alive and red hot. It has taken … Continue reading Recycled Wisdom

Solstice

I need to call my cousin, but she’s in a different time zone … better wait for an appropriate time when she is awake. Day and night move parallelly, but in different geographic locations.  What does an equal duration signify? We walk through our lives, live out our scripts - in unison or opposition. Ultimately, … Continue reading Solstice

Message with the flowers

I’d always rush to her house in times of celebrations or whenever she needed a shoulder to cry on. It kinda feels funny to order a bouquet and accompanying paraphernalia online, to be delivered next door. They will take a day to deliver. But the local florist shut shop during the lockdown. And her house … Continue reading Message with the flowers

Stories

Yes, we met on the high cliffs ages ago. If you think I’ve changed, you ignore what happens as I cascade down. Each rock I touch changes me in some way. I absorb the stories, bringing them to meet the masses. You see the force, but fail to see what constitutes it. Each story ignites … Continue reading Stories

Finale

The chamber is dark, but she can sense blood trickling towards the door. Her entire life is being streamed live by some unknown source … and yes, she discovers truths she had missed, or rather chosen to deny. She wants to make accusations, seek explanations or correct certain perspectives, including her own. But the grip … Continue reading Finale