Dawn Break

The night is darker than usual, though the almanac says Full Moon will illuminate the skies soon. She walks through many worlds in her dreams and nightmares, while staying pinned to her uncomfortable bed. All this will soon be a thing of the past, but then…. how soon? There are so many pointers to the … Continue reading Dawn Break


Conscious Fashion

The survivor took great pride in declaring its Indian origin, and the philosophy of non-violence practised by a section of the population. “I pierced the cocoon to come out and am living a full life. The manufacturers still get the silk they need to make those luxurious and visually delightful sarees, but without killing the … Continue reading Conscious Fashion

On the other side

My friend cribs about her tough life in a sales job, her monstrous boss and unfair incentive schemes. Clearly, she does not enjoy her job - nor did I. But being conversant with something helped me navigate the downturns better. I steer the conversation to what she’d like to do – lounge around in pyjamas, … Continue reading On the other side


“Thai cooking is no joke without the right ingredients”, the celebrity chef grumbled, “I found galangal, but kaffir lime leaves are substituted with lemon zest.” “Don’t you think ingredients need to be sourced from abroad, for the astronomical price that you charge for a meal?” the local chef was feeling left out. “Understand the opportunity … Continue reading Exotica


An electronics research guide says, “I learnt a few subjects, excelled in some and mastered one enough to help others in their research. But one thing I could never decipher is why two people like or dislike each other.” Clearly, the theory of attraction or repulsion between nuclear particles does not apply to human interactions … Continue reading Insulation

Unfinished story

Each step towards perceived success feels momentous, as she moves ahead on light feet with the entire galaxy in her eyes. She carves out new ambitions flying on wings of what has just happened. Her fifteen minutes of fame are just around the corner, and she is sure of not dying a nameless and forgettable … Continue reading Unfinished story

A father speaks

You wanted to be an astronaut, but ended up becoming a pilot. I’m proud of my daughter, but the wistfulness in your eyes haunts me, as I catch you staring at outer space. Our existence and our capacity to dream deserves to be celebrated, before aiming further. It was just yesterday we blew bubbles together, … Continue reading A father speaks

Influencing justice

“It’s not possible”, pleaded the advocate helplessly, “all proofs and witnesses are against you.” “Tell me clearly if you cannot do the job, and I’ll hire another lawyer. I am paying you a bomb to manage the legal process.” “Whatever has already gone on record remains unchanged.” “Blur the background of incidents a little, circulate … Continue reading Influencing justice


I take pride in creating beautiful covers for household items – teapots, trays, scratched table tops or unsightly corners. It has evolved into a lucrative business, and my homemaker friends envy me for the financial freedom I gained through it. “Do I get any plus marks for creativity?” I ask with a smile in one … Continue reading Covers

Copy-pasted scripts

The movie star’s fans are baffled by her attempt to commit suicide. So many of them would love to be in her shoes to enjoy her fame, wealth, repeated success and enormous fan following. Media persons send several messages, but all remain unanswered. She announces that she would produce, write, direct and act in her … Continue reading Copy-pasted scripts