The Pleasure of the thorn

“I am gay” I said. Amma paused for a moment and flipped through the examination paper she was evaluating. I looked at her with empty eyes as my heart raced. That wasn’t the expression I expected or wanted from her.…

Random rental lament

Finding a house for rent in Chennai is an Herculean task. One has to give up their self esteem if they want to get the right house of their choice. And that too won’t happen without few compromises. The residential…

Me and my pepper-spray

Prologue After a discordant event on the way to home late one night, I decided to get something for self-protection. And naturally my first thought was to get a pepper-spray. Ever since I gave that yellow spray can a place…

Twenty four hours as criminal and counting…

It has been twenty four hours since the 2009 landmark Delhi High Court verdict on IPC Section 377 was overturned by the Supreme Court of India. The SC verdict turned me and millions of Indians into criminals, again. I am…

Appearance rules the world

I was returning home from work on a Friday late-night – so late that Saturday was just fifteen minutes away. I dragged myself to the parking lot. I was tired and drowsy – the early stages of cold made me…

Troll the New Hire – WCC #6

My colleague (Him) and I were chit-chatting when a new hire joined our conversation. My colleague sneezed suddenly. Me: OK, you shouldn’t have come to work today. Him: Why? Me: You are spreading the virus. I took my hand sanitizer…