Lustrous resonance

Little cobwebs spin into a bell tower, a lustrous pearl makes up the clapper, I marvel at the intricate work of art, now adorning my ear. I am transformed, powerful in my revolution, for I refuse to let it all happen to me. Not anymore. The ringing in my ears does not stop. Sound. Echoes […]

Shadow puppet play

It was a Friday evening. The lamps were lit in the little altar in the nook of the passage between the kitchen and the bedroom. The divine scent of sandalwood, the incense sticks, permeated the very air of the tiny little ‘quarter’ that Radha and her family called their home. All the houses in the […]

Unpredictable

Sarma garu, as he was respectfully called by  everybody in the little hamlet by the sea was a man who took everything in his stride. Nothing mattered too much to him, he was what the present generation would call ‘cool’. If the rickshaw arrived late, he would simply shrug his shoulders and ask Ramulu if […]

Affirmations

Today I shall breathe slowly, deeply and consciously and welcome the air into my lungs. I shall be aware of the ancient life-healing breath pattern. I shall dab on sunscreen and walk in the sun, feeling the warmth seeping into my pores. I shall be conscious of the life-altering energy of light. I shall look up at […]

Tarpa aka Tiger

Eleven years ago, when we moved into our new apartment, we were welcomed by a friendly pup that wagged its tail incessantly. He sat, surveying from a safe distance, the flurry of activity that signified a unique chapter in our lives. Our new home. Our first home. Probably, even thankfully, our only home. The brown […]

Incandescent

Mother, it begins with a throb and I know it is time. I stand among the folds of my flowing garments, deep blue like still waters, edged with glittering froth. The bells I tie to my ankles are your silver anklets. Kohl lines my eyes, my lips are stained red with betel leaves. The beats […]

Convex Cares

Thirty years ago. Like a clown at a funeral. A smile painted on the face. I’m a study in contrast to the Lilliputian world around me . People around me are short and emaciated. I am tall and healthy. Not fat, but well built, an athlete. The lesser mortals look up to me. My teachers […]

Meandering

I am a tourist. I get away from it all. The predictability. The monotony. I am a tourist. I travel light. Jeans and a couple of shirts. Good shoes. A book. A kindle device, even. Headphones? A must. Plugged into a device? Not necessarily. Anything to avoid a conversation. No words can improve silence. Nothing […]

in hot water

No, don’t talk to me anymore. I am done with you. What’s that? You are fuming. Your words are like little spurts of impotence. Oh, really? I have nothing to say to you anymore. As if you ever listened to me in the first place. At first you pretended. That must have been so hard. […]

The Threshold

The pile of old books and newspapers were to be disposed of that day. The next day was Diwali and a lot of junk had to be cleared. I looked up at the rack of old books and magazines. Why hadn’t they cleared it all these years? I knew the wedding that was due in […]