The Idea of Success

The idea of success has definitely changed for me. And while it is something that will constantly change over time, I think it is important to direct it in a way so that it becomes, ‘to be able to lead a happier life’. Happier in the sense that you choose […]

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Happy New Year, Said the Doorman

Suited up He holds one hand in the other Standing in attention Instructions memorized Professional attire Surveying, judging Who is for real And who isn’t Who has the money to enter And who doesn’t Cover charge, he says crisply Six thousand. He mocks those who exhibit outrage And welcomes those […]

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The Way of the World

Yesterday, I saw a car run over a homeless man’s foot. I don’t know for sure if he was homeless; he sat next to a food stall, on the road, his hands and legs twisted in manner that would be deemed strange. I could not understand what he was wearing- […]

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Why, art

[Image source: http://blog.artandwriting.org/2013/05/10/why-are-art-and-writing-important-to-you/] Our desire to keep on existing is what makes the timeless valuable. Timeless, something that defies Time, the Great Eroder, if not the Destructor, whose passing no man can withstand, for one day we will all be fine powder and dust, lost in the grains of sand. Is this […]

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Life is like that Chilli Crab

[Image source: http://www.loverofcreatingflavours.co.uk/2015/02/like-hot-birds-eye-chilli-singapore-chilli-crab/] After the travels of a long day which had now turned into the night as the city buzzed with clinks of wine glasses, bursts of laughter and the clatter of knives and forks, the sounds of dinner, we were starving. Starving and tired, so we could have collapsed […]

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Masaan and the Many Faces of Love and Sex

[Image source: http://www.filmimpressions.com/home/buzz-masaan-at-cannes.html] One of the best things I read in the reviews of Masaan after watching the movie is the underlying irony of the story: Varanasi, the city which is believed to be the gateway to ultimate liberation of the soul, can entrap the soul just as well. Masaan narrates two storylines depicting the […]

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A Story of Two Buses

[Image courtesy: https://www.gapyear.com/countries/india/getting-around] I quickly sought to repress the waves of horror that threatened to rise in my chest as I caught my first glance of the bus- peeling paint, sketchy windows, strange people, and rickety seats. I gulped down my panic, and took deep long breaths; nothing is impossible, and […]

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