De-sensitised

Spring arrived with mud and a torrent of bad news. “Wash the mud off thoroughly with soap, and spray a sanitiser after that.” “I love the smell of wet earth.” “You need to do it to retain the sense of smell.” I dreamt of trees laden with a spiky fruit, which no one wanted to … More De-sensitised

Hens in business

The Feminist Hen is asked to lay off. “Rebels here lose their life and wings in an hour’s time. Don’t push them to the chopping board.” It is time for the Deadly Rooster to declare dawn, but the sun is nowhere to be found. He limps out in the dark to meet a stony silence. … More Hens in business

Connection

“Why are these five publications not echoing our stance on burning topics? Only fear and greed will keep people on your side – where have you failed that they still stand on isolated platforms…” the Boss is furious, not used to facing failure or opposition. It is only a matter of time before this fury … More Connection

Portable

My five-year old cousin from the countryside visited Mumbai for the first time. He had never seen high-rise buildings and box-like apartments before. While he hankered to catch sight of an actor or celebrity somewhere, and loved the sea, he was not impressed by homes. ‘What’ll you do, if there are more guests? Where are … More Portable

Slavery

“Make the Nation Read” is a great mission statement for a startup, that publishes free book summaries and promises to keep services free forever. My old handset dies a natural death after living a long, fulfilled life of seven years, and I need to download several apps again, in the new monster that enslaves me, … More Slavery

Strategic

The rat ran and he chased. He came out in the lawn, and looked for the rat between the shrubs. It probably disappeared in a rat hole somewhere. He walked back home to find that six other rats of different sizes were scurrying around the kitchen. They scooted away on seeing him, but with food … More Strategic

Paranoia

A non-believer in the metaphysical realm, he is compelled by his daughter to take the meditation course. She finds him derisive at day-end, “The teacher asked me to imagine myself digging deep in the soil, plug underground and get charged. Will she make me fly to compensate in the next session?” “Dad, just keep doing … More Paranoia

Synchronicity

His eyes turn red, and muscles tense up – the onset of another manic episode. The synchronicity is uncanny – it happens after he worships the picture of his dead parents.. It is time to leave … history and characters in it.