“Your wife’s cooking is delicious. You are a lucky man” saab ji remarked as Anand dropped off the tiffin. Anand distributed the tiffins his “wife” cooked. As he waited for the train home, he transformed. One could see a lady with open hair, wearing a bindi and a bright dupatta. Anand was Alka, a transgender… Read More The ‘girl’ on the train
His 10 year old’s eyes twinkled. One could feel the passion in his voice. He spoke of the brightness around him, fascinated by nature and how grateful he was for every moment on this beautiful planet. I was getting through a messy divorce and at a point contemplated even suicide. A chance meeting brought us… Read More My 10 year old teacher!
Nina was ecstatic. Winning an athletics gold medal for India had been her lifelong dream. It was the culmination of years of gruelling training and combating all physical and mental odds. As her name came over the announcer’s mike, she got a standing ovation. She imagined this moment many times staring out of the hospital… Read More When dream becomes reality
Mumbai: I was flipping the album of our last vacation. My eyes were rapidly filling with tears. On the drive back home, we had a major accident. Miraculously my husband and I had survived but our young son, Nalin died on the spot. Pune: A mother clicked the first picture of a father-son duo enjoying… Read More The gift of life!
Photography was my hobby. My husband and I were going to a solo exhibition in town. The eternity band on my finger had bound us together over a decade of struggle. The camera had taken a back seat as I juggled my roles as a daughter, wife, mother and career woman. It had returned when… Read More There’s more to me…
We had a secret that no one had discovered. Was it time for full disclosure? I was unsure how everyone would react? Would they say we gave into temptation? Would they call it lack of willpower? Could immaturity be an excuse? What example were we setting in front of our children? The story even had… Read More Our hidden secret!
Ten years ago, the city had been under siege. Blood-thirsty rioting gangs brandishing knives and swords were roaming with impunity seeking out anyone who was not of their religion. We heard a knock on our doors. On opening, the mob leader stepped in accusing us of sheltering the “other community”. A search of our house… Read More Humanity vs. Religion
Aruna was inconsolable. The doctor was explaining what went wrong. She however, did not hear him. Her ears echoed only with the imaginary cries of her stillborn baby. Raghav, her husband looked on helplessly. He could not muster the courage of telling her what the doctors had told him. Aruna could never bear children again.… Read More A magic touch…
Arti, a single parent, was now looking for a companion to share responsibilities with and combat her loneliness. She parked her car. The rain had stopped and the moon was out in its glory. She could see in the window, her favourite flower in the vase . Amit, her high school friend often helped out… Read More The proposal!
Anu had loved Raj since she was seven.He was her friend’s older brother and she had a huge crush on him. He had always treated her like a kid. It was only recently she realised he loved her equally. Their parents had agreed despite reservations on an inter-caste marriage. Today was the wedding and there… Read More Just married!