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The Unique Satyanarain: Secularism, Goan Style!

Humourist Soumya keenly observes rituals in government offices in various parts of India. Goa holds the surprise. Smile with him, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Traditionally, offices in the government sector in our secular country do not observe any religious ceremony of any faith. This is largely followed in the Eastern sector, […]

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Of Rashtrabhasha, Bongs and Faux Pas!

We usually think in one language and translate in another. Much is lost in translation, and the meaning often changes. Post college, when Soumya joined the productive workforce, it was in the government sector, and the lingua franca was our Rashtrabhasa. Written work was in archaic English, but spoken word remained primarily Hindi, as the […]

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A Walk in the Park

Humourist Soumya talks about the many sights and sounds of morning walk in Mumbai, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   The gentle musical notes of the cell phone sound jarring. This is followed by a poke in the ribs, a minute later, which is even more so. I reluctantly open my bleary […]

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My First Punju Wedding as an Invited Guest

Humourist Soumya tells us about the boisterous and exuberant Punjabi (slang: Punju) wedding as an invited guest. The Big Fat Punjabi Wedding is a place to be. Here’s more in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Bollywood has brought the Punjabi wedding into everyone’s drawing rooms, and nowadays most weddings in India have become […]

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Cooking my Goose

Here’s an interesting account by Soumya, a humourist, on cooking. We are introducing his humour column, beginning this week, on Tuesdays, exclusively on Different Truths. I am a foodie. My girth hints at it. I take a keen interest in the creative process of cooking too, but all strictly theoretical. I also enjoy cooking as […]

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My Favorite Christmas Tree

Here’s an excerpt story from the New York-based Joseph Ferguson’s latest short fiction collection, Shillelagh Law. It’s a must read. The story originally appeared in Ellipsis: An Anthology of Humorous Short Stories, August 2016. The author submitted this humourous story, to appear as a Book Extract, exclusively for Different Truths. The names in this story are true. Only […]

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Cantonment Calling: Foot in the Mouth

There are some hard lessons to be learnt as an Army wife. Lily reveals tongue in cheek that her transformation from a fire brand student leader to a robot like creature, bereft of superior intellect, was not a long ride. There is a hierarchy that must be strictly observed amongst the women folk wedded to the uniform as well. […]

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The Circle of Love

Mamta takes us into the magical world of songs and dances during weddings. Ladies Sangeet is an important ritual, filled with fun and frolic. She reminisces a celebration of the yore. A wonderful storyteller, the surprise ending is enchanting. The raat-jaga (night out) or the Ladies Sangeet of the yore was very different from its […]

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Sing, and Louder Sing…

Lily takes a tongue-in- cheek look at music and singing in this humorous piece. An aged man is but a paltry thing,  A tattered coat upon a stick, unless  Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing  For every tatter in its mortal dress ~ Sailing to Byzantium, WB Yeats “God respects me when […]

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Letter from America: State of the Race

Renowned political satirist, Robert Brenner, is Different Truths’ columnist. His take on democracy and the forthcoming American Presidential Election will have you in splits. Here’s his column on the probable Presidential candidates for the forthcoming election. Dear Indians, Sorry for not writing for so long. I’ve been busy. A lot has been happening. On the Republican side, […]

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