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7.30am Coffee in hand, I start on a story called A Cup of Salt Tears. Lurking within is a kappa, the famous Japanese green monster who often sneaks up on unsuspecting victims and takes their...
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9am back from the Christmas break, the house is bursting at the seams with my entire family. I decide to hide in my room to catch up on the news when my teenager walks in....
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The baby belongs to a reading class called The Joy of Reading. Every Saturday, this group of six-year-olds usually sits in my guest room and reads aloud from their library books. The beleaguered teacher not...
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‘I am sick as a dog,’ I tell my sister, ‘But the silver lining is that me and my tired festive jhumkas are both getting a bit of a break.’ Life as we know it...
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In the iconic cartoon created by Bill Watterson, six-year-old Calvin has an imaginary friend, a tiger called Hobbes. In a strip published in 1988, Calvin finds out that tigers face extinction, and with that Hobbes...
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11.45 am I am making insecticide by mixing sugar powder with boric acid when my nani calls, ‘Biren Bhai is arriving from Surat today. Send the driver to fetch your uncle from the station.’ ‘Nani,...
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Every summer I pack large suitcases for my small family, and we head off on a much-anticipated holiday. We usually end up on a beach somewhere, sand in our costumes, salt in our hair from...
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11.30 am After three hours of taking a guillotine to my new manuscript, I am saved by the bell. My newly single and more than willing to mingle friend walks in with two Frappuccinos and...
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The most elaborate April Fools’ Day prank I have ever been part of was courtesy my Masi. She decided that since the date coincided with an obligatory dinner with a distant cousin, Madhu aunty, a...
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You’ve just celebrated Holi, which means that as soon as you stepped out of the house, numerous people, including the watchman who secretly hates you because you don’t seem to understand that his job involves...
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