The Underdog

By Eshan Shameem  Zach is a normal kid, going to an average school, with average grades. He’s never been special at anything. His best friend since kindergarten, Jake, is the star of the football team and is the best in all of his classes. Zach has always looked up to Jake. Both Zach and Jake… Continue reading The Underdog


Do we Live our lives or just Exist?

In a friendly discussion I mentioned to a friend that “ An acquaintance of mine meditates for an hour daily early in the morning before he leaves for work, some consider him crazy.”  He smiled and replied, “Do you know what is crazy? Sitting at a desk 9 to 5 for your entire life! That… Continue reading Do we Live our lives or just Exist?

Narcissists Favour Fascism

The word Narcissist comes from a Greek myth in which a handsome young man named Narcissus sees his own reflection in a pool of water and falls in love with it. I do not know how many of us have had similar feelings observing our reflections. I have seen myself in the mirror on many… Continue reading Narcissists Favour Fascism

What Do You Call Someone Who Lies All The Time?

During past five years or so spent in India and USA, I have witnessed a very glaring stand alone striking similarity; in both the countries, barring their die hard followers, most of the population is aware that their leaders have lined their expectations with lies and continue to do so  They are questioning them. However,… Continue reading What Do You Call Someone Who Lies All The Time?

A Recondite Situation

 The above two pictures exhibit vignettes of normal citizens relaxing and perhaps enjoying too. They are fortunate, they live in a country which has an economic arrangement that allows huge income disparities between the rich and them and yet from their personal budget they can afford basic amenities and also relish their preferred passion. There… Continue reading A Recondite Situation


The Siege of Lucknow was one of the most terrible incidents of the uprising in 1857. It was prolonged for 87 days before it  was finally relieved. In its remembrance the English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson penned ‘The Defence Of Lucknow’. It is a fairly lengthy poem, its first few lines are quite striking.  … Continue reading Lucknow

Impressions – Kichaucha Sharif

My first visit to Kichaucha Sharif was way back in 1976 with my father when after retirement he decided to stay in the ancestral home and pursue farming. The caretaker of the property, a strapling Patahan, insisted that I visit the Dargah and pay obeisance to the revered Sufi saint Sultan Syed Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir… Continue reading Impressions – Kichaucha Sharif