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Reviewer analysis Rithvik felt miserable about the tears that were flowing down his cheeks. He was 16, for God's sake! Men don't cry, and he was a man. Not a boy anymore, he had to remind himself. How was he going to find the money to make good the loss he had caused to Jignesh? [...]
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Sometimes I imagine myself with a sword, fighting my enemies bravely. I don’t care if I die or survive, but it is the adrenalin of a fight that matters. Let me tell you, it surprises me. I like to shoot from other people’s shoulders. I hate squabbles. I cannot even kill a cockroach without my [...]
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Pramod Hegde had to wait outside the gate as the water lorry poured water into the water tank near the entrance. He drummed his fingers on the steering wheel, waiting for the path to be cleared. About half an hour later, he was allowed in and his truckload of things followed. It took him a [...]
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“Uff, the construction next door is pulling me down,” Radha complained to her neighbor Sarita. “What bothers me is that all the trees in that plot have been chopped down! We complain of pollution and global warming, but if buildings keep coming up like this, how are we going to save the environment?” she demanded. [...]
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The MLA smiled. She picked up a little child in her arms and faced the photographer who took several shots of her with the child and the villagers. Then she addressed the gathered villagers. “You are special. For centuries you have been oppressed, not allowed to study, not allowed to work. My party is the [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Raviprasad waited anxiously for his son to return. He looked at himself in the mirror and felt as if he had aged at least 10 years in the last two years since he started the prospect of his son getting married. He had been confident that there would be a line of prospective [...]
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My eyes open, blinded to self; deluded by glitter, mislead by trash.   From my environs, I think I know where I am where I want to go And yet I don’t, for I fumble. Through known paths, I seem to stumble.   With closed eyes A way I seek The body seems vast The […]

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Reviewer Analysis Medha hated this task – of clearing up her mother’s home after her death. There were memories attached to every corner of the room. As she dallied, she could almost hear her mother telling her to hurry up. Sighing, she went to her shelf and pulled out the books and the files. One [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Rakesh observed Vidya as she scanned the final results list and let out a whoop of joy. Her name was first, as always. She turned and hugged her dear friend, Surbhi, who pushed her away, still scanning for hers. After Vidya slipped out of the crowd he moved to the front, knowing he [...]
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“Help me clear the house,” Rukmini pleaded with Meghna. “I can’t manage it alone.” Reluctantly, Meghna obliged, allocating only half a day from her busy schedule. “Tell me precisely what you would like cleaned,” she instructed her mother. “I will have to bring Raaga with me. She will nag me if she gets bored. I [...]
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He stood under the tree, taking in a deep breath and feeling refreshed. The sun burned just beyond the canopy. He felt safe under the shade of the tree. When he was a few years younger, he would stick his tongue at the bright sunshine and heat that scorched the earth, feeling triumphant as he [...]
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