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When The Heart Is Heavy, Look To The Rain

The Arabian sea tossed and turned, growling under the watchful sky. Waves formed and then crashed against the rocks with the fervor of a death wish. Froth sprayed. We all need to throw a tantrum sometimes. The sky observed it … Continue reading

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The Banyan Tree

Just outside my native home in Ambajogai, there is an old banyan tree. It is as old as time, it feels, because everyone simply refers to it as “vadacha zhaad”, or “the banyan tree”. There is no need to describe … Continue reading

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Take Off The Mask

All kinds of masks are coming off in this pandemic season. Even as we put on one kind of superficial mask, others are dropping off. Make-up has become make-do. Eyes, at most, get a kohl treatment. The rest of the … Continue reading

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When Things Give You Comfort

They say things don’t make good gifts. If you want to make someone happy, give them an experience. During the current Covid-19 quarantine, where I have been isolated from friends and family for more than 2 months now, I have … Continue reading

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The View from Upside Down

The other day, someone remarked, “The air is the cleanest it has ever been, and here we are, forced to wear masks when we go out.” It made me pause. This was irony at its best. I wondered, what else … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Life

Dawn crept over me, shyly. I had not pulled my curtains properly the night before and so, through the cracks of fabric, soft pink rays began to peter in. I squeezed my eyes, pretending to shut them out. I turned. … Continue reading

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The Space Between

What do you do when you are between things? When you are waiting for the elevator, do you fiddle with your phone? When sitting in traffic, do you keep changing radio stations until the traffic signal turns green? Or, when … Continue reading

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Cote D’Ivoire, A Tiny Country With a Big Heart

In Cote D’Ivoire, a tiny country in West Africa, there is a lot of love to go around. I experienced it firsthand, when I traveled to Abidjan, the biggest city, and Assinie, a sleepy beach resort, to be with my … Continue reading

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Finding happiness in bread

“How’re you liking your new home?” I asked my cousin. He had recently moved to a new city, his first time out of our home state of Maharashtra. “It’s all right, I guess,” he said, in a somewhat non-committal fashion. … Continue reading

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A bird makes me thoughtful

It is the dusk hour, and a bird twitters outside my window. I can’t tell what kind of a bird it is. Its voice is big and confident and yet, the high pitch conjures up the image of a sparrow … Continue reading

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