Author: Soumya Mukherjee

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind –1

Reading Time: 5 minutesFancy-free and footloose, three friends decide on an adventurous trip. They meet an Australian bicyclist and decide to visit a wildlife resort, meeting villagers and a sadhu. Here’s the first part of the two-part serial, by Soumya, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The tourists spotted some movement in the grass and a […]

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Close Encounters of the Final Kind

Reading Time: 4 minutesSoumya tells us how he, with his two daughters, survived parasailing in the rough sea in Goa. Did the close brush with death break them or make them stronger? Here’s a real-life account, in a different genre, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. My daughter had written a story on death, at an […]

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Of Unwanted Guests and the Guest who Came for Dinner and Never Left!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a humourous account, by Soumya, of gatecrashing parties as unwanted guests and how the misdeed caught up with the protagonist, many moons later, much to his embarrassment. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  Having read Ten Days that Shook the World and having seen the film Reds, where John Reed is played brilliantly […]

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The Journey and the Transformation of the Traditional Italian Pizza

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe traditional Pizza is the Marinara, or the seafarer’s dish, and consisted of garlic and olive only, and sometimes, seafood from the catch if it could be spared. It is still prepared that way, as we sampled to find out. Tomato may be added, but no cheese. Soumya tells us about the metamorphosis of Pizza, […]

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Impressions of Italy

Reading Time: 3 minutesOur humourist dabbles in the travelogue. He likens Italy with India, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Italy is just like India.  I didn’t meet a single Italian there.  Whenever asked “Are you Italian” I usually received replies, “No I am Roman, Tuscan, Florentine, Neapolitan, etc.”  Just as we cannot find Indians in […]

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Was it a Brush with Ghosts?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhat do we fear more, ghosts or the scare of ghosts? In black humour, Soumya tells us that he almost had three brushes with ghosts, in his weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Since my teenage days, I had been fascinated by the idea of ghosts.  From Doyle to Poe to more popular contemporary writers […]

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Out of the Mouths of Babes and Infants

Reading Time: 3 minutesOur humourist, Soumya, shares hilarious moments with his baby daughter, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. There was a popular American Television programme where a celebrity host asked some questions to various toddlers and get perfectly honest and logical responses which sound hilarious to adults. All parents I am sure have gone through […]

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How the Ancient Mariner Lost his Albatross

Reading Time: 4 minutesHere’s a story within a story from Soumya, in a genre different from humour, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. He wasn’t that ancient really, being a well preserved old sailor, and he did not have to hold me with his glittering eye, as his tales of exotic places around the world were […]

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Our Opinion about Kashmir Changed!

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe are often conditioned by our biases and prejudices. This is what Soumya felt during a visit to Kashmir. A different shade of writing from our humourist, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. A few years back, we had gone for a family vacation to Kashmir. We had the usual apprehension that the […]

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A Bollywood Analysis: AAP Yahan Aye, Kisliye?

Reading Time: 3 minutes  The intellectual in the drawing room had reached the conclusion, depending on affiliation, that AAP is BJP’s B team and Congress mole, says our humourist Soumya, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. The phenomenal rise of the mango people party raised the skeptic’s eyebrows. No one believed them except the gullible mango […]

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