Why I cannot be a travel writer (Galgibaga Times)

I don’t fancy myself much the travel writer. I’d probably write one travel piece with much huffing and puffing, and dream of being ‘found’ by Conde Nast, and live that life of traveling the world in their exciting employment. But what if Travel writing is just as boring as Technical writing, but with the added…

Right Ho, Jeevika

It was a fine day, the kind that could bring in even the most bumbling of the male gender, a song in their rhythm-less hearts. So you can only imagine its effect on someone blessed with the energy of feminine creation, for what indeed is greater originality than that of creation of another human being….

LMS Hostel, 1995

The alarm rang with significant fanfare, garnering little enthusiasm and much irritation in the sole listener Jubin, helpless in the next room of the hostel. “Are you getting that?” Jubin shouted. He plummeted his head into his pillow and shut his eyes. In fifteen minutes it would give up its lament, he told himself. The…

The Lost Tooth

She opened her bleary eyes, when the cat, all seven pounds of squirming flesh, climbed onto her belly. Squinting into the sunlight streaming in from the open window, she discovered that she was now the weary possessor of a pounding headache, and at some point, had managed to lose both a tooth and a spouse….

Zombie Zack

Zombie Zack had eaten his girlfriend’s brain, again. Of course, if you look at it, it really wasn’t Zack’s fault. It was almost like Jenna was asking for it. You don’t date a Zombie if you’re the kind that scares easily. Or even worse, gets disgusted. Now that’s just cruel, and impolite. So what if you burp…

How to be a Conversation Bore …for dummies

You are supremely entertaining. Well-read. Funny. A regular laugh riot. But the problem is nobody appreciates it or even worse, knows about it! What to do? Simple. Follow this 10 step guide to hijacking a conversation and establishing yourself as the Alpha-bore. Nobody can out-talk you ever after this! Office is great place to practice…

A Desi One Night Stand

After ten months of self-imposed chastity, I was to go on a date.  And my date was late. My rucksack stood in the corner of the room. Its contents bulged from all sides, prostrate like a flaccid dick, awakened only to sit in the corner of my living room, watching sitcom reruns and PG-advised advertisements…

I, Homophobe

The first time was entirely Divya’s fault. And Goutam blamed her for it. He would never have been on that trip if not for Divya. And now, he was paying for it, running out of the bus like a school-kid, holding onto the railings in one hand, his stomach in the other, and on the…

Dear Diary: The Brave New World

Warning: Too personal to be of any value to anyone. As I write this, I am on a sleepless bed, my mind ravaged and subjected to the vagaries of corporate rat-racedom, if there was ever such a word that can better signify stress. But this time, I like to believe that I had a choice,…

Editing your Writing and Making it Stand-out (Non-fiction)

Editing an article has four parts.  I have described them in the order followed. Structure Edit, Find the article’s angle. What is the central theme the author wants to communicate.  For instance, in an analysis article of the story Yellow Wallpaper, the writer chose to illustrate how the story was not about mental illness as is…