I’m in Imperfections

I see a broken wine bottle on the subway, and immediately, my heart starts to ache. It must have gone through a lot, I wonder. And now–does anyone care about it? Some curse it and call it insidious, but my aching heart tells me that its agonies are far worse. As I lay my eyesContinue reading “I’m in Imperfections”

A Song for Readers

Note: Say it aloud. In fact, sing it. Then go back to reading.   Why do we read? We read, because, once upon a time, When we were small, and the world looked tall. Yes, once upon a time… when solo-ride was a crime. Once upon a time, at that precise time, a story wasContinue reading “A Song for Readers”

The Social Media Circus

“All the world is a circus, and all the men and women merely clowns.” ~ William Shakespeare   I read the quote as I stood outside the gate. Shakespeare? That does not sound right. “Welcome,” a voice caught my attention. It was the gatekeeper. “How much for the ticket?” The words came out compulsively. InContinue reading “The Social Media Circus”

देशभक्त बनो बुड़बक

  Proud feel करो.   किसलिए?   किसलिए पूछते हो? मूर्ख, देश के लिए, और किसके लिए?   महात्मा गाँधी के लिए?   नहीं, वो तो मुसलमानो का चमचा था.   टैगोर?   अंग्रेजों का पिठलग्गु था वो…   नेहरू?   उसी के तो कीड़े हैं ये सब.   इंदिरा गाँधी?   पगला गए होContinue reading “देशभक्त बनो बुड़बक”

I Am A Liar

Let me tell you something about myself: I am a compulsive liar. I lie for no reason. I lie all the time, every day. For example, if you ever meet me and ask ‘where are you going’, I will say anything but the real answer. It’s more fun, that way. Maybe because, truth is mostlyContinue reading “I Am A Liar”

An Elusive Place Called Happiness

A lot of people seem to believe that poor people are unhappy. Clearly, these people have no idea about poverty, or happiness for that matter. On the contrary, if you look at rich people’s lives, you will find that the richer you are, the more difficult it is to have a life of fulfilment. Especially,Continue reading “An Elusive Place Called Happiness”

मेरा क्या है?

तंग रास्तों में भटकते हुए, अकस्मात् एक ख़याल आया। मंज़िल तो कभी देखी न थी, रास्ता भी अब खो न जाए कहीं। ये फुटपाथ गरीबों का, और ये सड़क अमीरों की, मेरा क्या है? कुछ भी तो नहीं… मेरे हिस्से में आये हुए, दुःख भी हैं और दर्द भी। सोचा अपनों से परे, क्या पता,Continue reading “मेरा क्या है?”

मैं एक पौधा हूँ

मैं एक पौधा हूँ… मैं वृक्ष नहीं हूँ, प्रज्ञ हूँ, लगभग अदृश्य भी, किन्तु विशालकाय यक्ष नहीं हूँ. मैं तो सूक्ष्म हूँ, निर्बल हूँ, चंचल हूँ. हवा के तेज़ झोंको से, कंपकपाता हर पल हूँ. कितने प्राणी, कितनी लालसा, मैं तो सबसे डरता हूँ. भान है यथार्थ का, तभी तो निवेदन करता हूँ. न मैंContinue reading “मैं एक पौधा हूँ”

Are You Free?

Did you decide the school you first attended? Did you choose the sport you first played? Did you get a chance to pick your own fears and anxieties? Of course, you were small then. Which means, you were meant to be protected, but, I am more interested in knowing, what happened when you were noContinue reading “Are You Free?”

Aman Ki Aisha

Illustration by: Nidhi Chanani 1 1 April, 1998 “Stop! Stop! Stop!,” shouted Mani, at the top of her voice, before turning her gaze, upon the TV screen. Aman obeyed the instruction, and stood at the edge of the veranda (on his bare feet), holding the bamboo stick (with a TV antenna clamped to it), in hisContinue reading “Aman Ki Aisha”

Oh Nationalism: Excerpts

What constitutes a nation? If it is language, then we have multilingual nations, if it is history then we have seen nations getting divided over the period of time, if it is ethnicity then most of today’s nation will cease to exist; some nations exist on the idea of religion, but many do not. AccordingContinue reading “Oh Nationalism: Excerpts”

All You Need To Know About Jokes

Humour is a powerful tool. Not to the extent where you can consider it mightier than a sword (don’t even try it), but fairly powerful, to seduce some, and to scare some away. A joke (I mean your life), is more complicated than it first seems. You may argue that what is the point ofContinue reading “All You Need To Know About Jokes”

Oh Religion!

The world (well, most of it) is aspiring for peace today, but there are a few people who remain enthusiastic about killing in the name of religion, and they have their reasons too. Let us have a look at that. If we start our discussion with a belief system that has ceased to exist today, Aztecs wouldContinue reading “Oh Religion!”

Why I want to leave India

Do you want to stay in India? I have often asked myself this question and I have never got a single answer to it. But with time, it seems, my confusion is getting resolved. Let me start with where I come from. I come from a small village in Himachal Pradesh, which does not evenContinue reading “Why I want to leave India”

Why I stopped following the News

Then: You don’t watch news? How stupid! Now: You watch news? How stupid!   The above assertion is not a pretentious attempt at wit but a subtle warning about the state of modern day journalism. In the last one decade, TV news channels have gained significant importance in India, thanks to the increased connectivity throughContinue reading “Why I stopped following the News”