Bitiya – a daughter is born

The Second Son - Episode 2 Link to Episode 1 India was basking in the early days of independence after the withdrawal of Colonial rule. There was tentative joy, budding confidence, and a glimmer of hope that had long been absent in the country. People were exhilarated by their newfound freedom and they were eager …

The Starving Artist

God had generously bestowed talent on Ashmita, but he had not been so generous with good fortune. When Ashmita was a child, she lost both her parents in a car accident. Ashmita was nine then. And her younger brother Sameer was just over a year old.  Ashmita had just returned from school that day. From …

Gharcholu -it isn’t just another saree

Twenty-eight years ago, I was a newly betrothed young lady, soon to join a bustling and close-knit family. That pre-wedding phase was heady and exciting. In a short span of months, my transition from a girl to a young lady was happening quickly.  One day, I found myself on a trip with my mother-in-law-to-be and …

Things I learned from my cat 

Lesson 1 - Watching the sunset or ….? On Christmas Day, we were blessed with a spectacular sunset. The sun was surrounded by speckles of light reflected from the scattered clouds that surrounded it. I sat on the porch with my cat. The sky had become a kaleidoscope of colors. It kept evolving in colors …

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