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Of Man & Dog

No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings …

BardsOfTheBlogosphere Week2 Ch 6 – What lies beneath the surface #CelebrateBlogging

Authors note: This is the sixth chapter of week 2 in the "Game of Blogs" for the team "Bards of the Blogosphere." #CelebrateBlogging To read the previous chapter, click here .      “Okay. You now have m…

#5sentences Thank you note

Earlier this month, I had asked for your help for getting my short story   considered for Indireads Second Short Story   contest. A lot of you were gracious enough to help via social media platforms in sharing the story as wel…

Kalathappam

If you carefully observe the savory dishes showcased in a traditional Onam sadya  or even the traditional Malabar cuisine , you will find an abundant use of easily available local products including coconuts, rice, bananas et…

Whose snake is it anyway?

Eager to share more comical anecdotes here, I had asked my fellow doctors about funny incidents that had occurred during their career that they felt would be worth sharing with the general public. As the responses poured in, I …

How to Write Short Romance...

A Daily Romance asked me if I would be willing to share a few points that I felt were essential to making a good short romantic tale. That did get me thinking... What really goes into making a love story memorable? A lot ob…

Alcohol Withdrawal: Just another thing Kerala is not prepared for post-prohibition

Today, I am going to be focusing on a topic which I predict is going to discussed across the country (and especially in my home state) quite extensively in the days to come, once the new 'alcohol prohibition' law is enfo…

The Ongoing novel of Team 'Bards of the Blogosphere' #CelebrateBlogging

As part of Blogadda's ongoing " Game of Blogs ", teams of ten bloggers from across the country come together and share their individual insights to help create a unique "one of its kind" novel where all t…

#15to50 Challenge: Live the Lie

“This cheery persona, these colorful masks... they are all a lie. I feel so empty inside.” “Then live the lie.” he told me. "Be one with the cheery false appearances until gradually the lie becomes your reality and…

Bards of the Blogosphere: Chapter 1 - Princess' Day Out.  #CelebrateBlogging

Authors note: This is the first chapter in the "Game of Blogs" for the team "Bards of the Blogosphere." #CelebrateBlogging “You know, she was really beautiful on that stage.” He nodded as he looke…

This is not how my story ends #SuicidePrevention

Depression is not a sin. In India, people will take medical treatment for impotency but they will never take aid for depression or related bipolar disorders. That is something we all noticed as doctors. The stigma of menta…

Yummy Crab Curry

Everyone always mentions the site from which they took their stock photos for their blog posts. Well, this post is slightly different. Because this crab curry dish and the pictures all originate …

What's your favourite song featuring 'you' ?

"Unse Nazar Kya Milin Roshan Fizaein Ho Gayee..." -  Hosh walon ko, 'Sarfarosh', 1999 And instantly I smile. That single line within an already awesome song elevates the number to a ethereal plane f…

Fact: Snakes can still kill you after they have lost their head!

If you know our Indian myths and folk lores you would know better than to piss off a snake. Those guys are vindictive sons of reptiles and often reincarnate into Sridevi and come back to take revenge on you after death. Say …

My story shortlisted at Indireads 2nd Short Story Contest

I am taking part in the Indireads Second Short Story contest being held presently. If you recall, I had participated last year as well under the 'Crime' category and eventually won  that year. In fact, that year both my…

Onam Sadya

Sadya refers to the traditional banquet of vegetarian dishes, served in Kerala. Give a Malayalee a chance to talk on it and he will chew your ear off with his take on the who/what/when/wheres related to the sadya. So what are…

Have your Onam Flower carpets ready! Coz' Mahabali is coming to town!

And considering where Mahabali is coming from, you just know that he is not going to be as judgemental as that Santa Claus fella' from the North Pole! No 'naughty or nice' list for him! You know that the Kerala…

MakeMyHome: Dining Hall - Back to your roots

Leave your mobiles on the drawers everyone because when we sit together for a meal, we share our smileys and jokes with the people on that table. The very simple act of dining together seems to have turned into a rarity today. S…

MakeMyHome - Bedroom: Luxury & Passion

The bedroom is not just about passion, as every starry eyed teen imagines... it is where we are our most vulnerable too. It is where we long to return to as the day winds down and where we wish we restart our clocks the next mor…

MakemyHome - The Kids room: Freedom of expression

You will be alright, my child. I truly believe that we do you a disservice by forcing our opinions upon you. Especially when you are young, you need to be able to experience things with that inquisitive nature that is inherent …

MakeMyHome: Living room - The serenity within blue

I have always found peace in blue. And I know I am not the only one. Contrary to the emotions associated with the popular saying about 'feeling blue' , the actual colour itself is widely revered among artists and psycho…

MakeMyHome - Study Room: My Faux cabin in the woods

I was always fascinated by the reading rooms portrayed in novels and Hollywood movies. A place within the house where one could retreat to his own solitude. Image courtesy: Har.com Available here I do wish I could ha…

The 10 peppiest TV theme songs of the last 25 years

Of all the new shows that debuted in 2014, the one show that really stood out for me with respect to the creative title credits and theme tune was definitely True Detective . With Woody Harrelson and Mathew McConaughey at argu…