Mr. Minister, Country Matters!

Poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and there “he” is, taking a long peaceful nap on his comfy million dollar couch; unfazed. Riots, violence, terrorism, and there “he” is, eating voluptuously; relishing the freshly prepared salmon served by his lavishly paid chefs; unperturbed.

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George in the Garden

“The sky is still a place to consider” George remembered. “Please help me”, she whispered to herself over and over again. She had absorbed the atmosphere into her skin and felt the tears fall onto her cheeks. She turned to face herself in the mirror and rubbed the water...

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The Forest Floor

My sister and I fell asleep in the sun. Our bodies stretched out in the shelter of the grassy field. Voices made constant circles in my mind. I lay on them like the forest floor, wondering which I was following. Today, I was not making any decisions. I let...

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Life is Sweet

The old man looked to the sun. “It has granted me another season and don’t you know, the seasons of heaven and hell are hard to tell apart”, he wrote in his diary.

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The Girl with the Red Hair

The door of the post office burst open. Elle looked up from browsing through envelopes. A girl stared at her like she was going to eat her up. She had flaming red hair. She walked to the counter and bought a stamp and turned to stare at Elle as...

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The Sun and Moon

George picked up his pen. “Something to write with, something to talk with”, he thought and moved around the inside of the shed, pacing up and down. His breathing felt easier as he held the pen. He sipped on his tea and switched on the candle light. A cuckoo cooed...

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Isobel

Isobel lived by herself in a skeleton like so many creatures of this earth. These creatures cowered in this knowledge and searched for a safe haven that would protect them. Their bones haunted them and quaked in their insides. They shivered and rattled in their teeth. Their bodies were...

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Bharat

The great Bharat shone, almost alone When the lands around it fell into an abyss of despair, She showed the world the path to spiritual enlightenment, through Buddha,Shankara and many more,

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Wisdom Tooth

A week ago, my last wisdom tooth began to sprout from my gum. I had little tingles here and there from other wisdom teeth but they emerged gradually. The arrival of this tooth was painful. I could not ignore it.

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Dark: A Memoir

Where light has been synonymous with peace, health and prosperity, religious texts have often referred to darkness as deceptive. It has been continually used to depict depression, the presence of shadows and the presence of evil.

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Augusta’s Rose

Gather the rose of love whilst yet is  -Edmund Spenser She cleaned the reeking flower vases, rubbing her wrinkled fingers against the glass. It was a Sunday ritual  that she had never failed to accomplish  for the last fifty years. She loved the smell of the fresh cut white...

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The Dumping Ground

They come from far off land to earn livelihood, They have dreams in their eyes but their main concern is food. They enter the city with an ambition to find the magical wand, But they end up in the worst area of Mumbai which is the dumping ground.

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Forget It…

As time passes, frames of past moments tend to develop in our mind subconsciously, and deeply they get embedded, almost making it impossible for us to dismantle them.

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Bliss and Blessedness

When the entire Delhi was reeling under extreme heat wave, I was on my way to ‘The Valley of Flowers’—Garhwal. The train goes till Haridwar and from there you have to take a bus till Srinagar. All the din of the train and the intervening stations, with its chai-...

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From The Window of Cancer

“Mum, please don’t leave me”, I say. She has tears welling up in ­­­­ her eyes. “I am not going beta”, she says to me. She is deceiving herself. Life seems too slow then it was a few months ago. I am afraid of closing my eyes. I may...

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She Walks Through

‘It is a part of the process.’ ‘You need to say it to make your mind believe it.’ ‘It is a small step towards leaving the past and stepping into the present.’ Oh, as if she hasn’t heeded to all of these from the cheap, dry mouths of numerous...

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…While getting back home

On my way to the airport, I read every board that came on my way to the airport and took coupons which said free gifts! But to get the coupon, you need to pay Rs 599. Well, at that time it struck me that being a lawyer what not...

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The Glorious One?

The room was crammed up. It was brimming with laughter, music and smoke. Tobacco and expensive perfume laced the air. Steady intoxicated smiles kept her going. She fiddled with her drink, thinking hard. Her grin was constant, never giving away a sign of defeat. Nobody could resist tackling her....

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Ghost of a Smile

The villagers complained of unexplained chills on cloudless nights. He stood near the rusted gate and waited for her, like he did every night since last autumn. They weren’t like the others; he agreed thinking about her choice of the village graveyard to meet.

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Would the Earth come to an end in 2012?

Apparently, there are lots of worlds in this Universe and our Earth happens to be just one of them. The planet Earth comprises of everything, Mountains, valleys, Rivers, oceans and the Humans living in it. Everything on the Earth is considered to be one entity. Thus every being is...

