• Asmita Javdekar | 22-Mar-2019
    Her Abbujaan had a concussion and Fatima could not bear the thought of not being by his side as he inched closer to his end.She had not seen her father for the last 10 years,not even when she lost Nouman,her husband in an unfortunate road accident.For the last 8 years,Fatima had single handedly raised Ahmed in the once foreign land which she now called home;Birmingham.Gayathri had always been just a house away for Fatima.Fatima made a quick dash and filled her in on the situation.The only thing Gayathri asked Fatima to pack in Ahmed's bag was his asthma inhaler,the rest as she said would be taken care of.A tight hug later,Fatima was gone.Ahmed who was all of 9 was more than happy to spend the next few days at his best friend;Raghu’s home,the cherry on the cake being Gayathi Aunty's crispy dosas for breakfast every morning.Ahmed and Raghu were waiting with bated breath for the weekend.They were going to watch a live cricket match for the first time in their lives at Edgbaston and that too,India Vs Pakist
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  • The Laburnum and the Gulmohar Tree
    Asmita Javdekar | 10-Mar-2019
    The Laburnum and the Gulmohar Tree grew next to each other.One lucky day, they both dropped a seed each into the warm, moist soil below.A plant began to sprout.In a few years, it bore its first few flowers.One beaming yellow, one crimson orange.Soon, the bright sisters became the pride and joy of their family.Time rolled by and they chose their own path to travel on.When they fell in love and started their own families.The little flowers blossoming from them, bore semblance but they now grew on separate trees. They were called cousins.Over years of pollination and germination, cousins turned from second to third to Unknown.Yet, one day in the early months of Summer, two trees,One Laburnum growing along the bustling main road of Pune.And,One Gulmohar, now called Royal Poinciana, growing in a quiet suburb of Brisbane, blossomed.Never before had anyone seen, clusters of Beaming yellow and Crimson orange flowers swaying in unison.Wise, old Nature had wisdom to share.The core strength of a rela
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  • Asmita Javdekar | 05-Mar-2019
    New Beginnings in Mid LifeWe all became friends by fluke.While I was doing my masters in the US, on my first trip back home, I had inadvertently picked up a Black and Tan Samsonite bag from the luggage belt at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.I never bother checking the name on baggage tag and in my defence that bag looked like mine.Unfortunately, only on opening it, did the goof up dawn on me.On reaching for my phone, I bumped into twelve missed calls from an unknown number.When I returned the call, a frantic female voice squeaked in.“You have my Samsonite travel case. I mean, I really hope you have it.Do you have it?”I was cheap enough to say, “Sorry, wrong number” in an earnest voice and cracked up, sensing the nervous wreck on the other side.That was my first brush with my steadfast, crazy girl friend Manali or Man for all of us.Man was a tall, strong girl with an aquiline nose, bunny rabbit incisors and a stylish pixie cut.When she arrived home to exchange the luggage
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  • Asmita Javdekar | 01-Mar-2019
    Manju’s entry into the world was perniciously timed with her mothers exit. Post the tumultuous delivery of daughter number 3; Manju’s father and his family had stormed out of the village Mission hospital, leaving behind the few minutes old, scrawny Manju to be welcomed with nothing but a frail and wailing grandmother.    Manju’s grandmother worked hard to make ends meet with the additional burden bestowed upon her by God.Manju grew up to be a quiet and responsible child.Although her granny took good care of her,Manju felt a sense disgust about her self.She often wished to feel beautiful, but neither her appearance nor her circumstances, gave her any reason.The only time Manju’s heart would flutter was when she watched their next door neighbour, Laxmi akka at the village chowk eating Pani puris!Something about her face would change with every burst of the crunchy puri in her mouth.Even the mogra strings in AKKA’s glistening,oil braided hair looked more beautiful while sh
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  • Asmita Javdekar | 22-Feb-2019
    After being neck deep in completing her presentation for 32hours without a wink, Riddhi decided to head straight to Nook; a nearby Restobar. She definitely needed a stiff one, before hitting the sack.Meandering through the packed restaurant to her usual bar stool, her eye caught a couple of familiar faces.It was a mother- daughter duo from her building, probably waiting for the man of the house to join them for dinner.As soon as Riddhi waved across to them, the young mother distracted her little daughter to look away in another direction.Riddhi was fully aware that within the conservative walls of her building compound, her care a damn lifestyle and reckless ways were frowned upon.Not being rattled at all, she ordered her Taslisker double on the rocks and munched away on the accompanying soya chips and almonds. Deciding to forgo dinner, she called for an Uber and moved into the open patio for a quick smoke.Vandana and her very sleepy six year old were looking for a rickshaw to get back home. Riddhi offered th
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  • Maid of Honour.
