I am writing this article in response to my dear friends’s  beautiful and touching article
My grandmother is a self-literate woman. That means my grandfather taught her to read and write, but she educated herself about matters of life, death and everything that comes in between. She always, always has an answer for all my philosophical questions I come upon with. She is a perpetual believer. In all her children (if you must know, she has 9 of her own ), in her grandchildren(lets skip the count , shall we) and everyone else who comes with their stories . But, the condition is, you must believe in your own story in order to convince her. So, a big believer of life , but not a religious one, I must convince . Even through her rosary beads, she does question God in his actions. I remember asking her once ‘what exactly is God? ‘ . She said ‘you can believe God as being the supreme creator/destroyer, someone who decides your dest…

years later

Years later If we cross each other again In some seedy supermarket aisle, Will we just walk past ? Or be civil enough To stop and smile And find time To exchange pleasantries?
Worse We see each other Yet keep reading the back of the cereal box. Dreading the questions And their answers Wondering if its too late, As we already know The relationship is way past its expiry date.
Even worse We look yet don’t remember Name , work , face, place The unforgettable one Is now just a blurred laugh

Or even worse Stop Look Shuffle the grocery bag, Wishing ‘small talk’ came with a price tag. But then it dawns, The Price has already been paid. So, now, at the check-out counter, I don’t turn I act blind. Hurrying out I realize I have left the cash bill And Everything Else
Happy republic day !
Not that it means a great deal for me. But yes, I like to take my paper national flags in both the hands and furl them . I like to count the spokes (for some reason I keep forgetting the exact number , duh !).  I like to watch the parade on tv and even if its momentary,  believe that my country is organised and composed! and that because I am an average Indian . I believe we invented zero.
I believe convenience comes first.
But not before family .(tauba!) I believe in all 10,000 forms of the same God and in karma.  I believe eating road side gupchup is not unhealthy.   I believe in afternoon siestas. And a whole lot of other weird believes I have .  Because for me , India is a truly free country. Cattle, dogs and men commuting together-  on the same road.. sometimes on each other too. cars, scooters, bikes ,autos, rickshaws and BMWs - all free to follow their hearts !  Everyone uses their right to freedom of expression .  Where else can I carry out a morcha , a s…
Some people are always with you. Even if you want to be alone.
Some people will always know what you mean. Even if you don’t mean anything.
Some people will always make you laugh. Even if you don’t want to .
And I am proud to have such people in my life.  My friends. Particularly my school friends. Yes, we are not in school anymore. Even college has ended and the next phase of our lives has started. Some of us are among the tax payers now. Some will be joining the brigade soon. Some of us are going for higher studies . Some of us will be finishing college in another year or so.  life is long and no one knows if we will be friends forever or not. even though as I write the above line, I know it’s just a rhetoric one .
Because these are the people I celebrated friendship day with on Watsapp.
Because these are the people I think of every time I watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Because these are the people I can share my boring life with.
Because these are the people who wont even read this but st…

some people I know- III

I had written this long back yet somehow I dint want to publish it . Not because it has anything explicit about them , but I just did not want to make my need for them public. Ankita mahendru and Mayuri bandopadhyay . The more I think about them , the less I want to write . Coz the very thought of being with them induces a state of euphoric laziness that would prevent one from doing anything at all. No, it doesn’t mean they are lazy. It just means that when I am with them , I know things will be taken care of. I know , I will be taken care of. But yes, they are lazy ! I remember , back in school days, I once found them just sitting there and smacking mosquitoes in the dark .. without any light and without any fan ! And oh .. they also once rang up arnab bhaiyaa who lived a couple blocks away to switch on the fans as they did not want to get up from the chairs ! And no, I am not exaggerating . So , as I said , I need them in my life . Someday I will tell you about them separately as …

the politics of farewell

So, you ask the person for the thousandth time ‘when are you leaving exactly?’ That when you already know the date and time exactly. Still , you ask. And count the days in hand. A little panic rushes through the veins and legs jitter a bit. Subconsciously.   The other people can’t know of course. According to them, you are the strong, level headed one. And you too keep up the charade well. All those years on stage, thankfully. So, as you listen to their itinerary , you sip at the water ,  pretending to listen , nodding a bit little stronger than required , but actually - you hear nothing . All your senses are busy fighting against giving away your nervousness. The second question that you ask yourself – ‘why am I nervous?  This isn’t a farewell. At least not forever. We will be in touch of course.   We are going to meet again of course. Soon.  Soon Enough.  Soon enough May be.'
Suddenly you realize the other person is waiting for you to respond. You manage a wide wordless smile. …

Some People I Know - II

If we were still in school, I would be singing ‘where’s the party tonight?!’  Well, December was always a harbinger of celebrations and fun we used to associate with birthdays that followed around the month. And today, few years down the lane, would have been Meenal’s birthday, and after hours of her coaxing my mom, or even lying, I would have danced around at her place overexcitedly! And oh, speaking about her won’t be complete without mentioning her precious pups.. One thing for sure, where there is mini, there would be dogs. And lots of them! I remember ‘chocolate’ among her many pets , and oh! I can never forget how Chanel, the very darling pug, snarled at me every single time I entered meenal's room.  She exhibited her mistrust in me by pooping right on my lap, just a reminder to me that she was always there, chaperoning …our girly gossips which invariably lasted hours.. And the best part was, it always ended up with an ice cream! Well, Sometimes meenal brought up the jazz…