Author: Shail Raghuvanshi

A Child murdered in Ryan; Tom Alter Fights Cancer; Sasikala Ousted; Blast in London Tube and Rohingya Refugees

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis week, Shail recasts five major events in the week that was in verse. A seven-year-child was brutally murdered in Ryan International School, Gurgaon, actor Tom Alter fights Cancer, Sasikala was ousted from her party in Tamilnadu, a blast in London tube injured many as terrorism raised its ugly head once again and the plight […]

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Gauri Lankesh Gunned Down, Brit Paedophile Assaults Blind Children, Personal Data as Currency and Golf through Fire

Reading Time: 2 minutesShail re-creates four news of the week gone by in verse. A fearless journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was gunned down at point blank range at her Bangalore home, by unknown assailants. A Brit paedophile assaulted three blind children in Delhi.  The Data Dollar Store, a pop-up shop in London, accepts personal data as currency. In the […]

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Hurricane Harvey, Mumbai Deluge, Unholy Baba and Blue Whale: Of Deaths, Shame, and Rape

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom beating drums, fire signals and cries of the ancient man, we had travelling bards moving from villages to villages, recounting many stories (read news) in India and elsewhere. These were the rich oral traditions. The storytellers were the first newspersons. We celebrate our legacy. Shail recounts top news of the week gone by, in […]

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A Knife for Life!

Reading Time: 9 minutesTwo women, Ria and Shanta Bai, belonging to different economic strata, do not just work in the same office. Piquantly their lives have many parallels too. Ria, a divorcee, and Shanta Bai, a widow, have similar challenges. Find out how Shanta Bai inspired Ria to deal with life, in the short story by Shail, as […]

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Kedar Basha Sharpens Knives and Lives without Remorse

Reading Time: 5 minutesA native of Harichandrapuram village, in Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, around 62km from Chennai, Kadar Basha has been a knife sharpener for the past 30 years. Pragmatic and down to earth, he began sharpening knives as a boy. His grandfather was a pious and charitable man, who donated four acres of land for a mosque. Whatever remained […]

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Life is Hard for Amudha but she is Tender like the Coconuts she Sells!

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt’s scary to see the bike riders in black coloured clothes in the backdrop of the Jallikattu protests in Chennai. Unfazed by all this is Amudha, who sells tender coconuts on the wayside. Despite the hardships of life, she is not a bitter cynic. She plans for the future and also splurges. For her younger son’s wedding, she spent […]

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Despite Hearing Disability Kadar ekes out a Living Selling Socks

Reading Time: 5 minutesLife is not easy for 61-year old Kadar. Though he is neither sad nor depressed, asking about his hearing disability is a delicate task. He lost his hearing ability at around six years, when his father had slapped him hard. He avoided his father for the rest of his life. He had a shop in Burma Bazar for […]

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Broken and Lonely, Raju, the Vegetable Seller, Loves Crows

Reading Time: 4 minutesThirty-six-year-old Raju, a vegetable seller, is lonely and broken. He was blamed for theft by his cousin, who was later caught red–handed, and lost his job. His wife was poisoned by his sister-in- law and she left him. He tries hard to make both ends meet, caring for his aged father. He wishes a child to call him […]

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Bamboo Weaving, a Dying Craft, Makes Life Difficult for Gopi

Reading Time: 4 minutesFifty-two-year- old Gopi had been working on a Chennai sidewalk for the past 30 years. Maybe, the tree that was a part of his handmade work hanging on one of its branches, witnessed the ups and downs in this bamboo weaver’s business. A native of Chennai, he inherited traditional family business from his father. There is hardly any work these days. A lone man, carrying of a business that is a thing of the past, shows how things have changed. Shail profiles life on the streets, in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths.

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Mohammed Rubin: He Journeys from Riches to Rags with Grace!

Reading Time: 5 minutesFifty-two-year-old Mohammed Rubin runs a wayside eatery in a small kiosk. He says that he wasn’t always in the eatery business. For 15 years he worked in Saudi Arabia, in the shipping business. When he returned to India, in 2013, he decided to start some business. For almost three years, he suffered. Whichever business he did, failed. It […]

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