Dear Water As I looked on, the Brahmaputra showed me the full stretch of his expanse, and I was humbled. Were you a sea masquerading as a mere river? Were you THE mighty river spoken of only in myths and folklore? I could see in my mind’s eye the huts on stilts at a distance,… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge Catch-up: W is for Water
Dear Unsolicited Advice, CC to “Bag of Salt” Unsolicited, from Latin, “sollicitus”, meaning, “I have a finger to put in every pie so we can all eat better pies.” Some lexicon liberties might have been taken in that statement. Here is some unsolicited advice for you, Unsolicited Advice. Why are you so needy? You show… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: U is for Unsolicited Advice
Dear Romantic Comedies What draws me mindlessly to you? I have excavated and watched so many rom-coms, that Wikipedia could wiki me on this. Are you a guilty pleasure? Like hell, you are. You simplify love, destiny and our happy endings (except for that one time in 500 Days of Summer) in a glittery gift… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: R is for Romantic Comedies
Dear Queens of Hearts and Diamonds I don’t know if you remember what Shri Shri Eagles sang a few years ago in a feted piece called “Desperado” which must be required listening in all syllabi for all courses in all universities in all worlds. “Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy She'll beat you if… Continue reading #A2Z Challenge: Q is for the Queens of Hearts and Diamonds
Dear Marie Kondo, I am a fan. Since being introduced to you by a friend, I have read of you, read you, watched your videos and simultaneously slipped into a reverie of being in a decluttered, cherry-blossomed Japan too. And when you say that tidying up is life-changing, dear God, you are not fooling around!… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: M is for Marie Kondo
Dear Jughead You are pretty awesome. I can say that as a certified authority on Archie Comics (there was only so much quality enrichment in small-town Indic 1980s). I have procured these comics in second sales, in bargain basement nooks, or crisp, first-hand copies at a corner bookstore when one Double Digest set me back… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: J is for Jughead Jones
Dear Ghost Stories, If there was a ghost appreciation scale, where zero equaled renting a place which the broker says is a 100% haunted and ten equaled installing a separate "GhostBusters approved" lock on all doors of one’s house, then I would be somewhere at 4.5. While I think The Blair Witch Project is a… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: G is for Ghost Stories
It may seem that way sometimes. But women are not in a fight, they are not in any race. We are just doing our bit everyday, with a scrunchy, a sanitizer, a safety pin, a smart phone or whatever else is the equipment we need to make the day better, or at least, tolerable. We… Continue reading We and women, and its not a big deal
Parenting has nothing to do with having made a baby or taken one in. No one knew that better than Mrinal. She was raising a daughter, who she was not fully in love with yet, on account that they had not spent enough time together. She was torn between her responsibilities as a provider who… Continue reading P for Parenting. Not for Partnership.
Layla is undivorced. They barely talk. They almost always never listen. They do eat food together sometimes, because eating out presents those logistical challenges of being seated at the one table. They have a children or two, biologically ascribed to them. She takes pains to send memo emails. He can never locate these. Undivorced. A pain… Continue reading Undivorced.