Thursday, 14 May 2015

Featured Stories


Scroll down for a sneak peek into the list of few of my featured stories. 


There were times when thinking of monsoon brought before us imagery of joy. Of dark clouds overshadowing the sky, intermittent break of thunder claps and benevolent downpour wetting not only the land but also soaking us deep within for relief from fierce summer. One couldn’t resist from running into the rains to get drenched from head to toe and never missed opportunities to ditch boring raincoats or umbrellas. As young girls on bicycles commuting to school under heavy monsoon ..........Read More




Live Life, Queen Size
Asha is not keeping up well. Any of these days could be her last. Dressed in a yellow tee and petticoat, she is hardly able to hold her lean and tender body all by herself and rests it against the love of her life, her man, who sits beside her all day long, all night long, stroking her hair with caress, just like the way he must have done when they met the first time. ..........Read More




To a woman who is a fashionista, my wardrobe might look a tad boring. That does not mean that my lifestyle is! ..........Read More




For the last one decade, like dedicated patriots of the country, this year again we chased the newspaper’s international section to follow the fancy dresses Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor or Mallika Sherawat flaunted at the mighty 69th Cannes’ red carpet.  .............Read More









(Originally published in Women's Web)
Don’t worry about your daughter’s schooling. Merit and talent never go in waste.” Those were the parting words from my kids’ previous school principal as we bid her adieu to step in the new city of Lucknow .............Read More




Is It Enough To Celebrate Women's Day?
(Originally published in Women's Web)
In the middle of an important official meeting, my mobile gives three continuous beeps. It might be important, so I pause and take a look – it could be one from a long distance colleague.............Read More   



                                           
Dancing away The Blues                                   
Attending an Indian Hindu wedding is like being a part of cast of a fully fledged Bollywood blockbuster. The show begins with thumping sound of loud music and ends with baraatis burning the dance floor hot. Who cares for the half bald men with fat tummies doing a belly move on a Katrina Kaif number or the overly dressed aunties (sometimes even more decked up than the bride herself) shaking their booties to a Daler Mehndi Bhangra rap.............Read More  






(Originally published in Women's Web)
“Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are…” Brilliant nursery rhyme to begin with pre-school toddlers telling them that there are millions of tiny little stars up in the sky above that glitter on a clear night, making acrobatic constellations around a pretty ombre ball of moon..............Read More  




30 Things That Show You Are A Woman In Her 30s
(Originally published in The Huffington Post)
Cutting a 30s birthday cake gives a very mushy feeling. The size of cake gets smaller to hold a big bunch of candles; the guest list is strictly filtered to rope in a close few (shouldn't sound shocking if 'close few' conspires to just the husband and children); loud bhangra numbers get replaced with soft romantic salsa to dance on and at the end, spending cosy, precious time with oneself sounds a much dearer option to playing silly party games.............Read More 





Durga Pujo Memoir Of A Non-Bengali                              
(Originally published in The Huffington Post)
Come October and arrive nine days festival and six days holidays! Getting a break as long as one full week from routine humdrums of boring daily life! I would be crazy if that wasn’t a reason good enough for me to rejoice during my schooldays! Growing up in the northern plains of Allahabad......Read More  





 What really works - A 'Cleanliness Abhiyaan' or a Self-driven cleanliness?

Cleanliness's first birthday season has arrived. One year ago when Mother India gave birth to its newest baby with a sacred mission - "Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan", dreams of a messiah mission refuelled our dying hopes to tidy up our literally grim background with delight. ......Read More






(Also published in The Women's Web) 
Women! The most talked about, debated, interpreted and empathized lot in the country. As if she was a newly arrived accessible-to-all product in the market! Almost everyone around seems to be having an opinion on her. Why just opinions? ......Read More




Is It A Toilet? Is It A Canvas? Is It A Dating Site?


(Originally published in The Huffington Post)
Like any other date, 18 April passed by. But not before it was celebrated with much fanfare and media attention across the world as 'World Heritage Day". There were seminars, heritage walks........Read More





                 

 Why I Am Proud To Be A Tea Addict 
(Originally published on The Huffington Post and re-published at Chaiwallahs Of India)There is something typical about early mornings in most Indian households. A little before dawn sets in, the lady of the house jumps out of bed, slips her feet into her chappals...... Read More




                                               The Unholy Side Of Holi 

(Originally published on Huffington Post)

Aha! That time of the year is once again here when the machismo of Indian men gets so built up that it sexes up one of North India's biggest festivals, Holi, in a not so holy manner..... Read More





Wish me a wish! 
I was twenty one when I got married. Too young even by modern Indian standards but then, it appeared as the only cure at that time for a young girl badly bitten by love bug and smitten by a handsome prince charming... Read More

(Winning entry at blogadda.com)





(Wining story at Writingcash Contest and also picked up by Blogadda for its Spicy Saturday)
It was raining heavily. The pitter-patter of the raindrops seemed to break away all the windowpanes. Never before had the winds blown so strong and never before my heart wept so bitterly. I was feeling butchered..... Read More




                                                   

Stay alive! Be grateful!

Until an year back, the above lines were no more than a passable quote for me. I thought it was the most overrated ‘lecture’ one could get to keep reminding ourselves that we were alive. I mean, of course, we were ‘alive’! So what is the big deal in it? ... Read More





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