The Destabilization of an Institution

“Sakshi’s getting married?” I asked, stunned. “Yes!” There was a squeal of pleasure from the other end. A friend had phoned me up with the good news. “Isn’t that wonderful?” I wasn’t so sure. Sakshi was not yet 18, and even though I was no older than she was, I suspected her marriage wasn’t entirely…

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I can’t adult

When I passed out of school, I felt exactly like you did: Exhausted, stupid and traumatized. When I sifted through all that I had learnt, I knew a handful of things. I knew calculus, the parts of a neuron and the different kinds of rocks. Rocks. 12 years of school, 7 hours a day, 6 days a week,…

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A dog owner’s letter to her neighbour

Dear neighbor I believe you have some issues about living next-door. I understand most of these issues involve my dog. Since I sympathise with the plight of non-dog lovers, I’ve decided to write to you some gentle pointers about co-existing with these amazing animals. Here are some that you may find useful: If there’s poop…

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Does your love know

Your eyes, what have they seen? The hint of a smile, the stirrings of a dream? Or the creeping blush over rosy tips Of deep valleys and shallow dips?   Your ears, what have they heard? The sound of a gasp, the scrape of a beard? Of thudding headboards and broken wineglass Of murmured voices,…

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7 words in the English language which I got totally wrong

When you grow up as a reader, you develop a certain aura. There’s definitely some truth to the rumors that engulf a geek at college: Standoffish. Snobbish. Prudish. Misfit. Antisocial. Know-it-all. Dreamy. They’re all phrases and ideas commonly associated with a nerd. And being one, I can’t mount an adequate defense against those notions, so…

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The man at the bus stop

There is this solitary bus stop at the end of the road Across from suburban bungalows With gardens freshly mowed   I cross it every day on my way home from work people leaning against its posts Students, executives and sundry berks   But late one night, on a lonely walk I saw an old…

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Why not just kill myself?

I’ll tell you why not. I think it’s safe to say that out of all the people who’re reading this post, 80% will have experienced suicidal thoughts. No you didn’t read that wrong. I am talking about suicidal ideation. And the title pretty much covers the first thought we have when we contemplate suicide: Why not…

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Black or White?

Indians have always been obsessed with fair skin. We’ve had models and actresses inducted into the film industry purely on the basis of skin color without any regard to talent. Our fairness creams sell faster then condoms, which tells you how screwed up our priorities are. Fair skin is mostly associated with north-Indian women. As…

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