A queen for a pawn

It was like one of those moments when you absent-mindedly touch a light switch and get an electric shock. I was idly checking a news website today morning and was startled to read the “Breaking news” of Benazir’s assassination. Perhaps politics is a game of chess played by ruthless, cold-blooded players. A knight sacrificed, a…

A guide to taking matrimonial photos

It’s that time of the year, when all your friends are getting married, or running off to India to “see” assorted girls. You look around and realize that you are the last bachelor in your group. You are sick of going to weddings and receptions and watching your friends snag all the pretty girls. It’s…

Dr. Brother

I went to the hospital when he was born, He looked so tiny, so forlorn. We grew up together, and we fought Like any set of siblings ought. Over the years, I’ve watched him grow With eyes of pride, for he’s my bro Soon, he was in university And not any old one, but IIT.…

Great minds..

Ha! I love Cathy 🙂 To think I needed a whole post (and five-hundred odd words) just to make the same point.. But all you doubting Thomases, and even-more doubting R, I am not alone! Can I order that Coach bag online now? With free shipping, too! (I have a Free Shipping coupon code!)

A pie full of apples

I made apple pie yesterday. All right, some of you are going “so?”. But notice, the two readers of this blog who actually know me in person have just fallen off their chairs on hearing this. I am a little saddened at this reaction, but not really surprised. I was, after all, unanimously voted as…

Weekend mornings

She wakes up, and gets ready to go out Hurriedly wears a sweater, still inside out Her jacket, her cap, no half measures here Black leather gloves lined with cashmere Her boots, then rushes out in the snow Walks as quickly as the slippery ice will allow Reaches her mailbox, grabs the paper and slowly…

The Coupon Collector

We all know the two rules to shopping. Life takes Visa. For everything else, there is Mastercard. Don’t ask me what “everything else” means – Entertaining expenses in Heaven? Ice packs in Hell? I don’t want to know. But there is also a third rule – Stores take coupons. In childhood, I collected stamps. For…