Author Archive: Atul-Anand

ALL FOR NOTHING

“Ask not what your country has done for you. Ask what you have done for your country.” He recalled the statement and immediately erased it. Karma! He blamed karma for the mess he was in. As usual, it started in a rather inane way. Saanvi was busy in the kitchen preparing sumptuous dishes for Diwali …

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Circus, Circus

Circus, Circus YOUTH You were you I was me Together two Became we. PRIME Years later From mere us To more than two We and ours. TWILIGHT You, me, alone. Lips caress yesteryears Trembling hands Wipe other’s tears Atul-Anand October 28, 2021

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CrossRoads

“Don’t come to the living room when we have guests. DON’T. And never talk to any guests. Do you understand?” He stared at his left toe, then the right toe. He dared not look up. He knew not his fault. The command was not unusual, and used to be repeated and re-established whenever the family …

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ADVENTURES OF ACCOUNTANTS

An adventure is something you don’t enjoy while you are in it – but relish it (if you survive) later on. The adventurers can be categorized into three broad categories: Some people are born adventurers. Some become adventurers by planning. They plan their adventures with meticulous care. Tight rope walking across Niagara Falls (or jumping …

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FOR WHOM THE BILLS TOLL

Tick, tock. Pause. Tick, tock. Pause. The ceiling fan continued its Hamster Run stirring up a little air. Unlike stirring of intense anger, anxiety, agony in the minds of the family, breathing was laboured but silent. Only the clock continued its sermon. Shen looked from one serious face to another very serious face. He could …

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OLD BOTTLE, NEW WINE

OLD BOTTLE: Leper! He detested ugly things. And a leper was on the top of his list. The very sight of any beggar seeking alms with folded hands having no fingers, dragging feet, without any toes – brought goosebumps; and he immediately turned the direction of his sight or going. And the report in his …

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FIND A WAY OR FIND AN EXCUSE

Saturday! Yummy home-made afternoon lunch – Saanvi was at her best! After a week of eating cold, dry lunch of sandwiches, Shen relished the Saturday feast. After a satisfying burp or two, he pitched in with the usual clean-up in the kitchen and then proceeded to his favourite recliner chair. He had insisted on buying …

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You are deaf, and I am dumb!

Pragna woke me up from the deepest sleep. ‘There’s a bad news?’ I feared the worst. But never imagined what she told me –  whispering, incoherently sobbing – Satish is no more! Sleep alluded us. We talked into the wee hours about our last meeting(s) with him – when we were in Goa. After a …

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BEAN COUNTER, SERIOUSLY?

Originally posted on Atul-Anand:
My friend, Hemant was very much worried. He confided in me that it was the first time that he was being ‘summoned’ by the school principal of his son. “What he must have done now? A five-year-old terrorist – that’s what he is.” “Like father, like son!” I quipped. Needless to…

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FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL

“Not another wedding!” Shen groaned. Quick glance around the room confirmed that ‘She who must be obeyed’ was not within the earshot. Two souls tied together – for ever and forever. Till death does them apart. For next seven lives – together! Hokum, hohum, and hogwash… Attending one wedding in six months – he could …

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