A ceiling full of stars I collected random memories Moments, minutes and miles; We spoke of things to be, Future, faces, falsehoods; What came to us, and went away What went away, left us wanting The night sky's million hues A midnight sun's streaming blue A broken dusk; a stormy dawn What had happened all… Continue reading A Ceiling Full of Stars!
Perhaps one of the biggest excuses I have heard from those who shy away from the ‘serious’ books, especially classics, is that they are not relevant. But, what constitutes relevance? What makes one decide whether or not a book is relevant in the times they are reading it in? As an editor, one of my… Continue reading Classics And Context
Of all the countries in the world, India is perhaps the one that has the most debated ideals, ever. To begin with, there are so many diverse rituals, and between two areas merely 50 miles apart, traditions and practices can be completely different; tolerant, accepting, accommodating, and generally in harmony. The land evolves as much… Continue reading The Compulsions of the Covens
In a world that is clamouring for attention and screaming their lungs out to emphasise their dominance and glory, what is the one thing that every mind craves? Is that an automatic reaction to scream their own relevance? Is it that imperative need to establish their fleeting presence in the cosmos and fight for a… Continue reading Conversations With Silence!
We have all heard of the classic ‘two railway tracks’ riddle. The premise is simple, and its implications/variations diverse. Two railway tracks ran in parallel. One used regularly, and the other unused for years. Children were playing on the railway tracks. The used track had five children playing on it while a lone child sat… Continue reading The Inverted 96
‘WhatsApp security has been breached. The company has asked its users to update the app via the official channels and also an OS update for further security if available. Meanwhile please do not accept calls or respond to messages from unknown numbers or unverified contacts.’ This is the original news. What actually matters is that… Continue reading Hot & Cold: The Avalanche of ‘Boiling’ Things
The Indian Hagrid has been quite silent for a long while. Regular blogging was cut off and the hiatus had good reason. The months since June 2017 have been a whirlwind of editing and writing, and the germ of an idea grew by bits into something more than that. By November 2017 came the National… Continue reading Of a Hiatus and a Herculean task
When I was (re)reading one of my favourite books recently, I came across this quote. It is as important to receive gracefully as it is to give unstintingly The book is ‘Sunny Side Up’ by Anu Hasan, and I read it more for the writing style than the events themselves. An autobiography of sorts, this… Continue reading The Grace in Receiving
In the hand that feels, And the heart that sees, There is a thought that lingers. The ripples created at the middle Always reach the shore, Sometimes above, sometimes below The cruel dreams that shatter Life's moments worth living Those that keep your head above clouds While your feet tread on water In search… Continue reading Regret and Remorse
For the 32nd consecutive year, the farmer saw the almanac. Peering closely, he realised that the rains this year would not be kind either. He looked at the distant horizon, watching the young man in the next plot till his land with that huge city import tractor. Did horizons lie? Or simply refuse to cooperate… Continue reading The Farmer’s Almanac