Red Velvet

“The newborn baby will be dressed up in tradition”, Armaan said as he held up his father’s shirt to the tailor. “I want at least two pairs to be made from this fabric. The rest can be fancy stuff as per latest trends.” The expression in the expectant mother’s eyes was changing, as she recalled …

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Unacceptable

“You will not survive in the world, without this golden veil.” “What makes you think my starkness is not acceptable?” “A woman needs a certain level of grace and decorum. You do not fit in the norms.” “I still choose to be myself.” “If that is your last word, then there is no place for …

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Show or tell?

  “The new entrant is of a different color, Letz welcome her for the diversity she brings…” “Thank you, duckies ….. stay still and absorb the spirit I infuse into the water. It will show you what the world outside looks like.” “Don’t show us dreams which cannot be fulfilled. Can you take us out …

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End of an era

We open the house after a couple of years.  Spider-webs, furniture covered with old sheets and a skeletal kitchen greet us. My thoughts go back to the days, when the house reverberated with sounds - cackling laughter of children, my mother-in-law’s tyrannical instructions to all for doing things in a certain way and the cribbing …

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Disadvantage

She stops midway between sentences, and withdraws from conversations. She is always the first to say that the project or deal is not likely to move ahead.The onus is on her, but her predictions often turn true.  In her younger years, she participated in a training program on self-development, and her feedback to the trainer …

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Dots and shapes

“Mom, she stole my pencil.” “Both of you are supposed to share stuff, so it isn’t stealing.” Time flies, and the birds are old enough to fly the nest. “Mom, since we will both work in the same city, sharing an apartment will save cost.” “Be prepared to lead separate lives, as your priorities change….. …

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Identification

He has lost several pounds of extra flab. He steps out in the unlockdown, well-disguised behind the beard, mask and huge frames of sunglasses. People back home have been waiting for his return. “You are under arrest, Jekyll” growls the police inspector. “I’m not Jekyll, there is a mistake in identification,” he mumbles as his …

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