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God-The Enigma

He is one of the contemporary credulous persons, who believe in the prophecy of the new age soothsayers – the electronic media personalities, be it elections, economy or weather.

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Lolita

It was like a slow, traumatic silent movie. Her lips were moving but Lolita could not hear what she was saying. She had reached another world; when Marissa started a story about a girl who got pregnant out of wed-lock.

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” To do or not to”

For a minute his face presented the most annoying expression –a kind of when somebody is interrupted while he is deeply absorbed in his own pleasant thoughts. He irritatingly shifted his entire body to the other side of his rusted folding bed where the sun rays can’t foray and...

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The Kill

Here is a story that brought hesitation, apprehension, love, hatred…and more. It may seem like any other story, but if one goes on to analyse then one would see the idiosyncrasies of these characters, which would take you to the misted depths. It is hurt and pain, which touches everyone.

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It’s just another Thought

You will say – come on Rajdeep what is this all about. Well think if this was to become true, even though I know it will never since unlike your pet dog if the lion or tiger gets wild he won’t bite you, he has the capacity to rip...

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To live a dream.

The magnitude of what one wants to happen doesn't qualify the desire as a dream, but the magnitude of importance it carries for the individual. It can be absolutely anything, the want to be fantastically wealthy, to be an influential personality or to start with one's own little business,...

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Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss doctor, succeeds in collecting parts of human body and yearns to animate the heap. But when his endeavors materialize, Frankenstein appalled by his harrowing appearance, runs from the fiend, thus ignoring his responsibilities as his creator.

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Under The Greenwood Tree

Pitter patter, I heard the rain fall in a hundred drops.It made me think of home.For a moment I stood there in a freeze unaware of what to do in the pitch darkness that surrounded me.But surprisingly fear did not invade me, there was something alluring about the place.

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The Question

He stood tall, in a pale satin pink shirt and black linen pants. She could not quite figure out his face, as he was enveloped in the darkness. However, something about him attracted her, in a sudden impulse she thought He resembled her prince charming. Keenly observing him, she...

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Corked Blessing

Monday seemed so long ago. Sarah worked hard like most of the people around her. And this was a tiring week at the office, the current project was boiling eggs inside her head. Though, she liked it when she was always busy. The world was running, with men and...

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The Tales I have to Tell

Today also I remember those dark nights full of light of wisdom when my grandfather used to tell me lots and lots of stories. Fables from the village where he grew and the way he lived those years, parables from day to day life and tales of that inglorious...

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What is beauty to you?

Few days ago, A strange incident took place. It might not look strange to you. But I had issues dealing with it. I was standing with an aunt in the neighbourhood garden, among lush greens, and vast varieties of tress trees and plants. Lot of insects, and little creatures...

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An Obituary for India

Friends, Family and former Citizens! We are all gathered here to pay homage to a great nation that almost survived for 100 years. Yesterday evening was the last sunset for India. Alas, she was just 1 day short of completing her centenary. An identity of “Bharat” which lasted for...

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India in My Words, It is Time

It’s been 64 years ago since India won its freedom from the colonial forces after a prolonged struggle. Now, is the need for the people of our country to start yet another freedom struggle, sadly this time the enemy is within amongst us. When our country got independence, our...

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We Learn Everything by Chance

Our journey starts when God Almighty plans a union in our mother's womb Our destiny is written in our brain, when that sacred union is 4 months old, We grow eyes closed, swimming around in darkness controlled by remote power Until the moment arrives when we are ordered to move out to...

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Anonymous – A True Story

A mysterious character – a shadow, not an ally, walking in the darkness like Shehanshah; yet not your enemy. Just a person; working in mysterious ways. No don’t christen him like God. He is very much tangible human specie. Just a peculiar man working in ordinary circumstances!

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From Reality, To Fiction

Everyone’s Someone’s Reality is Someonesomeone else’s fiction. Who would have thought that, not even a graduate, but a college dropout, the founder of the world’s most eyed product, Steve Jobs, a man who beautified technology, with an unimaginably astonishing life story. Put over adoption by his young mother after birth,...

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Infidelity

Infidelity, I don’t know where to start on such a complicated issue. You hear it happen every day at every step in life from the rich and famous to the girl at the checkout counter at your local grocery store. Media has a perverted hunger for any story on...

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Just Good Friends

“Hey, he’s not coming…apparently he’s got some work left”, she said. Though I was more than happy to hear those words, I kept my emotions under control. “So I guess, then it’s just you and me…lets hurry up, I think it’s gonna rain again”, I said.

