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For a while she stood near the window. The open bay window of her room overlooked a Gulmohur tree, spreading branches all around her, giving a leafy shade, far enhancing the beauty of the leaf-strewn lane. For a while she kept looking at her and wondered how old should she be. The long summer sun [...]
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In today's world where we look for scientific explanations for everything, we can't accept any ghostly experience as true and keep thinking of them as imagination originating from the subconscious mind. But sometimes many people have come across experiences which defy all logic and scientific reasoning. I have never come across any ghostly experiences in [...]
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“How much it would cost?” Sheetal asked. “Forty Thousand Only!” came the response from the salesman. “Isn’t it too much for this portrait?” Sheetal tried to negotiate. “You can buy some other portrait madam. This one is special.” “What’s so special about this one?” she couldn’t take eyes of the green eyes of the man [...]
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Prologue : She stood in the door, half entering the room and half out, wearing a saree which is knee length - the house is made of mud and cow dung - arranged with wood which has been carved with the personal tool. That’s how it’s always been from the time they have migrated from [...]
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 Onek din aage, which simply means ‘a long time ago’ in my mother tongue but then I like the flow of words in Bengali so I would like to start the story with it. Papia Shundori Sen had been my neighbour for over three days and four nights when she took a fancy to my [...]
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School and college days in one’s life are the most enjoyable and memorable days. I am sure that each one of us cherish those days and reminiscence. Those were carefree days and each one of us have our stories of mischief and share of fun. After completing my tenth class I got admitted to a [...]
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Proloågue : I knew this place before I knew myself. Mangaon, a small sleepy town nestled in the Konkan part of Maharashtra. Each summer, me and my family treated ourselves to this picturesque location for spending our vacations. For me since my childhood, it was simply a ritual to visit this place each May. The [...]
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I was then in my tenth standard preparing for my selection test. My brother went to spend the weekend with the cousins. I was quite happy that my father's colleague had not invited me for his sister's wedding. " I can at least utilise the time studying on my own and avoid eating oily food [...]
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Legend has it that for not quenching the thirst of the thirsty, it got cursed to coo from dawn to dusk! Trilu is what locals call it and difficult it is to spot this shy, tiny bird. Hearing the ceaseless cooing of Trilu sets me thinking of the atonement I must go through, for the [...]
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Prologue : It was a warm June morning. Birds babbling in the crook of bare trees, predators of the night scuttling back home, cows swishing away flies in a crowded stable. The sun’s rays had hardly touched the earth, yet people were out and about. Shopkeepers were rolling up the shutters of their shops, others [...]
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A happy go lucky young fun -loving lad of fifteen (my Dad in his younger avatar) had to relocate to Bhagalpur, situated on the southern bank of Ganges in Bihar. When my Dadu got transferred from Jalpaiguri to Bhagalpur, my father and all his siblings had to shift to this historical city. Baba missed his [...]
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Hello there! I am Mia. I am here to tell you my dream last night. I was deep in my sleep and suddenly I got up as there were some noises. It was very different, something like someone is flapping its wings. Did a bird come inside? But that can’t be. I always keep my [...]
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It was 16 Feb, 2019. The guests were leaving after celebrating Fay’s 5th birthday. Immediately, Fay and his brother Mason rushed to open the birthday gifts. Their excitement grew upon unwrapping a big gift box. It was a classroom doll set. It had several desk, chairs, tables, whiteboard, teacher, students, books, posters, and shelves. They [...]
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He was a wanderer. Traversing in yet another city, thousands of miles away from home this time. His eyes were laden with experiences and blooming for opportunities. He had an identity to build, a career to shape and some dreams to pay a visit. Perhaps it was those experiences that eroded his happiness and instilled [...]
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Chandannagore. A small town beside the Hoogly. A former French colony. It is the month of October. Jagadhatri puja is being celebrated with great pomp and splendour. But lurking behind the celebrations, are some warring hearts trying their best to keep their displeasure under wraps. A neelam, the family jewel has gone missing. What could [...]
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Introduction : The dining room was spic and span. All the crockeries were neatly kept in the cupboard. The dining table was all set for six people with mats, plates, fork, spoon, knife, cloth napkin laid all in their respective places. The dining chairs were looking very comfortable with cushions and silk cover without a [...]
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Prologue :   The festival of colours called “Holi” is unique in its own way and is mostly liked by all. As a small girl, I too liked it like any other child and used to play holi with children of our neighbourhood. Those were the days when pure “Abeer “ or “Gulal” used to [...]
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It was a small central government employees’ residential colony. We were around 20 families living there. We used to call it "campus". Best part of my childhood was spent there. Our next door neighbour was Sharma uncle. He had two sons. Younger son Lucky and the elder one Monty bhaiya. Sharma uncle was very popular [...]
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Delhi to Vadorara. When Noorie announced the safety rules, they were fighting. She seemed aggressive; he was sober, sophisticated, in control. Noorie knew how an injured soul looks like. For one and half hours of flight they kept arguing, softly. Noorie instructed the flight attendant to serve water. Her colleague did no more than interfering. [...]
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Introduction : Sweta and Samina belonged to the same profession, lived in different cities, met at a conference and became friends. They were unmarried, in their late twenties and loved life. They were of a generation that valued independence and were very fussy about keeping fit, both physically and emotionally. Samina loved her gym while [...]
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Reviewer Analysis I was about to reach the school when my cell phone buzzed. “Joy? At this hour?” I mumbled as I took the call, “Hey. Good morning.” “I have sad news.” As my ears perceived his dull voice, my brain counted all the probable calamities it could. “What happened?” I squealed. “Faizan’s father... he [...]
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I was a teenager in middle school during the early nineties. At the time, weekly visits to the school’s computer “lab”, essentially two aging IBM computers that were shrink-wrapped in thick plastic, meant taking my shoes off and queuing up to see a disinterested computer teacher typing simple functions in a screen that resembled the [...]
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Introduction Saran was just starting to understand the real meaning of the word 'orphan.' His widow mother had passed away recently. It took just three months from the diagnosis of her breast cancer until her death. Saran was in his mid twenties, working in an MNC, and inherited a small tea estate. Like most children [...]
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Prologue : It was an early spring morning in Benaras. The freezing winter was slowly giving way to the hot and sultry summer. The world had exploded in a symphony of colors and fragrances. The pundits of Asi ghat were busy in their daily rituals with a new vigor to please Mahadev. The fruits and [...]
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“Daniel’s Psychiatrist Practice” was a simple affair of two people. He guided and Della, his wife, did the complex tasks of scheduling sessions, recording, researching and routinely contradicting him. They did not take up any case unless the patient agreed before every session, to go through two drills of 15 minutes each. The first drill [...]
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Her name was Madhu. She was born in a middle class family. I know for sure, she was sweetly naughty child, full of life and fun. Her friends still remember her by that frame of school days. Her childhood pictures in black and white remind me of those twinkling eyes and beautiful smile on her [...]
