If the doctors continue with their strike - and maybe they should - who will suffer the most? It has - or variations of it has - happened so many times that writing about it (again?) seems to have very little point. And yet write we must. Because, while times are changing and the sword, … Continue reading Then they came for me…
My mother, till recently, had the Nokia phone which no self-respecting adult under the age of 65 use any more. My father had a brief stint with a phone I gave him, which had a camera, and he could take pictures of his grand-kids and his potted plants with it, but then, when Alzheimer's hit … Continue reading Smart phones and unsmart people
I think right after the first year of our marriage, it fell upon everyone we knew – as it happens in India - to tell us we needed to have a baby. Just like that, as though that was the reason for our marriage. I was told how it would bring the joy which seemed … Continue reading The myth of the pregnancy glow
Once upon a time, Satanic Verses was banned. When I went to UK, it was one of the first books I bought. Didn't think much of it, but well, the sale had happened and some of my money lines the pocket of Rushdie. I was late to wake up to Bhooter Bhobishyot and saw it … Continue reading Haunted by the Bhobishyoter Bhoot?
2 weeks before my son came for his winter vacations, he got mugged at gunpoint by 3 men in Chicago. He did something he has done several times, walk up a street for a sandwich, but wait, with friends. This time he was alone. They didn’t take much, 30-40 dollars, he says. They … Continue reading Mother. (Also see masochist, loony, saint)
Did you know that there is this thing called gross and net amount in an electricity bill? And that if you didn't pay within the due date, you lost out, the princely sum of say, 60 rupees in a bill of 4K? For the last almost 2.5 years, I have lost so much money which … Continue reading I forget the bills, Baba….
Two men were kissing each other in a plane. ' Fellow passenger objected. One of the two men kissing: Why does it bother you so much that we are kissing? Fellow passenger – this is unnatural! One of the two men – you’re flying! I had seen this act by Russell Howard on TV a … Continue reading Queer Pitch – the human cost
There was a raging storm here a couple of hours back. All our cell phones went on the blink and after some frustrating fiddling with them, we realized what the problem was and just waited it out till Airtel got their act together and the lines returned. I suddenly thought of my father with a … Continue reading Storm, Electricity, Bills, Baba, Kaku
“I have to find a place to hide An island in the sea Surrounded by a racing tide Where I can live with me” ― Laurie Matthew, Often I am asked why we came back to India. Often we have asked ourselves why we came back to India. And we told ourselves that the scales tilted … Continue reading 56″ silence
I have been trying since yesterday to wrap my head round the horrendous video of this man attacking the other man with a machete and then burning him. So blase. So nonchalant that I had bile coming to my mouth. And to think someone - I now hear a 14 year old - was recording … Continue reading Hate. Kill. 1984-2017
How to emphasize correctly in your business communication.
My mother-in-law told me the other day that I was fat. Just like that, I swear. And people wonder why women don't get along with their mothers-in-law! I felt like telling her that the Sengupta family cannot talk to us Chattorajs about obesity - they just cannot. But my parents taught me to gulp my … Continue reading Battle of the Bulge – Wishful Shrinking
When they plucked you out of my womb, I felt the tug and then they brought this swaddled infant, little over a kilogram in weight, with green gunk all over, and showed me you, I felt no love. I fell into my tired slumber as they took you away but before I did, I still … Continue reading One door closes…..
How many of you have watched the BBC (faux) quiz show Have I Got News for You? Every time I watch an episode of it, I am reminded how thin-skinned we Indians are when it comes to laughing at ourselves. The question about freedom of speech aside, this lack of ability to laugh at oneself … Continue reading The Apurva story of Kangana