Culture: Personal History
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- 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.
- Fiction: Two-way Road
Dr. Kashyap assured us it wasn't the end of the world and that we should stay positive.
- The Individual in a Collective World
We have a finite definition of "who we are", culturally that are obvious. However, there is an unseen realm.
- Ineffable Serenity, Part-3
"I love you too." She said soothingly.
- The Challenge of Suicide
A bit of a morbid ramble in the thickets of suicide
- The Gameplan (The Perfect Life)
At that moment I knew he had assessed me (right) before I'd assessed myself and he liked what he saw.
- Juhu Beach
A refuge for those who crave proximity to nature. The only option for those who can't afford to frequent malls and multiplexes.
- Flash Comes of Age
We all move on in life. But there are just some things you can't explain to a cat - especially a cat without claws.
- Memories Lived
If someone was to ask me to talk about my life my scrapbook of memories would be haphazardly presented.
- Life in the Mountains of Samaria: Feeling Like a Duck at a Target Shoot
If you have an afternoon to yourself, you can count on some Israeli bureaucrat to find a way to waste it for you.
- Poetry: Lost
What is losing, after all? But the temporary misgivings of a trampled mind
- Poetry: Muse
Is thirst nothing more than a dream of water then?
- Ishq-Mohabbat-Pyaar-Vyaar: A Tribute to Filmy Love
The influence of films hasn’t made matters any easier for those of us struck by Cupid’s arrow.
- Relationship Lawlessness & Social Criminals
The social mores dictated that he not go any further unless he was intending to take it forward seriously.
- A Journey That Continues
We’ve set out to do what we think is our pursuit of happiness.
- Beyond Love
I have learned that the human spirit at its best, can soar to heights you cannot even begin to imagine. It has taught me that
- Poetry: Roadkill On Memory Lane
Did you ever hear the call of memory that screeching wail of nostalgia like tires on tar
- Office Space
Pulling out your roots is so difficult (not to mention heart-wrenching) that I subconsciously decided not to put down roots again.
- The Most Important Moment of My Life
“Please daddy.” I said, and now those lines were on my forehead too.
- Kensei, The Dirty Cat
He was an affectionate little mutt and snuggled up easy in the crook of the arm but was a bag of bones.
- Valentine's Day 2006
This could be the beginning of my new life, or it could be a colossal disaster.
- Love Remembered
My grandma put her hand against her mouth as she tried to control her laughter and I glimpsed the happy girl she had once been.
- A Landmark Love Story
Come Friday and I'm making no plans, except to trek back to my favorite bookspot and just savour the feeling of being able to walk
- The Emotion Analyzer
Personally I don't see any problem in being analytical about relationships. After all, your emotions are your most valuable resource.
It isn't tomato-red like the sunburnt Brits, not pink like the pretty Ukrainian stewardess, not chocolate like the African-American passenger in the neighboring cabin. It