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After all What's in a Name????

Shakespeare had said “what’s in a name?” A name is a person’s identity- a measure of who he is?! How can a name describe one’s personality or nature, or so to say –foretell his future? Name cannot be that powerful. Nor can it be that vague…being called by one’s name, being referred to by one’s own name is a mark of being respected, regarded.. One’s name is one’s pride. But does it also bring good luck? Film stars and other celebrities have been seen to have changed their names to fair well in their lives. Some examples are Mahima Choudhry, Tia Bajpai, etc. who knows- may be it’s true… Nowadays names such as “violet”, “green”,”lime” and all other colour names are a hit. Name of months are also a hit-“may”,”april” “june”, “july”..how cool!!- so they are remarked..
And my sister would search the net for new catchy names for her characters in a new story, like parents searching a good name for their newborn. And mind you, she wouldnt take your indian name's suggestions; only foreign …

The spell

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... Here he comes Formally dressed A violin in the hand And with a smile on the face.
Seats himself, as he does; Amidst the loud applauses— People cheer him up He hears smiles but replies not.
As the show begins The violin is played Spirits are lifted, solaced And silence abides the place.
Tunes, played one by one A note comes after the other Three hours pass thus But the enchanted lot knows it not.
Hypnotized, as if they were Lost in a deep trance, Listened to the soulful music Peacefully; by the time that passed.
He stopped at the end, Woke up from his seat Bowed his head But no claps heard.
The unknown magic Had killed them all.                                             --Ruchi Mishra

My Last Trip Before Lockdown

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When Covid19 had just put its foot in the country with only 3 cases in Kerala, we had our Ooty trip planned. All tickets and bookings were done since the new year. With just three days in hand, four of us travelled from Mumbai, Pune and Bhubaneswar, to Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, to join a few others staying in the city. And the excitement to finally meet one another after 6 months of that trip to Pune, the Lohagard Trek- we were kids excitedly clicking selfies in our face masks, hurriedly putting a quick dab of sanitizer before hugging one another.


Next day early morning we were to start for Ooty. Sleepy heads, gulping a bowl each of muesli, we started onward journey to Bandipur National Park. Devouring uttapams, dosas and piping hot cups of coffee for breakfast at a restaurant by the highway, chit chats were full on, as was the music and dance in the 12-seater vehicle. Funny anecdotes had us laughing our hearts out, gossips were such a thrill and cooking recipe exch…

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