The comma,

The beauty of the comma lies in all it stands for. Comma is hope, just like semi-colon is (the better) alternative to a full-stop. It’s an appeal to pause and to look around, to not get lost in details when it gets too much, to not lose track of all that makes life beautiful.

Virus

I watched Lady Bird for the first time on 26th March. I remember the day because I had woken up to my phone buzzing with messages from concerned friends and family – US had overtaken China on the Covid dashboard the previous night to hit 85k cases, and the world was slowly waking up to…

Where numbers come from

So one day last year, three of us were discussing about the rise of BJP in India. The conversation mainly revolved around their proliferation despite outright communal agendas and intolerance. P1 : But I mean, who votes for these bigots? I don’t expect a remotely sensible person would vote them to power. Me : I…

But why aren’t we cashless yet?

after all we’re the nation of Ramanujam and Aryabhatta and an array of astonishingly great GDP figures. Surely if nothing else we should be able to produce good numbers, no?

Dear UPSC –

From UPSC Prelims Paper – 2017 When you read Statement No. 3 and wonder : Was that sarcasm? Or maybe it’s UPSC’s way of presenting to students a light-hearted moment in the middle of a stressful test? WAAAAIT, is this a tactic to screen for anti/nationalist tendencies? If so, screen in or out? Omg, has…

When Global Warming caught up with my school project – the Rise of the Dead

No we didn’t really have projects, we had assignments. But they were ‘project work’ according to the ICSE institution (or was it just my institution?) so yeah we wrote them up in outlined A4 sheets (no you weren’t allowed to get them printed) and attached a front-page titled <insert subject> PROJECT. In 10th class (2009-’10),…

How I Made It To the IAS

Disclaimer : This is a grossly misleading account of how I, a non-existent guy, made it to a non-existent service. Kindly do not take it to heart or mind or soul. More importantly, do not hunt me down. This article is a standalone piece on my path to IAS aka Indian Acronyms Service, a new…

Mind Your Own Pickle

Here I present before you the story of X, a typical South Indian middle class boy .(‘X’ so that I don’t have to keep repeating names like Ramesh, Suresh, Subramaniam, Gopalakrishnankutty etc but guess I missed the point already). So, X made and sold pickle all day and all night. Yes, it was the love…