Everyday I’m (not) Hustling

If you don’t workout at all then this read is going to make you super happy to join the fitclub; If you’ve just started off, then maybe you can learn from my mistake; If you’re a crazy hardcore killer-of-workouts, breaker of PRs and mother of all flash diets then you definitely need to read this.…

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Chasing Beauty

Spinning on the dresser chair with half my body hanging in the air, I would eye my mother’s cosmetics, every time she was setting her room up: one of my time passing activities as a kid (because there were no gadgets and the television was timed). I loved fiddling with all her stuff, especially the…

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Chai ka Daag (चाय का दाग)

ये पीली shirt पे लगे, चाई का दाग़ ने मुझे, वो याद दिला दिया। कई बार सोचा था, कि एक बार मिला लूँ; नम्बर याद तो था ही मुझे, पर डर ने उँगलियों को जकड़ा था, और सवालों ने मन को उलझाया। कई बार तो ऐसा भी हुआ की phone हाथो में लेकर, उसमें कुछ लिखती फिर मिटाती, फिर कुछ लिखती फिर भेजने की हिम्मत ना जुटा पाती। ये लिख कर मिटाने की जैसे, आदत सी लग गयी थी मुझे। ‘तुम क्या सोचोगे’ ये डर, मेरी network भी समझ रही थी जैसे। सुबह को चाई की चुस्की में गूढ़, इलाइची और तुम्हारे ख़यालों को भी घोल देती थी में; अधरक की अक्सर ज़रूरत भी नहीं पढ़ती थी। सुबह की अख़बार जब पापा पढ़ते, तो पीछे से सारे शब्द धुँधले से दिखते मुझे। माँ जब रसोई से आवाज़ देती थी—”बेटा!” तो ये कान, अपने ही कोई धुन को घूरती रहती। फिर जब cab आती, तो कुछ हमेशा पीछे छूट जाता; लेकिन, तुम्हारे किताब को कस के पकड़, हर दिन की शुरुआत करती थी मैं। Office में काम तो वैसे भी कोई नहीं करता, तो मैं फिर वो किताब खोल लेती। Boss आता तो computer की ओर नज़रें फेर लेती। Boss जाता तो तुम्हारे अदृश्य पन्नो पे; जो AC के हवा से आगे पीछे हो गयी थी। तो कहाँ छोड़ा था, वहीं से फिर शुरू हो जाती। इतने में दूसरी चाई के cup में, तुम्हारे ख़याल ताज़ा हो जाते। ऐसे पड़ते है शायद, किताबी कीड़े। उनको कहानी से इतनी आस हो जाती है, की कुछ भी समय मिलते ही उसमें गुम हो जाने को मन करता है। फिर एक दिन मेरी दोस्त रोशनी ने, मुझे कुछ पढ़ते वक़्त शर्माते हुए देखा, और मुझे कंधे से पकड़ हिलाया। तो मानो किताब थी ही नहीं जैसे; चित्र पर पानी फेर दिया हो वैसे। TV देखते वक़्त, कोई आकर बंद कर दिया हो जैसे। जलती मचिस को पानी में ढाल दिया हो वैसे। मेरी ख़यालों की क़दर— जैसे नोट बन्दी में पुराने नोटो की। कुछ चाई, मेरी office के shirt पे, ये दाग़ भी छोड़ गए उस दिन।  रोशनी ने मेरे ख़्यालों को चाय में buiscut के जैसे डूबा कर,  मुझे कहा– ‘सभ ख़यालों में ही हो जाता तो कितना आसान होता मेरी मानो चलो अभी बात करो’। उसने हाथ से phone झपटकर…

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Dive Deep

In one of those weekly fights with my elder sister (when we were really young), for a change my mom had taken her side. I was furious and not knowing how to channel my anger, I put some home-made scrub into the back pockets of her jeans, that were hanging behind the bathroom door. That…

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Roots (जड़)

सोच ही जड़ है अगर तो नयी सोच की भूक जगानी होगी। सोच बदलोगे, तो हम अछे पूर्वज कहलाएँगे।फिर भी सिर्फ़ कहना “Remember your roots”;क्यूँकि समय के साथ नयी जड़ो की ज़रूरत होगी,नयी सोच की ज़रूरत होगी। हम नहीं रहेंगे पर, कुछअच्छा छोड़ जाएँगे।  पेड़ों को काट दे, कचड़ो को जलाकनदियों में बहा दे;धुँआ की जैसे आदत ही हो गयी है,और जानवरों को खाना हमें सही लगे।क्या यही हम कर के जाएँगे?क्या इन जड़ो के साथ जी पाएँगे आने वाली फ़सल, और नई डालियाँ?कौन देख पाएगा लटकते आम,और हथेली पे महसूस बारिश के बूंद?क्या सोच…

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Are you Breathing?

Einstein’s theory of relativity states that light travels in the same speed in vacuum and air. It is not affected by the speed at which the observer is travelling. Sun being a constant and the biggest source of light, we took our relative movement in comparison to the sun and invented TIME. Earth is revolving…

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Break That

I was in my teens, when it was five in the morning, still dark outside and suddenly I heard someone’s knuckles playing a band on the door of my cupboard (90s kids didn’t have the privilege of locking their rooms). I woke up irritated and it was my dad, I don’t know if he was…

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Light Up

Recently a friend of mine asked me, ‘how she can make her fiancé feel special by gifting something non materialistic’. I had so many ideas and immediately sent her a list of things. After some hours (it doesn’t hit me instantly, I’m a little slow) I had an epiphany after an argument. Yes, it takes…

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The Craving

When I was in school I would see some of my classmates clambering to get the teacher’s eyes on her. It was such a rush if you were told to read or get a special mention for just saying something smart. In college just flickering your hair around a lot or being loud would get…

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The Short and Tall of Things

Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted something desperately and someone you know is getting it? A car, a new phone, materialistic things, a vacation, a good friend, a great life partner, amazing parents (especially when you’ve been grounded by your folks), friendly boss, an enthusiastic team, great network, fame and the…

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Vegan Brazilian Nut Truffle

(Serves 16 pieces) (Vegan) Cook Time: 45 min **HEALTHY  Ingredients For the Filling1 cup brazil nuts (120g)2 tbsp peanut butter 4 tbsp desiccated coconut + more for sprinkling2 tbsp coconut oil (optional)3 tbsp Date syrup  (or Jaggery Melted)½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out/ few drops vanilla essence For the Chocolate coating½ cup Melted chocolate (any Vegan chocolate…

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Strawberry Jam

Serves – 2 small Jars (no sugar) Cook time: 40 min **Healthy **Vegan Ingredients 1 box of strawberry 1/2 a lemon squeezed (no seeds)1/2 cup melted jaggery In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until its completely mashed. transfer to a heavy bottomed saucepan, add melted jaggery, and lemon juice and set it boiling.…

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