Matured The startup rolls out a scheme to hire experienced candidates wanting to join after a break. The HR manager is concerned about the increase in cost. He opines they can hire freshers at lower salaries and train them. “We are in D2C (Direct to Customer) business where people experience matters,” says the COO. “Fresh … Continue reading Matured

Delivery Can exuberant personalities pale into insignificance on hearing a few words? I felt my sister shrinking in size as she struggled to assimilate what she had just learnt. “Is that true, Ronit!?” The executor of the will had just informed her that she inherits the vacation home in Goa along with the personal belongings … Continue reading Delivery

Magic The much-hyped magic show is a flop, as people walk out of the auditorium before the show ends. Discussions abound backstage later, “I spent ten years of my life learning the tricks,  so you can’t discredit me with non-performance.” A senior from the audience places his hand on the distraught young man’s shoulder, “It’s … Continue reading Magic

A-changing The storyline of some movies I saw in childhood centred around village fairs - lost and found themes, kidnapping, poverty and exploitation.  I see a new tribe of village women here, all made up and wearing red lipstick selling sugarcane juice. It is a marvel how the local mindset has changed from keeping women … Continue reading A-changing

Values “I prefer guidelines than diktats, and I take my own decisions,” Harry tosses the booklet on the side table. “Diktats are needed when your decisions impact other lives. We live in a networked world and can never be totally free.”  This appears to have hit the target. “Do you mean to say Siri and … Continue reading Values

The Couch “This couch is so comfortable…” cooed Anne. “I’ve seen emotional exhaustion, people tapping energy reserves to survive, people at the end of a tether ready to give up and a few of them getting refuelled to face life again. I bought this couch from the shrink I worked for, and wanted to be on … Continue reading The Couch

Get lost An old woman rambles on about her life - though the stories have lost relevance to others. Writers pick up a notepad at midnight, to prevent loss of whatever springs up within them. What you do not visualise clearly before you want it, gets lost. Yet, there’s so much I would like to lose … Continue reading Get lost


“I set fire to the blanket, because it was made of snow. But it did not burn, just sublimated.” “And the zombie fire beneath the snow continues to flare?” “Yes. Suppressed rage is often labelled insanity." “We are here to help you sublimate the rage,” the doctor has his most congenial expression on. Idly, I … Continue reading Snow

Schizophrenia A neutral third party can perhaps tell - she has changed too with his mental illness. The trepidation, the fear, the lines of defence are built though she has done nothing wrong. She hears sounds of an impending storm, sees thunder in distant lights and awaits doom, which is welcome but …. Armour is … Continue reading Schizophrenia

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 … Continue reading Decluttering