The Good Teacher

In 2018 the image of a 28-year-old young man held tightly by a group of sobbing students caught the eyes of the media.  They were holding back their beloved English teacher Bhagawan who was being transferred from their Government High School in Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu.  The students were heartbroken about their teacher’s transfer and they […]

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When Mum’s The Word

She was five months into her pregnancy when she was warned that she was at a high risk of losing her baby. At the doctor’s advice, she agreed to spend the next 90 days on a tilted bed with her feet above her head in a hospital bed. She ate, read and watched television 24/7 […]

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A Woman’s Worth

A Whatsapp video was making the rounds.  A young girl walks into an elevator and closely following behind her walks in a man too.  Even before the door could shut, the man swings his right arm and hits the girl on her face.  He grabs the handbag from the stunned girl, repeatedly punches and kicks […]

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The Victory of Light

When BBC Travel asked a group of respondents what it would be like to live in complete darkness.  One respondent who lived north of the Arctic Circle in Norway replied that some people get depressed while others get sleepy.  Another respondent who lived in Sweden answered that the Northern Lights were a source of happiness […]

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Happy Independence Day

The In & Out of Freedom “The Great Freedom Sale!” the unmistakable orange-white-and-green advertisement calls out for your attention.  It is that time of the year, the month of August where discounts are doled out, rates are slashed and prices hit rock bottom.    Exclusive offers beckon the consumer and culminate to August 15th, the Indian […]

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Love Unexpected

My daughter and I went shopping.  As I looked through the clothes that hung precariously on the hangers, a pretty 5 year old girl popped out of nowhere.  With short black hair that sported a fringe and wearing a beautiful dress, she smiled and asked me in a charming voice, “Aunty, did you see my […]

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When in Doubt

“Can you check with the staff seated in the next counter?”, he asked me.  It was early morning and a time when customers slowly begin to trickle into the Bank.  A burly customer walked up to my table, let’s call him Shankar, approached me with a query.  It was a familiar enquiry, one that I […]

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