Celebrate the Difference

We are different, each one of us. We live our lives in a cocoon of lies and hopes that people feed us, sometimes even going overboard. These waterboarding words of hope drown us and soon we resign to a life we didn't think we will have to suffer through when we were kids. Somehow, we agree to the life that's given to us and somehow we agree to everything that's given to us. That's basically against the very ethos of life, isn't it? Life is meant to be lived, not survived!

Chapter 12: But Will You?

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Chapter 1: Mens Rea
Chapter 2: A Morning Star
Chapter 3: The Cursed One
Chapter 4: The Vanquished
Chapter 5: The Insurmountable
Chapter 6: The Vulnerables
Chapter 7: Her Last Voice
Chapter 9: Res Ipsa Ioquitur
Chapter 10: Pro Bono
Chapter 11: The Dialogue

I am hurt. No, not because of this arm, but because I have failed you. I have failed to make you happy. I have failed to show you how much I care. I have failed in pretending that I am happy. I can't. Really, I have tried hard. I have loved them, our daughters, since the day you both gave them to me as a gift. I nurtured them like you'd have had things been different, had I been like everyone else, working, earning, being a dad. 

But I feel like living with a stranger. I don't know anything about you, about your past, about your fears. I know that I love you, but everyday that's tested. I could fight the world, sweetheart, you know that? I could fight them all, but I can't, because you are here and you aren't at the same time. I could touch you like I'd touch a corpse, lifeless, soul-less. I am saddened, as I know that I couldn't find Sophia's killers. I know that you curse me every single day. I am sorry but I cannot change that. 

Chapter 4: The Vanquished

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Chapter 1: Mens Rea
Chapter 2: A Morning Star
Chapter 3: The Cursed One

Their marriage wasn't something out of the ordinary. Many thought it was for the better. Tara's ambition needed to be curbed and what better way than to give her up to the man everyone thought will do big in the future? However, a woman with resolve is the one to watch out for. Tara battled everything and then, some more. Shekhar's dream of becoming an author didn't quite materialise and he had to let his wife become the man of the house. It wasn't something he was very proud about. Yet, he couldn't do anything about it. Back at their ancestral village, everyone was told something else.

Not Being Sad Doesn't Mean Being Happy

"Hey! How are you?"

The innocuous question, what our parents taught us to ask a new person when we were kids, stares at you through that chat window. For a brief second, you wished you had turned off the chat a couple of minutes ago. But you forgot. Because you were busy running down the news-feed, checking marriage photographs, new-mummies and foreign trips of people you didn't care about while your work was calling. You just weren't interested to answer to that. "Such a vague question!", you thought. "I might be dying here but I got to reply that I am Okay. God, damnit it!" You key your reply, which is duly seen in a couple of seconds. For a second, you wished the conversation ended right there.

Happiness: The Gastronomical Way!

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If you stay in Mumbai and are looking for a gastronomical trip down the beautiful cities of Europe, it's time to visit the "Taste of Europe" festival! This is a lovely initiative by the European Union and is all set to delight Mumbaikers by raising awareness about tasty European dishes, ingredients and Flavours in India!

Some of the top-notch restaurants serving European cuisines have been roped in for this grand festival that will see them cooking up a storm from the 6th-12th September. In case you will be away from town, don't lose hope. EU will also participate at the 9th edition of the Annapoorna World of Food India Exhibition 2014 from 24th – 26th September 2014 in Mumbai. Here's the list of restaurants you cannot afford to miss during the festival!

Olive Bar and Kitchen, Khar
Vetro at The Oberoi, Nariman Point
Prego at Westin, Goregaon
Salt Water Café, Churchgate
Smoke House Deli, Bandra Kurla Complex
Olio at Novotel Hotel, Juhu
Maritime by San Lorenzo, Taj Lands End, Bandra
       Indigo Deli, Colaba
Nido, Bandra
Botticino at Trident, BKC
Timings - 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11pm
Rates for a 3 course meal start from INR. 1500/-

So, what are you waiting for? Follow them on Twitter or Facebook and get ready to experience Europe at its finest!

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