Peshawar Attack: Lives Lost. Dreams Crushed.


Peshawar Army Public School Attack

Peshawar Army Public School Attack

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Anwar was like every other 16 year old of his age who loved music, movies and spending time on the Internet playing games and surfing on Facebook. A topper in his class, he was full of life and had many friends who loved him for his affable nature and his ability to keep everyone happy. Little did his mom know that when she was making his breakfast today, it would be the last time she would be making something for him. Anwar always hugged her before leaving for school. She couldn’t have even imagined in her wildest dreams that it was the last time she was hugging him.

There were hundreds of Anwar’s today. They were full of life and came to school with happiness and joy lit on their faces. They had heard about terrorists and such attacks in other parts of Pakistan and the world. But for them school was a place to study, make friends and learn the lessons of life. Dressed in neatly ironed uniforms with bags containing books and their lunch boxes, they got out of their buses and walked to the classrooms for another exciting day.

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Driving in India – A nightmare relived everyday


Traffic in India can be a nightmare

Traffic in India can be a nightmare

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More than 1.4 lakh deaths in 2012.

70%  accidents due to drunken driving.

A huge increase in fatalities.

Driving in India can be a big nightmare for each of us every day of our lives. There’s every kind of vehicle be it bikes, cars, trucks, buses, rickshaws and what not jostling for space on the road. Oh how can I forget one more thing? There are people crossing the road as well. And not one but thousands of people cross streets, roads and highways of India every second, every minute and every hour. Add to this, the condition of roads which people have to drive on. And you have a recipe for a disaster waiting to happen.

Someone has truly said that if you can drive carefully and safely in India, you can easily drive in any part of the world. Now that’s saying a lot, isn’t it? So how do we ensure that we are safe on the roads in the country whether we are in the drivers seat or crossing the road as a pedestrian? How do we ensure that driving in India is not a nightmare that we have to face day in and day out?

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Five Sentence Fiction – Bidding Goodbye


Boy kissing little girl

Love

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She had always heard that meeting and bidding goodbye to anyone was part and parcel of life. But she could have never imagined that she would have to bid goodbye to the person she loved the most in this world.

Though she knew that they would meet again sooner rather than later, the fact that there was no precise date or month on the horizon was what made her feel really uneasy.

“Why do you have to leave me and go all the time?”

As they hugged and parted, tears rolled down her eyes while he looked the other way to keep a check on his emotions.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 10 for this month.

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100 word story – The natural dustbin…


Polluted riverPHOTO PROMPT - Copyright – Sandra Crook

“Dad, they have turned this river into a dustbin. From logs of wood to bottles of every shape and size, there is so much waste dumped here.”

“Ronnie, now you know why the environment gets back at us, don’t you?”

As the father and son walked around the banks of the river, Ronnie was shocked to see the destruction humans had brought upon this natural water body.

While his dad had been part of various cleaning campaigns as part of the local NGO, Ronnie had accompanied him for the first time and couldn’t believe his eyes on what he saw.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 9 for this month.

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Those were the college days..


College Students

These college students are delighted for another day..

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Those numerous walks around the college with friends just so that there was one hour less to spend alone in the hostel room. The  ritual to order an ice tea every-time they crossed the Nescafe bar to quench their thirst in the growing humidity. The sound of the whistle blown by the security guard to indicate that it was past her in-time at hostel and they needed to bid goodbye. The numerous hours spent laughing and enjoying in the canteens, food courts, libraries, classrooms and labs. The times when they escaped out of the campus to watch the latest flicks at the nearby theater for just Rs 20. College life was all this and more.

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In conversation with Olivier Lafont: Actor & Author


Olivier with Warrior

Olivier Lafont with Warrior

You would remember him as Suhas Tandon, the money minded fiance of Kareena Kapoor in the 2009 blockbuster – 3 Idiots. But there’s more to Olivier Sanjay Lafont than just acting. From writing scripts to modelling, he’s done it in all in a career spanning more than a decade.

We have him here for a short tete-a-tete to understand what all goes behind excelling in so many forms of creative expressions.

Aseem: Actor, Writer, Screenplay Writer, Director, Producer, Model, Voice-over Artist – You seem to be doing it all. How do you manage it? Which of these creative hats do you find the most challenging?
Olivier: I’m mainly guided by my passion and interests, so my career evolves fairly organically and effortlessly. To me all these are different aspects of a single passion: storytelling. So they all actually fit together quite naturally in my life.

In the same vein, none is more challenging than the other, really. I just do what’s most interesting to me, and do the best I can at it.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Misplaced Trust


Girl sitting alone at the station

She waited..

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“If we don’t run away tomorrow, my father will get me married to someone else.”

She dreaded the thought of losing him while he didn’t feel it right to marry without parental consent despite their immense love for each other.

They had tried convincing each other’s parents for more than a year without success and so the craziness of it all had made him promise her that they would catch the 10am train the next day and leave the town forever.

But try as he might, he couldn’t bring himself to terms with eloping.

She waited at the station for hours on end but he never came.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Trust. Read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 6 for this month.

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100 word story – The Golden Flowers


Flowers with Ice

Flowers with Ice

PHOTO PROMPT – Copyright Janet Webb

She had met him for the first time when he was in his garden. He loved nurturing his plants with utmost care and concern as if they were his children. She always saw him spend a couple of hours each day watering and tending to them. That garden was where they spoke sweet-nothings, laughed, cried, argued, made-up and lived a life over a couple of years. As she sat by the window reminiscing the times they had spent, her eyes wandered to the plant which they had planted together. Its flowers had turned golden and were now covered with ice.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 5 for this month.

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The sky is the limit for Indian aviation!


Flying Aircraft

Flying Aircraft

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336 million domestic passengers.

85 million international passengers.

An investment of more than US$ 120 billion.

These are some of the staggering statistics which have been calculated by various studies organized by IATA (International Air Transport Association) and the others with respect to the growth of Indian aviation till 2020. By 2020, India is expected to be the 3rd largest aviation market in the world from its current standing as the 9th largest.

While a large percentage of the Indian population cannot afford even one meal a day, the number of potential air travelers is increasing by the day. From discounted tickets offered by Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) to increase in disposable incomes resulting in more foreign holidays, Indians are flying like never before.

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Movie Review – Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain


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Directed by Ravi Kumar and starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee among others, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is a docu-drama which deals with one of the worst industrial disasters in world history – The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

It’s been 30 years since that night on 2nd December in 1984 in Bhopal. The events of that fateful night have been well documented across many documentaries and articles. But Ravi effectively humanizes the tragedy.

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