Potpourri

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Many Friends, One Life!

Susmita Bhattacharya

Susmita Bhattacharya

Susmita, a commerce graduate from Bombay University, is trained in HR management. She is an entrepreneur and fashions designer sarees. Susmita practices Reki and yoga. She dabbles with fusion styles and experiments with clothes and accessories.Her interests range from culinary skills to various dance forms, from meditation to exercise. She stays in Dubai with her husband and two sons.
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Friends are like angels, helping, guiding, guarding, encouraging in different ways. They help us tide through our trial and tribulations. Life is like a stream. When we start we have speed, rush, force and less depth. We are in a hurry like a small steep stream gushing from the mountains. Then, we gain momentum when […]

Today is Another Night!

Anindita Bose

Kolkata-based Anindita Bose is a postgraduate in English from the University of Calcutta. She believes words have immense possibilities to create life out of nothing. Her poems are part of various national and international anthologies. She is a working professional and is actively involved in activities of a poetry group named ‘Rhythm Divine’ of which she is co-founder. She is into short-story writing, script-writing, subtitling, painting and travelling.

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Life is wondrous! We all deal with pain and losses. We hide feelings. We, like the author, often ponder if it would be possible for us to take the relationship to another level. Would she meet the right man is what she thinks? This is one of the most debatable topics among women these days. […]

Words Matter: The Lateral Learnings of a Writer

Abha Iyengar

An internationally author, poet and British Council certified creative writing facilitator. Abha’s story, “The High Stool”, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her poem-film “Parwaaz” won a special jury prize at Patras, Greece, acclaimed at international film festivals. She received the Lavanya Sankaran fellowship 2009-10. Her published works are Yearnings (poetry), Flash Bites (flash fiction), Shrayan (fantasy) Many Fish to Fry (novella) and The Gourd Seller and Other Stories (short stories).

Abha describes how as a writer, editor and book reviewer, she picked up interesting words through casual conversations, some word that flies in the air, or a work she suddenly stumbles upon. She finds a poem in her name, ‘Abha’ that resonates with her. Three more interesting words that she found were ‘chumma’, ‘itemgiri’, and ‘mamitsu’, with different meanings. […]

Today is Love

Anindita Bose

Kolkata-based Anindita Bose is a postgraduate in English from the University of Calcutta. She believes words have immense possibilities to create life out of nothing. Her poems are part of various national and international anthologies. She is a working professional and is actively involved in activities of a poetry group named ‘Rhythm Divine’ of which she is co-founder. She is into short-story writing, script-writing, subtitling, painting and travelling.

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Anindita writes about Amma, her soulmate. She deals with love and avoid. The person she loved is no more. Love lingers, with sadness. Here’s a personal journey of the writer, exclusively for Different Truths. flowers and fragrances of sweet memories walk around the shadows of moments once cherished love is a memory that lives each […]

Cupid on the Assembly Line

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi did her post graduation in History from University of Allahabad. She writes short stories, reflective essays, prose pieces on every day life in national dailies and international e-magazines. She writes with equal ease in Hindi. For over two decades, as a teacher of English in college section at SMC, Allahabad, she has been
interacting with young minds, understanding their pulse and in turn being savvy on technology, fitness, fashion, humour and rumour too.
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Everyone is loving in the same conformist manner. It appears as if Love is on the assembly line with the same packing, the same shape, coming with an expiry date. Valentine’s Day has grabbed the eyeballs of the Indian nation, with a sizeable youthful population. This year it follows closely the footsteps of Vasant, the festival ushering spring; […]

Love: What They Say!

Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz Wadia

To Shernaz Wadia, reading and writing poems has been one of the means to embark on an inward journey. She hopes her words will bring peace, hope and light into dark corners. Her poems have been published in many e-journals and anthologies. She has published her own book of poems "Whispers of the Soul" and another titled "Tapestry Poetry - A Fusion of Two Minds" with her poetry partner Avril Meallem.
Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz collects quotes on love from writers, poets, scientists, satirists, comedians, actors, singers, artists with gratitude to internet sources. We see the myriad shades of love, as part of Special Feature on Valentine’s Day, exclusively in Different Truths. Love is a subject of perennial interest to all; an emotion everyone knows. Today, it will be eulogised in writing, […]

Faith Healing: How Effective is it!

Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz Wadia

To Shernaz Wadia, reading and writing poems has been one of the means to embark on an inward journey. She hopes her words will bring peace, hope and light into dark corners. Her poems have been published in many e-journals and anthologies. She has published her own book of poems "Whispers of the Soul" and another titled "Tapestry Poetry - A Fusion of Two Minds" with her poetry partner Avril Meallem.
Shernaz Wadia

Shernaz tells us about her visit to a faith healer, few decades back. Her mother had been bed-ridden with chronic and severe rheumatoid arthritis. Medication fortified by strong will power saw her pull through each agonising day. Two caring friends had cajoled this scribe. “Come with us just this once. Tell him about your mother’s condition and at […]

Winter is all About F-words!

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
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Winter is at its last leg in most Indian cities. Subhajit picked the brains of the young, the now generation, about what they felt about this season. The young respondents felt that winter is the best time for food, fashion and festivities. It’s a time to let down the hair, to relax and laze beneath quilts and […]

Coffee, Friend and Conversation: A Deadly Concoction!

Sailasree Potay

Sailasree Potay

Sailasree Potay is an educationist. She loves travelling and adventure with friends. Loves to read and meet people to understand their struggles and successes, which she truly cherishes. It helps her to better herself. Above all blessed to be a woman, a mother of two loving children and a partner to a loving man, who dares to show her the mirror.
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Every person self-pities himself/herself for doing so and thinks that they are the only ones dealing with problems and the rest are enjoying life. They end up asking the common question ‘why me?’ You see the grass always looks greener on the other side! This wrong notion creates a sense of helplessness and gives one the liberty to […]

Believe it or not, the Bible Verses about Food!

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan

Cholena Nashan means Song Bird, which is supposed to be tiny and loud. Cholena is neither tiny nor loud. She is a very imaginative person, she loves to shoot, cook, eat, draw and paint . Not in that order always.Cholena is a health fanatic and allergic to serious situations, so she lives life her way. She resides in Bangalore with her family.
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Unusual though it may sound, it was the Holy Bible that inspired Cholena to cook. She found it to be a rich repertoire of recipes. She was intrigued by everything that was connected to food in the Bible. The first recipe she read was also from The Bible. Whether it was the delicious hearty stew known as “Esau’s […]

Fifteen Customs that are Distinctly American!

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Anumita lists fifteen customs that are very different and stand out as American tradition/norms, which most foreigner find strange, initially. This is not meant to offend anyone but is just a collection of opinions from people, who visit or come to stay from other countries. We are sure that all the countries have such norms, which are strange to […]

Ring in the New but do not Ring out the Old

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi did her post graduation in History from University of Allahabad. She writes short stories, reflective essays, prose pieces on every day life in national dailies and international e-magazines. She writes with equal ease in Hindi. For over two decades, as a teacher of English in college section at SMC, Allahabad, she has been
interacting with young minds, understanding their pulse and in turn being savvy on technology, fitness, fashion, humour and rumour too.
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Traditions are wearing away now, like a bar of soap; smaller in size though better packaged than before. If a moving advertisement doesn’t remind us to be, call parents or be home during the festival, we mull over it. It is the time when the box is thinking for us instead of us thinking out of the box. What is […]

The Parsi Connection: The Déjà vu of Sari, Furniture and Food

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
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This story is as much a sari story, as it is a story of furniture – a Parsi obsession and feature of their traditionally elegant homes. Nilakshi remembers Gustad Noble’s father’s furniture shop, and his love for the craft, in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey.  We were surrounded by objects de arts and bric-à- brac from generations, especially […]

Are Sardar Jokes Funny?

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Some of the most prominent ‘Sardar jokes’ have emerged from the Sikhs themselves. Khushwant Singh never tired himself of the humour directed against his own community. Jokes emanating from inbuilt stereotypical prejudices are always offensive and there is an absolute need for self-restraint. But there are others that harp of stereotypes again without being demeaning and we do not see […]

Christmas Grinch might steal Gifts, but Never the Festive Joy!

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Dr. Suess’s Grinch and the Grinches of today are mean and are thieves too. They steal Christmas presents and decorations. There has been a series of robberies in a certain neighborhood. The TV screen panned into some recorded scenes of a young man actually stealing some the packages left on the porches. They found a culprit, at least […]

Fluffy Recruits: Petting Dogs at Mumbai Airport, a sure Stress Buster!

