“You will not survive in the world, without this golden veil.” “What makes you think my starkness is not acceptable?” “A woman needs a certain level of grace and decorum. You do not fit in the norms.” “I still choose to be myself.” “If that is your last word, then there is no place for …

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temptations to step ahead and just crush them under boots abound who has the back of autumn leaves discarded by trees alienated from natural habitat migrants travel in hordes  risking life and health to reach home the leaves had once provided shade these hands built infrastructure  you live and breathe in if you feel the …

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Cassettes have been an integral part of younger years. Other than music and the occasional tangling of tape, the property that stands out in memory is the “auto-replay” mode.  A friend from Tamil Nadu once put on Tamil music, forgot to switch off the player, and went to work. The neighbours in Pune who did …

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Rules of darkness

light in a window blinds me to unknown, unseen faces unheard voices trapped in the castle awaiting release   their desperation to surpass, to suppress the sole visible figure grows as the New Moon swells in size   the next New Moon sees a new face in the same window claiming spotlight and many others …

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