Creative writing, Short stories

Twenty-Four Hours

It was 6pm by the clock; the sky was almost dark with clouds when Maya entered her home with a tired face. “Why do you look so dreary?” Maya’s mother asked. Reluctant to reply, she threw her bag away and jumped onto bed with eyes closed. “Maa, seniors also say the same, first year of… Continue reading Twenty-Four Hours


“Who weighs more?”

The calendar fluttered to mark Sunday morning, Flying birds winged ‘hello’ with their chirping; In the living room was a fine gentleman, Gratifying himself with the coffee in his hand. Feasting his eyes with the art hung on wall, The golden pot with the flowers got his musings called! “What if in situ stood palpable… Continue reading “Who weighs more?”



Amir Khusrau once said:Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast. If there is a heaven on earth.It's here, It's here, It's here It's in Kashmir He said it rightIt was Indeed a Valley that shone brightBeauteous, simple and pristine Lofty Mountains,sloppy peaks and chilly springs.Chinar would be seen in different… Continue reading ALIEN IN ONE’S OWN REALM



For the ones, who've kept turning the pages of Kane and Abel, The Clifton Chronicles or Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, getting arrested to the magnificent storytelling, could anticipate very well, as we heed from 'probably the best storyteller of our age.' It was an absolute retreat as the Best Selling author,… Continue reading NOT A WORD MORE, NOT A WORD LESS


Before and Beyond: Translation Theory in India

The Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, hosted an extension lecture on translation theory in India by Professor Rita Kothari from Ashoka University, Haryana, on 31st January, 2019. A Gujarati and English language author and translator hailing from Gujarat, Kothari has several books to her credit on Partition and its effects on people. She has translated several Gujarati… Continue reading Before and Beyond: Translation Theory in India


Poet, Writer,Scholar, Meena Alexander Dies at 67

“I came into this world in an Allahabad hospital,Close to a smelly cow pasture.”— Meena Alexander Meena Alexander, Indian poet, writer and scholar, passed away on Tuesday, November 21 in New York, aged 67. Winner of the 2002 PEN Open Book Award for her poetry collection Illiterate Heart, Alexander has been hailed as one of the… Continue reading Poet, Writer,Scholar, Meena Alexander Dies at 67


The Unsung Hero

I can't wait everyday for a heart attack to kill me.  This is what Namita Mukherjee, a teacher, finds on returning home after school to her apartment in Southern Avenue where she lived with her scientist husband. This, and her husband’s hanging body. The hands that wrote this suicide note were also the ones that… Continue reading The Unsung Hero


The One Time Rajasthan High Court, Played Freud

I’ve always nurtured a fear of missing out that stems from not knowing what might have happened on a fine morning, in the winter of ’98 or on a particular afternoon in the year of ’99 but in a hysteric judgement, pun intended, The Rajasthan High Court ruled that women can plead the defence of insanity… Continue reading The One Time Rajasthan High Court, Played Freud


Nursery Rhymes Revisited

The yesteryears nursery rhymes, Sound so unrealistic in present times, Let us hear them out again,  Although in a lighter vein! Rain, rain go away, Little Jhonny wants to play, But Little Jhonny doesn’t need to play outside, He has Sony Playstation right inside! Humpy Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great… Continue reading Nursery Rhymes Revisited


‘Baki sab to Khurafat thi’- An evening with Begum Masroor Jahan

"किरदार तो होते ही हैं के अफसानो में आएं" - बेगम मसरुर जहाँ  "Characters are meant to be woven into stories" - Begum Masoor Jahan The sari clad beautiful Begum Masroor Jahan was the center of attraction in the ‘Conversations’ event organized by Delhi based literary gift company BooksEtc on August 4, 2018.The monthly event was attended by… Continue reading ‘Baki sab to Khurafat thi’- An evening with Begum Masroor Jahan