At long last…

“I will walk out of the house one day”, fumes the breadwinner of the family on encountering opposition. It is enough to shush others into an uncomfortable silence, knowing that they have to comply for survival. Mom is an example – she gets beaten up regularly for not doing things to his liking, but still, …

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Lights and shadows

The city that never sleeps is buzzing with activity; the city provides livelihood if one is willing to put in the effort-and compromise with imposed lifestyles. Once again, I walk alone after a late shift at work, fearing for my safety and knowing I need luck to survive. Illuminated streets do not light up the …

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Striking gold

“We’ve struck gold,” exclaimed Tony. “I expected you to clean up the room by now. It was a long queue at the supermarket.” Anna looked exhausted. “Anna, this used to be an artist’s home who walked out on his wife. And she had no regard for his artwork.” “Why are we researching their life, instead …

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Barricades

The Moon is weary of human footprints. Humans invade privacy, erect flags, flaunt achievements, record stories … but do nothing to help the Moon. Mars appears to be within reach. We celebrate, but fail to notice invisible invaders amidst us. Why is our world changing so fast? We need to blame it all on invaders. …

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Keep them busy

“It is my alma mater.” the pride and loyalty in his voice was evident. “Mine too. Why are we turned away from each other?” “We’ve to guard the allocated space as loyal soldiers. Directions can be different.” “Are we committed to the same cause?” “I guess so …. Yes.” “Then why not fight together?” “Fight …

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Ice

A crack like a gunshot pierced the frozen air and the ice broke.  A few more followed, and the criminals were dead. They were accused of brutal rape, and public pressure to punish them fast was mounting. The nation celebrates. The police officers who executed the task are widely appreciated, congratulated and flowers sprinkled on …

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Closed circuits

“I always wonder – what is it that they have and I don’t? How do they get everything they want, but I don’t?” “How often do you watch television, and what are the channels you patronize?” “Every day, international channels -but why do you ask?” “You know a lot of things that can’t help you. …

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