Abhilasha Trivedi

Abhilasha Trivedi

Rolling stone, astral traveller, forever learning, mom of two. Loves Music Books Travelling and photography. Finds inspiration in everyday trivia. Holding on to a long bucket list!!. Few close friends include a dog. Abhilasha is a yoga enthusiast and loves photography.She is a real Mumbaiker at heart.
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Petting a dog for even a few minutes calm us down, said Aakash Lonkar from Animal Angels Foundation, that runs the airport programme and who was with the dogs over there. “The brain releases a hormone called oxytocin, which has a soothing effect on an individual,” he said—just the shot of sunshine that nervous passengers need. The canines […]

A Saree called Suhasini: I smiled and draped it on Nuptial Night

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi Roy

Nilakshi is an Associate Professor of English teaching in Vaze college, and an occasional academic writer.
Nilakshi Roy

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Suhasini is a Tangail cotton with mooga stripes across her, some paisleys carefully woven like an alpana across the threshold, when you welcome Goddess Lakshmi or a bride to the household. Suhasini means the one with a winsome smile, and she came to me from a neighbour. Dr. Noorjahan Adhikary, another smiling lady, dimpled, light-eyed, beautiful and loving. My […]

The Overcrowded Public Transport System of Vibrant Kolkata

Souma Kanti Roy

Souma Kanti Roy

Souma is an electrical engineer in Kolkata. Six years of work experience has given him ample opportunity to come close to the city. He likes writing blogs, travelling and writing travelogues.
Souma Kanti Roy

A typical Bengali will describe the passengers as bats clinging on to the doors and windows of buses and trains. The passengers seem like bees bent on protecting their honey combs. When the buses have not even a square centimetre of floor board left, the conductors will shout and usher in more passengers claiming that their buses are […]

Autumn: When the Leaves Blush!

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Autumn brings in a riot of colours. As Albert Camus said, “autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” nature blushes into the brightest colors of red, orange, yellow and gold. There seem to be a competition among the foliage to show off. Each tree becomes a spectacular vision. Writers and poets have talked about […]

The Curse of ASAP!

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi

Mamta Joshi did her post graduation in History from University of Allahabad. She writes short stories, reflective essays, prose pieces on every day life in national dailies and international e-magazines. She writes with equal ease in Hindi. For over two decades, as a teacher of English in college section at SMC, Allahabad, she has been
interacting with young minds, understanding their pulse and in turn being savvy on technology, fitness, fashion, humour and rumour too.
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It is the curse of ASAP (As Soon As Possible) encircling us. Whether we are in deep sleep or in the middle of our meal, we have to meet a deadline or else perish. One ignores the fact that too much haste can lead to waste. The curse of ASAP saturates the negativity around and usually goes hand […]

Dare or Truth about Spot the Pataka!

Minesh Santani

Minesh Santani

Minesh Santani is a 14-year student of Class IX in Holy Child Convent High School. His varied hobbies include reading, writing, photography, direction, acting, singing, social works, etc. He stays in Ulhasnagar, Thane.
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Minesh reminisces about Diwali and is transported back to it. He opined during any Diwali make sure no one dares to spot you or stare at you in public and call you a “Pataka“. If so, show them how much fire this Pataka has. Dress up like a queen and never think that what if men and boys pass […]

Yankee Doodle and Macaroni: Americanisation of a Nonsense Verse and an European Recipe

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
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Kraft put the famous macaroni and cheese in a box, in 1937, and set a tradition of American children growing up with this Italian converted dish. The American version of macaroni and cheese has two places of origin, one in New England and one in southeastern Connecticut. It was famous as a Church casserole in New England and […]

Not a dull day!

Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya Juno Biswas grew up in Kolkata, India. She did MA in English from Calcutta University. She loves books, Bob Dylan, Baez and Boxer dogs. When she gets time away from two human kids and two animals, she writes. A complete realist, off and on romantic, an atheist – in the present climate of uncertainty, would have loved a perfect world, though aware it’s not possible. She has been living in Texas for last 17 years.
Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya tells us about the fall, a season that she loves. In North America, Bengalis celebrate Durga Puja during the fall. She recounts a real life incident that happened a few years back, during the fall. Read what happened when a lady filled a latex glove with lentil (daal, in Bengali), in the weekly column, exclusively for Different […]

The Balloon Man: Forlorn and Forgotten!

