Emptying Your Way To Freedom

What do we mean when we say that s/he’s a mess. More often than not, this is intended to announce a person’s appearance, the way a person maintains and manages one’s material possessions, surroundings and also oneself and one’s relationships. Can a seemingly systematic person be a mess? Like a near swan-like serenity, masking aContinue reading “Emptying Your Way To Freedom”

The Simmering Crucible of Relationships

Each one of us, without exception, has been into some or the other relationship, fundamentally because we are social beings. Some connects are transient while some others last a lifetime. The only constant is the impermanence of all relationships. And when I say impermanent, it does not just mean the end of relationships where peopleContinue reading “The Simmering Crucible of Relationships”

The Me in You

A sports luminary was consumed by COVID-19 yesterday. As expected, there are several posts celebrating the legend and mourning the loss. Several persons of influence and people in power have shared photographs of theirs with the legend or of the legend with them. A corporate foundation has released photos and news clip about its reliefContinue reading “The Me in You”

My Sweet Discontents in Festive Times

It is Durga Pujo time, and despite social distancing norms and mask adoption rules, it is impossible to curb the enthusiasm of Kolkata residents. Pandal hopping and shopping is their raison d’etre. For me, a non-native in this City of Joy, Dussehra – like any other festival – is less about rituals and more aboutContinue reading “My Sweet Discontents in Festive Times”

The Company We Keep

Kumar was a well-recognized worker in his organisation – diligent, honest, and well-organized. He was transferred to a new location where he moved into a rented dwelling with Satish, a fellow worker. Satish, though hard-working, was always complaining about people and situations. A few months into co-residency, Kumar became irritable and distrustful. Still performing atContinue reading “The Company We Keep”

Why me?

In the past few months, as Corona pandemic engulfed our worlds, some of us may be left asking this very question. Looking at them and their lives and based on our relationship with them (and this ‘them’ can be ‘us’), we can respond in different ways, and we may also find ourselves struggling to keepContinue reading “Why me?”

What is talking to you today?

Oink..oink…oink…thud…thud…wooooo…so went my washing machine’s drier as it halted with a loadful of wonderfully smelling, clean and dry laundry. It was last year. I reckoned it was WM’s (washing machine) way of telling me that it is past its prime, and needs to be retired. I went to a shop that week looking for aContinue reading “What is talking to you today?”

You Cannot Tell from the Show

The pandemic refuses to die. The excruciatingly slow growth of coriander I planted weeks ago, parallels the fear and loath with which people are dragging themselves, out of the safety of their homes, to work. My spinach, similarly, seems to be in perpetual quarantine. “See how they are refusing to grow… I am confused betweenContinue reading “You Cannot Tell from the Show”


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