Fiction

Second Banishment of Rama

In tthe present circumstances, I thought it fit to give an reason for writing this piece. When Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years, people welcomed him by lighting earthen diyas. Pure Oil was used in the diyas. It must have been so soothing and peaceful. This occasion is started to be celebrated as Diwali. Over to the modern times. The basic tenets for celebration have long been forgotten and festival has turned into a big commercial venture. Noise and air Pollution caused by the crackers reaches extreme limits in the night. Huge amounts of money are squandered in this… Read More »Second Banishment of Rama

School

When I go for morning walk, usually it is between quarter to six and eight of clock, there are few sticklers like me, CSIF jawans who have to assemble for morning exercises and some students, and working people going to Mumbai in the buses. On the whole that is all that is there. But situation is changing very rapidly and scene is also getting for a change. Far away in the East, darkness is is giving way to the day and there is darkness is fading fast. It is becoming reddish in the East. The street sodium lights seem to… Read More »School

Question Paper of Life Exam

Each life is unique. Each living entity is different from the other. Take the physical appearances for example. There are so many outwardly parts of the body which can have different shapes and permutations and combinations are endless. And this makes each individual unique. Nature does not seem to be using assembly line system of production but takes pains to create variations in individual parts to create a different individual every time. In fact, the natural phenomena favors distinctions. Even the products created in a assembly line begin to take different identities through their interaction with the user. Two cars… Read More »Question Paper of Life Exam

Liaison

Sometimes there are compulsions which make a person to do what he or she never have done normally. He or she does it for the sake and survival of the dependents. Mostly, in our society, the victim is a woman. This is about a woman who is married and has two children. She and her husband are migrants here. And you know how the migrants live in insecurity and fear. These days there is no dearth of trouble makers and issues of expelling the outsiders raise their heads time and again. So, the poor have to live the life of… Read More »Liaison

Harking Back the Old Days

These days rewinding of the tape on the spool of life is taking place frequently. This may be a indicator of many things. One of them may be that the person is not at ease in the present circumstances and since one cannot run away easily, the only escape is to take shelter in the past memories. The events of the past, good or bad, which become memories. As they have now become history and rewriting them is beyond our capacity, so begin to like them. We are lost in the reminisces!! The childhood of every person is greener as… Read More »Harking Back the Old Days

Life is becoming difficult

Life is demanding heavy price and is becoming villainous as the age is increasing. The body is becoming weaker and less capable of resisting the attacks mounted by ailments which were at bay when the body was strong. With each passing day, new ailments are sprouting. Suddenly this winter there is a pain in the knee while walking, the right arm got frozen in the summer and there is a problem in teeth and passing the urine and sugar levels in the blood streams are rising. And the popular adage in the programmers’ circle that whatever comes by itself usually… Read More »Life is becoming difficult

Boats: the metaphor of life

Boats evoke mysterious feelings in most of us. The scene of a far off  boat on the river water looking like a speck is etched permanently in the memory of those who had seen this. It is the feeling of departure of some one close to us who is going away. When the fishermen leave for high seas for their occupation of  catch, their families wait anxiously with baited breaths for their safe return. Sea is full of hopes, despair and surprises. Same is the story of life which wobbles on the surface of  sea of life. Many a times… Read More »Boats: the metaphor of life

Those Days Shall Never Return

I happened to listen a Marathi song sung by Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the genius brother of Mangeshkar sisters. Its opening stanza is “Gele te Din Gele” which means “those days are gone now forever”. The song is written by Bhavanishankar Pandit and music composed by the great Marathi music director Shrinivas Khale. It is so soulful song that it hooked me to it and I have listened it a number of times. The quality of the poetry and music shows how rich the Marathi music has been. The song combines two phenomenon in the world of humans: transience of the… Read More »Those Days Shall Never Return

One day in the life of…..

My interaction with people is very limited. More or less, I spend my days aimlessly when I am not in office. I generally rise up early in the morning. In fact I have at least 4 hours at my disposal before going to the office. I go out and walk for about 5 kilometers. Sometimes, I run short distances and do some exercises. Then after taking bath and breakfast, sit down watch some television and proceed to office. Similarly, in the evening, I return home from office between six and seven. After coming back I take tea and then recline… Read More »One day in the life of…..

Ass and Bull : Arabian Nights

Among the 1001 stories Scheherazade tells her husband the king Shahryar and her younger sister Duniyazad is the story of Ass and Bull. Why 1001 stories? King because of the unfaithfulness of his previous wife, thinks that every woman is faithless. He marries a different girl each day and after first night kills her. This way the kingdom is short of girls. Scheherazade is the daughter of his vizier who swears to broke this mindset of the king. So she marries him. Purpose is to tell a different story every night but in a such a way that when the… Read More »Ass and Bull : Arabian Nights