Adarsh Madhavan

Feathers…

Feathers…

By Adarsh MadhavanSuddenly, out of thin air, a feather floated softly down in front of me. Ethereal. It twirled around like a fairy ballerina. When the show ended, the curtains closed, I picked up the feathered ‘ballerina’ and hid her in my shirt pocket. Snug.My heart...

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Fly butterfly, fly free

Fly butterfly, fly free

I hesitated to let that woman in. I was at a friend’s flat and since both of our families were away, we were mulling a bachelors’ dinner while watching that evening’s cricket match. The friend cooked better than I did so I let him do what he was good at while I did...

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Corona ‘Song of Freedom’

Corona ‘Song of Freedom’

Nostradamus wasn’t far off.  Throwing word darts into the future where it struck bullseye in 2020. The wound still drips blood as we are not able to plaster the outpouring.Astrologers spit in the air again and again. Foretelling new dates.This month, this day,...

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Not pseudo, this animal lover

Not pseudo, this animal lover

By Adarsh Madhavan Some of us are just pseudo animal (read dogs) lovers (read hypocrites). Like me, for instance.I love animals.And I like chicken.Curry. Roast. Fry. Biriyani. Shame on you!Yes, shame on me, but I am with this diet since decades....

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When it ‘owls…

When it ‘owls…

By Adarsh Madhavan In the dead of night, I hear the message that a lone owl sends. Not a Whatsapp message that goes ting at the receiver’s end.But a hoot.An ominous cry, as they say.I care a hoot.But, my mother, who is afraid of so many things, also counts the owl as...

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Suddenly I am getting noticed…

Suddenly I am getting noticed…

By Adarsh MadhavanSuddenly, I am getting noticed even in the dark, unlit, streets of Kannur. Normally, I slink past, under the cover of the shadows, like most of the poor street dogs that I try to feed. But lately, my lanky frame is being recognised, worn shoes, faded...

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“Just need a small help…”

“Just need a small help…”

“Hello, oru cheriyyyoruu sahayam venamayirunnu…” Just need a small help… he said in Malayalam, overstressing on the ‘small’. But, since I had already seen this short, thin man in padded-up shirts hesitatingly approach someone who went before me on the busy street near...

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I think a strange spider is stalking me

I think a strange spider is stalking me

By Adarsh Madhavan A wiry but large spider (nearly the size of my palm) has been stalking me for days!I can’t bring myself to swat this arachnid, but like the other day when my mom woke up at half past one in the morning and called me to say that she wasn’t going to...

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Sometimes you’ve got to go…

Sometimes you’ve got to go…

Sometimes, I just want to go… Call it extremity. Call it a crime. Call it by any name. But, that darkness exists. It is real. DIE THAN TAKE MY OWN LIFE I had claimed earlier: “I’d rather die than take my own life.” But later lips cracked when I uttered this double...

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I know how it feels! I was/am ‘infected’ too!

I know how it feels! I was/am ‘infected’ too!

By Adarsh Madhavan A neighbour called a neighbour who called another neighbour who called us to say that pssttt you know who is who is who is at the end of the other street?  Ummmhhhh? Well, someone at their home has got the virus! But before we panicked and locked...

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My ‘last’ flight

My ‘last’ flight

By Adarsh Madhavan Last August 3rd night I travelled from an airport in the Gulf on a flight to my hometown and now that seems like it was my last-ever flight. For, a series of events, one after the other, enveloped me in a dark, dirty and tight stranglehold from...

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Evil in the time of COVID

Evil in the time of COVID

By Adarsh Madhavan I haven’t noticed it as yet. But, when a young, socially-conscious neighbour told me to watch out for the suspicious happenings in the ‘semi-forest’ type property nearby, my interest was piqued. In the last several years, since no activity or no...

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