Secret Letters

I write letters to you. Letters I’ll never post, Letters I’ll read and reread and imagine your replies to. Should I have used the bird stamps? Or the blue ones with the airplanes? Would you be home when the postman got there? Where would you tear the envelope? Would you make a clean cut Or…

Paper-Cut

Phone calls are so usual, unending silences fill them. Texting is now widely regarded as the best way to propagate misunderstanding. Yes, we had letters. Now we converse in dreams. In a particularly strange dream last night, I found myself hovering over the sand, at the beach where we walked, wiping away all of my…

चिट्ठी Or چٹّھی

बहुत दिन हुए तुम्हें देखे, तुम से मिले, कभी आवाज़ ही सुना दिया करते थे, सो अब वो भी नहीं, ख़ैरियत से हो? और तुम्हारे शहर की सड़कें, कुछ बड़ी सी, कुछ ख़ाली सी, कुछ भरी सी, रोज़ तुम्हें घर से दफ़्तर ले जातीं, दुरुस्त हैं? हर शाम उस घर वापिस भी ले आतीं, जिसे…

Imaginary Letter to a wall Lizard

Wonders never cease in real life. Some are small wonders and others are even smaller. I had a series of such teeny little wonderful things recently during my ten day sojourn at the Dhamma Peeth Vipassana centre in Dholka near Ahmedabad. I am mortally afraid of insects – red ants, common spiders, roaches, crickets etc….