Black Swan

“I don’t know how to interpret your composure - indifference or strength?,” she looked perturbed, just as she always reacted. “It’s just composure, nothing more or less,” I make a bold assumption that she will understand, “When I started my journey as a life coach, I was not prepared for the boutique of emotions and …

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Power

“It was never meant to be an equal world. Paucity of resources created inequality amongst competing tribes, and we invented power.” The young assistant eagerly types his bytes in her device. The celebrated anthropologist does not know his words are worth a fortune, especially after that trip with the ruler of the land. “Did you …

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Right or wrong?

“Right and wrong are such subjective terms. Stop your crusade, and get real…” The venom in my own child’s voice is shocking, but I gather myself again. “…. your religion and morality buddies won’t be around when you need them.” Nor are you, I silently think, but explicitly say, “It is not about buddies or …

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Ominous

“Turn up the volume of protests …. change is never an easy feat to achieve,” the voice is dominating, emphatic and reeks of impatience to win the war. “Does change even matter any more?” I speak after a long, pregnant pause, sounding ominous to him, but at peace with myself. “What do you mean,” his …

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Erstwhile

“It is your decision, and I respect it, but I don’t know how and where will you survive with that outdated mindset of yours….” He was more exasperated than sad or sorry or disappointed, and it made a lot of difference. It somehow became a reaffirmation of my decision to leave. “I don’t expect you …

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Kettled

The politician is trolled for referring to the economy class as ‘cattle class’, and this in a country where a majority cannot afford to fly. He was panning the new cost control measures being imposed on members of parliament. His father watches the news on TV with a fading vision, too old to remember what …

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Business

“You will have to delete images from your gallery, Jane, the phone is running out of space.” “I may have to buy another disk. Yet, it is cheaper than what art gallery owners charge as commission.” Her comment is sarcastic, but Rob sighs, “Online platforms have robbed us of our income.” The artist and gallery …

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Going back

“Haven’t we done this before?” The look in her eyes was defiant. “What? Driving me round the bend?” “Why doesn’t the message go through your thick head that you cannot dominate or manipulate me?” “Is that the way you talk to your father?” “Well… you know better.” His entire life floated in front of his …

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