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May 2016

Literature

Northanger Abbey

northanger abbey book review

First things first – What have they done to Classic book covers these days? I had to wade back through time to find the book covers that gave the impression that at least someone involved with the books wanted to tempt readers and not bore them away. Rant over. Let’s talk about Northanger Abbey. “To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life than…

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Arshi OS/SS : Short and sweet

Mrs. Raizada – Arshi OS Series – Part 4

Mrs. Raizada arshi ss

The white SUV was speeding away on the Yamuna Expressway, heading towards Agra. Arnav and Khushi had started early in the morning for this road trip. Arnav had a meeting in Agra and decided to take Khushi along to spend the evening at the Taj Mahal. Khushi was thrilled, as this way, while Arnav was at the meeting, she would also be able to spend some time with Preeto, who now lived on the outskirts of Agra. It was a…

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Mythology and More

The Unparalleled Devotee

Unparalleled devotee narad muni vishnu story

It is said that taking the name of God before starting anything new is an auspicious beginning. So, I have predictably decided on my first post in Mythology and More to be on a story of God.   All day long Narad muni had one name on his lips. “Narayan, Narayan.” With a tranquil tilt of his head, hand raised towards the heavens and a cheerful smile, he would start all sentences, end all meetings and fill all spaces in between…

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Arshi OS/SS : Short and sweet

Mrs. Raizada – Arshi OS Series – Part 3

Mrs Raizada Arshi Fanfic Part 3

The hustle bustle at the office of AR Designs was more than usual. That evening a fashion show was to be held on the top floor of AR Designs. Since morning, there was an inflow of models, makeup artisans, designers, technicians, media men, photographers, etc. The destination of who’s who of the fashion world that day was AR Designs. Suddenly, word spread among the staff that a top model had arrived and ASR was coming down to receive her personally.…

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Mythology and More

the bandit ratnakar

this is an ancient story and perhaps it never really happened the way it’s told… but that’s all right. because stories are necessary, no matter where they took place; in the real world or in the story teller’s imagination. it’s important we have our stories and never ever lose them, don’t you think? when i was a child my father used to tell me this tale of a fierce bandit, it always touched me, held me in its thrall. my…

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road to singapore

a campus ramble

there have been students around here for a long time, but they weren’t always from the nanyang technological university. i realised this only now as i started to look for the history of this massive campus on the south western side of singapore, beyond jurong west. the skies were particularly blue and the sun was high on our heads, hot and unkind, the day aj and i went for a walk at ntu, as it’s called. i was intrigued by…

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Arshi OS/SS : Short and sweet

Mrs. Raizada – Arshi OS Series – Part 2

Mrs. Raizada Arshi OS Series

It was a bright sunny morning in Singapore. People were up and about and hurrying with their early morning chores before proceeding towards their workplaces. At the Suntec City Mall, Pam was having her favourite coffee in the coffee shop at the Fountain Terrace, when she heard her phone ringing. “Hello, this is Pam. Who’s speaking?” “Pam, finally I’ve found you. I’ve been searching for your number since a month”, replied the voice at the other end. “Who’s this?”, inquired…

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indi Poetry

freshly baked cakes

i am not so ready to let you go to heaven today stay a while won’t you even if we won’t likely meet for years together and only in remembered merriment or disillusionment, the sparkling and scattering of dreams you will live in my mind and yes my heart where sometimes strangers seep in when you least expected them to   how would i have known that we would meet that you’d be standing one day in my kitchen watching…

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sarees tell stories

girls and their sarees

will you both wear sarees one day and let me take some pictures, i asked. one of them grinned, the other did not. my sixteen year old niece loves to wear sarees, my almost fifteen year old daughter doesn’t. my niece held up the white tangail with gold border and black and gold motifs. it’s a beautiful saree, fine cotton, classy and cool. i think my mother picked it up from a shop in lake market in calcutta, almost twenty…

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Arshi OS/SS : Short and sweet

ncofl… never on a new year: chapter 10

the sun had almost disappeared beyond the tea estates and the faraway mountains. the last rays of light remained, there was an orangey purple hue in the air, on the green tea bushes, the winding paths, and far flung homes and hamlets. khushi’s tiny diamond nose pin glinted for an instant as she turned her face to take a look at herself. she would have walked away after a cursory glance at the mirror, but then her eyes seemed to…

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