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Four Clover Life Magazine- August 2020 Edition-Upside Down

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This July, Hope, Perseverance and Ingenuity launched towards our neighbor- Mars, on their 7-month long journey, each assigned with the task of unraveling the mystery of the red planet. I am amazed at the tenacity and fortitude of our space missions and the teams in the face of the crisis we all, unfortunately, find ourselves into. Howbeit, I am also struck by the beautiful coincidence of what is up there and we need down here on planet Earth-Hope, Perseverance and Ingenuity to stand tall in front of the invisible mighty opponent.There is hardly any aspect of life where the 'virus' has not sneaked into and turned our life upside down. The center of our narrative has shifted heavily and as I write, the noun has immense possibility of becoming a verb-You see the year 2020, we got 'virussed' and then life was never the same. What started in late 2019, spread over 2020 and we know- we have to wait, hang in there for sometime before the case is dismissed forever. 
However, as…

Is it just ME or MARRIAGE?

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“Google throws about 794,000,000 results in 0.56 seconds when asked- How to make a marriage work and about 192,000,000 results in 0.55 seconds when asked- Tips for a happy marriage. Clearly, people are more interested in making it work, somehow than seeking happiness in it. Wait. What kind of an inane hypothesis is this? Never mind. Let’s move on.
To read the full article on Medium click on Is it just ME or MARRIAGE?
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I have a thorn down there

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"That is the long and short of all that I got that day- An old bedsheet, few words, me and memories of cut pieces of her petticoat, Baba’s vests, pyjamas hanging in some obscure corner of the terrace, close to the water tank, smelling of rin soap and stale blood. Maa needs to get me sanitary pads, the ones many of my friends use or another king-size bed sheet maybe."Read the full Story here. 
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No Thanks, I don't want a career.

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"That’s how I feel. Not sure of the implementation part. In all possibility, I would chicken out. After all, I am ‘THE IZZAT-The honor of the family'. Is this for real in the year 2020? Huh! As real as the virus. " To read the full article, please click on No Thanks, I don't want a career.
This article has featured on Momspresso platform under the title- Papa, I am 25, even I have needs.

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The Part-Time Indian

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She stares idly into the distance, an empty ceramic tumbler in front of her.“The beach there is different…in my country.” She says lost in the reverie of the waves. Did she say bitch to me? No, No, it’s the beach, the beach of Mexico. I remind myself of the Mexican Spanish accent. People’s vowels and consonants, my own diction is my Achilles heel even after years of mac and cheese.  Why would she call her life-coach a bitch? Calming my heart, I try to concentrate. Usually, I am the focussed type, I can come to the point easily. A seasoned counselor,  I can anticipate in the first five minutes the story which has got the weary heart to my doorsteps.To read the full story- Click on -The Part-Time Indian on Kitaab International. 

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Covidiary- I feel lonely with the Virus.

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Literature, on its own, I wonder can change anything? The qwerty key could be mightier than the virus( isn’t that the most potent weapon available) but words alone don’t bring change. People do. Hence I write. Though, as I write, the word ‘change’ rushes adrenaline into my system so fast that I am ready to vomit.
Click on the link I feel lonely with the Virus to read the full story on Medium. 
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Mamoni

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The clouds were full of ink and the beach was dead silent except for the gentle waves which didn't seem to care much. The shower came almost in a hurry, rain falling in wild anarchy, the gusting wind carrying them in wild swirls one moment, a straight downpour in another and diagonal slaps the very next. I deserved it. Every bit. He was disappointed in me...I had failed him.
To read the award-winning story-click on Mamoni
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