Decluttering

“I’m on a mission for the remaining part of my life – decluttering …. everything that does not give good vibes will go – junk, impulse shopping, toxic relationships, jaded mindsets.” “Where will you keep all that you love – things that add value to life?” “Decluttering creates space for the new.” “Who’s talking about … More Decluttering

Creativity blocks

“The truck ran over you….” “I’m still alive.” “There’s a magic wand somewhere around you. There’s someone who listens and protects you.” “Are you talking about a previous lifetime?” “I don’t think it makes sense. Dismantle the blocks and put them together all over again.” “I will never complete this novel. This is the fourth … More Creativity blocks

Vellichor

It’s the same room.  The table fan and bookshelf are replaced by contemporary versions. The bookshelf is a wall-unit in W shape with few lightweight books and three soft toys. “Who reads anyway?” My uncle says sheepishly. Yet, vellichor makes me feel my late grandfather’s presence there. (48 words)

Evolutionary journeys

It is like getting to know them all over again, when they visit in the holidays – the long phone calls and FaceTime chats notwithstanding. Reality strikes hard. It’s not enough to know what they are eating or wearing. I don’t know what goes through their minds in the interim phase, and what journeys they … More Evolutionary journeys

Spectres and Spectators

“I heard ghosts have feet pointed in the opposite direction – they are so torn between going where they belong now and interacting here in this world.” “That’s a good input. Because this benign ghost will move towards you and hug you …” “whoa …” I don’t know how to manage a fake ghost spectre … More Spectres and Spectators

The Word

I find a word somewhere on my morning walk, and I don’t know what it means. I stash it away in my bag as a keepsake, a reminder of the wonderful morning I feel lucky to breathe in. The horror starts when the bag starts getting heavy. My shoulders ache, so I place it on … More The Word

Sabotage

The plan is laid out for execution. After all checks are carried out, Johnson decides to meditate to gather himself. The scene around him is changing … clouds gather …. the light is hazy… The spectre of uncertainty hanging above him assumes larger proportions. It engulfs his existence to the extent of paralysis. He wants … More Sabotage

Bleeding stories

“Whatever you do, you can’t do that.” “But why?” “It will open up not just a can of worms, but a tanker full of serpents.” “Are you talking of the stories of female foeticide and a girl infant killed because she was born blind? Are you talking about the male sex-addict who indulged in shameful … More Bleeding stories

Contradiction

Mom speaking in an event – “Alphabets becomes words and then emotions, pigments become vibrancy of art. Threads convert yarn to apparel, and innate personality traits become grace.” Son’s silent response – “Yeah, personality … do you see splinters of your barbed comments piercing my psyche?” Mom’s speech continues, “Treatment of the raw material matters, … More Contradiction

Benchmarks

The family is known for its rich culinary heritage. They enjoy entertaining and experimenting with cuisines. The daughter-in-law is unable to digest the fact that one needs more than bread, butter, jam, ketchup and milk to survive. Life moves on with the help of expert domestic staff. “My Mom never cooked more than this…” she … More Benchmarks