Stories About Men

Thata's Betrayal

Megahana Joshi

Meghana has two passions in life. One is for anonymous art and architecture, which is her field of study. Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright are her role models not just in the field of architecture, but in life too. Her other passion is writing about things she observes in everyday life. Meghana lives in Irvine, California.

It really broke my heart when Thata (mother's father) decided that the rightful heir to his name and home was his grandson, and not me, his granddaughter. Only because he was a man and I was a woman!

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Pandit Narendra Sharma पडिंत नरेन्द्र शर्मा by Lavanya Shah

Lavanya Shah

Lavanya grew up in Mumbai in an artistic environment. Her father, Pandit Narendra Sharma, was a renowned Hindi poet; her mother, Susheela Sharma, painted with oil and water colour mediums. Lavanya started writing poems when she was 3 years old. फ़िर गा उठा प्रवसी Fir Ga Utha Prawasee (The traveller sings again) is her first book of poems. Her Hindi blog is Lavanyam -Antarman (Inner Voice of Lavanya ) लावण्यम्` अन्तर्मन्` She lives in the US. Her email id is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Editor's note: This contribution is in Hindi.


काव्य सँग्रह "प्यासा ~ निर्झर"

की शीर्ष कविता मेँ कवि नरेँद्र कहते हैँ,

"मेरे सिवा और भी कुछ है,

जिस पर मैँ निर्भर हूँ

मेरी प्यास हो ना हो जग को,

मैँ, प्यासा निर्झर हूँ"

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Diwali and her Father by Jitendra Sanghvi

Jitendra Sanghvi

Jeet is a Registered Professional Engineer. He is the Lead Civil/Structural Engineer and Capital Budget Planner for the real estate subsidiary of a multinational automotive manufacturer, and lives in Metropolitan Detroit. Jeet is a fitness enthusiast, and enjoys reading and travelling. He is a member of the Jain Society of Greater Detroit, where he teaches Jainism basics to Middle School children at the temple on Sundays.

My mother's name is Diwali, one of India's most prominent festivals, because she was born on Diwali day. This happened in 1929 in Kolhapur (in present day Maharashtra), which was a Princely State at that time, nominally independent but in practice a part of the British Raj in India. She was the eldest surviving child of Vanaji and Santokbai Nibjiya.

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My Father – A Doctor and A Cultured Strongman by Rabindra Nath Gupta

Rabindra Nath was born in Calcutta in 1923. Starting from a young age, he did regular physical exercises throughout his life, and maintained a strong muscular and healthy body. A science graduate, he worked for Jaipur Metals & Electricals Ltd., Jaipur, from where he retired as Superintendent, electric meters manufacturing division in 1983. Then, he worked as a manager in Jaipur Transformers Ltd., Jaipur and finally retired from service on 31st December 1985.

PK Gupta and his son

I have written this biography as a humble tribute to the revered memory of my late father, Phanindra Krishna Gupta, who was a Major in the Indian Medical Service during the Second World War.

My father was born in Calcutta in 1882, in a middle class Bengali Hindu, Baidya family, which lived in a pucca house and owned some land. He was a maternal grandson of the noted Bengali poet and writer Ishwar Chandra Gupta, who was, in the middle of the nineteenth century the editor and publisher of the Calcutta-based Bengali newspaper Sambad Prabhakar. Phanindra was born in a large family – he was the fifth in line among his six brothers and three sisters.

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Ramanna, 105, “Not out” by Bapu Satyanarayana

Bapu Satyanarayana, born 1932 in Bangalore, retired as Chief Engineer, Ministry of Surface Transport. At present, he is the presiding arbitrator of the Dispute Adjudication Board appointed by the National Highway Authority of India. He lives in Mysore, and enjoys writing for various newspapers and magazines on a variety of subjects, including political and civic issues.

Editor’s note. Ramanna passed away after this article had been written. The manner of his demise was such that it is appropriate to declare him “Not out.”

The Centurion

In 2007, in his 105th year, my father, Ramanna, bridges two centuries.

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