Dear Viral Fever (Not to be confused with the social media viral fever. This is the original gangster which leaves your legs feeling like plutonium dumbbells and your backbone like if someone embroidered on it with iron thread) There was a time when you had influence and clout in all circles. Your name meant something,… Continue reading #A2Z Challenge: V is for Viral Fever!
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 Parlour ladies and gentlemen, We need to talk. It’s not you, it’s me. I am breaking up with you. And like most socially awkward break-up ceremonies, I am doing it through passive-aggressive communication. What happens in eyebrows, stays in eyebrows Why is it that my decision to thread my eyebrows metamorphoses into a treatise… Continue reading #A2Z Challenge: P is for Parlour Ladies
Dear Odisha, (referring to Odisha, the state where Devdutt Pattanaik, Sona Mohapatra and Biswa Kalyan Rath are from, and Odia/ Odia are the people and the language, no other epithet needed, thank you) You have brought me so much joy. I am an Odia, loud and proud. I have lived through the age of being… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: O is for Odisha
Dear Lizards of the world, or at least the ones in my house Ok. I cannot be writing to you because we are not on talking terms. So, I will just write these completely unorthodox verses with no pentameter of any sort, iambic or otherwise. As an ode to our long-standing stand-off. There was once… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: L is for Lizard
Dear K You remember what happened with Pluto in 2006? Gus has still not gotten over it. There Pluto was, minding its business rotating on an axis, playing ice-ice baby, when it was demoted to “dwarf planet”. By one diabolical International Astronomical Union (IAU). If I did n’t know better, I would say “so caricaturish… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: K is for K
Dear Halloween As you might be aware, your influence grows in India, October by October. And by India, of course I mean only a handful of the big cities with decent bandwidth for Netflix and several global villagers (citizens? nomads? denizens?). Halloween is a family-friendly festivity that has thankfully escaped the ire of the morality… Continue reading #A2ZChallenge: H is for Halloween