Paste for paint

Khem Chand, the local milkman, was walking with visibly beaming pride one day, with little Saru by his side. They were on their way to the new school. It was Saru‘s first day. With her little school bag, all patched up, she bounced along holding her father’s finger. The bag wasn’t poor-looking kind of patchy…

Ashes

A short story by ThePenicilManiac This goes back to the 1980s, somewhere in the hills of Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh. The advent of rainy season welcomed billowing fog to the hills. On one of these hills, enveloped in fog, there was a little village. The number of houses of this little village were such that it…

Criticism of Criticism

It’s easy to point out the wrong hues of a painting, but if you were handed the brush, would you make a stroke? Dale Carnegie knows best when he says that criticism turns on the defensive mode of the subject of your disapproval. They say or do anything, no matter how senseless, to explain their…

Photographs

Recently, the internet attacked selfie for being a symbol of loneliness. Most of our selfies lie in our photo galleries, never to be seen again. So to express its lonely and heavy heart on its behalf, I am presenting its defense against the allegation. But what does it mean to be lonely? Because there must…

Netflix’s Afterlife

Netflix’s Afterlife starring and written by Ricky Gervais is a dark-comedy of 2 seasons so far. The show is profusely sad and is a journey of a human who goes through a loss of a dear one. Thus named ‘Afterlife’ life, as in the grief and emptiness that follow when life ends. It shows real…

When Green Meant Stop

-thepencilmaniac Stuck in a traffic jam; feeling trapped in a mechanical box, Mr. Brown looks out of the window for momentary relief. Only to see some similar and better looking traps or cars, as one may call them. At some point in the rat race, he questions the meaning and purpose of such a life….

Gender rules

-Pencilmaniac What comes to your mind when someone asks you to think of running like a girl? Floundering aimlessly with arms flailing about and eventually losing to a boy? It’s strange how this image has been so burnt into our brains that even the Payyoli Express, PT Usha, couldn’t wipe it away. Now let’s dive…

Things to know before going to college

-Pencilmaniac So looks like you’re about to go to college in the near future. Since most of the nitwits out there don’t bother reading blogs for that matter, I’ll assume that either you’re somewhat of an introvert or you would like a headstart before starting the golden period of your life. We all can use…