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FREEKICK: The Apple that I Ate

The doctor tore a piece of paper from his notepad, squeezed it tightly into a ball, and gave it to me. “Eat it!” “!!!” “Eat it!” “Eat what!” I mumbled. “Eat it!” “This!!!” “Eat it!” I collected the ball from his hand. How could one eat paper! Just then the doctor’s wife called him from inside. “I’ll be back in a minute Manu.” He vanished into his home through a small door that opened at the far end of the … Continue reading

Freekick: The Brave New World

Dumb, all my life! Blame my parents for not giving me proper education at the right time. Blame my schoolmates who enlightened me with every other aspect about the opposite sex except its bloody side. I grew up as a nincompoop. Who would’ve imagined such terrible things were happening to the poor girls around me!  My cousins, friends, aunts and neighbours. The first time it came my way, I was 13, playing with my cousin. I could’ve missed some crucial … Continue reading

Freekick: Nursing an old Wound

“NO…” Dev sir couldn’t understand why I was fighting tooth and nail against his plan to whip up support for me from the students. “Manu,” he said innocently, “I only want to help you. We must teach those nurses a lesson.” I screamed: “NO.” I was almost in tears. He shook his head in disappointment, still pinning me down to the bed with his muscular arms. From childhood onwards my heart has been bleeding for poor nurses. Not a whimper … Continue reading

Freekick: A Dozen Tips to Stay Macho

You are married; you want to stay macho well into it, the way you were as friends and family know you all those years. But how? The writer gives you a dozen tips to keep your tough image intact. 1) To begin a day on a fine note, tell her what you want for breakfast: “I like to have poori, masala, and if it doesn’t bother you…and er…ehm…I want a bit of white chutney too. What do you say?” She … Continue reading