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Death of an elephant

Do elephants die in the wild? If yes, how? Don’t give me accounts of old age. No body gives it a hoot these days. Here we, tourists, skim around in ecotourist jeeps along the buffer zone of a national forest, hardly scraping the skin of its enormous greenbody, peering into the leafy curtain for a glimpse of action. Let’s see the highlights of life in the wild, the adrenaline part. A sudden whoop from the high branches, a hiss from the bush, a trumpet, a … Continue reading

Never trust a fan especially if he’s your bedridden uncle

“You do a great job, mole. These days, I cannot think of going to bed without checking what you have posted in your facebook,” uncle’s eyes welled up. So were Divya’s. “I do it out every half an hour. You’re irresistible with your posts. How do you find time for all this!” My uncle was too weak lying on his bed, his words were barely audible, only his spirits were high. “You…” he could not complete it, the poor old man … Continue reading

When all the Universe Conspires against a Dieter

Never knew food is like smoke, drink, other bad habits. You get company only as long as you stick yourself to the fool’s end of those things. Announce the decision to quit at your own peril. See what music I faced when I said I was going to diet: 1) Damn! You are not serious! 2) You are not a fatty! I was only joking last week. 3) Ha, ha…how many times have we heard this song! Manu, dont you remember … Continue reading

Hamm’s Bear: From the land of Sky Blue Waters

Tired from the antics of a character, a creator finally decides one evening to let go, push his creation off a ledge and leave. Perhaps his eyes are set on fresh pastures. Or he might have found this one character he himself has created from void, a burden, his death, that dead albatross around his stretch of creative neck. Better leave him behind and go, he tells himself. So in the next story he sits with his fictional villain, plots a trap, and pulls it off with such … Continue reading