Cancer The Misfortune That Fell On Us

3rd April 2017 Cancer. Not a disease but a culture. A major story twist. The deadly misfortune has been part of the most tragic films and literature. Mostly it would be the male protagonist, he falls sick and doctors tell him, “You have last stage Cancer, only few days of your life are left” and [...]


“Take Her To Another Hospital” Max Hospital Emergency Didn’t Give Treatment Because No Room To Admit Patient

A 63 year old patient with severe fluid in both lungs, rapidly decreasing oxygen saturation (90 to 85 to 81 percent within few hours) and increasing breathing trouble was not given any treatment at Max Hospital Emergency, simply because they had no room to admit her. "Take her to another hospital" said the Max Hospital [...]

When Old People Don’t Know They Are Old And Are Stubborn

Alright whenever mom is not around I have a lot of issues with dad. This blog has already seen evidence of that. Since last night he's given me 10 warnings that, "Tomorrow, early morning, I would go to Sarojini Nagar Market." In this heat, he wants to venture out, go to Sarojini from Dwarka, changing two [...]

The woman and her sewing machine – portrait of Indian middle class mother in 70s-80s

The Singer sewing machine is a cultural symbol from a bygone era. Every woman or man has their own memory and story around the Singer machine. My mom's story begins when at the age of 11 she lost her mother. The sound of her mother working on the singer sewing machine till late night, when [...]

In anticipation of life to come, mourning a life gone.

Jango at his daily vigil This morning we lost our dog Jango. He was 11 and a half years old. He had never shown signs of old age until last Sunday when he refused to eat his meals. This was the first time ever that he said no to any thing that was edible. He [...]

Happy Birthday Sis

Today is the birthday of two of the most wonderfully complicated people in my life, without who my life wouldn't be the same. Both uncannily similar, the perfectionist orderly virgos who often get on my disorderly aquarian nerves. My sister, the sweet child of mine, she is the closest to motherhood that I have been [...]

December Fever

Addendum: This post was featured on Bangalore Mirror dated 28-Dec-07 under the blog talk section. This was the 3rd time this blog got featured under the same section and the 5th time my name appeared in Bangalore Mirror. --------------------------- December fever as dad calls it, occurs during the last 5 days of the month of [...]

Her Daughter’s home

"I am going to Bangalore to visit my daughter, see her new home." Every time Mom will say that to her relatives in this family wedding she is right now attending in Kolkata, they will ask back, "Oh really, so when did she get married? Got kids? A daughter's home is naturally presumed to be [...]

Conversation with mom

Conversation on Gtalk… (Note mom's typing speed is one 100th of my speed, so I got edge over her while arguing, by the time she frames one argument and types it out I have said 5 more arguments. The conversation was in Bengali am giving the translated version) Me - Mom, when do you plan [...]

Part III – It’s ‘Her’story not history

Part III - Marriage  She was taking typing classes, And looking for a job, when, a well wisher got a matrimonial alliance. “This guy at his 30, Central Government Clerk At Income tax department Good salary. Good catch I tell you”. Said he. “Yeah, this poor almost orphan child would get a shelter, What more [...]

Mom and Dad are separating

This blog is getting a lot of traffic off late and I feel stressed trying to live up to reader’s expectations and maintain the overall quality. One of the causes of worry is that I don’t know what exactly people like about my blog. JD Salinger’s protagonist from ‘Catcher in the Rye’ once said, he [...]

Diwali 06

This existence in the cyber world can at times take a toll on you. I don't mean my blog to be a digital diary, so I don't write about every day things on it. But then every time I meet someone online they ask me the same questions bout my life and I find myself [...]

My adorable nightmare – 2

I couldn't finish the post about my adorable nightmare the other day, i mean he didn't let me finish it. He came jumping and hopping in my room and gave me a stern look trying to tell me "what on earth you think you are doing. You have any idea what time it is. who [...]

My Adorable Nightmare

That adorable nightmare is making so much of noise that even if a plane happens to crash on my head right now I won't be able to have a clue until it really does. Exaggeration I know but when he barks it's almost like that. Time for his calcium and mineral tablets......That crazy dog is [...]