For most Indians, the earliest memories of the name Ram are from Bollywood.

The good hero was invariably named Ram in almost every other movie during 1940–70. Villians were never named Ram.

As a child, Ram was synonymous with “good”, “hero” and “evil basher”.

Then came the mega serial Ramayan…

Deepika was walking as fast as she could, without losing breath, negotiating the narrow lanes of her lower-middle class locality, in Allahabad.

The double mask on her face wasn’t helping much. She was sweating profusely behind the mask but she was used to it. Deepika loved wearing masks.

Since her…

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They knew each other for two decades and were in love for one.

They were from different religions.

One day during a heated discussion among friends, over adrak ki chai at the tea stall, about the latest legislature, she said "tum log".

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"Wrong number," said a familiar voice.

Among the many monsters created by humans, social media happens to be the most lethal.

Social media, the youngest child of Daddy Communication and Mummy Internet is proving to be the naughtiest and most difficult to foster, especially after it started dating the sensuous Ms Artificial Intelligence while having a…

Out of all the popular social media platforms, Twitter happens to be the favourite one for ranting and venting.

The two most popular tirades, based on an unscientific survey and a short personal experience on the platform, are either about being lonely or seeking solitude, the “me time” as it…

Today was difficult.

Felt suffocating.

Something in me died.

Not sad, nor disappointed.

The feeling of going down.

Going down fast.

Breathlessness.

Hopelessness.

Panic

Abandon.

Loss.

The day was difficult.

I survived, something in me didn’t.

Today was difficult.

(5th August 2020)

This was a complete surprise for Sheeba.

She was not expecting to run into Nawaz like this, today of all days.

Today, she had formally signed on divorce papers.

To celebrate it or maybe to forget it all, she had decided to attend this wedding. …

Once upon a time, there was this big country called the Socialist Democratic Republic of Mutton Biryani or simply Mutton Biryani. It was a huge country with an enormous population. Mutton biryani was of course the preferred biryani of Mutton Biryanietes. They swore by mutton biryani. …

What if there were machines like the money dispensing ATMs, where one could exchange good deeds for money. What if goodness actually paid. Not in the hereafter, but in this world itself.

Such an endeavor will have to be started at a large scale, and so will require a very…

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