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Prologue : Michael Franklin diSilva. This pompous name evokes a mental image of a colonial Portuguese Governor. Tall, dark and resplendent in his gubernatorial uniform with a jeweled sword jangling at his side, surrounded by diplomats in his sprawling mansion and an intelligent frown on his forehead. It just needed a look at Mikey (pron: [...]
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Henry, the anthropologist, was obsessed with the word F.U.C.K. The title of his serious book on the humapes. It captured a compressed day in the lives of Aju and Elu, the two “just turned” humans, about 100000 years ago. He was digging in one of the caves and found these words. Well not the exact [...]
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Prologue: This story unfolds during those times, when the gods were young and ruled the Earth. 70% of the planet was covered by oceans and 30% by jungles. The mountains were aflame with beautiful flowers and the meadows were covered with a green and velvety carpet. In spite of this natural extravaganza, all this beauty [...]
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I used to see him everyday from the window of my home. He would come and sit in the same corner seat of the restaurant on the same chair everyday. He would order a coffee and then take out his pen, paper and start writing. I couldn’t make out exactly what he used to write, [...]
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It is raining and the house has many inlets to witness the downpour. The porch with a large patch where potatoes (the reddish ones I bought at Shoprite) are grown, is fully exposed to the air. The front room has a large tree (trees inside my house) and water percolates through the edges. The sitting [...]
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Reviewer analysis The memories of childhood are things which we adults always love to treasure and fondly remember. We also love to revisit those days and later narrate them to our children. Mark Twain had nicely sketched all bittersweet and mischievous characters in in his stories. We can all identify and relate to characters of [...]
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Prologue : That clattering noise came from somewhere, it was from my mom cooking. When I checked the phone next to my bed, I jolted upright. it was almost time! Since it was a weekend, my mom wanted to help her friend in some kind of one-day business at a hotel. They had been working [...]
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The passenger in his mid-forties has been a regular with Chandra, the taxi wallah, for the last few weeks. He slumped to the back seat every morning, dragging his tired torso as if it was a triumphant discovery by Indiana Jones from the ruins; as an accessory to the life and times of the Pharaoh. [...]
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Prologue Yesterday, my dad came to my home in Panvel. He stays in Mazagaon, with my brother and his family, where I spent most of my adult life. I was near the bus stop, when he alighted from the auto with my brother and started walking towards my house with unsure, shuffling gait. My eyes [...]
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I was madly in love with her. Some relationships are beyond comprehension to our minute minds. Like God, they don't really exist but they permeate the entire universe and its inhabitants. We can feel them but can't name or define them. It's beyond our feeble understanding. Then, in our utter confusion, we blame certain chemical [...]
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He was a restless soul, never at peace. He had this zeal in him, a passion to do something which will make his life worthwhile. He used to travel a lot outside his motherland for business. Though he liked what he was doing but he was not truly happy. He wanted to settle down in [...]
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She was constantly accelerating her car as it was reaching near the house. And finally, when she reached home, the girl parked her car and rushed out of it. She carefully took a long gaze at the small house typically built of mud and rare stones. She fondly recalled her childhood days she spent playing [...]
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Raju, the sweeper, knew something was wrong when Mrs. Sujani, the always alert old lady, did not respond to his first doorbell. By the day end, the apartment manager was persuaded to open the apartment with the emergency key in the presence of Yamuna, the neighbour; the account writing nephew who came everyday; the chowkidar [...]
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Life is an amazing journey. We the ordinary travelers in this wonderful planet called earth, come across so many people. Some are our close ones like our kith and kin who are destined to spend time with us for a greater period of our life time. There are others who too make their appearance when our [...]
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The ring is missing! It was a proposal gift to her highness from the Rana. The royal priest had performed an elaborate puja so the ring would bind the hearts forever. Lost now... What else is missing? The Rana's Love, maybe? Maybe Not! Maybe Rana Knew Only This Way of Love... This is what he [...]
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She was sitting in a secluded bus stop writing something in the middle of the noon under a scorching sun. Apart from the sound of the container trucks there was not much movement in the road leading to the hills. She was startled by a shadow which suddenly appeared in front of her. He laughed. [...]
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Prologue "Based on the evidence of the City Sheriff, the Royal Court finds Prince Chandrabhan guilty of stealing pots of the town potter. The guilty is to be tied in the middle of the market and to be given 50 lashes as a common criminal." Maharaja Prataprao gave his just verdict in his grave voice. [...]
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Sarika tapped her fingers nervously beside the computer mouse as she kept staring at the screen. She had arrived late to office as she had to get the pregnancy test reports. Her office colleague, Satish, popped up the message after seeing her online. “Hey any news?” “Positive!” Satish immediately called on the intercom and whispered, [...]
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Prologue : It was our 10th wedding anniversary and we had decided to celebrate it far from the hectic life of Metropolis. No fake congratulations on social media, nor disturbing phone calls. Just I, my husband, kids and no one else. We had booked a bungalow in Lonavala for the weekend. I was eagerly waiting [...]
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The very look on his face felt as if he had just woken up from a deep slumber. However it was tough to figure out whether he did dream or if any of those dreams brought any solace to his ailing soul. He was lying almost motionless on the hospital stretcher, with energy left for [...]
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Onlookers looked and unlooked at the shabby man, overweight with unkempt beard and uncombed hair, both white, dragging along his bicycle across the 10 lanes crossing circle. Everyone noticed him and he seemed to notice none. Who was this pajama-clad, uncouth-like, unbothered he ? Notice him, recognise, feel and know him, the lady in the [...]
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Prologue : 65 years old Farrouk Merwanji Dastur ran his hands lovingly over the huge 35mm projector in the small projector room of the Mazda Talkies. 6pm to 9pm show had just ended and the machine was yet warm after its three hour exertion, like a beautiful lady, glowing after a strenuous bout of love-making. [...]
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Prologue : Mitul did not know her leaving a job could annoy so many of her neighbours! She had been engaged with different work areas throughout her professional life. Finally she stuck to software sector for around ten years because of the financial security it provided her. But as recession affected her gigantic software company [...]
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She was on her annual vacation. Her parents were always against this outing. She was a very lovely lady of 16 with admirable bosom which flared to widened hips, proclaiming to the world her competence to be a mother. She was an epitome of beauty. Poets around her realm had already written poems on her. [...]
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Prologue This story traces back its origin to those days when human beings had just begun to lead a settled life. Everything was going well. But as men were in a habit of living a nomadic life, the regularized lifestyle with a fixed routine to work upon daily was almost annoying to them. They had [...]
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Prologue On the threshold, Rani was sitting with her head on her legs. Dejected, resented, and gloomy she was. She thought that the whole world was against her. Her difficulty was not new to her family. They knew that every month she had her menstrual period. But this time it came during the auspicious festival [...]