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To My Valentine

Have I ever told you about my journey of love? Have I ever given you the taste of my limitless love? If not then let me take you, to the place where my heart dwells Once upon a time somewhere from the land of spices, There came a girl, crashing into my life Clad...

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Unspoken Love

We left the library, the Sultan indicating with a gesture that I follow him. The doors and corridors we passed were furnished in mahogany wood and finished with gold touches. Everything, just about everything in the room seemed to remind me of her: the Sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Selma.

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The Small Things

Life is made up of moments. Many small moments. Those who say that we need to focus on the bigger picture forget that it is made up of many individual strokes. A symphony is composed of many different notes, many different instruments. It is how life becomes worth living....

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My Felo de-se (A suicide?)

This poem is about a woman who lit herself on fire alive, after being beaten up by her husband every single day for months. She gave up, leaving a small girl child of a few odd years behind her. What fate will she have? But what could the mother...

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The Raconteur

I think I'll start off by telling you a story. Once upon a time, there was a person who lived in a glass house in the middle of the sea. One day, this person decided to burn all the bridges leading up to the glass house and it was...

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The Janitor

She stretched out her legs and leaned against the spotless white tiled wall. Below her, was the carefully laid duster she had used a moment ago to wipe the floor of the small but plush restroom in the unusually big building – a place that owed us the time...

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Earthquake 7/11

It happened on the night of September 7th 2011 when the world was awake (who sleeps at 23:34 these days neway?). After a heavy dinner of Dal and Roti; the only things you can afford with ongoing inflation, I tuned in my IPod to listen to Adele’s Rolling in...

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Why don’t you write?

A goddamn book needs a goddamn story. A goddamn story needs a goddamn writer. A goddamn writer needs some goddamn inspiration! Inspiration. I don’t know what that is. Is it a vacuum in one’s head that keeps them from thinking multiple other thoughts that might stop them from doing...

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Agitated Mind

Human psyche is like the deep blue sea. Understanding its depth and finding way through it is as difficult as driving a voyage through the treacherous oceanic waters. As man enters adolescence a series of changes occur in his life both physical and psychological. This phase of life is...

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Numbing the Numb-ed

I am sure this numbness is somewhere unwarranted. Rebelling had always been cool, but such conformity is painstaking. The conformity in viewing everything as being impossibly capable of holding onto. Flashes of brilliance, proving to be highly deceptive, transfiguring to a symbolic nihility.

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Valentine’s Gift

For an instant it seemed like a mirage. This isn’t happening, they thought. It was definitely, according to them, Raguveer’s and Shivanshi’s first, and hopefully their last, altercation. The altercation had surprised them and the outcome shook the ground beneath their feet. In front of their own eyes the...

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Bad Women

There she was again, wearing her beautiful wedding dress. Inside the same church with similar sounding divine blah blah, but the people present there, were quieter than before and so was she. The red roses that decked the aisle on her wedding day had long been faded away and...

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The Doting

It was a new night with the old pain. Jack lay tossing on the bed. Memories that just won’t fade away tormented him in the sleepless hour. How he wished to go and tell Diane that he had at last reconciled. But, would Diane understand?

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Regret

A silent start to the journey of life begins when a child begins to stand up, walk and run on its own. We start alone, parents’ guide us for the first 10 years, friends shower their care for the next 10, a love that loves more than you do...

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Fright

It’s so hot! I am perspiring. Now my clothes seem to have found an attraction to my body. I am stinking. Oh God! Why am I wearing a veil? Where am I? I wondered.

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The Unimaginable!

“Nilima! You forgot your fruit bag!” screamed my local storekeeper Mr. Chand. I had just left the local mart after my customary shopping of groceries and other supplies. This weekly errand at Chand uncle’s shop was not a painstaking task but rather delightful. Shopping in a mall had become...

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Life like that

I remember that morning very clearly. I opened my window and saw cattle rushing towards the valley. Then suddenly a loud bang and I saw one cow burst into pieces. Her head was tossed into the air. There were blood droplets all over the place. That day my father...

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I Wish!!!

On a rainy night, it was no less than a miracle. It was supposedly the last day of college, the farewell party. The party was awesome as it always used to be. By the end of the party, nearly everyone was teary eyed, hugging each other and asking to...

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Wronged by Fate

The stench of the liquor seemed to be everywhere in the little hut and made her want to gag. She tried to relax, but she couldn’t. Nanakhram muttered something and turned in his sleep, in the process laying a heavy leg on little Somu. The little boy winced, but...

