Blocked

It has always been a life of hardship for him and his family. Nothing came easy, nothing was gained without eliciting a fair degree of struggle and effort. Everything enticing always seemed to beckon, though from the other side. In between there was always a barrier-a gate. When would the time come when gates would … Continue reading Blocked

Parting

Someone’s presence is so often taken for granted. The chatter, the tone, the poise, substance all define character of an individual. Over years our conversations build bridges, shapes relationships, fuels ambitions, invokes sentiments, range of emotions. Then, one day, everything falls silent. All that is left behind are, memories, longing, regret and so many things-unsaid. … Continue reading Parting

Grandma’s sweater

It’s been a year now since grandma left us. Surrounded by her son, daughter in law and her grandsons, she folded her hands to acknowledge everyone and then, she was gone. Amidst the hectic activity that followed for a few days thereafter, I was largely ignored. There were guests who came in to meet my … Continue reading Grandma’s sweater

Round The World

For a long time, I used to believe that the sun went inside the earth during sunset and then walked the whole night before rising again at the horizon in the east. Then, in later years at school, I learnt that the earth is round. That set off a train load of questions inside my … Continue reading Round The World

In Panda Land

“Sirs! I wanted to make you aware that you are now entering the habitat zone of the Himalayan Red Pandas”! We were on an adventure trip through the hills of North Bengal and had made a brief halt to let our motorbikes cool down a bit after tackling the arduous climb up the hill slopes. … Continue reading In Panda Land

Gift

Do you see fear in my eyes? Anxiety-perhaps? At the moment I seek empathy. From all of you and definitely from him for whom I am supposed to be-a gift!   What a strange nature you people have; picking me up, whisking me away from my family just because you like me!   Isn’t there … Continue reading Gift