Tanushree, 28, recalls with amusement her horrified repulsion at the sight of the decayed, cavernous teeth of her blind date, besmirched with the unmistakable brick red tint of catechu, a few minutes into their first date, the moment he had opened his mouth wide to laugh at her witty remark about the lateness of their […]

Slant rays through the window, Browns were never so gold, Dust hangs, lost, creasing air, Too timid to settle below. Gravid silence waits, perplexed; in shades, a glint. The faded thyme suggests …. With sighs, the bemoaner hopes. Manjishtha 6th April, 2017   Image Courtesy: A portrait a day : Yevgenia Watts https://www.yevgeniawatts.com/apad/

My blessing, my bane A mind, that is mine Insists, Sin’s my own, Virtue, divine. Heart, beats and wonders At no claim on Love, The one thing that salvages, Beyond and above. I am utterly, passionately, consummately in love with John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and if I were to have a book for a […]

Yesterday, in Chandannagar, we came across a long forgotten scene, where a rickshaw with a loudspeaker, went rattling by through alleys and by-lanes of that crowded little old town, blaring a public announcement from a pre-recorded audio tape. Such means of information dissemination is not new and not forgotten, we frequently have them at our […]

“Do you really need to go”? Fatima imploringly looked at Zarul, her husband of two weeks. “If I don’t go, what will you eat, silly’? Zarul replied, laughing, as he slung his cloth bag on his left shoulder and went out the door. It was dawn and his companions were waiting. Turning the corner of […]

The day melted in thunder and rain; It was half past seven. The grime and sweat of a sultry day, All washed away; The relief! ‘twas heaven. The storm in her heart, in silence, surged And garroted. When she’d melt away, she wondered. ‘Twas hell, her pain. Manjishtha 08.04.2015 Image Courtesy: fineartamerica.com (Painting by John […]

Firstpost published an article today 1 on the fascination of Indian politicians for foreign academic degrees. The article suggests that it is not knowledge per se, that our politicians are after (no wonder there), but the apparent leg up in one’s social status that associating with the word ‘foreign’ gives, is what they seek the […]