By Bikram Vohra
Every now and again, one comes across some misguided child (at my age they all are, children, not misguided, though that too) who has discovered slivers of romance in the art of expression and wants to be a writer. You want to tell them that for sheer delusion it is a tough one to beat and they will never be satisfied, always be afraid of criticism and make a church-mouse look like it was a squeaky millionaire.
Continue reading You want to be a writer? Okay, first get some things straight
By Sushmita Bose
I remember watching The Cat People on VCR many, many moons ago. Had nothing to do with kitties. The film starred Malcolm McDowell and Nastassja Kinski as a brother-and-sister set who turned into predatory black leopards when lulled into a certain state (about which I cannot write on these pages). Yes, I know leopards are known as big cats, but they are not cat cats — those self-contained creatures with nine lives who can be found skulking around dimly-lit parking areas. Continue reading Hold all calls while I speak with my cat
By Bikram Vohra
Have you ever noticed that there are two major natural chasms in the world? One is like the Colorado canyon and those crevasses into which mountaineers occasionally fall and disappear. Then there is the other one, namely, a massive credibility gap between what we think of ourselves and what people think of us. Continue reading There is no grace in boorishness
By Eva Prabhakar
The last time I kissed my father’s forehead, the cold touch echoed the numbness within me. Even as I felt rooted to the spot, my mind rushed from one thought to the next. It’s strange, I thought, how the mind works at all when faced with death, and especially, what the mind chooses to focus on. Continue reading Think about it, what is really the measure of a human life?
By Michelle Young
My grandmother often told us stories when we were little that Santa only gifts children who have been ‘good’. In the adult world, it’s difficult to keep it that narrow. Why be so restrictive? And you can’t really tell how good someone else, who you might want to gift, has been. Continue reading Give a gift to someone you care about
By John D. Rich, Jr
Not long ago, my heart was touched by the memory of my son, Jesse, trying to raise money for the local SPCA. He has always expressed a particular care about the welfare of animals, and even announced his interest in being a vegetarian. Continue reading The buck stops here. Parenting ‘good’ kids starts with us
By Mary Paulose
There are certain themes that keep popping up with unfailing regularity in the media and online. One is the almost ubiquitous syndrome of millennial bashing, calling them lazy, selfish, entitled narcissists who want everything handed to them on a platter. Continue reading There are no consolation prizes for the millennial generation