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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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"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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The Stroke That Thursday morning lacked the usual workday frenzy as my boss was on holiday. He was in Ahmedabad for ‘Navratri’. I left home, at 10 am, and parked my car near Jayadeva Hospital on Bannerghatta Road to board a bus to Whitefield. I got busy on the mobile phone as the bus ride was [...]
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The infant in my lap was asleep in a drug induced slumber. A smear of opium on her lips has done the trick. She looked as if she was dead. I sat on the busy footpath outside Masjid Railway Station and looked around with hopeless eyes. A small pile of coins and notes were before [...]
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It was unnerving how one could rattle one’s heart with utter brutality and be oblivious to it. With utmost fear, Ahaana felt his presence indefatigably trying to ruin her control and unleash her desires. The morning reminded her of a lingering loneliness and she felt the urge to wrap herself in a cocoon of never-ending [...]
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Ramesh was up on the bed as usual by Six O Clock. He felt uneasy at the nose. His right hand went to the left nostril; he pulled something and a wave of pain went to his brain. Something was flowing from his nose. He wiped it with reverse side of the hand and looked [...]
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Karthik’s boss was very upset. He knew Karthik’s family was going through a tough time but he always advised Karthik to take every opportunity to grow in his career. But Karthik always took the other option, the option that would be of immediate help for his family. The company policy had it that, without a [...]
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Prologue IGI Airport troubled with fake bomb calls! Mail Today | New Delhi, March 28, 2016 | UPDATED 03:46 IST The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi for the past one week, has turned into a centre for fake bomb calls even as the Delhi Police has failed to identify even a single accused. [...]
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The bearded ascetic stood on top of the hillock and surveyed the carnage below him with a heavy heart. His muscular thick legs were planted like giant oaks. For once, he wasn't responsible for this brutal bloodshed, but the realization failed to lighten the dark grief in his heart, which was ever present and always [...]
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It is an enigma how the fate of a young aspiring Indian female changes literally overnight as she gets married. She is expected to love strangers, devote herself completely to her new family, when her new family almost always sees her as an outsider. She works from dawn till dusk in the hope of achieving [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Mukund and Kanchan Malik did not have a child yet, though their marriage was 6 years old. There was no medical problem and so like most people in India they turned to religion for help. They went to the Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine every month, for six months in a row. It involved an [...]
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Shri was senior scientist working on a space research project. The time dimension and theory of relativity as well curved space nothing could help him to solve the challenge of sending a person in space which required about a hundred years journey. At that moment Shri was at Golden Beach, Chennai, seating with Rashmi. He […]

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The crowd was cheering louder and louder. Aarav was on the stage, the last participant of the singing event held by Radio Mirchi. A tall and handsome man, he made the girls in the crowd go crazy. . His looks were an icing on the cake as his voice was enough to make anyone go [...]
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Secrets have been known to cross paths with their rightful keepers. In the ancient times of great content, it was quite normal for a secret to know where its keeper was at all times. They walked the same steps, breathed the same air, thought the same thoughts, nearly seeing the world as one and the [...]
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December 2014 was life-altering, each of the 31 days bought with it events - pleasant and surprises - bitter, in unequal proportions. The ‘Unwanted Visitor’, Paulo Coelho terms ‘Fate’- then turned ill- struck very often, mostly without a warning or fore sign; I was facing the disfigured demon, challenged at every corner and returned, flailing [...]
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Malay had dozed off earlier than usual last night. It was perhaps 11:20 last, when he saw the update on his Facebook page. With congestion choking all the senses inside his head, his consciousness was overpowered by the lullaby of sodium hydrochloride. He had Googled the contents of this prescription last night. The imminent side [...]
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That year I was preparing for my post graduate examination after completion of the stipendiary training in medical college. Post graduate trainees in Calcutta, those days, did not get any salary; so I’d taken up a job as the residential medical officer in an upcoming cancer hospital on the outskirts of Calcutta. The job fitted [...]
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Wake up from eternal sleep, wake up before drowning, Wake up to see the world so mesmerizing. Search yourself in the air around, Search yourself in the green ground. Look into your mails ,twitter and facebook , Listen to a story, read a book, Wake up to reply to whatsapp messages Wake up after silence [...]
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Four minutes before Now. A few kilometers away from Milan: I felt a sudden numbness in my chest. Followed by an excruciating pain, shattering my breastbone. It was like molten lava searing my chest burning my heart, lungs. I felt the taste of hot blood. And finally heard the gunshot. A bullet travels twice as [...]
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The caricature of a boss as depicted in cartoons and sometimes in everyone’s mind is that of a scowling, growling personality; whose main objective in life is to pursue the path of being a tough task master and reticent to some extent. But, there are exceptions to every rule. I have had the good fortune […]

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