The bird outside my window

A pigeon flutters down and settles on the narrow ledge outside the window. My flat is on the eighth floor. A peek, straight down the ledge, would be scary for most of us. The pigeon does not look worried! It is normal for birds I guess. After all they fly higher, way higher than eight floor buildings. The pigeon is busy preening itself. Cleaning the dirt from its feathers. It is in no hurry. Occasionally it looks around. Checks if the skies are clear of high flying eagles. That could be a problem if you are a pigeon. Once in … Continue reading The bird outside my window

An Indian Monsoon

October is almost over. November announces the start of winter, but it is still raining! In India, the monsoon months are from June to August – given or taken a month. During these months, we are supposed to get our annual quota of water from the skies. Despite all the rockets and satellites that we regularly send up, we are still dependent on the Rain Gods. This year the forecast was for a ‘less-than-normal rain’. Unfortunately for the Met department, the Rain Gods read the predictions. It rained and rained and then rained some more. It is not that I … Continue reading An Indian Monsoon

It’s been a while….

Its been a while since I wrote a story , a poem or posted anything on my blog. I was trying to think why……….. Have been busy of late. That is my excuse. Who is not busy you may ask. After all how much time does it take to write a few words and share it. There is so much to write about. The never ending Indian Monsoon, the unpredictable world of politics. The fact that I have hardly read any books of late or rarely catch up on what is happening in the world of cricket…..the options to write … Continue reading It’s been a while….

The taming of the brew!

Daju’s designation declared that he was the ‘office water-carrier’. His job required him to fetch water, cook food and keep the office clean . No one in my office, wanted to eat the food he cooked. They preferred to do the cooking themselves. There was not much work in the office where I was the district-in-charge. It was a government office in the foothills of the Himalayas. Still in my early twenties, I was struggling to grow a mustache then. I hoped it would give me a serious and more of a mature look. I was having a tough time … Continue reading The taming of the brew!

A random act of kindness

It was supposed to be a punishment transfer. In my case, I got it because I had just joined a government service. I was packed off to a remote village, high up in the Himalayan mountains. There were no tarred roads in the village. A dirt track linked it to civilization. A bamboo hut with a corrugated-sheet roof became my office cum residence. On records, I was the district-in-charge and had a staff of four who reported to me. These four were local villagers and hardly ever attended ‘office’. Most of the time I was alone in my office. I … Continue reading A random act of kindness