Category Archives: Vintage

My Tryst With The Occult.

When I was around sixteen or seventeen, neither a child, nor yet a man, I had my first experience with the occult. It was on a fiery afternoon, when the sun was burning pedestrians, vehicles and tar, I was at … Continue reading

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The Story Of How They Got Their Watch Back

Suja’s mother was in an irritated mood that morning. The woman who used to come everyday to sweep their yard had been absconding for a few days and the premises looked unkempt and messy. Guessing that the regular maid was … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Diamonds Are For Ever. (Part Two)

You must have learnt from the previous story, about Rati’s Ammama. Married at nine and widowed at twenty-one. Even in these modern times, being a widow, holds a subtle indignity and disgrace. During Ammama’s times, it was  terrible to be … Continue reading

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Skeleton In The Well.

I must tell you about the time we employed some men to clean a well in our backyard. The work was abandoned even before it  started , because the hired help dug up our family secret. Never in all their … Continue reading

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Tender Coconuts At One Rupee Less

My uncle, that is my father’s brother, was a  tight fisted person. Frugal and very thrifty. His miserly nature never failed to raise a laugh in our family. I lived two houses away from him and was often the victim … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Came To Her House To Help Her Celebrate.

It was the festival of Krishna Jayanthi. People who worshiped Lord Krishna  were celebrating the deity’s birthday with much gaiety and happiness. Only Manjula was sad that day. Manjula was a person whom other women could describe in all truthfulness … Continue reading

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Can We Give Up On Life?

Some years ago, being disappointed and disillusioned with myself and being low in self esteem, I decided to leave it all. With some thirty thousand rupees, I left my city and drove north east from Chennai. My idea was to … Continue reading

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Man Proposes And God Disposes

This is a true story of Hajarma, which makes you wonder at the vagaries of life. Hajarma’s husband had abandoned her when she was very young. She was not a rich woman. In fact she had no wealth except a … Continue reading

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How She Became Literally Speechless

  When you ask people in their sixties or seventies for some unforgettable event that happened in their lives or in their families, they don’t think for a long time. They always have a plethora of stories to tell you. … Continue reading

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Raja Gopal, the King of Anger.

When I was growing up in a large traditional household in Chennai city, my father employed a man to drive us to school. The driver was short, stocky and had a prominent moustache which he was in the habit of … Continue reading

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