Haryanvi by Nature

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Sunday mornings will never be the same again. I will sorely miss the potent, invigorating caffeine that was served in my newspaper. And although I don’t follow politics I loved Kaffeeklatsch for the way it was presented. The free flowing style, effortlessly moving from one topic to the next, reminiscent of the great Sardar but without the malice. I had a habit of reading the en...
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Midway Point

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If Life is a journey then I truly lived it up in my 53rd year The destinations were ordinary the journey extraordinary And the co-passengers awesome It started with a twenty step walk as I strutted down the ramp with increasing confidence, in heels, a LBD and pressed hair. An all girls event with models past prime yet comfortable in their sagging skin ...
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Playing Dead

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  When the blaring loudspeaker of a nearby temple took a break from its task of reminding me what a lowly 'adharmi' I am There was complete silence and then I could hear the clatter of a train passing by the horns of distant vehicles the faint rumble of a generator the shuffle of feet  below some chirping birds and rustling of leaves in the morning...
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A year of me

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The year I lived a long cherished dream and made the journey of a lifetime traveled all the way to Canada Thanks to a very generous brother with a glorious week in Lake District Thanks to a very hospitable sis and bil Siblings and parents in tow I revisited my childhood and realised that it was as perfect as I remembered it to be The year I discovered that I co...
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Making a Wordsmith

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It irked us no end and yet he stood his ground. Cribbing or cajoling didn't help nor did begging and bribes . We just had to do as told whether we liked it or not. More than four decades later I am thankful for his persistence which bordered on stubbornness. As kids, all of us siblings were voracious readers. We would read anything we could lay our hands on, books, magazines...
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Honest Tireless Passion

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Let me warn you at the outset, after reading what follows you might feel cheated. You might think that a letter of appreciation to the concerned people would have been more appropriate. With time at such a premium these days,others should be spared the sundry details. I had my doubts too but am posting it anyway. There are few professionals who rise above the call of duty and w...
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Thank You!!

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A year ago I was tagged for the week long gratitude test. I was to name three things each day of which I am grateful....challenging indeed !! To enlist 21 things out of the countless I owe my gratitude to....so after a lot of thought I had posted this list ( in no particular order !!) Yesterday as I was going through my 'archives' I realised that nothing much has changed. So am...
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Blocked Writer

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It all started with my slipper......and then there was my dad, my dog, my mom, my daughter even a favourite uncle.....and any day now, it could be my brother and my son. These are some of the things I have written about which have been picked up by various newspapers in the past six months. Ten middles and a 2000 word OPED is a fairly good yield for a temperamental writer li...
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Super heroes all!

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A needle prick can do what a spider bite can't............................instantly turn you into a superhero ! It will just take a few minutes of your time, a pint of the five litres you have and a little love. You don't need extra strength to donate or extra nourishment to replenish what you have given. Not all heroes need super powers to save lives. Sometimes a little hum...
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Surprise!! its a reprise….

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Was going through my facebook account.......stumbled into this.....thought it was worth reposting...so here goes Fifty one years of living dangerously I have said what I mean And meant what I’ve said I have eaten what I like In quantities I like I have laughed out loud ( not just LOL) and cried without shame I have purposefully got drenched in the rain Never used sun...
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