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November 2015

Arshi FF : Without You

without you: epilogue

  non nobis solum nati sumus. not for ourselves alone are we born. ~~~ marcus tullius cicero ~~~   fairy lights glimmered. the sound of shehnai floated through the halls and corridors and reached the lawns outside. there were people everywhere. sheesh mahal glowed and shone in the dusk. anjali and doctor verma had wanted a simple registration followed by a private blessing ceremony. khushi had felt a little let down by that. it meant there would be no sangeet,…

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Arshi FF : Without You

without you: chapter 40

then even nothingness was not, nor existence, there was no air then, nor the heavens beyond it. what covered it? where was it? in whose keeping was there then cosmic water, in depths unfathomed? ~~~ nasadiya sukta, rig veda~~~ he stood outside the room, unable to look in through the glass panel set in the door frame. blue door, white walls, a skirting of pale grey oil paint along the wall almost three feet high. an eerie silence all around.…

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Arshi FF : Without You

without you: chapter 39

  nainam chindanti shastrani nainam dahati pavakah na chainam kledayanty apo na sosayati marutah” the soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. ~~~ bhagwat gita: chapter two verse 23 ~~~ khushi was standing at the poolside, amma had just spoken to rahim chacha, khushi could feel her mother’s tears still and the silent sorrow in the bent shoulders of the frail, elderly servant of…

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Arshi FF : Not Cut Out For Love

not cut out for love: chapter 41

INDEX   the night was still, a quiet darknesss all around. the dogs hadn’t yet started howling as they often did around this time. khushi had no idea what the time was as she sat shivering on the floor, staring at the benignly smiling face of devi maiyya. her mind was in a blur, her gaze was blank, every once in a while her eyes welled up with unstoppable tears and she swallowed hard to hold them back, not let any tear…

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Arshi FF : Without You

without you: chapter 38

should the pillars of memory topple out of my reach, i must remake the air, the steam and the soil and the leaves ~~~ pablo neruda, from “memory” ~~~ millions of stars seemed to be rushing up at her. they twinkled blue, grey, yellow, red… which constellation was this? where were they going? khushi breathed in sharply. her cool sudden breath seemed to travel down to the base of her throat and stop, caught…the stars blinked. she closed her eyes…

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road to singapore

the streets of geylang

thankfully, soon after coming to singapore i landed a job as copywriter in a local ad agency. i say thankfully because, a) the recession had just started and jobs weren’t exactly easy to get, and b) the people i met there, including my two bosses, were some of the best to work with and also to get to know this new city with. every once in a while a plan would be made to go and eat the famous something…

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Arshi FF : Not Cut Out For Love

not cut out for love: chapter 40

INDEX   they glowed orange refulgent shiny, heaped almost a foot high on a large bell metal platter, next to that another sumptuous mound sat on a stainless steel plate, the largest in bua ji’s kitchen… there were a couple more formations of bright, crunchy, crisp, hot, freshly dunked in clear sugar syrup jalebis in other containers on the platform next to the stove. however, the mistress of jalebi making seemed not quite done, she had a large basin of…

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Arshi FF : Without You

without you: chapter 37

ami chitrangada, ami rajendranandini nohi devi, nohi samanya nari pujakori more rakhibe urddhe shey nohi, nohi hela kori more rakhibe piche, shey nohi nohi jadi parshe rakho more, sankate sampade sammati dao jadi kothin brate sahay hote, pabe tumi chinite more i’m chitrangada, the daughter of the king not a godess, nor an ordinary woman… that you should worship me and hold me above i’m not she, not she that you’ll demean me and keep me behind, i am not…

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Arshi FF : Not Cut Out For Love

not cut out for love: chapter 39

INDEX   lavanya knocked on asr’s door and walked in, she was in a tizzy about the pret a porter line for blooms… she was very sure the standardized sizes needed to be looked at again. the market had changed, quite drastically in fact, in the past few years. the number of young women with a taste for fashion and ready money of their own to spend had grown dramatically. this year, she had a hunch that opening up the…

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ADiction

the toothpaste revolt

vicco vajradanti. vicco thunder-teeth… or should it be the one with thunder-teeth? ever heard of this toothpaste? can’t remember exactly when, must have been in the mid ’70s since i remember i was still in school, i switched to this new toothpaste shaking off the hold of the one and only colgate that i had known since birth practically. i have no idea what made me take such a step. people of fifteen or so usually don’t think of toothpaste.…

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