    Asmita Javdekar | 20-Feb-2019
    Divya was turning 17.This was her first year away from her family.Back home, birthdays meant a fragrant string of jasmine flowers, snugly perched over her tightly oiled bun of thick black hair.She would visit the local deity to seek blessings and her mother would prepare rice and jaggery kheer; a staple at all family celebrations.Besides this, her birthday was like any other day of her life.This year however, there was a vibe of uncertainty.Divya was in Banglore, a big city.She was not with her own family.Clearly, the local deity or the kheer was not even in the picture.In fact, no body around her was even aware of her birthday.She had gotten used to sweeping away these emotional nudges.She woke up, had her bath, prepared dabba for the kids of the household, made tea for the family, pulled out the eggs, bread, cereals, peanut butter for everybody’s breakfast and went to wake the kids up for school.Never before was their bedroom door locked!She gently knocked on it and called out to the older kid, Risha.
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  • The perfect mistake
    Diyaa | 11-Feb-2019
    Sara was a charming twenty-one years young lady who recently stepped into her newly wedded life. Couple of months into this wedlock, she was still trying to adjust to the new life. It was a novel experience for her, from changing homes to cities to friends and now families. Everything was different. Since she was young, she fitted herself very easily into her new space. Rahul, her husband worked with the Indian navy, because of which he had to shift his home base near the port. He had left his family soon after he joined work. His parents lived in a city which was three hours away from his.   He was used to living alone many months of the year while the other months he sailed to far off places. He took good care of Sara now that he had her around. He made her feel very comfortable in his world. Clubbing, dinners, movies had filled their days. They even did groceries together. She remembered their honeymoon to snowcapped mountains in the Swiss. That one week had really bought them close to each other.
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  • A short love story
    Jyoti | 09-Sep-2018
    She came to know about him through a common writer friend on FB. She checked his profile and started reading his blogs. He was doing very well in his field but his passion was writing and that reflected through his blogs. She got hooked to his easy to read, simple yet heart touching writing and couldn’t wait for his new article to appear on the blog. It was as if she was in a competition to see who read that blog first! It continued for a couple of months and she started to know him through his writings. She clinged to whatever little information she could get about him through the blogs. She could say that he was a sincere, loyal and intelligent person with a zest for life. Most of her free time was spent reading his blogs and wondering what excuse she could make to meet him! And one fine day an opportunity knocked on her door and she was on cloud 9. He was mentoring a workshop for newbie writers and this was a perfect chance to meet him. Initially she was very excited about going to the workshop and
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 6
    Rutwik Nalawade | 31-Jul-2018
    3. MR.R- APE               At a certain evening, there is the City bank anniversary and Rihaan and Ujwal Naik are called as special guests.               Outside, a car comes and the person inside says, “Let the plan begin.”             Some men get down from the car and they kill the police officers guarding the bank and the person gets down from the car and has a machine gun in his hand.             He enters the bank and when Ujwal Naik is about to talk his speech, there is a firing.             The person comes and people start whispering and Ujwal Naik says, “What and who are you?”             The person then makes some noises and he say
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 6
    Rutwik Nalawade | 30-Jul-2018
    1. MR- R: PHOENIX.               Ujwal Naik is still furious that Maverick escaped and then Lynx escaped too and he was more furious on Mr. R because he helped Maverick to escape when taken to the hospital.             At Roy’s base, Lynx is wearing her gear and Maverick comes and says, “Want my help?”             Lynx looks at Maverick and says, “I did miss you, thanks for bringing me out of that facility.”             Maverick comes closer to her and says, “I missed you too.”             At JSF base,  Rihaan is there with Saina and Danny. Raghu comes and says, “Did you guys hear the news?”             Sai
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  • MR. R- A FOE’S HELP
