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April 2015

Epic Channel

Raja Rasoi aur Anya Kahaniyaan

The saying goes that the way to a man’s heart is food. I guess this can be applied to women too (though it may not be on the top of the list most of the times). But Epic channel won my heart right away with their food show called ‘Raja Rasoi aur anya Kahaniyaan’. The first episode takes us to Delhi talking about the Mughlai cuisine, the influence of the Persian cuisine, the street food, the evolving of chats and of…

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Arshi OS/SS : Short and sweet

Memories

‘Let’s go to Lucknow!’ said Aarav at the dining table. Everybody looked up startled. ‘What, exclaimed Arnav. ‘Yes Dad. I’ve just 15 days holidays left before my school reopens. Nani keeps talking about Lucknow, why don’t we make a visit?’ Khushi and Arnav looked at each other. Khushi noticed some uneasiness in Arnav’s eyes. Things had settled down for a while. Babuji had recovered, he was now able to speak and walk for short distances with the help of a…

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Arshi FF : Hamesha ~ A heartbeat Away

Hamesha ~ A heartbeat away : Chapter 7

IPK Fanfic Hamesha A heartbeat away Chapter 7

INDEX Chapter 7 Unending strings of twinkling fairy lights were draped on the trees lining the garden. There was no fixed pattern on how the lights were wound on the branches. The effect was more whimsical this way. A mixture of traditional and modern was apparent everywhere. Pastel apple green lace drapes fluttered in the breeze. The gazebos that had been set up had wines and creepers with violet flowers growing along the pillars. Even the food had the appearance…

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Arshi FF : Not Cut Out For Love

not cut out for love: chapter 11

INDEX you could hear the rush of the waves coming in, a gentle constant murmur, a conversation between the water and the land and the breeze that changed direction as evening descended. the sky was turning inky and the ocean grew dark, gleaming in the moonlight. the endless ebb and flow of never still waters drew shimmering undulating lines on its vast surface. what stories did they tell? khushi could hear heartbeats. were they his or were they hers? or maybe,…

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Arshi FF : Without You

without you: chapter 10

INDEX tengo hambre de tu boca, de tu voz, de tu pelo i crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. y por las calles, voy sin nutrirme, callado, silent and starving, i prowl through the streets. no me sostiene el pan, el alba me descuicia, bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day busco el sonido liquido de tus pies en el dia i hunt for the liquid measure of your step. ~~~pablo neruda, love sonnet xi~~~ she…

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sarees tell stories

the black paithani

sarees tell stories the black paithani

i think it was in 1984 that i first heard of paithani sarees. while struggling with the correct way to say the name and marveling at all the stories of how real gold thread was used in its tapestry weave and how the art was almost dying but now the government of maharashtra was reviving it, and oh they were so expensive so exclusive (that favourite word) and almost sighing at the fact that i’d never ever be able to…

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Arshi FF : Without You

without you: chapter 9

INDEX “what did we hear? it was the breath we took when we first met. listen. it is here.” ~~~ harold pinter ~~~ “jaa rahi ho?” his voice was soft, husky, with that grain that was his. only his. (are you going away?) she closed her eyes, a rush of blood, crimson, gushing, pounding coursed through her toes, her gut, her head, her ears. she whirled around. and looked straight into chocolate brown eyes. glittering. *** her entire being went…

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Epic Channel

The Epic Channel

The Epic Channel

  I dreamt a dream, an impossible dream Never would be fulfilled, it always would seem A dream to tread the highs and lows of my country And discover the beauties spread far and extreme   To study the monuments and know the history To wonder on the happenings and unravel the mystery What was the lifestyle? How were things managed? What was their cuisine? How true is the folklore and adage?   To know all these, I needed to…

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Literature

Love Story

What can you say about a 131 page long book published on the valentine’s day of 1970? That it is present on all bookshelves of Hindi movies that are love stories. That it has one of the most famous lines of all, and I will get to it. That it reached a cult status in the hallows of love stories. Erich Segal’s book is a simple read. Quick paced straightforward story telling. I think what appeals to the reader is…

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Arshi FF : Not Cut Out For Love

not cut out for love: chapter 10

INDEX the train was about to pull away from the platform, the coolie ran in front of her with her huge suitcases, both precariously balanced on his head. as he ran, he kept looking back and calling out  desperately, “jaldi kariye, train miss ho jayga!” (hurry up, you’ll miss the train!) khushi trudged behind him, on slow leaden feet. she didn’t want to go. why did she have to leave? why couldn’t she stay in delhi? and why did bua…

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