मेरे पापा का घर – एक कहानी

‘अरे पापा, आ गए आप। मैं चाय बनाने ही लगी थी।’ स्मिता ने कहते हुए माथुर साहब के हाथ से दूध का पैकेट लिया और चाय चढाने चली गयी। ‘हाँ, वो बारिश हुई न कल रात भर, तो रास्ते की हालत थोड़ी ख़राब थी, ऊपर से ये टैक्सी वाले सुबह से ही जल्दी में रहते…

The Hater’s Mumbai

I vividly remember, in my first job when the HR asked me – “So, Rohit, what would be your preferred place of posting?” and I solemnly answered – “Anywhere BUT Mumbai.” That was my hatred/fear of the city. Like most hatred or fear, it was irrational too, but like most hatred/fear, I had my own…

Flipkart, Please copy Amazon!

In an interview to ET, Flipkart’s advertising head said that Amazon copied Flipkart’s innovations. From Big Billion Days to exchange offers. In his own words,” They copy everything, or they wait for someone from somewhere to tell them what to do. Just by pouring money into the market you cannot get anywhere.” I am not…

नोटबंदी – एक कहानी

वैसे तो 8 नवम्बर की रात बहुत लोगों की, नींद के बगैर ही गुज़री थी लेकिन भागलपुर के गुप्ता जी का कारण कुछ और था। प्रोग्राम तो था की मोदी जी का सन्देश सुनते सुनते खाना खायेंगे और फिर रेडियो पर मनचाहे गीत सुनते हुए सो जाएंगे। खैर, बिजली विभाग का प्रोग्राम ज़रा अलग था।…

Why This Diwali Sucks! (For me and for all 20 somethings)

This is not a click bait title. No, I am not going to prove that this Diwali is supremely awesome by negation. This Diwali sucks! It does for me and most probably for you too. If you had time and a taste for practicality, maybe you could have realised it as well. But I presume…

Happy Friendship Day: A Short Story

“Okay, Maa! If you want me to see the girl, I will.” I finally gave in to the nagging. I was three years into a job, had my own place, about the ‘marriageable age’ and was seeing no one. I was the perfect recipe for an arranged marriage and it seemed I was raised just…

The Journey – A Short Story

The wind was gushing into my face. Jolting me from my thoughts and at the same time, putting me to sleep. I was in the middle of nowhere. Fields on one side of the tracks and few mimics of a hill on the other. The train cut through the night as a python does through…

Generalisations, Social Debates and Shit Like That

Everyone generalizes. I do, for sure. We are a country surviving on generalizations and name calling. For a Delhiwaala, all the blue collared uncouth workers are Biharis, for a Bihari all of Dilliwallahs are ‘Chutiyas’. For a Mumbaikar, everybody from outside a radius of 150 kms (which includes Pune, Lonavla and Khandala) are from ‘Bahargaaon’. For…

Khaan Chacha Ki Dukaan (Part 1) – A Short Story

ऐसा लगता है जैसे की ये बात हमेशा से ही हो। ऐसी इमारतें या दुकाने जिनके ना होने के बारे में कभी ज़हन में भी नहीं आता। हर शहर की अपनी कुछ पहचानें होती हैं, कोई अड्डा होता है कहीं, कहीं कोई किराने की दूकान, और कहीं झील के किनारे एक बड़ा सा पत्थर। बस…

Pulitzer, Hearst, Rivalry and Lessons for Content Marketing

YouTube is a wonderful place. You log on to listen to the ‘Game Of Thrones meets metal’ (which you should totally checkout btw) and minutes later you find yourself watching a documentary on the ‘use of torches in the dark ages’. One such similar cycle made me stumble upon a documentary on the start of…