• OF LIFE, LAW, LOVE- A LAWYER’S WEEKEND

    There was a huge crowd in the courtroom. Men and women, all in black, waiting for their cases which were lined up for hearing. He...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    There was a huge crowd in the courtroom. Men and women, all in black, waiting for their cases which were lined up for hearing. He was also waiting for his turn, with a file in his hand. The judge was not yet seated. There was a usual commotion in the courtroom. All of a sudden...
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  • Of rains, paperboats, and lost childhood

    It was raining heavily outside since two days. But this afternoon, the pillow got drenched. Though rains are the most coveted weather for every cheerful...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    It was raining heavily outside since two days. But this afternoon, the pillow got drenched. Though rains are the most coveted weather for every cheerful soul on the earth, the sound of the heavy drops hitting the ground, creates a magical effect. But not for her. The drizzling sky never gave her the happiness or...
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  • OUR FLAWED AND SELF- SERVING LOVE

    I was going through the old picture album, nostalgic about the childhood which passed in a jiffy, while we spent our time waiting desperately for...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    I was going through the old picture album, nostalgic about the childhood which passed in a jiffy, while we spent our time waiting desperately for entering the adulthood. I came across one of the photos of my pet, the German Shepherd, (we named him Tiger) clicked on the day we brought him home 19 years...
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  • FRAGRANCES WORTH FALLING FOR

    “Best childhood memory?” “Watching Malgudi Days with family.” Impressive, she thought. She realized that she had something in common with this man who was polar...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    “Best childhood memory?” “Watching Malgudi Days with family.” Impressive, she thought. She realized that she had something in common with this man who was polar opposite to her. The rapid fire session was going on well.” “Most awkward situation in life?” “Singing ‘I wanna f**k you’ by Akon loudly in front of my parents without...
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  • BEAUTY BENEATH THE SKIN

    Waking up every morning to the same surroundings is something to which everyone is accustomed. But for Naina, it was a moment of saddening nostalgia....

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    Waking up every morning to the same surroundings is something to which everyone is accustomed. But for Naina, it was a moment of saddening nostalgia. The mirror at the left of her bed, her bridal shoots photographs on the wall were the terrible reminder of her lost physical beauty. Removing them from her sight was...
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  • Taste…

    …….strings of marigold……tuberoses…..jasmine scented agarbattis…..rows of satin covered chairs with golden ribbons tied into equal sized bows…..dainty pint sized cucumber sandwiches….symmetrical slices of home made...

    STORY APNE APNE Aparna Basu
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    …….strings of marigold……tuberoses…..jasmine scented agarbattis…..rows of satin covered chairs with golden ribbons tied into equal sized bows…..dainty pint sized cucumber sandwiches….symmetrical slices of home made madeira cake…..english rose engraved porcelain cups of streaming hot, freshly brewed darjeeling silver tips…….delicately crocheted lace lined dais upholding the ahuja branded microphones……perfect setting staged for the silver jubilee celebrations….....
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  • OF LATE REPLIES AND FAILING LOVE

    As I was sitting with one of my friends, swiping in his phone the photos of his latest vacation, a WhatsApp notification popped up. It...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    As I was sitting with one of my friends, swiping in his phone the photos of his latest vacation, a WhatsApp notification popped up. It was a message from his girlfriend Ria. “Hey babe, how was your day?” Smiling at this underrated but much needed gesture of today’s era, I passed his phone to him....
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  • Bristi….then one day while it rained…..

    She was drenched by the pouring rain………..drunk was the rain….And endlessly she dancedIn the rain she danced ………(anonymous) The rains lashed the skies, the thunder,...

    Stories Apne Apne by Saheli Sikdar
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    She was drenched by the pouring rain………..drunk was the rain….And endlessly she dancedIn the rain she danced ………(anonymous) The rains lashed the skies, the thunder, the lighting…..kaal boishakhi again. The dust rose once again turning the world into a restless soul, desperately trying to match her soul with the world, Brishti remembered that she was...
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  • Of cupcakes, lipsticks, ruby, and love – the shades of red – by Raj Deepali Pandey

    This girl I knew, had a sweet tooth, so much that I sometimes wondered whether her milk teeth fell off naturally or they succumbed to...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    This girl I knew, had a sweet tooth, so much that I sometimes wondered whether her milk teeth fell off naturally or they succumbed to cavities. While too much of desserts would give me a headache, she would even eat desserts for starters. Every other person used to wonder how could she eat so much...
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  • Espresso and the man I knew

    The man I knew, was a devout caffeinator. Being a tea person I had a tough time pronouncing “caffe macchiato” from the menu, while he...

    Stories Apne Apne by Raj Deepali Pandey
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    The man I knew, was a devout caffeinator. Being a tea person I had a tough time pronouncing “caffe macchiato” from the menu, while he possessed the deep knowledge of most of the classified coffee drinks. He knew the exact ratio of espresso and steamed milk used for preparing mocha, cappucino, and he could talk...
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