Akshata Shanbhag

THE HOUSE

“So all set for the open house today Sara?” Sara with a heavy heart nods her head. “Yes Suzi, I am all set.” Sara had turned 65. She had spent forty years in her two-bedroom cosy apartment. This was the first and only property she had bought along with her husband Philip. After Philip had …

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DAUGHTER

“A world without girls is as impossible as a world without water.”   When I was pregnant, my kith and kin would shower their blessings and well wishes and say-  “God bless you with a healthy son.” “May Lord Krishna/ Lord Ganesha be born.” “Be blessed with a baby boy.”   As far as I …

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” God Bless You !!”

Have you ever wondered why some of us are compelled to say some variation of “Bless you” after a person sneezes? Is it because good manners dictate you to do so? Be it a nasal explosion or a tiny achoo but then no sneeze is complete without a “Bless you”!  It’s like a knee-jerk reaction …

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WHAT WAS I WAITING FOR?

When I first started writing and publishing on a public platform, least did I know that someday, I would have a blog for myself.     One day over a conversation with my brother, he told me –  “What if the app that you are writing on shuts down someday? What will happen to your work? …

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WHO DOES NOT LIKE DISCOUNTS?

“Big Sale. 60-70% discount on all products “. ” Buy one. Get one free.”  ” 500 off on purchases above 2000″.    We all have come across this. Haven’t we? When we hear / read something like this, it feels good. Mostly we give in and buy something even though we did not have plans …

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SPREAD YOUR WINGS

     Chapter-1    The crowd cheers as Avantika enters the stage. As Avantika takes her seat, journalists waste no time interacting with her.         “Hello Avantika ma’am, we all are so thrilled about your new book. We have heard so much about your work. Finally, we will be able to get to know you personally through …

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LOVE HAPPENS AGAIN

” C’mon Julie, let’s go to the pub. Just because you had a breakup with Liam doesn’t mean the world has ended. It’s been two months. You are a party animal. Let’s go, Julie. ” Julie and Liam were a couple. Their love story lasted for a little more than two years before Liam cheated …

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TOGETHER FOREVER

“What did the doctor say, Dad? What is wrong with me?” Jacob and Lucy were quiet. They were staring at each other. “Mom, Dad I am talking to you. Why is no one telling me anything?” Lucy was in tears. Jacob was trying and controlling his emotions. Their daughter Carol was ill and they did …

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REWARD

  “Realise that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo Da Vinci. Once a wolf has a bone stuck in his throat. He hires a crane for a large sum of gold, to put her head in his throat and remove the bone. When the crane removes the bone, she demands her reward. The wolf …

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