Planting the seeds of conversation with… plants

By Anamika Chatterjee

Who was it who said that man is a social animal? That statement could do with a little tweaking. In a digital age, the companion we find ourselves seeking most passionately is our smartphones. Think of all the empty moments — at the home and the world — that you have sought to fill up scrolling — again and again and again — through your smartphone. That moment when you could have asked a spouse how his/her day went, when you could have made the call that the family back home is so keenly waiting for, when you could have simply paused and taken stock of life or when you could simply be.

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How Qadir put more wrist in my bowling

By Tirtho Banerjee

Back in the early-80s, in Varanasi to be precise, cricket ran in my veins. I lived the passion every single moment.  After returning from school, I used to eagerly wait for the clock to strike 4pm, and with spring in my steps, I would stride towards the Sigra Stadium to indulge in the sport. It was during one of those practice sessions that a local hard-hitter, who would swat every ball he touched for a towering six, asked me: “Chotu (kid), have you seen Abdul Qadir bowl?” I hesitatingly nodded a shaky ‘No’. “Go, watch him,” was his terse advice.

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Why King Mahabali is always welcome in my home

By Dhanusha Gokulan

Onam is usually, always a big deal at home. Growing up, as much as my siblings and I loved the ‘Onam spirit’, my parents tend to go overboard with the festivities. Onam celebrations are not limited to religious borders, so, my folks love showing off ‘our culture’ to friends who are not Malayalees. This means, everyone is invited to have Sadhya, a nine-course vegetarian feast usually involving 22 dishes, at our home.

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