Deadline Are Good

I intended to re write a story for an amazon kindle competition. I couldn’t because I had given my laptop to repair. Amount of ideas, sentences, dialogues, narrations and situations coming in my mind >> speed of my long hand. Hence I needed a keyboard to type with. A week goes by, I borrow my […]

Specter Impressions Haunting

It’s a holiday and father’s home. We woke up late. After each of us was done talking to Aryamann on Google Duo, we sat in the living room listening to random songs on my Spotify playlist. Mother breaks in between a song — Mother — When your father recovered after heart attack, do you know […]

List of Good Movies I Saw in 2018

Mainly for documenting purposes, because who am I kidding, no one reads this blog. In case a future you stumbles here and are interested, this is a list I’ll keep updated for all of 2018. Here you go. Murder on the Orient Express Dreamcatcher (based on a Stephen King Novel by the same name) Professor […]

Weekly Good Reads – Week 4

Laughing and Turning Away – Patrick Holloway (Short Story) Why Stephen King spends months, even years writing opening sentences, an interview Andrew Stanton – The Clues to a Great Story (Video, TED Talk). On Writing – Stephen King Changing My Mind, Occasional Essays — Zadie Smith

Weekly Good Reads – Week 3

The Lunar And Menstrual Cycles Are 28 Days Long And Now… – Yamini Krishnan Issac Asimov’s Foundation #1 (Science Fiction) Visitor, a short story by Amrita Brahmo (Trigger Warning – 18+) My Short Essay About Issac Asimov’s Foundation #1 Mastering the Art of Short-Story Telling: Lessons from ‘The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories’ – Amrita Brahmo Why People Don’t […]

Weekly Good Reads – Week 2

The Viral Bad Dating Fiction Story – Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian Why the above short story was written, a short interview in New Yorker by its fiction editor Deborah Treisman with Kristen Roupenian After reading the above interview, I listened (this time) to the story again, like you watch a twisted plot movie again […]

Weekly Good Reads

LOVE, SEX AND KHICHDI – YSK PRERANA – The Bombay Review One of the best poetry essays / opinions I’ve read ever – Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World The Side Effects of Living – Bijaya Biswal – The Bombay Review Book Recommendation: The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories […]

When Writers Don’t Ask Why

An Essay On Critical Reading And Writing   Throughout the article [c] symbol stands for “book/poem/writing piece” Reading Does it happen with you as well? You have just read a really good book or a poem or a piece of writing. You are eager to recommend it to your friends or family. But somehow when you try to tell them […]

With Friends Like These

Songs to listen to while reading this: With Friends Like These, album by Bangalore based band Short Round Yesterday was a couple of lovely people’s birthday. Both of them my classmates and friends from childhood. Now, the thing about Nahan, where we all grew up together, is that roaming around on the roads and market with […]

The Eavesdropping Neighbour Aunty

We moved to a small two bedroom apartment (It’s total space is equivalent to an average one bedroom apartment). We have about 5 families in the neighbourhood. The people who live right next door, in a big bungalow, are the sneaky and clever ones. They are hideous, avoid confrontation, prevaricate to work around lies about […]

The Grind Of Money

The grind of money, working their way to the dreams that are rocks and stones made out of the small particles of sand, shining all sparkly as if they contained magic. At my temporary staying place here in Chandigarh, there’s a family from a small village in Punjab staying in this city. My maternal grandfather […]

“We’re Listening – anything you want to share?”

This is not a poem. I write some here and here I’m scared of a prospective listener, because they might be online, and the fact that most probably I would never meet them, is all the more, scary, like a dream where you’re doing what you want but you wake up either to an alarm […]

Distant Relatives

There is an old family house, built on flattened out contours on the left side of a mediocre mountain, that is now void of its makers. One was a nice man, but a drunkard, who had taken his own life insidiously.  His wife, everybody called her Maati (माती), was a giving lady. Their son, a little […]

When The Time On My Mobile Phone Wouldn’t Change

Last night I had a horrid dream. Bone shaking me to my core, I have never had such a sweaty nightmare ever before. I dream very less (if I do, I don’t remember most of them). Last night’s -mare ingrained in my memory very starkly. Details need too much background information about my family members. […]

Holes In Underwear, Middle Class Threshold, And Some Love Things

Read: and this : Snails, Day 1.5 – Santorini, Greece 2nd July, 2017 Alright now that the reading is done, I’ve some things to say about the things that you read in the title of this blogpost and some things that I found very relatable in both of these posts/experiences. I didn’t comment on the facebook […]

A Frightening Thought

Self Post This is actually very frightening that I think about the property value that my maternal grandfather will pass onto us on his death. I don’t want to take anything from that person. Even the ink pen that he gave me makes me want to throw it away on the road sometimes. But then […]

A Mountain Dream

Last night hailed thunderstorm from all over the places and directions, it was windy and later it got rainy. This morning, it was one of those mornings when the ceiling fan is not needed yet you still want it to rotate with the whirling of the winds that comes fresh after touching the mountains around. […]

When You Live In A Small House

A House where the adjacent master bedroom to the kitchen has a big window at the top for supposed ventilation. That means that I can’t go into the kitchen late in the night and find something to eat or drink water impromptu because Mum’s room will get illuminated with almost cold twilight of the kitchen tube light. […]

A Blogpost Turned Poem, by Khawaja Musadiq

A week ago, I wrote When Family Becomes A Distant Memory. Khawaja Musadiq, a wonderful wonderful poet turned it into a poem, thousand times more beautiful. Although he doesn’t know the context and details I wrote the blog post in, nonetheless he wrote so beautifully. surviving on a bleak glimmer of h o p e , […]

“I’m sorry, do I know you?”, a poem

For Simran Narwani I was looking for a friend, when you tapped my shoulder from the back and I was confused how to respond back to a recognition from a person that was not mutual. Last time this happened I was in a hall trying to remember something about microprocessors so that I could at […]

When Your Ringtone is Kacey Musgraves’ My House, You Are Doomed

I’m not a country music expert. But from the country music that I’ve listened to, from Keith Whitley to Keith Urban, I’ve personally loved what Kacey Musgraves writes and the music that is produced over those lyrics (or vice-versa). For about an year I had her My House song both as a caller and alarm ringtone. Needless […]

LOL Issue #13

This is LOL 🤣, Weekly List of Lit issue #13! You can know about what this curation is and why I started it, here. If You want to read the previous curations Want to get notified when the next week’s curation of good literary/arty links is up, in your email inbox, you can follow LOL: Weekly List of Lit Medium Publication. Also! The exciting part […]

Tendencies, Impressions, Situations, Feelings and Emotions

It’s a viscous loop isn’t it? Experiences create tendencies, and tendencies in turn create experiences. Where’s the source? I watched a video lately. A friend suggested it to me. I still have this and other playlists to watch, and even more. Yoga Vashishtha for starters. But the question, where is the source? Source is in […]

The Mcleo Accident

I went to a surprisingly less number of treks and trips when I was in college. Reasons (or excuses) being My classmates weren’t particularly adventurous, well most of them. The friends that were, never really asked me out for no other primary reason than my erratic responses. I’ll be completely honest. There were times when the […]

A Clock Story: When I Didn’t Know How To Count Time

My mum married at 22. She has some of my childhood photographs but no video. So she, my brother and I revisit my mischiefs by the mimics my mother emulates from when I was small. This one time, mum came home tired after school (she’s a high school physics teacher). She mimics how I kept […]

When I Tell Them To Turn Off Their Two Wheeler’s Headlight

I’m on a motorbike a lot. I’ve my father’s Royal Enfield (a.k.a Bullet a.k.a Bullt (Punjabi folks would understand)), and I’ve a Yamaha Fazer. This noon when I got out to run some errands, I found an unusual lot of people on their two wheelers with their headlight on during the daylight. I get irritated […]

What You Wear Can Make You Feel Less Fat

Okay, before I forget I’ve had an idea. Instead of Smell cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you I’ve to write a song with the same tune and rhythm for belly fat! It’s been a two years since I stopped playing college basketball. I recently came back from my Nani’s (maternal grandmother) place. In India, it’s […]

A Girl From Another City

For Amruta Ghate  Far from people getting nuts, partying, drinking, throwing up (why is it called throwing up, when pukes goes down?) from the honking cars and mazes made out of vehicles on Bengaluru roads there was a hospitable place on first floor. Twenty something people coming up with themselves and some poems instantly made like […]

We Sometimes Marry Our Relatives

I was coming back to home from the market after purchasing a box of curd, when it dawned on me. No wait… (Ziiiiizz zzziiip… (the sound of rewinding)). It wasn’t when I was walking back that is dawned on me. It had started dawning on me when I saw the picture of my mother’s paternal grandfather, in […]