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The instructions issued by my mother were taut. They sounded like rules. Violation would lead to immediate punishment. Yet, I was relentless in pursuit of the one, she had advised me against. I remember. I had just resigned from my second job in a year’s time. I was twenty three. Absolutely casual about being what [...]
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The illuminated streets; the blaring loudspeakers; the well-decorated pandals; the posters of Pooja releases; the sound of dhaak; the rising smoke of incense sticks and dhoop; the scent of newly purchased clothes; the laughter of excited residents; it felt good to be home when the aroma of Durga Pooja hung this heavy. This time, I [...]
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Reviewer Analysis I always wished to be on that tiny train, which took me nowhere. I knew such a tiny train existed. I went looking for it, sometimes deep, within the alleys of my mind and sometimes in the archived photographs of my childhood sojourns. I found the tiny train, permanently parked there. I reminded [...]
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