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Nameless Relationships!!

And this was the very common scene at 11:00 a.m. in the class of XI when Aman, a commerce student would go and call Anamika, a science student for a round, both taking a break from their group of friends for a while. They used to go far while...

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10 Cents

Josephine was walking up and down the length of the room. Two hours from now she would be married to her beau. Unlike other girls Josephine was not worried about the decorations outside or about the ice sculpture melting in the reception area, there were other things on her...

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The Strange Connection

From over a month I was thinking what to write upon. Many topics came to my mind, but somehow this one clicked more than all. Believe me if some years back I would have tried to speak on it I would have spoken just for the sake of speaking...

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Beep! Beep! It’s Morning Again!!

The alarm clock beeped. 11 ‘o clock, it said. Again I pushed the snooze button and went off to sleep- for the 6th time today. Yesterday it was 5, I recounted. Is it foreboding, something I dread? Shunning my thoughts as just another nightmare, I finally shrugged the slumber...

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An Afternoon Stroll

Fresh air filled the autumn day, cool and crisp, as I walked along a wide asphalt path. A whispering breeze whistled through maple leaves, while oak trees stood guard; pillars leading to an ancient Greek temple.

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Teeth For Tat

I looked around the waiting room; the walls were painted a dull yellow, which was ironical, since the person waiting beyond those walls would definitely choose white as his favourite colour. Directly opposite me, at a desk topped with a snazzy Dell, sat the pretty receptionist who took your...

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The Call

I was in my study cleaning up all the junk that had got accumulated over the week. The week had been a very relaxed one. I had only three people visit me. The first two were of no mention but the third one was a very peculiar case. ...

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An Anonymous Evening

I know much has been written about the story of our country’s independence. Many movies have been made which portray the boldness which the people of this country showed, in a moment we needed the most. This story is not about those who fought on the front end, but it’s...

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Lost

It was getting cold out when we found the abandoned, old shack. It was half falling-down; but it was better than having to stay outside in the cold, with snow on the way. Nobody had lived there in a long while. We broke the lock on the back door...

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Gravity

When Saara heard the front door open and shut, she called down the stairs, "Did you bring the mail?" A gust of cold air raced past her and she shivered. Winter had lasted too long this year. She was so ready for those cheerful little snowdrops to poke up...

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The Lost Pages

I grabbed at the door handle, furious with the weather and even more furious with myself as I desperately wanted to run out from the house just now. I felt suffocated in that environment.

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Count your Blessings

It was a beautiful Monday morning. The hills that were once covered with green leaves had changed into a beautiful blush of orange, red and green. It seemed like a blessing from the Almighty. Fall seemed like a perfect change in the midst of long days of summer to...

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Can we dream reality?

I have to share this wild dream my friend Vineet had of meeting the Remix Gang. Remix was a TV serial which used to air on Star One at 8:00 p.m. initially and later at 8:30 p.m. from November 1, 2005 till May 28, 2007.

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Prisoner of the Veil

Building houses by the sea has its advantages and disadvantages. Some love the scenic beauty others dread the unpredictable waves. Yet for some naive beings like her, it’s a feeling of bliss, an imaginary freedom from the four walls, the shackles that bind her soul.

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A Moment of Silence

He knew that smile often. To him it had become a prize not only to seek but also to cherish. She was constantly bestowing upon him her silent affections as she did now. She was always more comfortable communicating with facial expressions because she could not do nearly as...

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Stop!!

My father is a very tall man and my mother, the exact opposite. I remember from the time I started going out with them anywhere, they never ever walked together. My father with his extra long strides was indeed a difficult person to keep up with, even for us....

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A Memoir of the Bygone

I wasn't born to live the life I am living right now. I was born in a different world; a world where the resonance of those meteoric MiGs was routine, a world where adventure was assumed, a world where discipline was universal!

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A Dying Dream

"Are you sure about that?" Shweta exclaimed. Her voice quivered with the question as nervous fingers shuffled the papers on the cluttered desk. "I can't see any way out of this, Shweta. The gallery just isn't bringing in enough to keep us afloat." Jenice plopped into the leather arm...

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More than just a Game

With just over a month left to the World Cup, excitement is rising with each passing day and it would reach fever pitch come February 19. Cricket drives our nation and is a common uniting thread which binds our billion plus population. It’s a part of our DNA and...

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A Fading Blossom

Wednesdays are dollar rose days at the grocery store. He's noticed this at regular intervals for the past several years when he stops at the store on his way home, as he does when his wife calls him at work, asking him to pick up something for her. She...

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