Born Free

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The father of our nation recognised the power of violating laws and used it to fight foreign domination. Almost a century later, more than a billion of us, most of whom were born free, are trudging the same path not realising that the Britishers have left and by not obeying the laws of the land we only harm ourselves. Lets admit it, we are a nation of law breakers. We break ...
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Didi’s anthem

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I vividly remember the last time I saw her. She was fighting a losing battle with cancer and was confined to a wheelchair. It was the school's annual day and I was attending as an alumna. At the end of the function everyone stood up for the national anthem. She was too weak to rise. But as we reached the second stanza she struggled to an erect stance and stood in attention well...
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Breaking News

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It rained today, the continuous drizzle was excuse enough for the vendor to not deliver the morning paper. Strangely I was relieved, almost happy. Ignorance can be blissful specially because what I don't know can't hurt me. A couple of years ago I stopped watching the news. I couldn't bear the sight of seemingly intelligent newscasters make a fool of themselves trying to fil...
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Maid of Honour

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She was a lowly maid. And yet thirty years after she exited my life I often remember her when there is talk about duty and honour or when incense fills the air. As a fourth class employee in our hostel her job entailed sweeping and mopping our rooms. She would also wash our dishes and clothes for a paltry payment and run errands if we asked nicely. That day I asked her to take ...
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Grudging Gadgets

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Shhh…… They have ears! I am not sure whether they can read but they can definitely hear. I have learnt this the hard way but want to warn you. It all started when we were planning to buy a new fridge. The old one was working perfectly but didn’t match our renovated kitchen. So we were discussing the newer models with their superior cooling power and hot metallic looks. Some ...
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Kitchen katha

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Once upon a time there lived a maiden who felt her kitchen needed remodelling. This wasn’t a whim but a decision taken after much deliberation . The old kitchen had to go. My husband wasn't convinced and the fact that I detest cooking made a very strong argument. But sometimes I like to play chef and on such occasions I feel that the kitchen should look it's part. It took so...
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Kalpana ki udaan

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I remember it so vividly. The year was 1975. I was  new in school  and preparations  for the upcoming parents day were on.  For a geography project a class room  was being changed into a miniature landscape. The idea was to trace the journey of a river from the mountains to the sea where it formed a delta. Class tenth was mainly involved, but a couple of us eighth graders, ...
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