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My brother got engaged on June 19, 2016, at Suratgarh Cantonment in Rajasthan, which was a joy to all family. As my handsome brother and his lovely fiancée exchanged rings, my endorphins touched stratospheric heights. I had never imagined that I would be so deeply emotional and contended…

Recently, I bought a bonsai cactus plant for my office desk. Its mushy stem was plump and dark. Its thorns dotted its entire length, all perked up and pointed. At the top of its stem grew a bright fuchsia pink flower with a radiance akin to freshly prepared…

Recently, I got a haircut. Technically, a chic bob cut. I’d rather call it the quintessential summer cut. Impressed by my new look, friends and colleagues showered me with compliments. I am so thankful to all. As human as it can get, all day, I basked in the…

April 5, 2016, was fantastic. It was my husband’s birthday. For more than a fortnight, I had been planning a surprise party for him on the night of April 4. With a group of seven close friends, we had one of the most beautiful, fun-filled, fulfilling evening together.…

Last month, returning from a close friend’s wedding in Uttarakhand, I called up my father on my way home from the Mumbai airport to share with him my experiences at the functions. In the middle of the conversation, he sensed that I was a little edgy and asked…

October 2015 was extremely memorable for my husband and I. Monsoon was coming to a close and flowering season was at its peak. We undertook a spree of adventurous treks over weekends, and in our beautiful journeys traversing the ranges of Maharashtra, we both re-visited a precious lesson…

The very mention of Leh-Ladakh pops up images of surreal beauty. My husband and I celebrated my birthday amidst the interplay of ice-capped Karakoram ranges, golden brown Ladakh peaks, emerald-blue waters of Pangong Tso, and pristine white sand dunes of Nubra. However, what caught my imagination particularly was…

I woke up one morning and found myself weeping. Tears wet my cheeks and my eyes were swollen. I sat down for a moment, recollecting my dream. I was missing my dearest friend and member of our family, Simba, my pet dog. Simba was a gift from my…

One evening, I got a WhatsApp message from an unknown number, saying, “Hey Anusha! Puttu here. I am in Mumbai for a project. Let’s meet.” And here was Puttu (Patanjali Bhati). Puttu and I were like peas in a pod during our childhood, and studied together from Classes…

It was a wintry Saturday afternoon at my parental home in Ambala. I had flown down from Mumbai to spend a couple of days with family. Sitting in the middle of the lawn adjoining the porch, I felt like a princess for reasons more than one. The melon…