वर्तमाने भव (vartamaane bhava)


“Hi, what’s up?”

“Shouldn’t you be getting ready?”

“For what? I’m dressed well enough”

“We are supposed to be going out for lunch?”

“I suppose we had planned to but it’s raining, isn’t it!!!”

“Oh yeh it is… But should be ok by noon for us to go out I think”

“I was thinking of doing something else though”

“What!!! You don’t want to go out?”

“I mean why not make use of the rain!!! Watch the rain and read a book” 😉

“Yeah like that’s the best use of it. You don’t want to go out because it’s raining?”

“I want to stay in because of the rain 😉 there is a difference :-)”

“Basically, we are staying in!!!”

“And you are upset because we are staying in?”

“I’m upset because we are not going out, there’s a difference”

“Kind of walked into that one”


“Chill dude. It’s ok to wing it once in a while. Soak in the weather”

“We could be soaking it in from a restaurant too”

“True. But come here for a sec. Sit by the window”


“Sit!!! And listen!!!”

“What am I…”

“Shhh… just listen”

“Be present… in this moment”


Who am i talking to here, again?


“Whats with you?”

‘What do you mean’

“You’ve been acting up”


“Yeah, i mean you seem like you don’t know what you want in life, all of a sudden”

‘Do you?’

“Come on man. you know what i mean.”

‘Yeah yeah i get it.’

“You don’t seem in-the-moment most of the time off-late, and kind of lost”

‘You know what, that kind of struck me too. I am not sure what’s going on though’

“Something bothering you?”

‘I can’t really figure out. i sort of feel disconnected all of a sudden’

“Too much of drugs or lack of it. Which one is it?” 🙂

‘Yeah right. Shut up, man’

“Seriously man, whats up?”

‘Like if i knew what was up, i would be like this’

“That bad eh!!!”

‘One of those phases, you know, when you don’t know where it is going and if you want to feel part of what’s happening, i guess.’

“Am i reading the signs right or should i be reading more between the lines, kind of a deal”


“What if there are no signs and you are just trying too hard to look for them?”

‘How do you even differentiate, dude?’

“I don’t know, not try to make sense of everything around you, perhaps?”

‘If i can’t make sense of where I am, how would I even begin to understand where i am going.’

“May be you don’t always need to know where you are going”

‘I think I do’

“You don’t. You’ll figure it out when you get there”

‘Well, i can’t figure out how to get to a certain point if i don’t know where i am going, can I?’

“True. but you don’t need the route mapped out before you start, either. You will make the turn you need to, as you get to the intersection”

‘Which turn?’

“The turn you need to”

‘You are not exactly making this easier, you know’

“There are a million possibilities till you decide to chose one”

‘That kind of is the problem, isn’t it?’

“Be in the moment and, perhaps, you will see the opportunity as well”


The photo by the chest

via Daily Prompt: Unseen

Placed her photo on his chest as the coffin was closed before being lowered. Some stories are better left untold; some memories are better left untouched; some pictures better left unseen.


Written as a two-line story prompt.

A Chaotic sense of order

via Daily Prompt: Chaotic

Its not as chilly as expected today… wow, look at the pile of leaves on the sidewalk… i guess fall is… looks like it might rain… hope there is not much work today when i get to… woah, why is that guy honking so much and driving like crazy…  why isn’t anybody messaging today… what camera should i buy… i sucked at badminton last week, what was i doing… what is…

Too random to make sense, isn’t it!!! well, thats how my brain works. it is a mess. One random thought at a time. sometimes, don’t even get to finish the chain of thought. Well, in a sense, i suppose thats how the brain on most of us works. it just wanders about switching topics in almost seconds. No wonder it’s ways are compared to the monkey leaping onto tree branches at random whims and fancies.

Recognising the pattern in the chaos is the challenge i suppose. or should i say making sense of the chaos and bringing order. Easier said than done, you say. couldn’t agree more. I’ve been staring at the blinking cursor for the past 5 minutes, and hardly have a cogent thought to put down. Hardly a surprise, i’d say though.

my brain is certainly no pre-defined meeting agenda or a post meeting minutes. it cannot think in bullet points unless told to do so. the random thoughts bombarding my brain are what make a world of possibilities inside my head a distinct likelihood. and the process of collating them and organising them is the challenge. thats what makes the writing process interesting.

any process, for that matter. how boring would it be to imagine the brain coming up with organised thoughts for a situation in life to which you seek a potential solution!!! or would it? may be for some people. Running low on battery.. whats that smell… would have been good if i had landed in Dubai during the day so it would’ve been fun to gaze through the window…

there it goes again… 🙂

Wow, it’s hot!!!

via Daily Prompt: Scorched



As the mid-summer tropical sun scorched the earth’s surface in full blaze, i stopped walking on the street for a second and looked up at it wondering, ‘There is no competition. What point are you trying to make!!!’

Published under a two-line story prompt.

Words: daggers that can be sharp or blunt

via Daily Prompt: Argument

 “Is it too late to patch up now?”

Those words bringing back flashes of all the past feuds, ringing in his ears, each with a thump like only a death bed can. 



Published under two-line story prompt. 

For Moral or Worth

via Daily Prompt: Value

“Was it worth the effort?” asked my friend.

I just pointed to the homeless boy waltzing away, ecstatic, holding his little brother in one hand, food and money in the other.

jump around

[Photo Credit: alex yosifov]

Published under two-line story prompt.