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Crackers and Letters

“Appa, the crackers!” Manu said for the thirtieth time since morning, as he pulled my lungi looking up at me. His baby face had the same smile I woke up every day to see. He perhaps thought that there was enough money inside his father’s pocket to buy the whole […]

The Traffic Signal

Running late, I stared at the traffic signal that showed fifteen seconds to green. The black Yamaha FZ’s engine seemed to compete with the scorching sun above, as I cursed myself for wearing a leather jacket. And the helmet. And all the other things that were glued to my skin. […]

October is Gone!

Last month was an eventful one, except that I forgot to gift my blog a post on its 4th birthday on 16th. I read a novel by Liane Moriarty called The Husband’s Secret. It was fairly good, except that a couple of characters were annoying and lacked a convincing closure. I enjoyed the […]

First Draft is Finally Done!

Two and a half years as an engineer who writes on weekends, my tortoise pen has finally made it. On a roller coaster ride, if something has taken a beating from this marathon, it’s my blogging and poetry. So, I thought I would share it through my blog. In the post Before […]

Did You?

When you are in my arms smiling, Try listening to one of my intense heartbeats pounding. You gave them a reason worthier than just to keep me alive, Did you know how glad they are now, beating? When we lock our lips in love, Try reading through my pensive mind. […]

“Prajnanam Brahma”

Knowledge is divine is what everybody infers from the above line from the Rig Veda. As Sanskrit is hardly studied in depth in the current timeline, inner meanings of several verses of wisdom are often lost. Likewise is the case with Prajnanam Brahma. I studied in one of the Navodaya Vidyalayas, where […]

Before It Is Something Else

I have had a peculiar problem with my writing, specifically with the book-idea I have had since high school. Yes, I am working on a novel. From several years now. (Some of my childhood friends might raise their eyebrows, “Still?“) Initially, I had written a story about 60k words and my […]

ಎಪಿಸೋಡ್ ಎರಡು: ನೀರುಳ್ಳಿ ಹಾವು

ಬಸ್ ಸ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ನಿಂದ ಇಳಿ-ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನದ ಬಿಸಿಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆಯ ಕಡೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ನಾನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗಿ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಬಿದಿರು ಹೂವಾದಾಗೊಮ್ಮೆ ಬೀಳುವಂತಹ ಅತಿ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಕನಸಿನ ನಡುವಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ, ಕರ್ಕಶ ಸದ್ದಿನ ಅಲಾರ್ಮ್ ಕ್ಲಾಕೊಂದು ಕಿರ್ರನೆ ಚೀರಿ ಎಬ್ಬಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಭಾಸವಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ನನಗೆ. ಕನಸ್ಸು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮುಂದುವರೆಯಬಹುದೇನೋ ಎಂಬ ಹಂಬಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕಣ್ಮುಚ್ಚುವ ಆ ಆಜನ್ಮ ಚಟ ನನ್ನನ್ನು ‘ವಾಪಸ್ ನಡೆ’ ಎಂದು ಈಗೊಂದು ನೂರು ಸಲ ಹಿಂತಿರುಗಿ ನೋಡುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. ಪ್ರತಿ ಸಲವೂ […]

ಹೀಗಿತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಲವ್ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ!

ನಾನವಳನ್ನು ನೋಡುತ್ತಲೇ ಇದ್ದೆ. ಪಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತಿದ್ದ ರವಿ ಯಾವುದೊ ಕಾದಂಬರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದ. ನನ್ನ ಮುಂದೆಯೂ ಹ್ಯಾರಿ ಪಾಟರ್ ನ ಯಾವುದೋ ಇಂಟರೆಸ್ಟಿಂಗ್ ಪುಟ ತೆರೆದಿತ್ತಾದರೂ ನಾನು ಹಿಂದೆಂದೂ ಇದ್ದಿರದಷ್ಟು ಒಲವಿನಿಂದ ಅವಳ ಹೂಗೆನ್ನೆಯ ಮುಖವನ್ನಷ್ಟೇ ಓದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. ಎಂಟು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ನೋಡಿದ್ದ ಅದೇ ಪರಿಚಿತ ಫೇಸ್-ಕಟ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಇಂದು ಅದೇಕೋ ಹೇಳದೆ ಕೇಳದೆ ನನ್ನ ಮನಸ್ಸನ್ನು ಮೆಲ್ಲಗೆ ಕದ್ದು ಬಿಟ್ಟಿತ್ತು ಆ ನಗುಮೊಗ. ಅವಳನ್ನು ದ್ವೇಷಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಈಗೆರಡು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ನನಗೆ ನಾನೇ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ […]