Headless

“Brain dead” - declares the doctor. I wonder what continues to live, as I drag myself out of the Intensive Care Unit. On that bed lay a woman who lived in fear of death for a decade. She did not believe in reincarnation or life after death.  The phone vibrates, and I answer it reluctantly. …

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Desolation

Desolation, take me somewhere .... home or stationI explore emptiness to find pieces, memories to teara meaning lost somewhere in logical interpretationI want to know what escaped, what's hiding where I explore emptiness to find pieces, memories to tearDiscarded tidbits for reasons long forgottenI want to know what escaped, what's hiding whereI want to know …

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Whom do you work with?

“Why should anyone want to shift these statues? They have been a major attraction for visitors to the museum, and pictures get splashed all across social media.” The Curator of the Museum was furious at unplanned moves. “Actually, Sir, we have shifted all the wax statues from the other side to another section….” The junior …

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Lullabies

“We couldn’t have done it without you, Officer!” The Commissioner smiled as he pinned the medal on my shoulder. Operation Forest Trail had been successful beyond expectations, and all criminals who engaged in poaching and illegal cutting of trees were arrested. “Inspector Mario, will you share with us the secret of your terrific tuning with …

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Dark secrets

The police was at the doorstep. He thought the matter had been closed la few weeks ago. “You are under arrest.” The tone was terse, and there was no other option than getting in the jeep with the police team. A few hours later…. “We have traced out deleted chats from a number which was …

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Mysterious Apple

The strangest thing happened as I walked into the theme park.  A larger-than-life apple was placed on the pathway. It looked like a replica or sculpture, so I clicked some pictures, and moved ahead. I stopped on hearing strange sounds emanating from my phone. “Release me. You have no rights to hold me captive. Aaaahhhh….” …

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Death

It is a death carefully painted. The right place, time and suit - to get noticed by the right people. Pictures are splashed across social media. People are divided into camps guessing if it was a suicide or murder. Hate campaigns against the suspects are launched. It is the beauty of living in internet times. …

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Lockdown

“Nights and days are not very different since the lockdown happened. Shops supplying essential items open for four hours in the morning. Then, it is as bleak as you are seeing it now,” the cabbie was acting as a tourist guide,“BTW, Sir, what brings you to this place in these times? You will be quarantined …

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