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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…

One of the most rejuvenating experiences one can have is a simple early morning walk on the beach. I enjoyed it last weekend. As I sat in the balcony of a beach hut at Palolem, Goa, the splendid view of the sky at the break of the dawn…

The other day as I returned home from office, I experienced an excruciating pain in my lower back. Taken aback by this unexpected discomfort, I shifted uneasily and was soon forced to resign to my bed for relief. Since it was too late to seek medical help, I…

It was a pleasant Sunday evening. I was sitting on Marine Drive, munching corn on the cob, as my legs dangled playfully from the parapet walls. I was enjoying the breeze against my face, while the ocean waves hit the rocks rhythmically. At a distance, birds flew across…

I woke up on a Saturday morning after a good eight-hour sleep, with my body and mind amply rejuvenated. I stretched my backbone and sat cross-legged, facing a bright red dot on the wall. I focused all my energies on it, filtering out unnecessary thoughts that unconsciously clog…

After a hectic week, I was set to unwind exploring an unknown territory over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, I caught the popular Shivneri Bus, de-boarded short of Lonavla, took a 5 km walk towards Tungarli dam and reached the Tungarli Lake for an ‘Astro Camp.’ It promised…

The day was usual. I got back home late evening post work, unlocked the door, peeped into the hall and called out, “Birdeeezzzzzz!”It was my way of saying hello to my little feathered friends – a pair of male and female bright yellow miniature cockatiels. (For the benefit…

Fireflies (jugnu) have always held a special place in my heart. My earliest memories of them trace back to the swarms of fireflies I saw during a family visit to Nashik during my school summer holidays. In a massive backyard laden with mango trees and pomegranates, I remember…