Don’t go back there. Those caves are now history. Don’t let them draw you back in. Walk ahead, look at the sky, prepare to fly…… Create another chapter, another cave and leave it behind.

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

No return Your prompt reminds me of two real-life stories, which do not directly connect to the song, but are about leaving and returning. STORY 1 We are holidaying with an aunt. A strange looking man appears in the courtyard with a piece of ginger in hand. He wants ginger tea. The family looks scared, but … Continue reading No return

Reena’s Xploration Challenge

First in this week ….Michael’s take on the first Xploration Challenge of 2022.


It’s new … does it mean it’s welcome?

My wife went into labour at what I thought was the most inopportune time. Barely a year before my son had been born. He was a difficult child, demanding, and a law unto himself.

I felt as though I had finally gotten a handle and how best to deal with him when I was faced with the prospect of having to go through it all again.

As we drove to the hospital my resentment grew. I felt trapped into an everlasting struggle with babies.

But when baby is due and making all the signs of coming out into the world there is not much you can do but be there and see what happens.

In the labour ward, there was a huge photo on the wall of a flowing stream, I think it was meant to provide mothers with a sense of…

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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

Work culture

His expression is different tonight, “I’ve been working 14-hour days. Don’t you think I deserve humanistic treatment other than a raise?” “We like people to be obliged, so a raise is possible. But that word ‘humanistic’ - my answer to your Goodnight will be Goodbye.”

Magic The much-hyped magic show is a flop, as people walk out of the auditorium before the show ends. Discussions abound backstage later, “I spent ten years of my life learning the tricks,  so you can’t discredit me with non-performance.” A senior from the audience places his hand on the distraught young man’s shoulder, “It’s … Continue reading Magic

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