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January 1, 2022by umanath nayak

It is the constant fear of abandonment that compels him to cling on to a relationship he desperately needs for his sanity.

December 3, 2021by umanath nayak

In the Arctic the magnificent beauty of the Northern Lights triumph over the darkness and loneliness in his heart.

November 19, 2021by umanath nayak

 ‘Sir, I need to see your vaccine passport.’ The gentleman in the blue navy uniform at the customs and immigration desk paused while going through his passport.

September 1, 2021by umanath nayak

The postcard he received carried no return address.  Just a picture of a hilly town beside which was printed Champhai, Mizoram…as if she dared him to come and find her.

August 1, 2021by umanath nayak

Spring 2022, Mizoram  ‘I suppose I need to take the chance to try and cross over.’ Standing at the edge of the river he kicked pebbles into the water.  The mountain ranges of Myanmar loomed in the far distance. Blue and grey in the evening sky they looked alluring and menacing at the same time.

July 1, 2021by umanath nayak

The window panes were wet from the early morning dew. As he looked out he realized that the heavy mist made it difficult to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. Still, he wished to be outside. Last night again he had trouble sleeping; despite the liberal dose of 18-year Scotch fortified with a Restyl. He finally had to cry himself to sleep.

June 1, 2021by umanath nayak

In the verdant hills of Munnar, he had his epiphany. Perched atop the Anamudi hills he could visualize the looming mountain peaks at a distance and the expansive valley below, the slopes green with tea leaves.

April 3, 2021by Umanath Nayak

For someone on the threshold of the final decade of productive existence on this planet, it is time to reflect whether or not to perform a final waltz before fading away into the sunset.

March 1, 2021by Umanath Nayak

The long lonely trudge from school, with only the thought of munching on some sweet toffees along the way making the daily grind tolerable…Nah pleasurable.

February 3, 2021by Umanath Nayak

Of all diseases that have afflicted mankind since the dawn of time Cancer, even today continues to baffle us.

January 20, 2021by Umanath Nayak

The first emotion that I went through when I read the message on our group that Dr Shanta had passed away was, ‘a single boundary shot less of a memorable century’. The feeling of gloom was only dispelled later in the day when India scripted a memorable test series victory against Australia winning the Brisbane test.

January 14, 2021by Umanath Nayak

2020…phew! A fateful year – by any standards. Battered economy, students in limbo and a non-existent social life!  While everyone is glad that the year is finally over, no way can we tell ourselves that the misfortunes it brought are past us? Many feel this could just be a trailer, and the main picture is yet to unfold.

December 19, 2020by Umanath Nayak

Many recent American Presidents have been branded blemished and unscrupulous. Barack Obama was rather an exception…

November 14, 2020by Umanath Nayak

The drama and uncertainty that followed the recent U.S. Presidency elections could easily have been avoided if only the American voters had the foresight to choose Hillary instead of Trump in the last elections – in other words, perseverance over personality.

October 2, 2020by Umanath Nayak

It was on my second visit to the ‘City of Love’ that I came across her. Since my previous visit 15 years ago the city had changed; brooding and less welcoming, but then I had too and had no reason to complain.   

September 4, 2020by Umanath Nayak

A motley group of people with no agenda, no greater purpose; an island of tranquillity amid a turbulent ocean, an oasis of refuge in a desert storm. 

August 15, 2020by Umanath Nayak

I have always wondered why cats are gifted with so many lives. My recent tryst with the species gave me the answer.

August 1, 2020by Umanath Nayak

He was so quiet.  Through my growing years, I had often heard the elders say, “So quiet, didn’t even realize he was sitting with us …and so different from all the rest.’

July 17, 2020by Umanath Nayak

When I met Saida Banu for the first time she seemed to have not grasped the urgency of her mother’s condition.  Maybe I was to be blamed for not being forceful enough…

July 3, 2020by Umanath Nayak

On the receiving end of the cricket ball on many an occasion in my school days, the shiny and swinging new ball instilled a certain fear in me.

June 22, 2020by Umanath Nayak

It was the morning of day one in quarantine.  My wife hadn’t replied to my previous night’s WhatsApp message (COVID Warriors) which I took to be an acceptance of my decision to self-isolate.

June 13, 2020by Umanath Nayak

As we see increasing numbers of health-care professionals in the country testing positive for the Coronavirus, the sentiment of some of those on the frontline – the so-called ‘COVID warriors’ – is more a feeling of lambs being led to the slaughter; not much unlike the foot-soldiers of the past during a war.

May 29, 2020by Umanath Nayak

Bajpe Airport, December 1984 It’s late in the afternoon.  After waiting for over an hour we finally see a plane landing. Dressed in trademark white kurta-pyjama we watch him alight, smile, and greet those who have come to receive him at the airport tarmac.

May 15, 2020by Umanath Nayak

Of all roommates I had during my college days Lakki was by far the most flamboyant; obsessed with music, fashion and… chicks!

May 1, 2020by Umanath Nayak

Certain incidents in our lives remain so deeply etched in the sub-conscious that when we recall them, it seems they might have happened just yesterday. Such an incident happened to me a long, long time ago…actually half a century back!

April 17, 2020by Umanath Nayak

With the world coming to a standstill, it is time to re-visit the works of our favorite authors.  Going through my modest collection of books, my eyes glanced upon an author-signed copy of Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Mightier than the Sword’. Leafing through the pages took me back to the time when I came face-to-face with the legendary author…

April 5, 2020by Umanath Nayak

In a certain variety of thyroid cancer, the commonest well-differentiated type, advancing age of the patient bears major significance on prognosis and mortality. (1) Age-adjusted risk stratification has become standard practice for the management of these patients following surgery.

April 4, 2020by Umanath Nayak

For those tracking global events in connection with COVID-19, the national lockdown announced on the night of 24th   March could not have come as a surprise. The big shock was 4 days later when we watched (on TV and social media) thousands and thousands of workers, now jobless, migrate from different cities in the country and make a beeline to their villages – the biggest mass-migration since partition.

March 27, 2020by Umanath Nayak

Medical professionals are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, with a caveat! Senior doctors, especially those above 65 years, are better advised to practice social distancing and isolation – not unlike the rest of the population.

March 15, 2020by Umanath Nayak

There’s a disease more dangerous and destructive than the virus that is going around… It has infected over seven billion people in the world; resulting in mayhem, a global economic slowdown, cancellation of all major sporting events and activities, closure of schools and colleges in many countries and tremendous physical and mental distress all around. It has brought the world to its knees and shows no signs of abatement in the near future. It is yet to be given a name but some have proposed ‘Coronitis’ and is defined as ‘a mortal fear of getting infected by COVID-19’.

March 1, 2020by Umanath Nayak

‘I am home and this time for a full two months. By the end of these two months, I am expecting to have mastered my driving. Please make all arrangements.’

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