The Invisible City of Delhi

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Trams in Chandni Chowk. Image from here I read Calvino's Invisible Cities last year. In the book, Marco Polo describes 55 cities to the emperor Kublai Khan using objects from the cities as the Emperor and Marco Polo speak different languages. Their understanding and the interpretation of the cities are different and still

Legacy for our children

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Image from here When your mind is not in a turmoil, close your eyes and think about your childhood. Dive as deep as you can and remember the moments of a different era, a warmth of a different kind. Remember the time when the complications and realities of the world meant nothing. It

Another Child? You must be off your rocker

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Anika will the three this year. My wife and I are about to enter a dangerous phase of our life where we will be assaulted by our relatives, their maids and drivers and their relatives to have another child. They will fall at our feet and beg to have some mercy on our only child.

A Square Meal

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  In 2012, the world's 100 richest people earned a stunning total of $240 billion in profits. That is enough money to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over. In 2007, the total volume of trade by private corporations the world over was over $1,171 trillion; the sum of the earnings of all countries was a

Daddy Diaries : And she turns one

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Dear diary, Anika turns one today. In the last few weeks, she gave us one jolt after another. First, teeth started sprouting all over inside her mouth. I know that is normal but it was strange to see her with teeth. She looks like a bunny when she laughs which she does a lot nowadays.

Daddy Diaries : Music, Sounds and Radars

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Dear Diary, Sometimes I feel that children are born sadists. How else do you explain their waking and wailing at exactly the time when you are praying to God for a minute's respite? I can give a million examples - Geet and I put Anika to bed and even though we are tired to the

Open letter to my maid

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image from here My dear Maid,  I know guys don't write letters to maids and they definitely don't call them 'dear' and I hope you do not take offence in me addressing you as someone who is dear to me. So help me God. I have seen women write incessantly about the love-hate relationship they share with

Why homosexuality should be encouraged in India

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image from here When the Supreme court acts like a Khap and bans homosexuality in a country like India, it is indeed a dark day especially when allowing it would have done wonders for the country. Decriminalization of homosexuality would have turned us into better humans over the coming decades but by making

Money in the blouse and other stories

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images from here The Toofani Couple A few days back I had an early morning live implementation. As my cab driver played Need for Speed on the roads of Delhi at 5.30 in the morning, I kept an eye on his nitro consumption which basically means that I was wide awake ensuring that