    Rutwik Nalawade | 05-Jul-2018
    MR.R The Icon Of Justice- A FOE’S HELP         As in the former series, Rihaan made a decision that he would separate JSF and send them to different places to prevent crime from happening and thus in the City right now, Rihaan, Tanya, Raghu are present as Tanya is retired from J.S.F., she works as the tech person of the JSF. The Cruel Faction is inside the Fort where there is maximum security put to keep them inside. Some days later,  Rihaan meets Ujwal Naik and he arranges a meeting with Roy inside the Fort. Inside, Rihaan is inside a room and Roy comes and sees him and smiles and says, “Hi, Rihaan. You missed me?” Rihaan says, “No, but beating you I missed and that is for sure, Tanya is still angry on you and as Apocalypse is dead, she might forgive you.” Roy says, “You do crack some nice jokes, Apocalypse is dead, that one is good, he isn’t dead, I know that bastard, he will live, you should have cut his head off but no, your wife
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5 FINALE
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    19. MR. R THE WAR PART 1               Apocalypse is at his hideout sitting on a round table with his gang members and he says, “We all know how much it is importance that JSF is dead and when they are we rule the City, yes, many others will stand up but when JSF is gone, the City come down on its knees, the cops, police and Military will be nothing in front of us. Behold,   THE CRUEL FACTION!!!!”             Apocalypse looks at Roy and says, “We have issues of trust and faith, Roy, I hope they are solved after you have told Rihaan and others what happened really that night.”             Roy says, “You feed them lies, I don’t want to be dead like you later.”             Apocalypse says, “Dead!!! You know what that means; you d
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    18. MR.R - LYNX                 Apocalypse says, “I thought you wouldn’t come.”             Lynx says, “I have now, seeing things now, it is getting interesting.”             Apocalypse says, “It is, Mr. R thinks he has the best team of heroes put together but what he doesn’t know what I have.”             Lynx looks at Roy and says, “Who is he?”             Apocalypse says, “Are you hearing me or not!!! He is Roy; he was with them, now he is among us.”             Lynx walks at Roy and she says blinking her cat eyes, “Who are you?”         
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    16. R- THE HUNT… AGAIN!!!!               Chang after leaving the team comes to alley side bar where many drunkards come to have low price nice quality alcholol.             Chang is sitting at the bar table and he looks at a waiter and says, “One beer.”             From back, a voice comes, “Make that two.”             Chang looks back and it is Roy and Chang is shocked and he looks at him and he then looks at the waiter again and he says, “Yes, make that two.”             Roy says, “I thought you would be at the base, making plans to find me and Apocalypse.”             Chang says, “Because of the plans,
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    13. MAVERICK’S REAL HEEL TURN                         Rihaan is at his house and he looks at his and Roy’s photo and he then remembers what Roy told him when they met Apocalypse and his gang and Rihaan says, “Never thought I would have to go against you.”             Tanya then comes there and Saina is with her and she says, “Rihaan is pretty badly hurt, I don’t have to touch him to experience it.”             Tanya says, “Yeah, he is.”             Saina says, “What now?”             Rihaan comes and says, “If Roy wants to surrender he can, or else we face him.”       &
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  • MR. R- THE ICON OF JUSTICE SEASON 5
    Rutwik Nalawade | 04-Jul-2018
    10. MR. R- ANGEL RETURNS             It’s morning, Saina and Danny are at their house and they freshen up and Saina goes to see Rihaan and when she goes in and she Rihaan has all the clothes out of his wardrobe and Saina says, “Dad, what is going on?” Rihaan says, “It’s just Melisa told me that Tanya might wake up today and I was seeing what to wear and I was confused and hyper too and so all this mess is here.” Saina says, “I will help you, wait.” Danny comes there and says, “Looks like someone is getting ready for the big day.” Rihaan wears his suit and says, “Yes.” Saina says, “You know, Danny, still weird you are dating an alien…” Danny says, “It’s alright, she feels different here.” Rihaan says, “Of course she will, she is from a different planet.” Saina laughs and Danny says, “Sarcastic people.”   They
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