Author: Soumya Mukherjee

Mapless in Madras

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe columnist and his young wife were next woken up at Kanyakumari, which was completely deserted and pitch dark, at about two in the morning, and the bus went off, as did the passengers who alighted there. We two were left quite literally in the dark, lost souls in what appeared to be a ghost […]

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An Amazing Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutesIs it possible that real life experiences replicate the ones that fictional heroes had in books? Soumya, relives some such moments, during a recent trip to England. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I too, like many of you, re-read Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat whenever I want to destress.  You, no doubt, […]

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Giving out the Prizes

Reading Time: 5 minutesA new legislation made it mandatory to spend money on CSR. This excited the author and brought him back to his activist college days, before decades of selling to earn his daily bread and tipple had dulled all sensibilities. What happened in a village school, reveals Soumya, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. […]

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Marriage Blues

Reading Time: 3 minutesOur humourist tells us about two married couples in a train journey, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I was on a Calcutta-bound Rajdhani when a fascinating family drama unfolded across the passage. I was occupying a berth on the passage side of the coach. Opposite me, the four berths were taken by […]

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The Custodian

Reading Time: 5 minutesSoumya shares the highs and lows of hitch-hiking in a truck, after a cancelled flight to Delhi, with two men and a lady. Read more about this adventure, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. It was the worst trip of my life. My guardian angel was working overtime battling some ancient curse which […]

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Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright

Reading Time: 4 minutesHumourist Soumya narrates a real-life incident of tiger watching, in a different genre, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. The tiger, I had come to the conclusion, was a mythical beast. Years of tramping up to its supposed haunt on days spent peering out of car windows, open jeeps, elephant backs and machans on freezing […]

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Calcutta Cameo: Of Fetidness and Joy!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya presents two snapshots of Calcutta as he saw it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. During a recent visit to my hometown – the city that defies definition, a couple of scenes, framed by the rattling windows of the city’s cacophonic local buses, stay frozen in my mind. The first was […]

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V-Day Blues!

Reading Time: 5 minutesHumourist Soumya shares a fictionalised story of his daughter, Medha, and her Valentine’s Day blues. Here’s a special feature, on the eve of the V-Day, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. My little girl had shared this funny story of heartbreak with me, which I am trying to fictionalise. Medha had just moved […]

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When Names Determine the Sex!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHumourist Soumya tells us the gender confusion that names create, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In the days before gender identity became infra dig and when fond parents gave toy cars and guns to little boys and dolls and ribbons to little girls without being politically incorrect. I was burdened with a […]

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A Nude Interlude!

Reading Time: 3 minutesSoumya, our humourist, recounts a real-life story, an incident from the life of his maternal great-grandfather, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. This is a story of my maternal great-grandfather, the scion of a feudal family in strained circumstances, who was pursuing his higher education in Calcutta with a view to improving these […]

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