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The old Freekick on various things

A Place named Thengappura: Season II Part 1

How sweet the name is: Thengappura! My place! Ah, music in the ears, honey to my soul, manna to my sense of identity. Had I come across this list of names much earlier, I would have shared it with my poor neighbours, my friends – Unni chettan, Saiju, Baiju, Sajitha, Rajesh, Maya, Bobby, Raj Mohan and all, and they would also have got relief! Oh, how much they went through with Thengappura. Friends, Thengappurans and Countrymen. I have come again … Continue reading

Ladies with the Lamps

“So, you say that the present Government is not moving even its tiny finger to fight inflation and price hike, eh?” I asked the women. “They do nothing.  Irresponsible guys,” I smiled as they fumed. Then they turned to me in one sweep. “What do YOU do in your life? You know the price of onion now?” “What!” I was caught unawares at the sudden and unexpected turn, midcourse.   “Tell me. Do you know the price of onion?” “Chechi, … Continue reading

Freekick: World’s Scariest Secret Service Organization

“Are you in secret service?” I asked Chang who was our friend, guide and philosopher in our Bhutan journey. The question startled him so much that some doma (arecanut and betel leaves) he was chewing squirted out from his mouth, down his chin. He wiped it with the back of his hand and turned to me: “Me?” I nodded my head. “Secret service?” “Yeah,” I replied. “Why? What made you think so?” His narrow eyes went narrower, now almost became … Continue reading

Freekick: In Vino Veritas

(It was the right time for the girls to celebrate but it was the wrong bottle they chose. This is a true story. A woman I know revealed to me her first and last experiment with alcohol that went awfully wrong). “Mole, I want to tell you a truth.” “Not tonight dear. We have had our fill.” They hugged one another tightly and sank deep into a common pool of slumber, still sobbing. Sandhya got salary that day and picked … Continue reading