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Growing up with the Beeb

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Suresh Subrahmanyan gets nostalgic, and a tad misty-eyed about his childhood romance with the Radio, the BBC in particular. His love for the English language he largely attributes, among other things, to the BBC World Service broadcasts.

In Search of Gold

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Saranyan’s account is about how he and his wife turned the difficulties on account of demonetization into a romantic night.

Rock Science

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Preeti Madhusudhan is surprised to discover a prejudiced side to her when she sees The Rock talking “science”. Read this short but sweet slice of life as she comes to terms with this discovery. 

The Cup of Misery

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE As the nation recovers from India’s loss to Australia in the cricket World Cup, Parth Pandya, a devoted fan, remembers the other unsuccessful tales of the Indian cricket team in the biggest cricket tournament.

The Gali Gali Man

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Aboard a ship at anchor, an Egyptian folk magician keeps an audience enthralled. Chandrashekhar Sastry gives us the experience through his magical words.

Of Momos and Jaa

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Having lived in Bhutan for three years and experienced some interesting facets of the place, Goutam Bhattacharya decides to write on the exquisite variety of food that he had the chance to feast upon during his stay in Bhutan. Here’s a piece that’s sure to tickle your taste buds!

Of Untold Stories

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Neha Kirpal recounts conversations with a close friend during the tumultuous period of adolescence, and how suddenly, someday, they seem distant.

In Search of the Warrior Poet of Love – 3

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE In the final part of her series on travelling the route taken by the tribal chieftan-turned-devout poet Thirumagaiazhvar, Preeti Madhusudhan describes delightfully the last stop, the temple dedicated to the Azhvar at Tiruvali.

In Search of the Warrior Poet of Love – 2

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE In the second part of her series exploring the path taken by the tribal chieftan-turned-Vaishnavite poet Kaliyan, or Thirumangayazhwar, Preeti describes her journey to the temples whose Lords the Azhwar sang about, in Tirunarayur, Tirukannapuram and Nagapattinam. All along, be prepared for a treat of the Azhwar’s poetry translated into English, and Preeti’s exquisite commentary around them.

In Search of the Warrior Poet of Love

In this multi-part series, Preeti Madhusudhan tells us of her journey following the trail of one of the most enigmatic Tamil poets, tribal king-turned-robber-turned-poet Thirumangai Alvar. Read on for her journey through Tamil Nadu’s rustic temples.

From a Granddaughter

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Grandmothers are special people. Anupama Krishnakumar’s piece is a walk down memory lane – it’s a tribute and a fond recollection of the many things associated with her grandmother who passed away recently.

Shopping for Firewood

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Rajitha Gopal, in a reflective piece, goes back to her childhood and reminisces as to how shopping for firewood used for heating water helped her learn some small yet important lessons in life.

Chilli Trails

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE Vani Viswanathan talks about the different chillies of her life.

What Does It Mean to be Old?

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE In a reflective piece, Anupama Krishnakumar draws from her observations of old people, specifically those aged above 75 years and wonders what it means to go through old age. In the process, she shares what she has seen of their behavior and the thoughts that dominate their minds.

Life on Two Wheels

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE “This is a true story. A story about some bicycles, mopeds, scooters. And me. And how our lives have criss-crossed from when I was as young as five,” writes Anupama Krishnakumar, fondly recalling memories of cycles and two-wheelers she has grown up with since childhood.

One Morning in East Africa

THE LOUNGE | SLICE OF LIFE What does it mean to be an Indian living in a foreign country which, over a period of time, has also become your homeland? Jayshree Misra Tripathi talks about a tale that is close to her heart – of moments of life in an alien land and the Indians she meets there.