Air Arabia Boarding Pass

The Boarding Pass – Part II

The sadistic thrill of the mystery woman enticed me. In these few minutes, I realized I did not ask her name. She was an amazing beautiful woman around 30 something. She had an attractive persona in all respects and most importantly her character made for an interesting conversation. She was definitely from a Middle East country with an upper middle class upbringing and more than that I could not decipher why she became so friendly with me for no reason. I had one more hour…

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Air Arabia Boarding Pass

The Boarding Pass – Part I

“This way sir, proceed to Gate number 18 for boarding. Boarding starts in 90 minutes.” said the pretty lady from Air Arabia’s ground staff at Sharjah Airport. I was travelling to Nairobi from Sharjah in July 2014. Generally, I like stopovers as it allows me to roam around different airports, try out local cuisines, do some duty-free shopping and relax my muscles after long flights. But 15 minutes in the airport and I found it very boring in all possible aspects. So, finding an innovative…

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The Wedding Hookers

The Wedding Hookers – Part I

At 28, it is a bit odd to live with title of being single when you have done it all – flirting, dating, relationships, flings and erotic escapades – needless to say multiple times. But life and women are unpredictable enough to land the most desirable men in this state. The protagonists here are not different and two of us were already in relationships. It was Prakriti’s marriage in Kota, Rajasthan, India – a city famous for coaching centers for engineering and medical aspirants. Chaanak…

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The ill-fated adventure

Drowned thoughts of an imaginative mind

Every good story starts with a challenge. A goal which both inspires and spreads fear, hints of danger and adventure in equal measures – unconquered & unfathomed mountains and unbeatable adversaries. For us it was Ganga, a river synonymous with everything Indian, the very reason of existence for over a 1 billion human beings. But no, the challenge in question today is not spiritual  or religious in nature , even though those who seek to unravel the mysteries of “The Orient”, might be interested to…

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Narendra Modi

Why you should vote for Narendra Modi?

With time, I have felt we the people of India have a sense of ingratitude towards the nation and which I see as the biggest challenge of our nation. We have so many divisions among people on the lines of class, caste & religion that we neither have an affinity towards our fellow Indians nor for our places we live. If I am not mistaken, we do not bother and care for staircase of our building where people litter, spit and even pee, with total…

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That Girl with Blue Newspaper

That girl with a blue newspaper

“Excuse me, that’s a ladies seat.” came a polite but affirmative wave of sound in my ears. I knew it was coming and was deliberately behaving as if I didn’t hear. But as with most people in such situation, my jerkiness was very evident. “Excuse me!!” This time it was rude and I was forced out of chivalry and politeness to get up from the seat reserved for women. By this time, the woman had on display all kinds of ugly faces, had already labelled…

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Nimbu Paani

Nimbu Paani

Mumbai always had new stories to tell in every nook and corner. Some of these stories have been epic and historic if you know the likes of Dawood Ibrahim, Dhirubhai Ambani or Sachin Tendulkar. I was no different and aspire to become a story to be told in Summer of 2008. Mumbai gave me a feeling of making an extraordinary out of ordinary. It arises your dreams, gives you wing and there you go flying in the air. But there are men who crash as…

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The Happy Accident

The Happy Accident

“I hate it when I have to kiss you like it’s last time”, sad a disappointed Chaanak after a passionate kiss to Pankhudi. They are about to leave the hotel as she catches the train at Dadar Station for Jaipur. Phone rings, “Taxi is here, Sir”, said the receptionist from the other end. “Ikshu, I am worried I may miss the train. Dad is reaching home tomorrow morning.” It was last week of December 2009 and Pankhudi had come to Mumbai from Jaipur for a 3…

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I Wanna be You

“Get Ready Soon. I don’t want to miss my daughter’s glory moment”, shouted Mr. Singh to Mrs. Singh & their 10 year old shy off-spring Chaanak as they embark upon a 200 km journey to see their daughter Samara representing school in a debate competition.  Mr. Singh, a LML Vespa middle-class citizen of 90’s, has hired a Ambassador Car (Yes, it’s a car) for this special moment. For Singhs excluding Chaanak, it was like their daughter was appearing for a Miss India Contest. “Dad, can…

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Mango Shango

Mango Shango : Confessions of a mango-hater

Ok Guys. I think it’s time to make some honest confessions. I don’t like mangoes. Yes it’s true. I know it’s difficult to digest the fact that there could be a human who hates mangoes. Please don’t judge me. For it’s taken me years and a lot of courage to step out of my mango-disliking closet. This, because I was born to a family of mango fanatics. They love and worship the king of fruits. So much so, I’ve always felt they have a secret…

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