Culture: Personal History
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- Time Passing Me By
Couple of days ago we found our old honeymoon snaps. Next year, come April, it will be ten years to...
- I Am Not Perfect
Perfectionism is a myth, a mirage, a non-attainable ideal.
- Coming Soon - A Cure For Myopia
I never wanted my kids to go through this. I was so helpless, but hopeful about the advancement of technology in this field.
- That Day, 2001
I've witnessed eight anniversaries in the U.S. since and the memories are still as vivid, the pain still as fresh.
I’ve always been mildly envious of my mother not because she received gifts from my father but because she had the privilege of knowing and
- Book Review: The Power of Half
Does this book bring out the farce that aid is? No. Because they are still very innocent and idealistic in their "giving"
- That Bitter Sweet Feeling
Not my home, but lot of memories there
- The Feminist Hangover
Who’s going to rescue the world now that Superwoman has ousted Superman and killed the collaboration?
- Maturity Is An Age Thing
You can put a kid on the fast track but you can't make him an adult before his time.
- What To Do When A Friend 'Comes Out'
Each one is a sweet memory, a verbal token that a friend trusted me and shared something deeply personal.
- To Be A Girl
Mama, when are you getting my ears pierced
- Sustainable Development in Haiti
London reinvented itself after the Great Fire. I hope Haiti does the same after this earthquake
- The Green Mile Was Not An Illusion
I felt a little easier about parting with a little piece of my heart, my Illusions, after that. The book that he gave me was
- Unconditional Love
Apuchi taught me that the connect between Gen Ex and the Gen Next is pure and pristine – a connect that the ‘generation-in-between’ can rarely
- If Work Is God, Who Are Your Colleagues
Work was not about the fancy office, the cabin in the corner or an impressive visiting card.
- Annie-Mal & A Girl Called Chris
Every book has a story and is also part of another story, its relationship with the reader.
- Pint-Sized Shysters
People don't wake up one fine day and decide they will be obnoxious.
- Indians in the USA – Their Racial Perspectives
What explains the racism of Indian immigrants to African Americans in the USA?
- A Lesson Finally Learned
The Ray household does not acquire gadgets in haste.
- To My "Little Women"
There! 11 things - one for each year that I have been a mother.
- From Ashes
"It’s that madness, that raw energy that used to make one want to read."
- The Blizzard of 2010
After 1-2 days being stuck inside stops being quaint and starts being just plain annoying.
- Oh Calcutta!
I love Calcutta, I do. But more than four days there, and I'm yearning to get away from all the questions.
- Do You Believe in Santa?
To give something and see the person's face light up, in surprise, in happiness, even puzzled on occasion, but always pleasant, is receiving.
- Bad News at My Doorstep - Surprises After a Target Shoot
No rest for the wicked! A long day at meetings and target practice - and more work when I get home!!
- Should The Girl Ask The Guy Out?
Being the woman taking charge means one is playing an unusual role and there’s ample scope to be misunderstood
- My Looks Are Not Your Excuse
I had the passport into BabeLand. Long enough to make me wonder whether the fairy godmother was really a wicked witch in disguise
- Indian Hospitals: 3 Deaths, 24 Hours
I realized the conditions of our hospitals that day
- More Reports From The Sea
Golden Sunrises, Weather reports, and mailing recipes.
- Life On The High Seas
First hand experiences on board ship on the high seas.
- When Dyscalculia Strikes
Its a vortex that sucks the person in and panic steps in, aggravating the situation further.
- Memories of Medinapur
Medinapur means a lot to me. I grew up hearing tales about Medinapur
- A Moral Dilemma: Being Politically Correct & Not A Tease
Considering that we don’t have common friends or interests, am I not willing to meet her only to prove that I’m open-minded about homosexuality?
- Sand Art
Muggulu (telugu) Kolam (Tamil) and Rangoli (hindi)
- Motherhood - The Great Indian Relationship
We're both mass products of a great social machinery that churns out only one relationship between a man and a woman - motherhood.
- To Travel or Not To Travel
After six months of living in this city, in this house, it all seemed just like the day we first moved in.
- The "It's Complicated" Relationship
Hell, I feel like ‘It’s complicated’ applies even to my career.
- NovelRace Week 10: Everything But The Novel
An even bigger author who made a completely unrealistic change to the lives of one of fiction’s most popular characters and the whole world bought
- My MT Manifesto
As a curator and critic, I will bring forth numerous ideas and contexts within which I will present a chosen number of individuals whose artistic
- NovelRace Week 8: So Much In A Name!
I've changed the name of one of the characters following a discussion with a friend about what he picturizes when he hears the name.
- Memories Of India's Partition
Violence, he told me, lives in the hearts of men and so does bravery.
- The Wall Project: BMC Plays Tom Sawyer, Everyone Wins!
Here's the chess board representing order and structure, being ripped apart by a hand (whose model was a street kid called Sultan).
- NovelRace Week 7: The View From The Shoulders' Of Giants
A writing buddy not just supports you but also understands what you are going through at each step.
- The Man-Child: Tribulations Of A Twenty-Five-Old
25 seems to be right time to call him a man-child. It's watching his adulthood in its crystallization.
- India From the Outside In
India - and everything to do with it - has always been an anchor in my writing, photography, and indeed, my life.
- A New Intelligence: The Only Hope for this World
The hope faor a better world would not come from 'chronic mind chatter' that ails humankind today leading to wars and crime.
- Quitters do Win
Winston Churchill and his permanent appendage created a positive association between success and smoking in my mind, turning me into a smoker.
- NovelRace Week 4: If You Fall, Get Up & Run Again!
Instead of creating a character, I just picked out people and decided to build stories around them.
- A Petty Vacation
This is a story of a regrettable vacation that two couples took after planning months ahead and finally ended up souring their friendship.
- The Case Against Section 377 - Is a Simple Gay Life Possible
Why is it so difficult for somebody to find someone to share his primal urge with,to live out life with,to care and be cared for,to
- NovelRace Week 2: Adventures Galore!
I dreamed that writing would be fun but I never, in my wildest imagination, thought it would be such an adventure!
- Katy And I
There was its beautiful hardbound leather cover, its striking pictures and each chapter beginning with old English lettering. And finally there was Katy herself.
- Cooking For The Family
Its been eight years to my marriage and I find myself chained to the kitchen and not half a good cook as my mom.
- How Many Days of Your Life Do You Remember?
Every day that we live, we live to want more time, more money, more girls, more sex, more this and more that.
- Harassment Of Women On Cairo Streets
What makes men in Egypt harass women on the streets with impunity?
- When Gardening Becomes An Obsession
Greed is never good but unfortunately nature's bounty always has something enticing to offer that a gardener must have.