Author Archive: Atul-Anand

BON (BAD) VOYAGE:

My experience Air India Flight from Vancouver to New Delhi (October 27, 2022): The wheelchair access requested for my spouse, Pragna: Well, well – I have seen better services. We got the drop off to the security check (from the check-in counter) by a battery operated cart. “Your Maple Leaf lounge is just after the …

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NICE BUT NAUGHTY

Shen sensed Saanvi’s penetrating gaze drilling through him. The summer sun reflected on the silver car as they entered it. The Perspiration and the Shiver trickled down his spine. Now what? “What was that?” “What was what?” “Don’t be ridiculous. You know what I mean.” “Care for a cold-coffee?” “Not now. First, tell me why …

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PRAY – THE WORDPLAY

“Dad – TGIF!” “No honey, it’s SHIT.” “That’s not the way to speak to your princess. TGIF, Dad!” “No, princess. SHIT!” “TGIF – Thank God it’s Friday!” “SHIT – Sorry Honey, it’s Thursday!” Silence while the calendar on the smart phone was being checked. Anju doubled her attacks on Shen. “FOMO.” “YOLO.” “IMHO.” His faculties …

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Nickels and Dimes

I await Patiently to be served The change! The air is fresh So is the linen stale is the bread So is the breath Venturers out Never return Home stayers Don’t progress I await Patiently to be served The change! Gandhiji is credited with the quotation: “Be the change you want to see in the …

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FLYING CAREERS

“Damania Airlines serves free beer. Imagine that! Indian Airlines serves just coffee and cookies.” Nilesh emphasized the fact. FREE BEER! The fare between Goa and Mumbai (it was called Bombay in those days) was the same for all airlines. Indian Airlines RIP. I vowed to fly by Damania from then on. “They have exquisite air-hostesses. …

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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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