“How does it feel ?”

When I became a father, a few male friends asked me a question. A question, if I had to confess, I just hadn’t thought about. It might also be worth pointing out that these friends were largely unmarried twenty-something men who were in semi-serious relationships. Anyway, the million dollar question was: “How does IT feel?”.   The first […]

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Extinguished

As the December wind whistled through the dry leaves of the Amaltas tree in their back yard, she tossed in her secret blend of spices. “Ammi-jaan, Faruq and Imran will be coming home with me after special class. Can you make your special biriyani please?”. His teenage words rung fresh in her ears, as the […]

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The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer – A non-review

‘The Many Lives of Ruby Iyer’  by Laxmi Hariharan – There were three things that intrigued me about this book and its titular character. One – Though far from being an avid reader of the YA genre, I haven’t come across many books featuring an Indian female protagonist. Two – To me, the ‘many lives’ […]

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Spotting Santa

I cannot help licking my lips as I watch Gary cover the sponge cake with dark-chocolate frosting. There is a certain finesse in the way that he applies each layer, just gentle enough to kiss the surface, but merciless enough to make sure that it stays on. I know that there is work to be done, and […]

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