Book Review: It Happens by Karan Sharma

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The theme of the novel is unusual, specially in the Indian context. Men wanting to marry women older than themselves aren’t thick upon the ground in India, as yet. For an author to have picked such a theme for his debut novel, speaks of his own comfort with the idea. The love interest between the main characters was well and… Read more »

You Do Not Have a Memory- It Has You!

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Memory

To aid your fickle memory, it is time to get yourself a jotting pad. Your memory is not really a dependable asset. It forgets things which are vitally important and refuses to let go of things you’d rather it did not store for posterity. But no, it WILL do the opposite both times! Touch has a memory. ~ John Keats… Read more »

The Serenity Prayer: Thought for 2018

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Serenity

Summarizing 2017: In 2017, I didn’t choose a word/ phrase/ thought for the year as I had done every year since 2012. There is no reason for not doing it. It just didn’t happen. Strangely enough,  I didn’t stress about it which was very out of character for me. I usually fuss and get displeased with myself if I don’t… Read more »

Book Review: Brahmahatya By Rajiv Mittal

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BRAHMAHATYA: by Rajiv Mittal Complicated yet integrated characters, a skilfully created sequence of inevitable events and  a thick suspense plentifully fed by a revengeful, murderous intent, Brahmahatya has it all. To make the novel additionally delectable, there is the  generous inclusion of local flavor. This, I said to myself, is an Indian story written in English. The language does not mess… Read more »

Boy With a Backpack

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Backpack

The boy with a backpack was ten years old, give or take a year. He had bright, intelligent eyes and a cocky assurance about him. He wore a tan jacket and khakhi full length trousers, in protection against the chilly winter winds. He was carrying a backpack which he refused to put down. From time to time he would hitch… Read more »

Book Review: Water Boarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna

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Water Boarding is not just a romantic story. While the story revolves around love (yes, there is a love triangle),  this story is a lot more than just another romance. The story demonstrates how circumstances and events can hold you immovably captive in their grip, reducing you to a helplessness so acute that you feel as if you were drowning. [Water… Read more »

Book Review: Revelations of an Imperfect Life

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To be honest, this is not a book review. This is the description of a soul-satisfying feast. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the first paragraph of the book was about maasor tenga, a signature dish from verdant Asom.  It is not just a paragraph heralding a gripping story. It has layer upon layer of thought, each imparting a distinct… Read more »

Book Review: Lean in to Relationships

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Book Review: Lean in to Relationships by Rishabh Jhol                   I was highly skeptical when I began to read this book. The title was not exactly encouraging and the cover page was uninspiring. Moreover, relationships? Er… um… I thought to myself. Rather pompously, yes. My first clue that I had stumbled onto… Read more »

Parenting: Building Up Your Child

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“Come on Anuj! Come on, buck up! Faster, faster, FASTER!” The woman leaning over the railings yelled hoarsely in a passion of parenting frenzy! The venue was crowded. A brown cloud of dust hovered over the tents under which parents sweated it out while their progeny sweated it out on the field. Tanvi glanced at the vociferous, melting woman in alarmed concern…. Read more »

Tomorrow’s Teachers

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Teachers

Teachers are revered by all communities, nations and civilizations. In India, 5th September is celebrated as Teacher’s Day. The celebration is to honor the birthday of India’s second president Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, a teacher par excellence. It is doubtful though, that Dr Radhakrishnan could have imagined what teachers many decades after him would be like, or how the whole play-field would… Read more »