The intricacies of design on this instrument can’t match the complexity of emotions that arise on seeing this. It was my wildest dream and my worst nightmare. We matched wonderfully in our musical intelligence. But that’s not enough to sustain a lifetime. Life is about so much more, and unfortunately, we were not on the … Continue reading Compatibility


Joker in the pack

“Did you hear that? Arnold has been designated SVP. Aren’t we all doing our duties to perfection and delivering on parameters?” The cafetaria is a place for such conversations. Anybody who wants to understand the company culture should spend more time here. “The joker in the pack always helps you win. Didn’t you see him … Continue reading Joker in the pack

All that is local

“This is the art that brought me to another country. I was invited by a resident to decorate the alleys with cheap material, and I used rice powder.” “Anybody can do it.” “Yes. Maybe they can. But I kept innovating with my art. The movement from rice powder to vibrant  colours got me international fame. … Continue reading All that is local


There’s something magical about the room, but not in a nice way. Is Ellen imagining the figure on the wall, or is it really there? Dad told her not to make up imaginary friends or foes. Wait and watch if the object under observation can really harm. The figure does not move, but something leaps … Continue reading Preparedness

Dirty Linen

This was his desk from where he texted customers every evening. “Have dirty linen to wash? You can trust us to maintain complete secrecy.” It was a marketing technique that worked reasonably well for him. Customers smiled as they handed over their laundry. One afternoon, a well-manicured hand filled the empty cup with coffee. He … Continue reading Dirty Linen


The fading superstar reinstates himself by owning a cricket team. Writing cheques to buy superstars of sports is intoxicating. Rumours circulate that he chooses the cheerleaders himself. He is so sure they draw people to watch the events, much more than the performance of champions. The stadium is full, but his team is losing. It … Continue reading Superstars


Lorraine finally moves to the old age home she has resisted all along. “Happy to see you, but may I ask what caused the change of mind?” “I achieved a lot in life, by laying bricks in even, predetermined patterns with no scope for error. I earned rewards. I cannot relate to the millennial culture … Continue reading Brick-by-brick

Plundering Rainbows

how many couples sat on this bench?now intertwined, now tied in knots.was the heart red, now painted black?they untangled ropes to choose a shape. now intertwined, now tied in knotsthey saw happiness on other shoresthey untangled ropes to choose a shapethey built a bridge to cross the sea they saw happiness on other shores,reinventing life, … Continue reading Plundering Rainbows

I got an idea out of the blue

your self-worth is not in your inbox,nor those glances of approvalyou will win the race on light feet,unshackled from expectations. Take time to stop and assess…Are you where you planned to be?Or beyond the realm of dreams,reached better destinations? Ready to jump off the cliff,egging on others to joinyou see valleys of happiness…It is not … Continue reading I got an idea out of the blue


“An unfinished story invites. It gives everyone the liberty to complete it as they like.” Henry’s words keep haunting me as I browse through his incomplete manuscript. Unfinished structures welcome every new brick or stone. They reach completion but not in the manner as perceived in the beginning. I call the publisher. “If this book … Continue reading Unfinished