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Cooped up in Kodaikanal

Reading Time: 3 minutesContinuing with the backpacking trip in the South of India in the last column, Soumya tells us about a trip to Kodaikanal, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. We took a local bus from Madurai and checked in at the Tamilnadu Tourism Guest House in Kodaikanal.  The town is a very pretty picture-postcard sort […]

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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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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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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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What it is to be a Wife of a Geologist!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a tongue-in-cheek account by Dr. Preeti about what it’s to be a geologist’s wife. A humourous account of a rocky relationship, exclusively for Different Truths.   “Civilisation exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” ~ Will Durant An army wife is called a ‘Braveheart’ but a geologist’s wife is called a ‘Stone-heart’. She […]

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Idiosyncrasies of the Administrator

Reading Time: 4 minutesNo amount of agitation, street theater, or NGOs can accomplish what one civil servant who is ‘civil’ and believes in ‘service’ can. So the time and energy spent in deciding how to change the world, like we did in our misspent youth, would be better-used mugging up thick tomes and Manorama Yearbooks, or whatever it […]

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Memorable Meals I Have Had

Reading Time: 6 minutesHumourist Soumya tells us of the many adventures of his, in the company of others, between 1983 and 2013. He mixes humour, food, drinks, fancy-free, and footloose bohemian life of a backpacker, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I am a foodie.  My girth gives credence to the fact. But when I try […]

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The Sight of Policemen gives me the Heebie-Jeebies

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt was during the impecunious student days that we traveled the city and even the country using public transport, whenever we couldn’t persuade kindly strangers to offer lifts, but neglected the formality of coughing up the fare. Sometimes the keepers looked askance at these liberties, and ingenious ruses would keep us from their clutches. Here’s […]

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