The Fruits of Life

Sins realised he had two sides of himself, two separate beings, two conscious voices within his ever evolving mind. He was mortally afraid of one side, since it strived to create an impulsive side of him hell bent on self-destruction, right from subjecting his body to every kind of intoxication possible and goading him constantly … Continue reading The Fruits of Life

Johnny’s Crime

Malcolm had started watching crime thrillers four years ago. Beginning with the movie 'Blow', starring Johnny Depp as the real life George Jung, Malcolm realized that he felt a particular affinity to drug pushers. They produced, transported and sold their goods in a meticulous fashion, and went to great lengths to protect it. It was … Continue reading Johnny’s Crime

The Big Pickup

The leaves of the tree swayed gently with the breeze, and seemed to cringe a little as a waft of cigarette smoke exhaled from Sins' lips made their way into the leaves' respiratory system. Sins focussed his eyes intently on the veins of one of the leaves, hoping to catch it's expression of unwillingness to … Continue reading The Big Pickup

The Last Man Standing

Sins blew his first professional salary, a stipend for rendering his services for a period of one month, in exactly 3 days. By the seventh day, he had recouped all of it back, plus another half as 'surplus'. After repeating the same transaction for another 4 times, Sins felt like retiring and settling outside the … Continue reading The Last Man Standing

The Holy Lifeline

Malcolm staggered into his room in a daze. He hadn't slept in 23 hours. He hadn't felt like it. So engrossing was the video content he had found online, that he wished he were a machine, with the ability to process information through electric supply. His eyes were hurting, due to the 23 hour binge. … Continue reading The Holy Lifeline

Bare Essentials

The chill in the air was palpable, as Sins made his way out of the station, to the buffet hosted by a colleague from work. The venue, Barbecue Nation was slightly familiar, his last visit having taken place when he was in college two years ago. His mouth salivated when he remembered the soft pieces … Continue reading Bare Essentials

Anti-Social Brethren

Malcolm wished he could be high all the time. But, then he figured the novelty of peace and bliss would gradually become the new sober state of the mind, post which he would crave a higher feeling anyway. He decided he would be happier with how things were currently, where upliftment of the mind was … Continue reading Anti-Social Brethren

Broke

Malcolm was broke. It was his first thought of the day, the moment his mind had started functioning after a troubled night's sleep. It hadn't been the case so two days ago, when his account showed more than three fourths of his stipend left. He had blown all of it last night. And he wasn't … Continue reading Broke

Octopus Football Club

A sorry state of affairs loomed on the horizon for Octopus Football Club, as the referee whistled for half time. Sins stood on the touchline watching the kids, all aged between 11 and 12, morosely trudge back to listen to him, their manager and coach for the past 2 months. Octopus Football Club had been … Continue reading Octopus Football Club

Supreme Manager

When it came to cribbing about all the ills prevalent in his nation, Malcolm was the undisputed master. For him, problems existed for two reasons only - Greed and Selfishness, the quality to successfully turn a blind eye to the suffering of millions not just in his nation, but even worldwide. The fact was, the … Continue reading Supreme Manager

Food Economy

Sins felt the feeling of insecurity building up within him, bit by bit, drop by drop. Irrespective of trying to think and act positive, the fine margins between anxiety and calm seemed ready to give in, and consume his days, and progress into disturbed nights. He wanted to scream. Sins wasn't a deprived man. He … Continue reading Food Economy

Habitual Intoxication

As Sins headed out via his apartment's gate, the winter fog enveloped him as if he were a grand new entrant in a famous theater play. The road felt like an infinitely stretched stage, on whose creaky boards passers by went about their daily routines half-heartedly. Sins knew he was at a crossroads in his … Continue reading Habitual Intoxication

Enroute Holy Malur

Sins had heard a lot about the town of Malur in the state of Karnataka. To proceed along on these line of thoughts, one of the first things he had checked and mapped out was his newly rented bike's mileage. It came out as a solid 37 kilometers per one litre of petrol, which currently … Continue reading Enroute Holy Malur

Birthday Pizza

An ear splitting headache woke up Sins earlier than usual. He had never experienced such a sensation before, it felt like something was growing inside his head, reminding him of the theme of terrifying alien parasites breeding inside his body. He closed his eyes quickly at the thought. It was Sins' birthday today. He had … Continue reading Birthday Pizza

Ignorance is Lazy

"I don't want your ghastly opinion, I want facts" "You're terming my opinion as ghastly. Isn't that your opinion?" "I'll ask you one last time. Why did you have to behave like that to her? Can't you stop questioning everything?" Sins didn't want to speak any more. He had had it. He was done with … Continue reading Ignorance is Lazy

Cannabis Work

"Hi, this is Mr. Sins speaking. Could you please connect me to your Head of Marketing?" "And where are you from sir?" "You can tell him it's his old acquaintance calling. Actually, off the record, I just want to surprise him. Oblige me, will you?" "I'm sorry Sir, I won't be doing that" "I'm sorry, … Continue reading Cannabis Work

Fat Shamed

Mr. Sins felt ugly when he stared at his reflection in the broken mirror. He thought he still looked like an immature child, but bore the body of an adult. 4 inches of stomach portruded out from beneath his chest. When he held his breath, he could see the dim pattern of the abs inside. … Continue reading Fat Shamed

Enlightened and Free

"Are you gay?" Malcolm's mind went into overdrive, his brain's neuron connections linking together at light's speed to come up with an offended answer. Malcolm turned around in a flash, like a frog struck by lightning, jumpy and jittery at the same time. Firstly, he was struck by the feminine tone, it was soft, like … Continue reading Enlightened and Free

Unawareness helps the Elected

"I can't believe you're ready to accept what you're being told by the elected. How can you?" "The people of this country have put them in power. What do you want me to do?" "You can introspect, question and try to understand as to whom they're pandering to. The bigwigs or the suppressed? Both the … Continue reading Unawareness helps the Elected

Booming Sense

Malcolm felt depressed after reading the newspaper. Violence, evil and scams formed at least 20% of it, which was morally unacceptable according to Malcolm. How could men and women succumb to evil? "Can't men and women understand the purpose and sanctity of life?" Sins listened to him in deep thought. This was a regular conversation … Continue reading Booming Sense

The Evil Herb

"Forgiveness is for the weak. Why should the onus be on the sufferer, to first endure the perpetrated act, and then issue a pardon. I believe, in this case the sufferer has full rights to retaliate his/her brand of suffering to the perpetrator. Forgiveness is for the weak" Mr. Sins listened to the man in … Continue reading The Evil Herb

Marijuana and the Universe

"Tell me the truth. Do you believe in God?" "I believe in the concept" "Really? Tell me the concept" "I think we humans have overused and simplified the concept of God, due to which we are seeing polarisation and wars fought over religion. I mean, how many times have we seen sane people reiterate again … Continue reading Marijuana and the Universe

Old School Marijuana

It's said that home is where an individual's true heart is. Of course, the generalzed statement is subjective. Punk gods Green Day's famous hit, Jesus of Suburbia featured a stand out lyric - Home is where the heart is, but what a shame, Cause everyone's heart doesn't beat the same. Music has stirred humankind's soul … Continue reading Old School Marijuana