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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Temporary Idolatry

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Traditionally deities were brought home, worshipped with reverence and at the culmination of the festivities consigned to water. But with each passing year the idols have become grander and gaudier. Customarily the idols were taken for the final immersion amid celebration and bonhomie. Invitations to return the following year were extended with much singing and dancing on the s...
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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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Big Bro

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As a child most of my birthday parties had two cakes instead of one. Surrounded by friends, as I smiled into the camera, trying to occupy centre stage, he would stand beside me, stealing my thunder, insisting on cutting a cake though he had celebrated his own birthday six months earlier. Dad's suggestion to ignore him and 'his cake' didn't pacify me one bit. He could con...
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