The thing that unnerved me was his strange idiosyncrasy that a sneeze is more enjoyable if you don’t cover your mouth — with mask, hand, elbow, book, newspaper, barf bag — anything! ‘No Cover, Great Pleasure’ seemed to be his perverse credo.
Author Archives: Anupam Choudhury
SHORT STORY/SATIRE: ‘The email from the HR Business Partner came on a Friday morning. She wanted to meet Rajat to discuss something important. Rajat’s manager, Lokesh, hadn’t mentioned anything. So he was curious what it could be about.’
Blue Ticks, Diamonds, and the Value of Quality
What is common between Twitter’s Blue Ticks, Diamonds, and the OPEC? Will Elon Musk’s plan to sell the blue ticks improve or harm Twitter’s fortunes? What does it mean for the value of the blue ticks for people?
Companies Offering Remote Language Editor Jobs in India (October 2022)
I have compiled a list of Indian companies that offer remote editorial work. The list is based on the information provided by my fellow Indian editors.
Here’s Why I Need You to Work 18 Hours a Day: And Not Whine About It
SHORT STORY/SATIRE – ‘The ‘conference room’ was a corner of the studio floor with big glass windows, seven bean bags, and toys scattered around. Raman Ronadhona had taken a bean bag next to a stuffed bulldog. The Founder-CEO, the 30-something Chaman Chaturkumar, stomped in and plonked into a huge tan bean bag shaped like a chair. He had a frown on his face and didn’t look happy.’
How I Became the Richest Person in the World
SHORT STORY/SATIRE – ‘Those were tough days. I had sold my scooter to loan money to a local businessman, Firki bhai. He put it in a business that eventually sank because, as it became apparent later, he knew nothing about that line of business! And when I asked for my money back, he avoided me! It’s not like he wasn’t rich already; he just wouldn’t return what he owed me!’
Mili’s Sunday in CP
A SHORT STORY: “Five-year-old Mili was enjoying a Sunday outing with her father, Ashutosh. They had not come to Connaught Place since before the pandemic, and Ashutosh was keen to see how things were.”
Sheru, the Girl-Boy Dog
A SHORT STORY
“It had got dark earlier than usual, and the park looked like a dark-green canvas with splotches of white. Sheru was sitting cross-legged, ladylike, facing a girl swinging on the swing, as if guarding her. But he saw me a fraction of a second before I saw him. And in that time, he had wagged his tail, got up, and started limp-running to intercept me on the walkway…”
“I’ve been laid off. What now?”
In my parents’ generation, getting fired from a job in India was kind of rare. Not any more. In the past few years, organization after organization, in all kinds of industries, is doing large-scale layoffs.
One of the most common expletives in North India (and I’m sure elsewhere) begins with ‘chu’. It is naturally uncivil and, you guessed it, ‘unparliamentary’. What is interesting is that some locals dampen the auditory (but not the semantic) blow of the word by replacing ‘chu’ with ‘phu’.