From Kolkata to Siliguri

One day, many years ago, when my daughters Aditi and Tara were aged nine and seven respectively, we took an overnight trip from Calcutta to Siliguri. The train was to start at 8 p.m. in the evening and I hurriedly packed some cheese sandwiches for dinner. Before we left I shoved some bananas into the […]

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Two Daughters

(A brief and true account of my experiences after my second daughter was born) It all started the day my second daughter was born. It was a lovely day in March, clear, crisp and cool. As I breathed in the fragrant air I felt my cup of joy brimming over. Which only shows how innocent […]

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The Fate of a Book

When I am caught at mundane past-times such as reading, I find it tough to come up with good lines to stave off unwelcome visitors. If the telephone rings while I’m reading, the conversation usually goes something like this. ‘What you doing?’ goes the caller. ‘Reading,’ I say in as serious a tone as possible. […]

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A Real Lady – a short story

This story was inspired by a real incident, while I was out on the streets of Mumbai, and published in the Times of India, Mumbai, as a “middle.” She was a real lady. Soft-spoken and gentle, with a constant half-smile on her face. Never would she complain or show any distress at the hard work […]

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