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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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‘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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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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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 overshadowed by [...]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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‘Stop’! ‘Stop’! ‘Stop’! Thundered the ten Indian Army soldiers. Their guns were pointed at us. But, they were the only ones who could help us. The place was desolate with not even a dog in view. And it was only 8 in the evening. We, I mean my husband, my 18-year-old daughter, my 12-year-old son, [...]
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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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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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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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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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“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 "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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She delved into her conscious mind. Her subconscious mind had a bleak perception of her place in the world. Standing at an art gallery, looking at the painting, all she thought was,” If only I could categorize every person in the world with the different colours, their shades and textures.” People are complex. Even as [...]
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12:00 Am. The clock beeped and completed its usual rotation. It was another tiring return from the routine hustle and bustle, through the remarkably isolated woods. It was the darkest hour of the night and loneliness prevailed at each mile. My car was running at 90 miles/hr. hovering through the blanket of darkness. The headlamps [...]
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“Daisy!” The shrieking voice of her mother woke her up from the dream world. Yes, Daisy was fantasizing about her future, where she featured as an entrepreneur. Alas! It was just going to be another dream for her, chopped even before it could spread in grace. Again, her mother’s shrilled voice brought her back to [...]
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“One more time!” Shriya scolded herself. Looking around, she observed how people so effortlessly went on with their daily routines. No one hesitated, no one stalled, and no one stopped like her in front of the moving stairs. Sorry, ‘es-ka-le-tar’, she giggled a little as her tongue played with the word “escalator”. The ‘tar’ reminded [...]
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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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Fifteen years ago, my 2 year old daughter and I joined my husband who was then posted at Lebanon. Things were packed , house taken on rent at UNIFIL HQ Naqura, tickets booked and with a lot of enthusiasm as well as inhibitions regarding the [eople ,place and me flying alone for the first time with [...]
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In the midst of hot brutal summer, there is something supernatural in the breeze of the summer morning. When you hark to it, it seems like it is provoking something out of your normal routine life. One morning the cold, fresh breeze whispered to me. I automatically closed my eyes and it took me to […]

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Sujata came to Mumbai when she was 18, with a head full of dreams anticipating exciting possibilities. But, a month into her new job, where she worked as a house maid for a small family of four, she soon realised that as restricting as her village was, she missed it. But Mumbai gave her much […]

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She scanned the list of applicants who had sent in requests to come to meet Her. Reading through the letters, she reviewed each one’s story and assessed the journey they were on, to make a decision of whether to grant them an audience. There were two letters she found intriguing – from a man and [...]
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Reviewer Analysis In the midst of noise all around, Kanak’s eyes were blank as she sat on the couch in the crowd. She was rather lost. Neither was she in a hurry nor was she asked by anyone to attend to any urgent errand. Yet something within her was persisting her to do what she [...]
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She looked out of the window. The streets were illuminated; flickers of intermittent crimson and amber lights were casting varied patterns on the walls of her dark room. The noise of the passing buses, cabs, cars, honking rickshaws, vendors, even faint voices of men and women, though distant, resonated joyousness of the festivity. It was [...]
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I feed on bitterness and satiety never comes. Today sadness has renewed itself. Let me narrate the story of two souls, Whose love was struck by the evil eye, In a twist which Fate had hidden. Luck won’t smile and Time will scorch. Only the stars know what is wrong with me. I almost sense [...]
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