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Reviewer analysis Visiting grandparent's house had always been fun. Indulgence, good food, meeting cousins,  never ending celebrations and grandma's stories were the major attractions which we cherished and longed for. My maternal grandfather died when I was very small and I have faint memories of him taking me to the park and buying toffee. But [...]
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Prologue : Yesterday we had a tussle with Subhendu Bhattacharji. The guy didn't know what he was talking about! We were discussing spirits. No, not the drinking variety, but the haunting one. Well, we all were quite drunk, and as it happens, the topics varied from the latest affairs of Katrina Kaif to the mystery [...]
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When life seems to come to a full stop but still makes you live, you have to either take it away yourself or go ahead on an uncharted path. Shruti was peeping down from her building terrace. It was unusual of her. It was not a very tall building but Shruti was usually scared of [...]
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Beaches are the best place to relax and rejuvenate yourself. There are some beach lovers who prefer to destress by the sea every week, alone or with their loved ones. A couple of days back I went to Goa with a bunch of friends and that happened to be the most amazing trip for me. [...]
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Prologue : "Do you even know how to play a flute, buddy?" The flute vendor in Dadar market asked me belligerently when I bargained. "This is an E#, made from a Sealdah bamboo! You even know the cost of that bamboo?" I was embarrassed as the lady standing at the nearby vegetables stall looked at [...]
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Prologue We all feast on a wholesome diet of educational and entertaining stories by our grandparents during our formative years. I wasn't much lucky as I spent only 8 or 10 years with them, but seem to have captured the essence of storytelling from my grandmother. This story wasn't told by her. I created it [...]
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‘But Maa this is just the perfect set-up! Why are you always averse to all my decisions?’ Adhuna rolled her eyes in exasperation. Mrs. Sen looked at her only daughter with unmistakable discomfiture, carefully avoiding any eye contact. “Maa, I have explained it to Anant a long time back and he completely respects my decision…I [...]
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Ronza had gone to attend the birthday party. It was a beautiful Spring day; scent  of gulal wafted through. Scent of nascent dreams that she had escaped from came back though she tried to escape. Like the way she tried to escape her own shadow. She knew all the trees in front of their house [...]
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From the time they randomly met, they knew in their hearts this day would come and finally the day arrived. A day when they wanted to celebrate their togetherness!!! As Raj enters an eloquent dimly lit Italian restaurant placed at the corner of a somewhat lonely street, his gaze searched for Nisha. But she was [...]
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Reviewer analysis Prologue “O Mitul! What a mistake I have done leaving your grandpa!” - I heard grandma crying again. By then I had spent three days in her home. That gave me ample time to get myself accustomed with her usual lamentation about leaving her husband years back. It was the last day of [...]
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A gust of wind caresses against my numb cheeks as my eyes overwhelm with an unfamiliar sadness. The doleful monotony of incessant downpour evokes an overpowering sense of despondency. As the sky assumes a somber demeanor, my heart skips a beat. Oh! Memories and reminiscences, musings and ruminations! There’s this melancholy to rain, just like [...]
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'Wordsmiths?' I asked. 'Yes, That's how we are called nowadays, though...' She seemingly wanted to contradict the titles given to people like her, but something held her back. Honestly, I have never seen any writer up close. She must have been a moderately famous one, for I noticed how even the door man at the [...]
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The room was silent. Even the faces of the occupants looked calm. The quiet of the house felt uneasy. Most of the times there is a calm before the storm but here it was calm after the storm. The lady of the house had passed away a few days back. The daughter in-law took us [...]
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The picture of Hong Kong conjures tall glassy buildings, well-lit and maintained roads, smooth traffic, endless shopping by tourists and a business day that is busy with well dressed men and women. It is the financial capital of the East and has done everything to polish that image. Things quite change on a Sunday. There [...]
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Reviewer analysis Storytelling grandmothers or grandfathers are just a familiar stereotype to me but not a biographical experience. When I was a child only one maternal grandmother was still alive, but I cannot recall any stories or fairy-tales she would have told me. Most of the tales my own parents narrated about my grandparents are [...]
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How Journalism is dying a slow and painful death inside classrooms because of the examples we have set before students I visit a lot of mass media institutes to raise awareness about mass media subjects, especially to talk about journalism. My campus visits sometimes includes special classes with school-going children too. Usually these are classes [...]
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The strong wind due to the thunder storm probably broke some window panes. It probably snapped some overhead power lines. The electricity went off and there was darkness in the house. The storm also brought torrential rains with it. Chandra struggled hard to close the glass windows against the strong winds and rain. She wanted [...]
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This happened when I was in my 2nd year. I was the founder of a Dramatics club in my college. The management asked the clubs to promote college fest. The catch was, it was to be done the next day! I founded this club in my first year, so it was the youngest of all [...]
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I am not a passionate writer but some life experiences do teach you so many new things. Those make us a writer, driven by the need to document them and thus, letting go of the grudges you may have towards life. A life changing incident happened recently. I was in a serious relationship for last [...]
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Life is a great teacher - sometimes out of desperation we end up doing things which teach us lessons for life. This was around nineteen - twenty years back. We were then living in Pune as my husband was posted there. My daughter was studying in high school. My son was about to join a [...]
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Prologue It’s 6.45 am in the morning and Murlidhar has already reached his workplace. Kaushalya Prathamik Vidya Mandir. Born an orphan, the school has given him everything that he could have asked for - basic livelihood, a life of reasonable dignity and above all, a purpose to cling on to. This school is the place [...]
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It snowed that night. He had always longed to see the snowfall and we thought we would see it together this year. We were always oceans apart yet the distance had never bothered us much. I had plans to fly to New York to see the snow with him. Over these six years, distance was [...]
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She stood leaning on the custom-made balcony railing, her silky soft arms complimenting the smooth white marble underneath. As the slightly moist wind carried with it the sound of the crashing waves, she gazed at the million stars in the velvety sky.   Another day had passed by. Just like the entire year had. And [...]
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Reviewer analysis Children are always taught that good things happen to good people and wicked people will always be punished. We as children also believed in that. But we sometimes thought that if we come across some wicked people, it would be our duty to punish them. I was very attached to my cousin brother [...]
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Prologue Dayashankar Pandey rubbed chandan on the small and round slab of stone and looked disdainfully at Girdhar Tiwari. "Panditji, I'm astounded! It's just because of people like you that the Hindu Sanskriti is at the verge of oblivion. How can you even think that Benaras will tolerate ban on Mahashivratri procession? Aag barsegi, aag [...]
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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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I would not be required to visit them again, after today. Accounts in Banks and Post Office opened decades ago were now being closed. Obviously people who opened these accounts were no longer available at the time of closing. But the younger ones in authority were equally helpful. After the formalities, as a final homage, [...]
