P Subramanian

Catching trains in the nick of time

When I set out two hours in advance to catch my train, a neighbour asked, “Why are you going so early?” I said, “City roads are jam-packed with vehicles throughout the day. I

17 Jul 2018

Much ado about a few crispy vadas

A neighbour looked glum the other evening. He said he had a bad day in the office. “It was much ado about some vadas,” he grumbled. “You better pour out your woes so that your heart will become lighter,” I advised.

16 May 2018

Survival skills of a jack-in-office

My classmate Das became a bureaucrat after his graduation.

16 Apr 2018

Yet another battle with bank officials

I had a few hundred dollar bills left in my wallet on return from a sojourn in the US.

01 Mar 2018

A novice who broke our hearts and bodies

Raman, my neighbour, was known for not giving up. One day, he decided to buy a scooter.

16 Feb 2018

Saving pearly whites from a plaque attack

An email advertising an electric toothbrush costing a five figure amount landed in my inbox.

29 Jan 2018

Patrons, please leave your shoes outside

In Chennai, many medical shops, photo studios, doctors’ clinics, browsing centres, barber shops, photocopying shops, etc., require their customers to leave their footwear outside so that their floors

30 Dec 2017

Cycling under the sun for an exam

One of my neighbours informed me that he was shifting his residence to a place closer to his son’s school.

07 Dec 2017

How I survived a pickpocket attack

Take care of your wallet. It is festival season. The shopping areas are teeming with pickpockets,” my wife warned when I stepped out of my house on an errand.

23 Nov 2017

Family reunions of a different kind

It is often lamented that the joint family system is on the way out. But the concept manifests itself in subtle forms as per modern day needs of families in which both spouses work.

10 Nov 2017

Whacking away those blues

My wife said that the new maid wanted to know if we had a washing machine before agreeing to work for us.

24 Oct 2017

Tying three knots without a tangle

At a recent wedding, there was a serpentine queue waiting to greet the bride and groom.

06 Oct 2017

Getting chased by monster storms

In the US, there are storm chasers who drive into storms for scientific studies, curiosity, adventure, etc. But I have the uncanny knack of getting chased by storms.

16 Sep 2017

Keeping the palm free of grease

The other day, the prime minister attacked the psyche of corruption and resolved to eradicate the malady in the next five years.

02 Sep 2017