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Prologue : "Is she your elder daughter Neelu?" asked Bimla mausi to my mother pointing towards me. "She was a small kid with pink cheeks when I last saw her. Probably eight to ten years back.” With that she hugged me, it was the warmest hug I ever had. "Do you know? The burn mark [...]
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Reviewer Analysis A warm day. People are dozing off inside the ladies’ compartment of the local train. In the adjoining men’s compartment, those standing are reading newspapers or mobile. One of them is talking to his friend, through the partition. An old man is watching them and nodding with displeasure. The train stops at a [...]
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As usual that day, the sun rose in a small sleepy village, located several kilometers away from the city of Mangalore. But the only unusual thing was along with the roosters crowing.There was a loud sound of a baby colic from Vijaya’s house. Neighbours went to see the matter. Soon, others started to gather. Elderly [...]
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The huge clock struck 10pm. A cold winter October night and there she sat staring blankly at the people walking past her at the waiting lounge of the busy Heathrow airport. Dressed in her favourite white fur coat and her red heels, her hair was tied in a messy bun with brown eyes sparkling through [...]
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Prologue : We are the Bengalis who moved out of Bengal a long time ago. Work brought us to other cities. We adapted ourselves to various cultures and enjoyed being part of spiritual occasions of different states, but sometimes in the back of the minds we longed to give our children an experience of the [...]
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Sometimes I really think how difficult is it to be innocent even after being introduced to the fact that something wrong is happening. These words constantly remind me of the days which I would really like to forget but still I won't be able to vanish them from history. Being in a typical Indian family [...]
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Reviewer analysis One rainy afternoon while coming back home from school by bus, I was carrying a bunch of stationary and a big piece of thermocol sheet. Some project was given by the school for which those were required. I entered the bus which was moderately full, sat in the ladies' section of a completely [...]
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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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Prologue   The Festival of Holi – aka an all-out paint war! For most of the Indians it is the biggest festival of the year. In Bengal the festival has several glorified names such as ‘Dol Yatra’ and ‘Boshonto Utsob’. It symbolises the advent of spring – the season of colours and blossoming love. Quite [...]
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People say, every girl needs a guy as her best friend. This isn't true. Yes, I did fall in love with my best friend. There was no harm in that. But all that he did to me, was that right? I was in class 8. We had not been in the same section for the [...]
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It is always said, childhood is the best phase of life. But there are some incidents which may shake you up and kill that child inside you and force you to hide behind a shell when it is your time to fly high, exploring new horizons. Same thing happened to me back then. I was [...]
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It was always fun being in the teenage days. That was when we were growing-up too fast, and also realizing it in many ways. The romance and adventure was dreamy and interesting; the changing attitude of known people suddenly was equally confusing. Eyes were suddenly shining at us, not in a very encouraging way. It [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Being part of a college administration has its share of good and bad points. While most of my work can be clearly divided into good, bad and ugly -- there are certain functions that I cannot classify into any one of them. It remains in a grey area that I haven't been able [...]
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30 years back...... Ammukutty and her friend Jamuna laughed as they walked. The Maths tution class was done and they were headed back home. They liked to crack jokes about their funny teacher. Both were ninth graders studying in the same class and school, and stayed nearby. They had been close friends since kindergarten. They [...]
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There's a saying "Charity begins at Home", and so does the troubles too. A person who has humiliated you or molested you, is most likely to be your own, known devil! Isn't it? All of 7 years old, an innocent, lively kid. Niki. Her native cousin used to visit her place often. He was employed [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Green, Red, Yellow coloured chandelier style kandeels are dangling from the banyan tree. Every time a gust of wind comes, they flap against each other making ruffling sound, like they are whispering sweet nothings to the passers-by. Otherwise an open ground, Laal chawk, is now created into the maze of lanes. Lined on [...]
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On the day of Nutan Varsh, I with my family in the temple town of Nathdwara, Rajasthan, were walking briskly to the temple for the afternoon’s Rajbhog darshan. The Annakut had been set, on the occasion of the Hindu New Year. The sounds of cowbells and other passers-by, majorly tourists and local men tinkling away [...]
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Diwali doesn't need an introduction. The Festival of Lights, is celebrated with equal fervour and gaiety by the young and old. Throughout the country, people light Diyas to dispel the darkness and light up their homes and their hearts. In life, change is the only constant! A lot has changed over the years in terms of [...]
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0/5 0 ratings 0 ratingsX 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% Exactly 70 years ago, when Hindus and Muslims of India were ruthlessly killing each other in communal riots, there was a small village in an east African Island where both the communities still called themselves Indians. They were warm towards each other. They were a [...]
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"Hurry up”, Jayu said to her older brother Shrikant. They were running late; it was 10 am. All the other kids had already gathered in their backyard to start their favourite Diwali activity. Shrikant finally found the large box that he was looking for, tucked at the back of the small attic. He lifted the [...]
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The conch shells were being blown from some distant land, it seemed. Somehow that very sound struck a chord in my heart every time I heard it. I could hardly believe that 'Dashami', the day of immersion, was under way. I peeped out of the balcony to glance at the ecstatic people who danced to [...]
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The impression of the stories narrated by my mother before kissing me “goodnight” still lingers in my mind. The fairy-tales, often accompanied by mythological stories from the Quran, Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Bible, crafted heroic pictures of the legendary characters in my imagination before I fell asleep. Once while traveling with my mom in an [...]
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My earliest Eid memories go back to 1981, when I was close to 5 years, and we had shifted to a new place called Kanpur where my father was transferred. My father didn't opt for government houses as they were too small for our joint family which included my dearest grandfather and first cousins, making [...]