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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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It did hurt after all. Even in seventeen years, Arnavi hadn't yet forgotten, anything. Or, for that matter, forgiven. She remembered everything. The shrieks, the repeated pleads for mercy, the helplessness Miraya had felt. And how she'd shiver at the mere sight of a man. Miraya was barely fifteen when their much-famed cousin had first [...]
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Prologue 5 am. The rattle of shop shutter opening, the switching on of front light and Aabid's humming were signals for Sulekha to decent herself in the public washroom after the usual night on the pavement. The waning winter made her family cuddle up, waiting for the warmth of early dawn. Part 1 "Good Morning, [...]
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She was a distant relative, a widow. When I had my first baby, my mother-in-law brought her from our village to help me. Everybody called her “Mohana izza” which means Mohan’s mother in Kumaoni dialect of Uttarakhand. Mohan was her only child. I never heard anybody calling her by her real name. Apart from her [...]
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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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Introduction   The light of countless candles softly illuminated the interior of the room. The air was heavy with the smell of melted wax. Smoke rose in a hundred columns to the high ceiling where it pooled and swirled in the gently drifting air, blurring and softening the sight of the carved beams that supported [...]
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The Introduction I started my day the way I usually did.  Getting up around 6.30AM, going for a swim, feeling awesome and awake, lying like “dead on water” for a while followed by basking in the morning sun and going home in wet pants. So the daily routine was about to begin. My mind started [...]
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I was running on a trail. The redwoods were a magnificent sight and I was basking in the glory of running amidst nature. The organizers had asked us to follow the arrows marks and said that volunteers would be stationed at regular intervals. I was soon lost in the beauty of the pristine green surroundings, [...]
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Reviewer analysis Rajesh Bharani looks at his wrist-watch and frowns. “Churchgate jaane waali ek baje ki local platform kramank chaar par aane wali hai. Yeh local Andheri Se Bandra, Bandra se Dadar, Dadar se Mumbai Central, ke beech kisi bhi sthanakon par nahin rukegi.” This is the fifth time the announcement for the impending arrival [...]
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In a freak accident my car had got bumped and was in the workshop! A biker decided to hit my Innova while it was waiting at a traffic signal. The service center had assured delivery in 8 days and only 4 days had gone by yet. So I was at the mercy of autos and [...]
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Once upon a time, there lived two people Santa and Banta. While Santa was wise and cunning, Banta was a simpleton. He readily agreed to anything Santa said. Santa often took advantage because of his simple behaviour. One day, Santa said to Banta, “Brother, both of us are equally poor. I suggest that we should [...]
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Digambar Ramachandra Kulkarni. The name evokes an image of an old Maharashtrian Brahmin with a shaved head, who visits our homes for the annual Satyanarayan Puja. One of my favorite authors Mark Twain once proclaimed that Truth is stranger than fiction. Digya was nothing like that imagined Maharashtrian Brahmin. He was a bumbling kid of [...]
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I call them soldier dogs. They always have drawn my attention. They approached me with warmth. On arrival to a field military station and having spent some days there, I could effortlessly count their numbers and even their locations. Their day-to-day presence at around the same place with deeper, probing eyes caught my attention. One could find [...]
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For Dipan every moment, every encounter had an element of thrill. The living emotion full of insights, deserving a relook, a revisit. The brief glimpses were the best as they could be seen by many in so many different ways. Like profiling a fellow rail-traveller. Much overweight, making the helper pull his bag, a conductor [...]
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It was the first half of 2015 and one of the most difficult phases I had gone through in my Corporate journey so far. I started the initial stages of my career in Retail industry where I had worked till mid 2015. Right now I am a banker. During 2015, due to the boom of [...]
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Once upon a time, there was a squirrel named Pady. Unlike everyone, he had white fur. Why did Pady had white fur? Well, that’s the mystery. When Pady was born, he was like all other new born squirrels. He was naughty. Once he went outside the forest, into the village. There he saw people, children [...]
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Reviewer analysis The Swift Dzire whizzed past the stolid, ornamental gates, took the swank drive way and halted at the glitzy porch, all aflash and well illuminated even on this bright sunny morning. Dazed by the grandeur, Anima, as if in a trance, took the stairway instead of the posh lift up to the 5th [...]
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Hands holding the dried seeds of hope, Can feel the breeze under the shed of the majestic pine trees. Body is soil and soil is body, Both engraved memories of soulful Nature. -Sufi In the sticky, sweating and humid July of summers in Kolkatta, as far as I can move my eyes, I see tall [...]
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Prologue Dear Nani, How are you? You didn’t come last month to meet me and I thought you got sick again. Please ask mamu to bring rabri for me and gulab jamuns and I want small fishes for my aquarium too.Summer holidays have begun. The clay pots you gave me broke again. I, Imran and [...]
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I love my cell phone. I am so attached to it that when my pretty wife dumped me after blaming the cell phone for the breakup, I honestly didn’t care. I continued to romance my handset and never met her until the two of us got divorced. “Your phone killed our marriage,” she told me [...]
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“Bye Maa ... Love you.” I uttered and turned towards the basketball court when I heard a voice from behind… “Excuse me.” I turned with a smile and said, “Yes dear, you are excused.” “Can you take me to your head coach.” She asked. While she was asking for help I saw her form head [...]
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The boy was born in a poor family. His father was a carpenter in a local furniture shop in the valley. And he was talented in his own way, he made beautiful wooden furniture. His son was a good student. The local school authorities decided to fund the education of this poor boy. The boy [...]
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Reviewer analysis Since childhood, I was drawn to calligraphy – the art of handwriting. However, I was living in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and did not have any mentor to teach me how to do it. If I had a mentor, I would have become a calligrapher, for sure, because I loved writing with a bamboo pen [...]
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Prologue : Letters... Those harbingers of sadness, happiness and euphoria, which are unfortunately conspicuous by their absence currently, are still as enigmatic and intriguing as they were 30 years ago! The best thing about letters is that even after years, they have the power to drag us down those misty and faded memory lanes, making [...]
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Reviewer analysis Letters are memoirs that peep into some forgotten, narrow ally of our lives - some dark and some illuminated with joys and laughter. Those days are past now; the joy of receiving a letter, the wait, the anticipation of the smiles it brings to the receiver... and much more. Reading it for the [...]
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In the blistering heat at the peak of those summers, temperature rose almost to 47*Celsius and sand kept boiling hot beneath our bare feet. Shadow of a wall on the side was a great relief and kept sand under its shadow comparatively cool. It was a great relief, however momentary. Affordability of shoes was a [...]
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PROLOGUE I’ve no clue Why I go crazy for you, A mere glimpse of you is enough To make me go weak on my knees, Every time I see you I find a reason anew, To fall in love with you again… and again… and again... Love story of a lovely couple Ria and Rahul, [...]
