Minimalist

There is so much parking space, but she is not in her car today. Delicious lunch in a small cafe, buying a glamor magazine and an intellectual book from the roadside vendor, followed by a lazy afternoon in the salon getting a facial done is her idea of pure bliss. The road still looks deserted … Continue reading Minimalist

Provocation

If all goes right, take the right turn. This was Mom’s fave quote, and ‘right’ was to be interpreted as per the situation. Years later, I think of situations when things did not go right. It means things did not go as per expectations. Provocations arose from unexpected quarters at an unexpected time. Teach them … Continue reading Provocation

Unending Cycle

‘The Creator, Preserver and Destroyer”, he said with a smirk, “Don’t we all know the Trinity?” “Yes. We do. It is an easily understandable concept. I strive to know if it is a straight line or circle. What happens after the End? Is there recreation, or only new creation?” “Sounds like Copernicus saying the earth … Continue reading Unending Cycle

In Situ

A television ad shakes us up, “You’ll never find a batch like ours - who never stepped out of the house to study, but did so while watching a father breathe with oxygen support, or a mother slogging invisibly to let the children find a quiet space.” A friend is visiting, but she warns us … Continue reading In Situ

Kitsch

I am the first to see his secret chamber - art created, never sold. “Where does the money come from?” I’m curious. “I migrated to the city in search of a living, to keep body and soul together. Anna invited me to see a certain spot in the city. The Queen of Kitsch had just … Continue reading Kitsch

Sun and Water

Water falls, because a gravitational force pulls it down. In the right atmosphere, it vaporizes to steam and moves upwards. It chooses when, where and how to fall. Water freezes. You are able to walk on snow with the right boots. Your homes are not ravaged by floods. forces all-pervasive combine to make you feel … Continue reading Sun and Water

Onboarding

“Each time I extend my hand of friendship, he reinvents himself, leaving me unsure if I want to go ahead. It seems too much to ask for revelation, with masks and gloves taken off. Maybe, he fears the vacuum within as much as I do. I see his all-pervasive desire to control by checking, hacking … Continue reading Onboarding

Packing a life

“I can’t leave this behind”. She wailed. “But why? It’s not easy to lug it around, when movement is uncertain.” “My grandma enjoyed the outdoors with us on this chair - in the garden, on the beach and wherever our fancy would take us.” “I’m sure you don’t want her to see fire raining from … Continue reading Packing a life

Conversation

Walking through the woods may have been a way of life for some. I booked a safari to drive through the forest in a jeep, with a professional driver. I’m expected to believe what they tell me about the animals, my own research notwithstanding.  Then the unexpected happens. A tiger is sitting on the bonnet … Continue reading Conversation