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Along with all their kith and kin, this family of four also migrated from eastern part of the country, which was named East Pakistan after the great Indian partition. Staying jointly was not possible any longer. Hareram Ghosal took his wife and two kids to Niyamatpur, a small town on the border of West Bengal [...]
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Engrossed in the pleasures of the realm, ambitiously targeting the moon at every stage of life, struggling day in and out to liberate my soul from the viciously charming trap of desires and goals, which are nothing but a mirage that I fantasize a year long.   Then comes the span of Ramadan when all the rambling […]

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Most women, when discussing men, often use a term that I feel, is quite exclusive to us Indians. It’s called ‘marriage material’. “X is great but not ‘marriage material’ while Y is not ‘marriage material’ but so much fun!” So on and so forth. No one knows its origin but roughly explained, it means a [...]
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Bollywood Cinema brings together the sweetness of love and happy memories and the unsettling social realities of our times blending together dichotomies like Gulab Jamun or Gajar Ka Halwa, with opposites like Aam Ka Achar and the bitter taste of Kerela. Film narratives and life experiences of audiences do not just remain contrasts but intermingle [...]
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At the beginning of the Srilankan Civil War, the militant organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who wanted a separate state for Tamils in North/ East Srilanka, caused havoc in the country. Srilankan parties were not able to reach a clear solution. On Srilankan government's request, the Indian government under Rajiv Gandhi assumed a mediation [...]
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When you love someone a lot, two things happen to you. Either you become the happiest soul on the earth or you end up landing in the abyss of miseries. The consequence depends on the attitude of the person you love, on whether you are in a requited or unrequited love. For Rajat, life had [...]
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The moon shone outside like there was nothing special about tonight. Its white, however, was quieter amidst other earthly radiance. The streets and stops; turns and terraces; houses and hotels, all were outlined with artificial yellow, blue, green. Even the insects seemed to have made way for the obvious merriment in the air – being [...]
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Reviewer Analysis ‘Hit it or Quit it’ yelled the boy with gelled spikes and overstuffed mouth. ‘Just shut up and f**** off’ yelled back the girl with distressed jeans and red crop top. Three Wise Men had an overload on Christmas décor. Between the girl and the boy stood a tall glass of drink with [...]
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It was the month of December, severe cold had set in as did the season for joyful Christmas. Most of them in the orphanage were busy decorating their rooms with Christmas trees, balls and stars. Some slept wrapping a blanket around them. Suddenly a voice called, “Rohan, Rohan, where are you?” He didn’t get any [...]
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"So dad, I think everything's done". Said Anna. "Yea, seems so." Said Mr. Harry. "Let's check out, the bells and ribbons are all hung, the Christmas tree has been decorated, the gifts are all packed, sweets are packed, lights are put." Said Anna, "That's all dear, everything's ready. We are going to have great fun [...]
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Shri was senior scientist working on a space research project. The time dimension and theory of relativity as well curved space nothing could help him to solve the challenge of sending a person in space which required about a hundred years journey. At that moment Shri was at Golden Beach, Chennai, seating with Rashmi. He […]

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09.11.16 – A Memorable Day Shocking, Surprising & News Watching Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 Notes will not considering, People Running, Money Moving, People worrying & how to settle that Thinking… Outside the bank - big queue looking, Entire day cash exchanging & depositing , Morning to night – ATM Close/No Cash dispensing with sad [...]
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Reviewer Analysis 8th November 2016. The Tuesday it happened I was on emergency duty. I got to know about it through a twitter DM. Otherwise I had no clue about what was happening . Living in a small town in West Bengal, the news got me in total panic. How the hell would I pay [...]
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“Mrs. Nandini Agarwal is still on the operation table.  Her bones are indeed in very bad condition due to advanced osteoporosis and thank God you didn’t delay any further. The procedure should not take more than an hour and a half. Hope everything will be fine.” said Dr. Balkrishnan solemnly as he entered the OT. [...]
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I was still working, when social media was all agog and shouting about the ban of the two bigger currency notes. The chants and the rants were louder than what happens when India wins a major cricket tournament. The social-media-worms had manufactured jokes and memes beforehand. After finishing, I gathered the details and ransacked my [...]
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Reviewer Analysis CHARACTERS RAJIV A young Indian American man in his thirties JANE Rajiv’s wife, a white Caucasian woman in her thirties. CURATOR MAN Middle aged man. A man in his forties. ********************** SETTING An art gallery. TIME Evening. Present. ************************ Lights up inside an art gallery. Rajiv and Jane are here to see the [...]
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Four minutes before Now. A few kilometers away from Milan: I felt a sudden numbness in my chest. Followed by an excruciating pain, shattering my breastbone. It was like molten lava searing my chest burning my heart, lungs. I felt the taste of hot blood. And finally heard the gunshot. A bullet travels twice as [...]
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Reviewer Analysis The stars swirled. The moon looked cold, white and distant. The light shone, shimmered, playing hide-and-seek with the senses. The fairy looked down. Shivering, she clutched her beautiful gown closer and strained to hear footsteps. Her face was a myriad of emotions…ranging from sadness to longing. "Fairies do not have hearts,’ she thought [...]
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It’s pouring outside. The pruned foliage under my bedroom window sill seems translucent and beaming with life. Few moments prior, the scorching sun with temperature ticking around 43 degree, ripped it vapid and lifeless. The unanticipated summer rain escorted with it a petrichor, the sweet smell of dry, unbaked clay and reminiscence of something intense [...]
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“Sridharji, Namaskar, main Amitabh Bachchan bol raha hoon ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ se.” My Saturday evening thoughts were pierced with this familiar baritone booming through my earpiece. The Big B was calling me? Like, meee!? But…I mean..how!? Man! This is too cool! I mumbled and stumbled, my filter kaapi spilling all over the place, and the [...]
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