He told me to listen to the song "With or without you" by U2. Initially, I didn't pay much attention to the lyrics, I was enjoying the beats. Today when I listen to that song it brings old memories of Hem. It was on this day Sept 5th that our family lost my brother-in-law Hem... Continue Reading →

Less or More, More or less

I was fascinated by what Ben Greenfield told recently said in a podcast with Tom. He said, " Every day I am trying to be less of a boy and more of a man". He was mentioning the childhood wonder, childhood curiosity and the weird ways in which children view the world. These are the... Continue Reading →

‘No-stall-age-Yeah’ Roll

My younger daughter was counting the number of days for her birthday. While we were having a conversation she said "My birthday is 12 days after yours". I said, " First let me enjoy my birthday". She didn't expect that answer from me! I usually don't make any grand plans for my birthday. This time... Continue Reading →

Don’t break the chain

I had published my last blog on July 3rd. In that blog, I mentioned how I have lost my mojo for writing blogs consistently. The pretext was that I want to improve my writing to the next level and pick subjects and topics I have never encountered. So what were those subjects? I was not... Continue Reading →

RICH Stories( 181)

Microstory 179 - Retro tales 3 - Family man I was speaking to one of my relatives after a long gap. A big-hearted, homespun advice agent and a grand family man. He is in his nineties. My mother had asked me to speak to him as he was inquiring about us. After speaking to him... Continue Reading →

Lost and Found

On April 24th I wrote my 200th blog. I was on an all-time high and then I crashed. Today morning, I was looking for some material on music as I was staring at my unfinished blog drafts. The unvarnished truth is that I've been missing my Saturday morning routine of writing undistractedly. The last two... Continue Reading →

RICH Stories (178)

Microstory 176 – Retro tales 3 Last week I was organizing my paper cuttings from the Times of India and Economic Times. I couldn't help laughing when I thought about that scene from 1997. I was shifting from Kolkatta to Mumbai for my new job. In between the jobs I had time and so I... Continue Reading →

Inside (37Yrs)Out

"The pandemic in its second coming has left deep and enduring psychological scars on virtually everyone else," wrote Santosh Desai in his weekly column in the Times of India. A couple of weeks back I received a call from one of my partner colleagues. I was in touch with him on a regular basis. One... Continue Reading →

RICH Uncut April 2021

Ringside view This was the month where my in-laws got their second dose of vaccine. We too jumped in to get our jab. We had to face a lot of " Oh No" in social situations. Most of my non-mallu friends starting asking me " You have not seen Kumbalangi nights?!" Finally, I marked it... Continue Reading →

RICH Stories (175)

Microstory 173 - Retro tales 2 My mother called on the day the Chinese spacecraft fell into the Indian Ocean and she started telling me about how far away from the Maldives it fell and additional information. While we were on the call I told her about that late 1970's incident of how my great... Continue Reading →

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