#12 That Place Between Peace and Chaos

While growing up, I had only heard about the dance bars of Mumbai in news channels. A news anchor would announce the breaking news about a raid in Mumbai dance bar and women were arrested. Usually, mom or dad would change the channel the moment face covered women would appear on the screen.

It has been a year since I moved to Mumbai to make it big in life but I never went to the dance bars. I never felt the need. A friend of mine got engaged back in my hometown. His marriage was in

#1 That Girl I Met

It was a big day for me. I was hopeful but nervous too. Getting into the final round of that job interview was a big deal for me. It was one of India’s best international call centers after all. Cracking its final round meant thousands of rupees in my bank account every month, and my family no longer mocking me for being of no use.

I was new to the city. I was still not comfortable with the weather, people and local language. I reached there all drenched due to unexpected rain

#11 That Night With The Ludo Champ

I could hear those voices in my head. My imagination was quite vivid – a TV reporter was flashing in front of my eyes, reading out the news about my suicide – ‘Suvreen Goyal, a 26-year-old girl who worked in an IT company, cut her wrists and killed herself. Since she was living alone in a 1BHK apartment in Block D of Famous Height 2 in Koregaon Park, nobody got to know as she bled throughout the night. Her parents were informed about this tragedy when they reached Pune&helli

#10 That Night With The Smoke up Supreme

We keep hearing about legends that often sound strange, fascinating or sometimes absurd to us. We usually don’t believe in them. Sometimes we even laugh at them. However, deep down, there’s a child in us that wants these legends to exist. Deep down, we want our world to be a lot more than what we see around us.

My days in Pune had many landmark moments and a few of them involved meeting interesting people. In fact, on my second day in the city, there was a girl I met dur

#7 That Demon Within

I remember that day clearly – the day when my life collided with her's. I remember entering the Mitti Café on that Saturday afternoon and Eddie Vedder’s song ‘Long Nights’ from the movie Into The Wild reaching my ears. Monsoons in Indore had arrived late. For days, the dark clouds had not allowed any sunshine over the city. I remember these fine details of that day, not only because my life had collided with her, but also because it was the day when I met th

#9 That Encounter with the Miracle

It wasn’t easy for me to keep my eyes off him. His eyes, however, were fixed on a book, unaware of my stare. I don’t have a name for him, but whenever I think of him, I think of the word ‘Miracle’. My mother needed a cataract surgery and I was in an eye hospital with her to get it done.

My mother and I, along with other patients and their relatives were waiting for the doctor to arrive. The hallway leading towards the operation theater had benches on either s

#8 That Boy At War

I knew the war had begun. When I rummage through my memories now, I realize that the seed of that long battle was sown precisely during that time. There were no arms involved yet, no sound of gun fires, no declarations made by either of the army chiefs yet. It was only the media that was buzzing with noise, but at the border, there was nothing but silence. However, the day I received orders from my army chief to ‘get active’; I knew this silence wouldn’t last for long. I kne

#2 In The Names of God

The theme for that year’s Inter College Photography Competition was ‘Traffic Signals’. It excited me the moment I saw the notice on my college notice board. I borrowed a camera from a friend and began wandering around busy traffic signals of Indore to get my perfect shot.

On the first day, early in the morning, I clicked pictures of sweepers while they did their job. Later, I captured a guy apologizing to a traffic cop for breaking some rule and then took a few sho

#3 That Breakup Talk

She reached twenty seven minutes late. For a change, I was the one waiting for her that day. Though it wasn’t tough for me – it’s easy to kill time when you’re sitting on the edge of marine drive, overlooking the sea. She arrived, threw her handbag and sat about ninety inches away from me.

I looked at her, but she wasn’t looking back. I was looking to have a matured conversation with her and was hoping she would be less furious. It had been a month that

#4 That Internal Conflict

“Don’t you think this is a little awkward?” I asked.

“It kind of is, but I think we should still give it a try,” he said.

Usually, I would never accept an offer like that, but I don’t know why I said yes. One of my close friends called me an evening before and said that her friend in Indore had a recent break up with his girlfriend, just like how I had a breakup with Aman recently. She thought I needed someone to talk to and that guy nee

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