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What are your first thoughts when you get up in the morning?  Happiness? Nah! Alacrity no! Definitely not for Sheena. She didn’t even know why her mother had given her this stupid name anyway! Her thought in the morning simply was—let’s just get through with this day. Why? Well, firstly because she hated to be [...]
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These days going through loads of posts on Facebook, linkedin and other social sites, Babu has become a man of multiple personalities. He thinks that he fits in every lead character of the post he goes through. Once dreaming in his deep sleep, he saw that he has lost all his accessories like Mobile, Laptop […]

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It was Mini’s marriage. Celebration time at home after a long time. Almost after ten years after my marriage, Mini, my niece was getting married. She was a little girl when I had got married to her Raju Mama, her mother’s brother. The marriage was taking place at our ancestral home in Chingalpet, a small [...]
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It was a bitterly cold January night with the city covered in a shroud of fog. Shivering, in a ragged sweater and thin pajamas, R walked slowly in the feeble light of the obscured night sky. Side-stepping sleeping bodies, he made his way down the pavement, along the bank of the murky slush that was [...]
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In those days courtyards were very important to a house. The size and number of courtyards reflected the social status of its occupants. I spent my childhood living in just such a house of courtyards in Benares. Made up of seven courtyards of varying sizes, our house was called Dewan Saheb ki Haveli. Family partition, [...]
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‘If Bengali cuisine were Wimbledon, the hilsa would always play on Centre Court.’ -- Samanth Subramanian, Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast. "Who on earth says no to fish?" shouted Mashi Ma (aunty) on the top of her voice. The angst-filled question was directed at her would-be son-in-law, who was meekly trying to cite [...]
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The entire hospital was agog with the news. The nurse who had been present at the delivery told the other nurses who worked with her on the night shift. And the nurses told the ward boys. And from the ward boys, the news spread to the General Ward where the doctors made occasional appearances accompanied [...]
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