Thief story

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The view of the window from that night is printed in my memory… This incident goes back to December 18, 2003 at 03:15. The picture above shows the windows of my room (my parents place in Mumbai.) My bed is about 3 meters away from the window. I left windows open at night but there was a window grill that…

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The Blue Chatur

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The grass forest Wet and dry spells of rain pound Mumbai during the monsoon season (June-September). After a couple of months of rains, most of the empty grounds, waste lands and hitherto barren soils, get covered by wild grass that is almost a foot tall. When you are kid that swamp is named “the grass forest” or even “the secret…

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Love story of a nine year old

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May 1990. A (thats the name of our main character) was 9 years old. A was spending the summer vacation at Indore, A’s native place. Everyone at the house usually slept during the afternoon after late lunches but A disliked that idea – because (1) it ruined A’s evenings and (2) A wondered why people would waste daytime sleeping. Even…

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Lonely Tonight?

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And thou shant be lonely ever again…. There are some things in life which are priceless. This piece of paper with that message scribbled on it by my best buds V & R is one of those things. So this one day (29-June) we were returning from some place after doing some shit. And for some reason, despite not having…

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I’m going to miss it

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From notebooks and workbooks in primary school to machines and chemicals in engineering. From a kid who fumbled with his underwear in kindergarten to an executive who is trying a perfect tie for his formals. From the time you prided yourself on writing a book report to the time when you were skeptical about that project report. From the days…

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Planner at work

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I work as an [tag]Engineering[/tag] [tag]project[/tag] [tag]Planner[/tag]. I plan, schedule and coordinate activities for a task force of 60-80 engineers. Primary responsibility of my work is to monitor the [tag]schedule[/tag], resolve the bottlenecks and make sure the tasks are executed on time. Here is a typical conversation between a lead engineer from Mechanical Engineering (LE) and me. Snapshot from ‘[tag]Primavera[/tag]…

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Submission!

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4 years of engineering, 8 semesters of laborious struggle. The classes in each term culminate into a short but brutal period of extreme stress and sleepless nights – ‘submissions’. Only after this can the students get the crucial preparation leave (PL) for final semester examinations. The submission period, true to its literal meaning, is a nightmare for the students. However…

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