Excerpts from ‘The Battle of Panchavati’ – II (The Cosmic Dance)

As the color of the sky brightened in the east, Usha, the goddess of the morning colored the sky crimson. The sun rose languidly, full of guilt and shame, knowing the great horrors of the day before. Its first rays fell on the ash-smeared form of the yogi¬†who wandered the lands of Bharata, the land... Continue Reading →

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Up In The Mountains Again -2

Watching Vaishali and Bindiya carry the utensils inside, to the kitchen, I also got up from my chair, wearily, and ambled inside. 'Where is Asit', I asked Bindiya, fishing around the refrigerator for my can of beer. 'He has gone to meet some people, boss, to arrange for a replantation drive. He wants to cover... Continue Reading →

Up In The Mountains, Again – 1

It had been so many months that I had almost forgotten the smell of the mountains, the touch of the cool mountain air on my skin, the clouds that tumbled gently over the mountaintops and the wind that rustled through the trees. It had been a long time since my last trip to Naukuchiatal and... Continue Reading →

Golu Tea Stall

We strolled hand in hand, on the nearly deserted mountain road, in the evening. We had come to Kasauli, a small town nestled in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, for our vacation, after I completed my training from the medical college. Kasauli is a perfect mountainous getaway. It has a population of barely a few... Continue Reading →

How to Kill A Tree

The tree had stood there for centuries. It belonged to a time before time. It had seen the Mughals come and go, seen the English rulers ravage the countryside and then witnessed the liberation of the country and the changes that independence brought about. It had seen the small town grow to a city and... Continue Reading →

Why We Still Need God!

  We were returning after conducting an examination in another city. The small cavalcade of cars sped along the highway in the gathering dusk, their headlights bobbing up and down, slicing the darkness ahead and occasionally catching a stray animal in its glare. All of us were eager to get back home and deposit the... Continue Reading →

Up In The Mountains

The clouds had started gathering overhead and a cool wind blew, as we started our drive again after the tea break at Haldwani. One could see the mountains in the distance, beckoning, as the road meandered along the route to Kaathgodam, the next town on our way to Naukuchiataal. Nearing Kaathgodam, the tentative patter of... Continue Reading →

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