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I had rented a single room in New Delhi when I was 22 years of age. Two years later, I rented a one-bedroom flat. The landlord, who gave the haggard property to me without asking too many questions, left a dressing table behind. The dressing table had a cracked mirror and a huge broken drawer [...]
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They say 60 is the time to retire. But there are some such jobs you create for yourself, which you can never quit. And then, I am engaged with my dreams, in the land where dreams come true. Mumbai! I love dogs. I was around 11 when my father brought home a German Shepherd. I [...]
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Thousands of inspirational stories based on great personalities are heard throughout the world. But this particular story is a different one because in here, the inspiring citizen herself is stimulating the world to speak and take action, through their emotive stories. Here are the words of a gorgeous, dynamic, motivated young village girl who introduced herself [...]
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Reviewer analysis You probably recall the time I was locked out of my house. It happened when I stepped out to hand over the garbage bag to this little girl who collects it, and the breeze slammed the door shut behind me. For several days after that event, this girl, perhaps fourteen or fifteen, didn’t [...]
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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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Mavita walked into the Gandhi residence in 2011. She was somewhere in her 20’s. A short, thin, little girl just around my age then. She was kind and caring towards everyone at home, especially me! Mavita is my house help and also one of the most inspirational individuals I have seen. She is  the one […]

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Reviewer analysis I was undecided. My small suitcase was neatly packed with a fortnight’s supply of clothes, and my cabin bag contained all I would need on a long-distance flight. But I still could not make up my mind about the itinerary, in spite or perhaps because of the many marvellously cheap last-minute packages offered [...]
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Long spell of separation from one’s own family is quite common in a soldier’s life. Father not seeing his children growing in front of him is not an unusual thing to happen. While children are growing faster at a particular age, it takes one by a surprise on finding children gaining height, an inch or [...]
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Kissing the sea sand’s soul. Juhu beach. Date and time: Today and now. I stand still, facing the monolithic vastness of the sea. My feet are my lips. They embrace the soggy sand in a cushy kiss. The padded wet sand responds with trembling tentativeness. I close my eyes and let the sensation soak every [...]
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Hrishikesh opened the door to his flat. Tired after a punishing day at work, he wanted to grab a quick meal and sleep off. As he walked inside, a pretty little dog ran up to greet him, his tail bobbing like it always did. Cole, the vivacious cocker spaniel, had been missing him while he [...]
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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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No one in our clan, or anywhere in our species, or as far as I have personally eavesdropped or overheard from the other lazy-looking, quick-swerving gossipmongers in our neighbourhood, that is, as much as my three year old life has shown or taught me, no one has, or ever had a name. It’s not only [...]
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It was a full moon night. We were sitting in our balcony watching the beautiful full moon yesterday night. Silent and slow cool wind, noise of leaves and trees. “Isn't the moon looking beautiful tonight ?” She asked me. “Yeah, it is looking beautiful tonight because he is happy watching you.” I told her looking [...]
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I feel more comfortable learning to drive with a parent than another person. It is flexible to suit my schedule as not all driving instructors work on evenings and weekends. Driving lessons with an instructor can also become expensive. Learning to drive with an instructor may work most of the time though, because an instructor [...]
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The child who had become a man and settled in a different land, returned with his child, to that lane where once stood his house. "Amulya, do you see that narrow lane flanked by two office buildings? I lived in one, that was there before." reminisced the father. "Single-storeyed houses, with nice open spaces and [...]
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There are many animals around me: two-legged creatures that roam around wearing neatly ironed shirts and pants and well-polished boots or shiny leather shoes. They talk non-stop on their palm devices, keep clicking on buttons of screens that pop up images and motion pictures. In this jungle of concrete structures, I roam around aimlessly, being [...]
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Sipla had grace, love, appreciative family and friends. There was comfort and satisfaction of being wanted by children and spouse. Now in late 30's, she had purpose and a sense of secured belongingness. Brought up in a protected environment, she was hesitant about opening up her inner mind with its uncertainties. The growing change in [...]
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It was raining heavily and black clouds were in no mood to stop. The couple was tempted to dance, to the tunes of the rain. The secluded location on the hill top had its own charm. The green carpet of trees and vegetation all around the villa were too soothing. And nearby gush of flowing [...]
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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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It all started on social media randomly with a “Hi” and a follow-back; getting to know each other slowly. She was very beautiful in her profile picture with a beautiful face and lovely eyes. For me it was like love at first sight. But unfortunately it didn't go as I thought and wanted. It remained [...]
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Knowing that late night scary episodes are not good for health, Vir remained addicted, awaiting the trigger of that “other" experience. And surely, it surfaced. This time it was at early dawn. Just before awakening. And the Second Mind begins.   "He has done no wrong", says the mediator ; facing a group of men [...]
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I am Amit Kamble from Vashi. Age 54 and brain a warehouse of memories. Different days, different times, different images, different people, their changing attitude – they all play light and dark at every opportune moment. When I was twenty-six years old, one day I was traveling to my workplace in Vashi. I left my [...]
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The two neighbours met after decades. Both had changed in many ways. Reality had dawned but their innate nature of "not voicing out" still prevailed. Aarti and Dweep were of the similar age, both voracious readers, from hardworking families and somewhat confined into less controversial and shy means. They spoke of their growing-up memories of [...]
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Prologue The clock struck twelve. There was a Neem tree abutting Mohit’s study room. After Manvi switched off the TV, he could hear through the open window the crickets chirping. Bengaluru nights in November could get quite chilly. Mohit closed the window, walked out and tried to listen through the bolted doors of Neil’s bedroom. [...]
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"Phir yeh kya hua (What happened then)?" Jaya asks Vijay Anand at the end of the movie "Kora Kagaz" when things go cascadingly wrong and they become silent, disturbed participants. That was the discussion Debasish had with his erstwhile superior, who he bumped into after a decade, about the wrong things that happened in their [...]
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The journey began at birth; he was cuddled along, often reprimanded and instilled with ambition and hope. Shoonya had arrived on planet Earth and he was forever fascinated with its workings. Born to a family of teachers, he absorbed all; written words, for him, was godlike. He sensed early the power of mind electrons and [...]
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Way back to 1981, I was posted to ‘BINNAGAURI’. Journey from my home station to the place of posting was long, crossing through many Indian states. At ‘BARAUNI’, there was a change of train. It used to be a long halt. This being a reasonably big station, was a suitable place to finish with one’s [...]
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The burn was real. The hurt was not just to the apparel. The spark from the cracker went straight to the chest, bruised the skin and left a mark - more of frustration. Returning home in an autorickshaw, Deep had this experience when a few were celebrating a wedding with unlawful crackers bursting on the [...]
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Reviewer analysis It was a late evening of winters in Kashmir. The idea of having a hot cup of kahva with the local bakery Kulcha, was the only single focus of the lady. She was blessed with pregnancy; her mother was trying everything to keep her warm and aptly fed. It wasn’t much of a [...]