Priyanka Chauhan

Priyanka Chauhan is an English Literature graduate and later did her MA in English from Delhi University. She studied Print Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Having worked with PTI, her articles have featured in The Times of India, PTI, The Hindu, Woman's Era magazine. She is an ardent reader and a writer at heart. Her greatest achievement is being a full-time mother to her little son.

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Decades back, the balloon man was a character straight out of child’s wonderland. For children, he was the richest person on this earth carrying the chromatic collection of a child’s fantasy with him. Dressed simply, the Balloon Uncle, shouting “balloons-balloons” on the streets would gallantly announce his arrival with a bugle. Young buyers filled with impatient […]

A Glimpse of Lagos, Nigeria

Olaitan Maryam

Olaitan Maryam

Olaitan is a Nigerian. She is also a Student, Blogger, Sales Representative, Poet, Writer and an Essayist. Some of her poems have been published in anthologies, on webzines and blogs.
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Nigerian author, Olaitan, showcases the rough and tumble of life in Lagos. She brings alive the persona of the city in this beautiful word-sketch exclusively for Different Truths. After the partially peaceful Sunday nights, we wake up to another busy day, Monday. A lot of us wake up before the cocks crow at five o’clock in the morning, one […]

Saved by the Texas Lone Star Boxer Rescue, Argos Stole My Heart

Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya Juno Biswas

Sukanya Juno Biswas grew up in Kolkata, India. She did MA in English from Calcutta University. She loves books, Bob Dylan, Baez and Boxer dogs. When she gets time away from two human kids and two animals, she writes. A complete realist, off and on romantic, an atheist – in the present climate of uncertainty, would have loved a perfect world, though aware it’s not possible. She has been living in Texas for last 17 years.
Sukanya Juno Biswas

A three-year- old, fawn coloured, black mask, stocky, a nubby tail pup was found wandering the streets of Austin, Texas, in February 2002. We drove an hour to pick him up. He was named Argos, from the Greek mythology, Ulysses’ dog. He was non-demanding, easy going and very fond of food. He tolerated Royina, admonished her when he […]

These are some of my Favourite Books

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad is a physician /psychiatrist holding doctorates in pharmacology, history and philosophy plus a higher doctorate. He is also a qualified barrister and geneticist. He is a regular columnist in several newspapers, has published over 100 books and has been described by the Cambridge News as the 'most educationally qualified in the world'.
Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

A bibliophile, with wide ranging interests, Ashoka finds it difficult to name his all-time favourite books. The author takes us through various genres and names some of titles that has remained his chosen titles, while some others were replaced by authors and titles that caught his imagination later. Here’s an interesting subject for all book lovers exclusively for Different […]

A Teenage Crush to be an Army Officer’s Wife!

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in various anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016 and Global Icon Of Peace And Virtuoso Award. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

As a gawky school girl she gazed adoringly at cousins, who had returned home from the NDA. It was her teenage crush to marry a man in uniform. Lily candidly bares her heart about a teenage crush. When suitable matches were being searched, she told her parents that she would love to be married to an army man. […]

Trending new Chai Dhabas in Pakistan

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza

Urooj Murtaza currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a 38-year-old stay at home mother. She did her masters in International Relations from the University of karachi. She started working much before completing her intermediate, i.e Grade 12th. She worked with different prestigious institutions along with few banks. She has a heart for writing; it helps her go on in life.
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A good cup of tea can change your mood, can make you happy and boost your energy. After the new trend of elite and upscale chai dhabas in Karachi, it is now easier to enjoy your cup of tea along with hot and crispy parathas on a beautiful evening. Pakistan­ based Urooj talks about the trending, upmarket dhaba […]

Cantonment Calling: Foot in the Mouth

Lily Swarn

Lily Swarn

Lily has published English poems in various anthologies. She was awarded Reuel international prize for poetry 2016 and Global Icon Of Peace And Virtuoso Award. A postgraduate in English from Punjab University, she was awarded a gold medal for best all-round student and academics. She edited her college magazine and wrote middles for newspapers. Poetry blossomed after her young son's sudden demise. She writes in Hindi and English. Hailing from a defence family, she is settled in Chandigarh.
Lily Swarn

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. […]