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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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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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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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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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