Closet Heartthrobs

Sudha Ratnam shares her experience of growing up with films and what it was like to be among parents, aunts, uncles and cousins whose hearts melted over their favourite actors and actresses.

You, Me, Love and Questions

Could there be questions on love? Well, why not? Anupama Krishnakumar’s piece captures some.


When all is well in love and suddenly, things take a different turn, a young bride is left waiting. M. Mohankumar pens a poem.

Romantic Ideas of Being an Aunt

There’s a certain romance to being an aunt to your sister’s children. Vani Viswanathan wonders if she can bring some practicality into this romance and pick a favourite. 

Over the Phone

Saikat Das’ poem is an intimate monologue of a husband who tries to win back his estranged wife and discovers the love that still flows underneath the rocky texture of their mutual distrust. It is an invitation to rediscover the world of romance that lay buried in the power play of conjugal discourse.

Shedding Skins

Sajid and Kaveh give in to the guiles of the world but after all the vicissitudes, Ram Govardhan’s story explores whether true love prevails or not.

Last Night

Shreya Ramachandran writes a poem that attempts to capture the difference between life as it is and life as you sometimes wish it were. It explores the tension between trying to be fine and experiencing a tiny regret that comes with feeling an absence.

Good News

Two words don’t go down too well with Vibha. ‘Good news’. Parth Pandya’s story dwells on Vibha’s connection with these words, exploring romance from a couple’s point of view.


A lover sees a bit of his love in everything in him, oblivious to the sights around. Malcolm Carvalho’s verse tells you more.

Connected by the Dots

A young engineer, Dipen, discovers his fears at the offer of unconditional love from Juniper, his college mate, during their trip to Shantiniketan. Tapan Mozumdar tells the story, set in 1988.

How to Conquer Chutney

Don Mihsill’s poem uses food as a central trope to explore the inherent “issues” in cross-cultural relationships. It contextualises this in an exploration of a scene of ‘meet-the-in-laws’.

Final Rendezvous

An unexpected rendezvous provides Priyamvada an opportunity to find closure to a past relationship. Chaithali’s story has a funny twist to how Priyamvada achieved this.

Review: The Return by Hisham Matar

THE LOUNGE | TURN OF THE PAGE Ajay Patri reviews ‘The Return’ by Hisham Matar, a harrowing but humane memoir about the conflict in Libya and the toll it exacted on the author’s life.

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.