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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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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 grandma and [...]
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“Average US citizen consumes five times more meat and milk and twenty times more eggs than the inhabitant of Bolivia – miners are below national average; of every 2 children born in mining camps, one dies soon after opening his eyes. The other survivor will surely grow up to be a miner. And before he [...]
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Maryland State and its famous city, Baltimore, old America. I call them manicured spaces. Beautifully landscaped, low congestion, large homes, lovely community areas and water bodies. East coast entry, a gateway to Hell. Many were brought in as slaves to payback their passage moneys; later immigrants queued up  at the bustling port. Baltimore grew and [...]
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Prologue As the images of her lifeless body in that hospital bed flashed before his eyes, his foot automatically pressed the accelerator, thus speeding away on that busy road. It had been more than six months that she left this world, but still he found it difficult to come to terms with the loss. She [...]
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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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Today we became students of history, as gathered by the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. The exterior itself is imposing. Long glistening corridors, multi-height ceilings, willing staff, hundreds of art pieces organised for visitors to do their own thing. So I made up my unresearched story, trying to imagine which images I would like to reflect [...]
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I had a glimpse of Michigan (Anne Arbor) during my first visit to US. The university and residential areas were the main recollections. The house with Sun room was my favourite and also the deck which would be snow-covered in winter. I did not visit Michigan this time.  So the magic is portrayed through my [...]
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