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MONITOR GOING TO SLEEP He shut down his laptop and tossed it carelessly. His eyes brimming with sleep after what seemed like an endless search for a vacancy in software engineering, Sameer crashed on his sofa bed with a thud, next to the laptop. The next morning would bring a realization that he has completed [...]
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I am  67 years old now, spending my life with three children and four grand children. When I look back, I find an active life I have left behind with so many little and big things that came and went in their own space. My grandchildren remind me of the days when I was their [...]
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The famous “Avatar" greeting lines aptly described the bonding between Stella and her horse, Chytuk. Onlookers often wondered who took care of whom. Stella's professional help met all comfort needs of Chytuk, who was adored by her with constant love-pats, hugs and soothing murmurs. Stella was a skilled equestrian; maneuvering Chytuk in difficult show jumped [...]
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Once upon a time there was a fish named Gold. She lived in an ocean and had a neighbor called Mr. Shark. Mr. Shark always wanted to eat her. He tried many plans but failed every time. Mr. Shark had a brilliant idea. He thought, “When it is night, Gold will be sleeping, I will [...]
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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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The Carnile family had hit gold. Their "Dating Engine" was mean. It had everything that everyone wanted. A matho-logic invention predicting much valued marriage enabling-cum-corrective events; thousands of simulations telling what to suppress or enhance and whom to avoid or chase. Scores of little machine, "wo-men", did profile mapping from the behaviors of countless subjects [...]
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Being an extrovert girl, she loves to stay with her flaws. She loves herself more than anyone else. As she wants love, she likes to get pampered by everyone. Being an extrovert, she loves to spread love too and is very happy doing it. This may be because in her heart, she is scared of [...]
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Does 50 sound too aged? I hope not. At least the days that I look back to doesn’t seem like I have left them behind too long ago. It was the famous city of Maharashtra known for exotic temples. Kolhapur. I lived there with my family for around 4-5 years, if not more. I can’t [...]
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DareVin made his life, a long experiment in survival. Brought up in an orphanage, he felt privileged to learn and do things on his own. Experiments of stoics, saints, sufis and Great Doers were his primers. He sought reason, emotional neutrality and randomness-removal as his life goals; he taught himself to be a social scientist [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Madam, need a porter? Asked the middle-aged person. It was 4 am and we had just reached Bankura Railway Station. Initially, we were a bit hesitant. But from platform number 2 to the taxi stand is almost 150 stairs. Two suitcases and a bag full of clothes. My husband simply raised his hands. [...]
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Its been 70 years now that I have known this city. Mumbai! My relationship with the city is far deeper than any kith or kin. Seven decades ago I was born to a Marathi family, our little home had seen many generations coming and making way for others. You must be wondering, why am I [...]
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Martin Luther King said, "There comes a time when one must take a stand that is neither safe, nor politic nor popular, but because his/her conscience tells him/her so." This defines limits of objectivity embedded within self and outside as one relates. Optimum clarity will exist with a vision, which exists without biases. I am [...]
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It was month of April 1989, the young kid was asked by her mother to get out of the bed and get ready for school. Immediately this kid pushed his elder sister, to wake her up. Both left the bed and ran to the garden outside to catch the warmth of the early sun. They [...]
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Four year old Avian woke up to the bawling of his 6 month old sibling. Instinctively he felt his Raptors, T Rex's and the many varieties of his large dinosaur collections, fondly calling them his "D" family. They clearly dominated his behaviour, being true rivals to his family's attention. He knew each of the dinosaurs [...]
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‘What are you doing?’ I asked Apu, my cousin. ‘I am drinking water’ He replied. It was the month of November. We were celebrating Kartik Puja - our household puja over centuries. In our small village, all the Mukherjee’s are related. However, the onus of holding Kartik Puja falls on three families and we take [...]
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“The old woman’s hand became lighter When her son lifted her bag, But her heart became heavier As they approached a gate that read “An Old Age Home”. Known as ‘Gurukrupa Old Age Home’ it is a well-known NGO located in the city of Palghar in Konkan division of Maharashtra. An old but well maintained [...]
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They were five friends. They couldn’t think of a single thing without each other. Each was the other’s inspiration, motivation, love, companion, in short soul mate. They not only grew up together but had created their own world. Entry to their world was largely restricted and privacy was protected fiercely. But whatever it is today, [...]
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Year 2050. The earth’s first tourist expedition to Mars was en route, and the ‘Voyager’ made a smooth landing on the red-barren surface of Mars. The excited people, covered in high-tech extra secure space suits hopped out, their mouths wide open at the unimaginable sight that lay before them. The sky was a rather messy [...]
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The local trains were whizzing past. They are the lifelines of the busy city of Mumbai. It would take less than two seconds to look at the people who would be climbing on that train with you. Even less to look at what was happening around. But there was no time as everyone had their [...]
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The surgeon slapped me hard. It stunned me to such an effect that my ears were ringing and there were stars in front of my eyes. I was only ten years old but in my dictionary, there was no word called ‘Fear’. I was a nuisance at my school and a terror in our neighborhood. [...]
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‘What is in your hand’? I asked my son. ‘A chicken.’ He said. ‘Eeekkkk!’ Shrieked my wife, her eyes popping out in terror. They were a group of three, also known as ‘Three Musketeers’ in that Air Force station in Punjab. Dharmendra, Satnam and my son. They were a terror for the rest of 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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You know how roads lead us to a journey and a journey into realization of a higher truth. Well, sometimes an overturn on one such roads can lead to death. It’s easy to keep giving lectures, about the do’s and the don’ts of our own decisions. It can be either for the good or the [...]
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It was Sunday morning when my mother shouted at me for keeping the room dirty. I was instructed to clean my room at the earliest. I was on the job, cleaning all the mess under my bed. That’s when my younger brother came up to get some of his toys. I got very annoyed because [...]
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“Maa, I did it.” She happily spoke from the window near the door. Desha came out from the kitchen and asked “What happened Ishi?” “I won 1st prize in inter school story writing competition and 1st in debate competition”. Hearing this from the kitchen, Desha rushed towards her daughter and hugged her. In the evening [...]
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I am sitting in my quarter all alone, almost 2500kms away from my native place. I joined a renowned government school in West Bengal, far away from Kolkata. It was my first job. A secure government job, a quarter in my name and a good pay package with all the perks and benefits. I should [...]
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Shah Rukh Khan, king khan of Bollywood is the person whom I admire the most. I was 38 when his movie Baazigar was out in 1993. I saw his first film, Deewana and just loved this person, I don’t know why. Maybe because I wanted to be like him! I too had similar ambitions – [...]
