My friend’s high school kid was lightheartedly telling her that if she desired to be net-savvy, she had to familiarize herself with the Internet’s slangs too. It all had to do with him answering her queries about ‘trolling’. Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore abound with tales of the troll. Believed to be a supernatural creature … More Tackling the Troll
Stranded at the airport in a new country after a 14-hour journey with luggage misplaced is a situation clouded with an infinite degree of annoyance. But when a good Samaritan arrives on the scene to help you and when that individual eventually becomes your life partner with whom you share years of marital bliss, the … More Luck by Chance
An invitation to a recent baby shower hinged on a relaxed dress code, save for an accompanying clause. All colors except blue were fine to wear. No points for guessing, a baby girl was on the way. Rummaging through my wardrobe, I was surprised that I had not bought pinks in a long time, so … More To Pick Pink or Blue?
The 65th Indian National Film Awards were announced on Friday of last week. What sparked an instant excitement was the fact that the award for Best Feature Film had gone to Village Rockstars, a film from my home state Assam. The film has also bagged awards in the categories for best child artist, best editing, … More From the Bylanes to the Highway
I was not guilty of eavesdropping on a conversation carried out by a complete stranger who was shopping next to me in the aisle at the supermarket. But the raised voice with which she answered a call would have inevitably gripped anyone’s attention. Seeming visibly disturbed, she ranted out to the person on the other … More The Good, The Better, The Best
Opening the blinds of the kitchen window, looking out into the yard, I let the golden rays bathe my space as the story unfolds. A lady dressed in red and green poses in joie de vivre. She’s Camellia in full bloom. In their white, spotless attire caressed by the morning breeze, stand the cherry blossoms … More Morning Glory
A four-year-old enhancing her vocabulary and taking a fancy to pronouncing big terminology adds, among others, the words ‘bioluminescent’ and ‘discrimination’ to her list. While the science project in pre-school summer camp gave her some rough idea that ‘bioluminescent’ was related to light, she in her pure childhood innocence was totally ignorant about what ‘discrimination’ … More The Fairest of Us All