Diets, Alcohol and Millionaires

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a tongue-in-cheek account on how our diets and alcohol affect our longevity, and how the rich and the famous lived and died, by Dr. Kulmeet. He dispels many fads, exclusively for Different Truths. Atkins, the famous man, who beat the General Motors diet hollow, to rake in millions, died weighing 280 pounds and his […]

Matching up to England and Bowling out the Raj

Reading Time: 3 minutesWith the current India-England series on, Soumya recounts the life and times of his grandfather, a civil servant of the Raj, and his glee when India defeated England in Cricket in their country. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Now that beating England in Cricket is passé for India, and other […]

Jambo: Welcome to the Endless Grasslands

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe drove on through the Ngorang Ngora highlands and into the Savannah, where the great animal migration was gathering steam. We encountered thousands of herbivores from the gigantic giraffe to the diminutive diki diki, the ubiquitous gnu, the spectacular zebra, six types of antelopes and dozens of predators from the mighty Simba the Lion, the […]

Tharoor in the Dock Kicks Up a Farrago of Emotions

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s a humourous, fictional account of Shashi Tharoor and the pending court case against him, for Different Truths. Jocko Street cut short the overseas call. “Shashi Tharoor is in trouble, what will I tell my friends in Thiruvananthapuram? Their hearts will be broken, especially the women.” Alec Smart stabbed a finger in the air: “What […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]