Friday, 31 December 2010

Maximum City

I like Mumbai. The hustle and bustle and everything else that it is associated with. I like the crowds. And the cacophony of noises that accompany them. It is a city unlike any other. Probably the only one in the world where I can eat from a roadside stall without the feeling of having being stared at. I like the apparent indifference and apathy. The fact that everyone here is so busy. I like the disorder and chaos and the challenges that they pose.

But most importantly, I like the fact that I can inadvertently bump into someone and not hear the sympathetic apologies. The fact that I can hide my handicap behind a pair of dark trendy shades and no one would be any wiser.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

30 second fiction

Six months back, as providence would have it, Aladdin's magic lamp was found by a lazy crocodile in a swamp in Botswana.

Wild life researchers studying the rapid decrease in gazelle population in Botswana were baffled to find that the gazelles had gotten a lot slower and a lot more thirsty over the last six months.