Category Archives: Vintage

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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Why Ramesh always has a bald pate

Among my brother’s many boyhood friends, is one Ramesh whom everybody loves. He is a sweet person with always a smile and a friendly word for everyone. But there is another reason why he stands out among my brother’s friends. … Continue reading

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Monkeys Do Not Like Gold And Cash.

Do monkeys like gold and cash? Apparently not! That proved lucky for one man and not so favourable for a few others. Hyroon’s father was a teacher in a village school. His village was set in the foothills of the Eastern Ghats … Continue reading

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All You Need Is Love.

Who does not like the super-duper hit Tamil movie named Bombay? In this film, a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy fall in love and marry against all parental opposition and attempt to live happily ever after. They have two … Continue reading

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I Think Of You Everyday My Friend.

Manoharan and Johnny were the best of friends. You cannot help forging the deepest of love and respect, when you had to march all the way from India to Burma during the Second World War. They were soldiers in the … Continue reading

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