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Battle of Chores

“You don’t do any work around the house!” the wife said, making no effort to hide her obvious displeasure. A conversation that starts like this is rarely going to end agreeably, and at some level, I already knew that. But my consciousness thought it could squirm out of this one too, just as it had done for the last 25 ...

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Why the rise in oil prices doesn’t matter?

With all the recent hoopla about oil prices having gone through the roof, I thought to myself, “Will life without oil be all that bad?” Of course it will, I said to myself, all the vehicles in the world would have to be sold off for nothing, millions of industries would shut down and nations and economies would collapse bringing ...

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Meeting Her Parents – Part II

I’m sitting inside my girlfriend’s house and her parents are evaluating if I’m the right kind of guy for their daughter. I’m frozen with fear, but making my best effort to look normal. Her Dad scans me from top to bottom. He looks disapprovingly at my T-shirt. I’m praying that there is an earthquake or a terrorist attack so that ...

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Long Road 2 Jawahar

Starring: Mom, Dad. Bro, Bro’s wife (Sis), Scared Bengali Driver (SBD), Tata Sumo and Your’s truly. THE SCENE: It’s 9.30 PM. Yours truly and family are returning home from Shirdi in scared Bengali driver’s Tata Sumo, when the road forks into two, leaving us with the option of either taking the Igatpuri route to Mumbai (straighter, shorter road, pathetic condition) ...

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Drinivas : II

The next day, Drinivas is looking a little drowsy. It seems he’s been up all night trying to come up with a strategy that will work with the Russian exchange student. Yesterday, he made a big fuss about not listening to my advice and how he was going to come up with a killer strategy. Now don’t get me wrong, ...

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Young and Stupid 7

Chapter VII The sound of the bell echoed through the house, striking a chord of fear in our hearts. “Please tell me that was your impression of the doorbell.” I rhetorically said. It rang again, this time sounding more like a death knell. “What do we do now?” she whispered. “Just stay right there, I’ll check through the peep hole, ...

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Young & Stupid – 5

Even though the rickshaw-wallah drove like a nervous 18 yr old at a driving test, we were home before we knew it. I got out first, and thanked our chauffeur for the evening while she paid for the ride home. I then held my hand out for her and escorted her to the gate as the rickshaw revved and whizzed ...

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A Day with nerds

Back in College, our class was divided into 3 distinct categories. The first category, I called the “Nerd Circle”. These were the guys that sat in the first bench everyday, got the highest marks and were preparing for the IIT entrance. Daily morning conversation in this circle was along these lines: Nerd#1: “Did you guys do all the math problems ...

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Young and Stupid (Part III)

My plans for the evening were simple. No fuss required. Just some nice music, some good snacks, maybe flowers, maybe chocolates too. Then again, a little surprise gift would be thoughtful as well. It all sounded so perfect until I checked my wallet that is. I discovered that I had a grand total of Rs.30 on me. I felt like ...

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The disadvantages of superhero costumes

Chyrag Mahabal, whose name sounds like a superhero when you come to think of it, has a great new theory on why most superheroes are… you know… I don’t know how many of the people reading this really understand what it means to be a superhero in a tight rubber costume. It’s not fighting monsters, saving the world and sleeping ...

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