The Divine Union

Mukesh Kumar

Have you ever been alone—truly alone?Have you ever been in a place that was massive, cold, kind of whitish, calm and serenewith a tranquillizing ambience? Lacking human presence, completely enclosed and therebyadministering a strong dosage of claustrophobia in you right away?Have you ever been subjected to the cold embrace of […]

Flirting

Mukesh Kumar

‘Has the bus E104 already left?’ I breathlessly reached the bus stop and asked the manstanding there.He was taken by surprise, as if I asked him for his wallet. After a pause he replied, ‘No.’I heaved a sigh of relief. As I returned to my normal breathing speed, I asked […]

A Love Story in Reverse!

Mukesh Kumar

And They Lived Happily Ever After!‘If the only prayer you said was thank you that would be enough.’—Meister EckhartAnd I mean it from the bottom of my heart. The benevolence and support that you all haveshowered upon this tiny blog has brought colossal contentment to our beloved Ramanima.Mumbled in between […]

A Train to My Marriage

Mukesh Kumar

I am afraid of heights of all kinds—valleys, mountains, rivers, railway station bridges andeven relationships make me sick. And today I am going to experience all of them.‘Krishna, come fast, we will miss the train!’ Mom shouts, breaking my train of thought.‘I would be glad if I could,’ I mutter, […]

The Girl Behind the Counter

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I leaned over the parapet of the balcony of my apartment on the fifteenth floor. Thepreparations for the evening bhajan ritual had begun, I deduced from the escalating humdownstairs. The building watchman was arranging gray Neelkamal chairs in a semi-circlebetween a sleek red Honda and a black Chevrolet SUV. I […]

The sleep story

Mukesh Kumar

Insomnia runs in my family, afflicting both sides of it with equal intensity. That’s nearly four centuries of Mexican tossing and Italian turning, with fits of German cursing and crying in between. A long heritage of discomfort, and, according to family gossip, one that has only been interrupted by the […]