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My name is Jitesh. Currently I am pursuing MBA at NMIMS, Mumbai. I am a qualified engineer and have two years of work experience in a MNC. My brother Manish is a Civil Engineer currently working with a leading Real Estate Construction Company in India. Life has thrown us a lemon and we have developed [...]
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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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Fire! Fire! Fire! The man rushed out from the toilet holding onto his pants for dear life. Year 1990. Freshly out of college, I had just joined my first job at Siliguri. For the uninitiated, Siliguri is a major city in West Bengal and is not only the gateway to exotic hill stations like Darjeeling, [...]
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I was thirteen when my mother passed away. Thereafter the family was left with me, my father, my grandparents, my younger sister and brother. I was the eldest of the three siblings; so many of the responsibilities were for me to take care of. I didn’t know how I would make things up for everyone, [...]
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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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A Patriot since birth A Martyr by death, My love will be for my country first Will remain so until I return again to dust! JAI HIND! These were the lines of Col. Veer Pratap Chand. He used to recite these before his family and friends, depicting his love for his country, India. His love [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Pawan Sood has a strange history. Many in this silly world may have had their own crazy eventful lives, but very few must have faced something as bizarre as this. He was around 13 then, loitering around amidst the extreme chaos of a dragging middle class family. One night he was sleeping with [...]
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Chirp, Chirp, Chirp… I heard the voices as I woke up in the morning. Two small birds were sitting on the balcony grill of our flat. I sat up on the bed and looked at them closely. The birds were slightly bigger than humming birds but smaller than sparrows. They were flying over each potted [...]
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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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I have spent the most vital days of my life at Raisinghnagar, Rajasthan. Those were the days when my hands were full of colourful bangles actively engaged in the rhythm of life. I was 12 years old when I got married. By 14, I had a child. But unfortunately, it was a girl. And eventually [...]
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‘Move’, ‘Move’, ‘Move’ were the words that reached my ears as we reached the platform at Kurla Terminus. Hey, can’t you hear? Shouted the loaders making the passengers miserable and fearful. I asked my parents, ‘Why are they shouting and why is the platform so crowded?’ I am not so comfortable in crowded places, especially […]

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Sometimes it’s all about the good deeds and hard work which we do to ensure that our people lead better lives. But rare are those occasions when we feel like doing something for the others and feel tremendously pleased, when that goal is accomplished. I got this experience when I was posted to the second [...]
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I am 81 years old now. I belong to the city of Sri Ganganagar. I am an educated man who completed graduation from SD Bihani College, a well-known and reputed college of the city. I had my family business of export and imports of fruits and food grains. I was around 77, when my son [...]
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Reviewer Analysis I got down from the bus to enter the railway station. I was traveling to Burdwan from Durgapur. My college days were over and I was on my way to clear the hostel dues. My younger sister was accompanying me on this trip. In four years, I had collected a whole lot of [...]
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Some people think that their lives are very hard and full of disappointments. Well, I am one among those. I work hard, yet no matter what I do, I still face problems. It is as if my life is an ocean of endless disappointments, one after the other. However, in the same vein, every adversity [...]
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It was a departure from the usual workload for him and he was gettingvery nostalgic. It was a vocation of one week, not a colossal time, but a bit purveyor to get-up and go to his new venture. Of course, he is the ever loving star of my world, my dearest dad. When I was [...]
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My life is a beautiful & comprehensive book. Revisiting the same is a life levelling exercise and a gratifying experience. It encompasses most of the answers which one tries to find out outwardly. It is a self-discovery which makes it easy to establish the relationship between cause and effect. Walking backwards to find out where [...]
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Year 1971. The terrible times of Indo Pakistan war. I was a resident of Gajsinghpur, a small town near Punjab-Pakistan border. Things were turning bad to worse with every passing hour. The scene was grave. We lived in fear, locked mostly inside the four walls of our houses, unsure of when misfortune strikes and breathing [...]
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Situated right outside the Badshahi Mosque is Lahore’s oldest red light district. Hira Mandi has seen many go in as novices and remain there till the end with unsatisfied lives and compelling stories. So many of them. I have been running my small grocery store at the turn to Hira Mandi for over three decades [...]
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“Where is the toilet?” I asked the young security guard at around 3:30 am. The toilet closes after 6 pm so you will have to use the open ground. Replied the Sardar. October 1981. Khalsa College, Yamunanagar, Haryana. I was all of 17 years then. A footballer, an athlete whose only focus in life was [...]
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Women’s lifestyle in the 90’s? It was simple, but warm and interesting. Sad in its own way and happy in its own. Just like every life, in every generation. I am 78 years old now. I could study no more after the 3rd grade in school. Goes without saying that I didn’t belong to a […]

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Rahim was a truck driver and had a very sweet family of two daughters and a wife. Being a truck driver, he often had to stay away from his family due to his duty. His two daughters, Saheba and Nasima always waited for him to return. Saheba was fifteen-years-old and Nasima was ten-years-old. They both [...]
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I am 63 years old now. I am living alone since forever I guess. I was all of 8 years maybe, when my parents left me on the streets of Kota, Rajasthan. I had no idea what to do, where to go and what to do with myself. I don’t even remember their faces now, [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Rahul turned 21 today, March 31st. He was in the third year of his Engineering. The sixth semester of his studies was about to end and just a few more days were left for the holidays to begin. Today he took his friends, the only three who knew about his birthday, to the [...]
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Hey, Arjun, what a coincidence” Suraj looked at Arjun with surprise. Arjun, for some time, was trying to remember and then suddenly moved forward and hugged Suraj who was accompanied by his wife Poonam. “Moustache and all, you look different! But then I saw Poonam and it struck me good. You did not grow a [...]
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I woke up startled from my mid-morning nap to loud noises in the house. Eavesdropping, I hear my mother’s voice. “Amma, gone are the days when girls were stopped from learning dance. It’s such a beautiful art! And no matter what, I will enrol Chitra for dance classes”. My grand mom roared, “Let’s see how [...]
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Reviewer Analysis "Do you like paragliding?"- Mom asked I didn't want to answer. She repeated the question and added, "Why don’t you like adventure sports?" She is the Lady Gabbar Singh in our house. Though at 40 she is almost a senior citizen, she loves all kinds of adventure. She has tried all adventure sports [...]
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Synopsis Anna was married to James, a raging alcoholic, and was held in an abusive relationship for several years. Even though the daily emotional exploitation was traumatic, she had accepted her fate and continued to live with her husband who was always apologetic for his dreadful actions upon returning to his senses. On a fateful [...]
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Getting up very early in the morning, sitting at the door steps of their house, Malar and Sakthi kept staring at the long winding road in front. “Why father has not returned yet?” asked Sakthi “To day is Deepavali day, celebrations are on in every home. Everyone is preparing to wear new dresses, and fire [...]
