Vanakkam Varanasi: A holiday in Benares

In May 2019, I was pursuing my B.Tech at SSN College of Engineering, Chennai. I was a third year IT student who had just finished her internship with contend and appeasement. A serious pre-final year who was expected to jet her entire focus into her placement preps. But, having finished my internship early, my heart…

On The Cutting Board

Originally posted on yaskhan:
Said the cutting board to the knife When you do your chop chop All the veggies go drop dropCut up to be curriedIn no way hurried Steamed, stir fried Pickled or dried All nutrients suppliedOn farmers relied When the sky opened up cried The soil that crumbled n died lived and…

The Albatross

I penned down ‘The Albatross’ on 24th January, 2022, in lieu of the National Girl Child Day in India. I felt that it was not only an occasion to honor young girls but also, to celebrate the child in every woman. Let me take this small opportunity to give a tribute to all those mothers,…

Kashmir O’ Kashmir, are you truly so beautiful?

”Agar Firdaus bar ru-e-zamin ast, Hami ast o- hami ast o- hami ast!””If there is heaven on earth, it is here, it is here it is here!” –Emperor ‘Jahangir’ Salim, Fourth of the Mughal Dynasty. I’m from Chennai, the southern most metro city in India, situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is very…

The Sun and the Moon

Jonna Jinton is a beautiful Nordic wood-lander and prominent YouTuber. Re-watching her tantalizing experiences of living in the very lap of nature engulfed me in an ephemeral euphoria. The allure of the Polar Night and the Midnight Sun‘s panoramas is something beyond mesmerizing. As she explained in her soporific voice the distinctive beauty of dark…

A letter to SSR

Late Sushant Singh Rajput or SSR was a Bollywood Actor and small-time philanthropist. He died on 14 June 2020 at the age of 34 in Mumbai, India, of alleged suicide by hanging. There were many rumors regarding the cause of his demise. He was one of the few actors who made his way to a…

Yellow’s yearning

The amber hue of the bouncing sunbeams pseudo-warmed her. As she pulled her honey-colored pashmina closer around her neck against the chill zephyrs of the autumn evening, Princess Yellow sighed a wistful sigh. The wizened leaves buffeted in the occasional strong breeze that twilight. She was superfluous. She knew it. The fifth princess of Queen…

Little Johnny

Johnny Meredith Sebastian is a kindergarten graduate. He lives with his mom and dad next door and also celebrated his 6th birthday yesterday. I have known Johnny since he was several months old. With both parents working as software engineers, his life as an infant and a toddler wasn’t easy. He was in every notion,…

Manas and the Matchstick factory

Stories limning the horrors of child labor come to limelight sporadically from all corners of the world. Loosely based on the life of child matchgirls during the industrial revolution and inspired by true accounts of child labor in the fireworks industry in Sivakasi, India, this work of fiction aims to promote awareness and desideratum of…

A walk in the wild

The call of the African wild is anything but tame! With flora and fauna at it’s bountiful best, the coexistence of an indigenous ecosystem and the vibrant culture ne’er fails to quench the thirst of fervent hearts! Get ready to embark on a convivial ride with me in the exciting Safari at Johannesburg, South Africa!…