My dad is a stickler for perfection — he fails occasionally, but perceives others’ imperfections and rushes to correct them.

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My dad wrote this after reading my “free Coca Cola” story, where they would get a blotter as a free gift with a free Coke.

Roopa’s piece on Free cokes on Wednesdays and the line about the look on my face approximating to if she had asked why there is a spirally cord attached to the landline phone set me thinking about the blotter.

A large piece of blotting paper with a stiff back that is used to absorb ink, and is often put on the top of a desk to protect it when writing

Today the blotter is a…


Aiyyo Shraddha’s videos and the Tamil movie Master’s English song: why you, the English speaker, could spend a minute or six to see what forms English takes when South-Indians speak it

Aiyyo Shraddha’s Video about Engineers.

Let me keep one language vegetarian.

When you’re bored or jaded of the same-same content, sometimes a splash of a different culture wakes you up.

Today, I bring you two multilingual speakers whose English videos embedded at the top and bottom of this story might just spritz you into laughter.

You might even feel awe for those who are very happy where they are.

As an expat, a Tamilian brought up outside Tamilnadu, I don’t usually watch content in my mother-tongue. I always watch English or Hindi, and it is only recently that a…


Glass hoops and injuries waiting to happen

Photo by author. The bangles in my hands are glass, while the ones on my wrist are plastic and metal.

As I waited in line for the doctor to sign my insurance papers, I stepped aside to allow a worker to sweep the floor.

Hospitals are mopped all day long with disinfectant, but this hospital employee was sweeping, not mopping.

She was sweeping away bits of broken glass bangles.

The red and green bangles had belonged to some woman who had been in the emergency room just before I came in with my insurance paperwork.

I wondered what had happened.

  • Had a pregnant woman thrashed around in labor pain and broken the bangles on her wrists? Had the shards of…


Fiction, humor, or the truth? You decide.

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Tony had an iPad, an iPhone, the latest(until yesterday!) M1 MacBook Air, and of course, he wore an Apple Watch.

His wife Lisa, used an iPhone and Watch, but didn’t use his laptop – though she loved seeing the grandchildrens’ photos on the iPad.

They had his-and-hers AirPods. They loved their AirPods so much, Lisa had ditched her awful hearing aids and used the AirPods instead to hear.

Tony and Lisa were going out on vacation, and they were carrying all their Apple devices but one.

The iPad.

The iPad was likely to be stolen when they were out. Their…


The things we did before Kindle!

Photo by author.

If I laid a book down like this, Amma would scold me.

Amma would tell me to always using a bookmark, so that the spine of the book didn’t suffer.

Once, she bought two Agatha Christie books as a birthday gift for my best friend. The birthday party was the following day, and those books just lay there, begging to be read.

I opened the first book just a peep, and started to read. Every page I turned, I turned in such a way that I didn’t injure the book in any way.

The book was finished in a hour…


There aren’t that many women football fans to begin with, should they be wasted on men who don’t love football?

Photo of author(left) in college days with a close friend.

Anna (she/her) in her story about how being taller certainly makes you feel more powerful and privileged, says:

I’ll be honest — I used to resent the petite 5' tall woman dating the 6'2" man. There aren’t a ton of guys over 6' tall so I wrongly felt that she and other petite women “should” have left them for the taller women.

I have a close friend, Parvathi, who was the first ever football fan in the women’s hostel. Before she joined, the hostel television had never been tuned to the football channel.

Parvathi changed everyone.

She convinced people, talked about Zinedane Zidane…


More on Indian sweets

That’s a malai cham-cham. This is a hung-curd based sweet dish covered in condensed milk, and tastes nothing like my dry description.

It tastes heavenly.


So here is another wedding tradition you can consider

A regular person with an umbrella, and a holy man in ochre in Kasi(Varanasi), India. Picture by Frank Holleman on Unsplash.

The groom would rather be celibate, but the bride’s dad convinces him otherwise

The Kasi Yatrai (Trip to Varanasi)is a South Indian tradition where the groom walks away from the wedding with an umbrella, a walking stick, a fan, a bag and a holy book in hand. The groom renounces worldly pleasures for a life of austerity in Kasi.

Varanasi or Kasi is a pilgrimage spot in the northern part of India. Kasi is also where they say, if you die, you go straight to heaven.

The bride’s father first gives the groom a decent head start. …

Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh

3xTop Writer. Jamshedpur, India. Dentist, mom of 2 girls, lives in a joint family, in love with the written word.

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