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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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Truck drivers do not enjoy good social status. The occupation of driving does not get respect. Everyone wants to become engineers and doctors. Amidst such educated people, there was a man who wanted to feed and shelter his wife and his little daughter. His name was Asjad. No one was giving him a job, and [...]
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There lived a poor family in a village where most of the people were hard-working farmers who were also honest and helpful. Sushan Mehta, who was a driver by profession, belonged to this family but, most of the time, he used to stay out of his village due to his profession. He had two daughters, [...]
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Oh Filters, you are amazing, attractive, catchy and flawless. You made others like me, fall in love with me. I owe you a lot. You made me look beautiful, you made me look clear. From the thousands of you I can choose anyone. I can choose one which can alter my complexion, I can choose [...]
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A woman becomes a mother only after a child is born to her. The mother thereafter, throughout life takes pride in every achievement of the child, big or small. Her children always remain special to her. A flying instructor is almost same to a mother, in this aspect. A pilot in the Air Force becomes [...]
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Reviewer Analysis From the caves of darkness a light appeared, followed by a sound. Sound of a vehicle. It was a two wheeler carrying two men. The motorcycle came to a halt and both men got down from it. Suresh checked the tires of the bike again, they looked right. Ravi started stretching himself. “By [...]
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My dad, who would have been in his late forties at the time, worked for long hours. He seemed to have boundless energy for house projects on the weekends. But he made sure we were at church each Sunday morning, where he often volunteered as a lector. My mom, a country girl transported to suburbia, [...]
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‘OK’ is a word that we frequently use today in our daily conversations. For me, it acquired a deeper connotation when I was in third standard. It was the year I had to shift school in September because Achan (father) got transferred from Bangalore to Vizag. Since I schooled outside Kerala, my annual vacations (April [...]
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Once upon a time, there was a school situated in the middle of a very big city and was surrounded by very busy roads. The children would often run out of school and start playing, not realising how dangerous it was to play so close by the road. There have already been accidents when children [...]
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“Namaste. I am the unfortunate father of Jatin Yadav, writing this letter to you. I am grateful to you for safely sending the dead body of my son. Jatin was my only son. I drive a commercial vehicle and my wife looks after the household chores. Her son was and the hope and support of [...]
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When the phone rang, the cat nearby shook off the ashes and ran out. Almost sobbing, she placed her child on the lap. The panic stricken voice said, “Hello!” Amutha asked, “Where are you”. From the opposite side the voice said, “We are calling from the bank. Do you need a credit card?” Then Amutha [...]
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Once upon a time there was a boy named John at a middle school called Hamilton school. Hamilton school had a secret that not many people knew of, which John, for some reason, did know. The secret is that there is a mysterious trapdoor in the back of the janitor's office in the D-wing. It’s [...]
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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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"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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It was winter time in Bangalore. Year 2028. Dr. Kostov, a high energy physicist at IISc, returned very exhausted from his lab. It was already midnight. He needed rest. He lay down on his bed and soon, was fast asleep. But his dreams took an unprecedented turn. He could see protons colliding against each other and [...]
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Reviewer Analysis It has been raining incessantly since morning. I wanted to get up on time. But my pet lizard told me not to. "What makes you so restless? Go sleep. You don't need to go to office in this bad weather." I protested, as I always do. "Do you have any idea of delivery [...]
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I don't remember what her last words to me were, neither the look over her face, nor the oceans she had silenced inside herself, which she had thought would have spoken  the truth, when she'd come, to kill the both of us. So, I for her sake, for our sake, silenced mine and became a [...]
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The phone rang. Shailesh picked it up without taking his eyes off the laptop that he was working on. "Yeah", he muttered. "Hello sexy", said a very familiar voice from the other end. Shailesh hadn't heard the voice in years now but he would never forget it. The two words were enough to make him [...]
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Lying at her deathbed, Aahana kept looking at all that surrounded her— a number of wall-scraping bookshelves — all filled with books, a big pile of letters — most of which were from her late husband which he had sent to her during their youthful days. Also, she kept looking at the photo frames which [...]
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Those tiny little fingers that once fitted my palm Have outgrown mine today, I knew I would one day miss that innocent face and cute smile of yours, As you will turn into a handsome young man some day! Sitting on the couch of her balcony, she was missing her son very much. Past memories [...]
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The sun was setting in the summer sky. The motorway was clear with endless fields of trees surrounding them. The plan was to set-off later to avoid the traffic but also because Priya loved the sunset. The cloud formation over a colourful sky gave her butterflies in the stomach. And just as she was immersed [...]
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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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SynopsisSynopsis Those who enjoyed reading the first story of Satyaraj, for them and for others, the second section of his adventure series, The Last Breath - Part 1 and 2, comes accompanied by his elder brother Abhijit. Satyaraj and his brother travel to the great city of Hyderabad for work but on reaching there they [...]
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“You can buy everything but not true family and love ones.” These were her words when she left the press. I am Rahul and work for India's largest press where biographies and autobiographies are being written and published. And those words came from the woman billionaire of India, Ms. Avni Maheshwari. She has married twice; [...]
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Reviewer Analysis She did not like monsoons. Monsoon meant rains, lots of it! And with it came insects and mosquitoes. Puddles and Potholes. Bumpy car rides. And bumpier air travel! Yet, here she was - at the railway station, waiting for the train. It was pouring relentlessly. She tried not to take notice of all [...]
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My flight landed in Delhi. I was excited. I wanted to know whether the investment I made for the future of my village was a correct decision or no. I went to the bus stop and boarded the bus. My insides churned as I was eager to find the answers to my questions. I was [...]
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Sunita logged into her Facebook account and found an unread message. When she opened the messages screen she missed a heartbeat. It was from a person she had not thought about for a long time. She clicked on the message to open it. First sentence was a surprised comment, "I did not know you are [...]
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Synopsis Superhero Stories aren’t a myth. They appear as an obvious but imaginary part of real life, especially when it comes through the narration of an 11 year old.Super-hero moments do exist…in dreams and in perceived reality. It’s up to you, whether you can identify and react to them!Read Chinmoy Saikia’s two part series to [...]
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I rubbed my eyes yet again. Was it really his call? The butterflies in my stomach made my fingers tremble as I swiped right on the screen. "Hello!" said a familiar voice. "Hello! I can't believe this." I heard my decibels amplified with excitement. "You still have to react the same way. Miss hyper! Anyway, [...]
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There is a past that forever lives inside all of us. Parts of that past make us what we are today and shapes our future. People say I am the kind that knows how to shrug the past and live in the present, but am I really so? May be these 24 hours would tell. [...]
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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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"25% water cut!" Patvardhan grumbled while polishing the brass nameplate on the door of his ground floor flat in Dadar Hindu Colony, till it burnished like gold. "So much rain and the damned municipality imposes 25% water cut! This BJP-Shiv Sena government is a total loss, if you believe me." People might have believed him, [...]
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