Treasure Hunt

The soil in my hometown is called black cotton soil. It is called so as the soil is good for growing cotton. But other than that, the soil is a disaster! It absorbs too much water and holds it, resulting in abnormal swelling. Naturally, when dried, it shrinks heavily [...]


Three Conditions

There was a funny part of the story of 2008 Indian, coming of age comedy film, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The protagonist was told that for a boy to truly become a man in the Rathore clan, he must complete three conditions: Thrash someone, Get arrested, and Ride [...]



I am not a philanthropist on any scale, but I have acted whenever there were some good opportunities. I typically like to volunteer for something than just sign the cheques. One of my friends who is indeed a philanthropist brought me once a great opportunity. One of the foster [...]


Guessing Game

Give the following instructions to a friend: Think of two numbers the number of the month in which you were born and the number of the day of the month on which you were born. Multiply the month number by 5. Add 6. Multiply by 4. Add 9. Multiply [...]


The Strike

I was studious in my school days, but that did not mean that I did not like to have fun. I liked lunch breaks and longed to have those “free periods” when we were told to just be inside the classrooms and do whatever and nobody watched us. Most [...]


English Vinglish

Let me flashback to my days of primary school(circa 1975). As was common those days the medium of instruction in my school was Marathi (my mother tongue). We barely had started having English as just another subject. Once, our Mathematics teacher had given us a massive homework to complete [...]



When I bought my first house, one of the conditions was that it should be reasonably close to my workplace. Keeping the commute easy is one of the greatest rewards to yourself, especially if you work for long and odd working hours and if you live in an Indian [...]



I joined Department of Space of Government of India as scientist, in the early nineties. I was selected for this newly founded research center at a beautifully landscaped site. It had manicured lawn with natural granite outcrops left popping out at several places. The building itself had exterior of [...]



This is the story during one of the visits of my parents to me. They had heard a lot about this naturopathic hospital in the city where I lived in. I took my mother to the hospital and we were waiting for our turn to see the doctor. The [...]

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