March 01 2011 Issue
A shadow fell through the window. Ramona looked up and registered the dimness outside with a start. She had sat down to work after lunch and now night was on its way. full story
That there should be such a curse in the world, never to know the magic of the message that has travelled continents, ...
As if all the barbs and comments that she’d put up with all her life taunting her barren state were not enough. Last week’s debacle was the final straw in a lifetime of compromises and allowances faced with stoicism.
I am obviously very much out of it all, and yet, feel very much ‘in’ with life. My mind questions the benefit of travelling far without, when one remains ignorant of much within.
They ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or bite sized pizzas or macaroni and cheese lunches. What she got instead were round little idlis smothered in sugar and ghee or soft, brown dosas rolled up and stuffed with potatoes or spicy lemon rice.
Free from kick-off schedules and deadlines, the zest lies in ‘working’ not ‘finishing’. Thus does a hobby morph into an ideal stress buster. full story
A providential inspiration seizes him almost, and he bends over to plant an impromptu kiss on Shakuntala’s cheek. The audience roars in delight and gives them a standing ovation.
“Varsha comes from Gagan,” he had said and she’d smiled. The more she looked at him, the more his eyes seemed to sparkle. It had been only fifteen minutes since they’d met and already the balding head and the bulging stomach were beginning to recede in her mind. She said, “That was corny.”
Her amber eyes, sleepy and watchful at the same time, turn to us for a brief second in which she dismisses us with an air of ennui.
When I’d entered the house as a new bride Taiji had greeted me by stubbing a well-lit bidi on the inside of my left wrist.
...good mood foods energise us on consumption and bad mood foods deplete our energy on consumption – i.e., our diet affects our emotional states!
He resisted when he saw the restaurant. She insisted. It was a posh restaurant, definitely above his budget. full story
I wanted to do something I really loved for a living, and that’s the only thing that keeps me going through the ups and downs of a writer’s career.
That’s also what guides the choices I make when I write my books. full article
There were few people that Naina genuinely believed were evil. The children’s grandmother was one of them. full story
I also heard that the name 'Sirsi' is derived from the word 'Sahastra Shirsha' literally meaning 'Thousand Headed'. All this gossip had seeped somewhere into my subconscious and remained there. I suppose this is how one's background is formed. full article