The Narrowness of Being!

Let me tell you a story. When Raza learnt (from his washerman) that Aisha, his wife, had been committing adultery, it seemed like the end of the world. Ammi (Mother) said that he needed to get rid of the unfaithful. Sell her off in exchange for gold coins – she commanded. Raza hesitated. Ammi keptContinue reading “The Narrowness of Being!”

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”

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”

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?”

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”

A Tribute to Rahul Gandhi

“I have a dream.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. “Emotional baat kehna chahta hun… This morning, I got up at night.” ~ Rahul Gandhi. Never before in its history, Indian politics looked so amusing. It was mostly an abode of boredom, where dull people would walk in and talk about certain ‘political’ things which noContinue reading “A Tribute to Rahul Gandhi”

From the other side of the fence

Note: I wrote this article last week for a Pakistan based magazine. This is the unabridged version. The last few days have given a lot of hope to the India-Pakistan relationship, with people from both sides exchanging messages over social media – this post is only continuing the legacy. (Original Link) I remember growing up inContinue reading “From the other side of the fence”

Our Obsession with Perfection

Beauty and perfection cannot go together. Think about the things or people you love the most. Do you love the fact that they are perfect in every sense or do you cherish the little (imperfect) things that only they have and no one else? You know the answer, don’t you? However, in the modern times,Continue reading “Our Obsession with Perfection”

Oh Nationalism!

It was a sweltering afternoon, when I stood next to the gigantic gates of Wagah Border – an enthralling place which separates the two nations: India and Pakistan. My watch, already soused with sweat, displayed 3 pm, which meant I was still two hours away from the glorious Wagah Border Ceremony and was supposed toContinue reading “Oh Nationalism!”