Top: Kurush Deboo as Dr. Rustom Pavri in Munna Bhai MBBS. Photo source: rediff.com.

Bottom: Akshay Kumar as Commander Rustom Pavri in Rustom. Photo source: The Financial Express.

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Walking Alone


How painful it is when trust is shaken, when we are let down, are not supported by the people we had counted upon! You could say it is wrong to have expectations, and perhaps you are correct. Yet, a child who walks for the first time in the outside world cannot help it. It needs support, or perhaps just security, an assurance that there is someone to hold hand in case it stumbles. But soon it realizes that there was no one. Those it had thought were behind its back, watching carefully its every step, had in fact already walked away long ago.

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Black Sheep: (noun) a person who has done something bad which brings embarrassment or disrespect to their family. (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)


1- Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh gets 20 years in jail, The Indian Express, 28 August, 2017.

2- Asaram rape case: Supreme Court questions Gujarat govt over slow trial, Hindustan Times,  28 August, 2017.

3- Self-styled godman Rampal let off in two criminal cases but will remain in jail, India Today, 29 August, 2017.

4- Ram Rahim’s conviction has embarrassed religious figures: Ramdev, The Hindu, 29 August, 2017.


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How We Celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi

15107593646_a4ac829ed6_nToday I would narrate the story of my first and only Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in 2003. This festival is not celebrated in the part of the country where I live. In our customs, we celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi that falls in the Kartik month. So it was out of added curiosity and interest that I accepted the lady’s kind invitation for a community prayer and celebration of the festival. It was indeed a very colourful event as the devotees and participants came from different parts of the country who communicated with each other in Hindi, English and C. I found that the basic essentials of this festival were the same as the one we celebrate in Kartik month, except the immersion part. That means, there was the same story telling, same prayers, and same aarti. Continue reading