Politeness: To Be or Not to Be!

Politeness has many nuances and hues. Soumya explains what politeness cost his father-in-law in the hands of his nephew-in-law. And later, the price that polite nephew-in-law had to pay, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.  The traditional view of the mild and polite people south of the Vindhiyas or from our Eastern climes […]

Thrills and Perils of Travelling Light

Humourist Soumya tells us about the thrills and perils of travelling light, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. From my student days, I had got addicted to the pleasures of unplanned and impulsive travel without fixed itinerary and agenda. The mode of travel used to vary from local buses, general compartment in trains […]

Indian Street Fashion: Ooh la-la!

Ruchira takes a hard look at the street fashion these days. She finds most of these bizarre. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I feel really stumped sometimes. Cannot help but stare open mouthed at them. Them? Who?   Well, pretty young things (PYT), teeny boppers, besides 20 something girls and boys […]

Diets, Alcohol and Millionaires

Here’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

With 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

We 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

Here’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

Continuing 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

Our 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 […]