All stories by Kishore Singh
An ode to marmaladeRediff.com3 Feb 2020
'Waging battle over a jar of marmalade seemed petty beyond belief so I simply lost my craving for the preserve,' Kishore Singh writes
Farewell, gentle giantRediff.com22 Jan 2020
Kishore Singh salutes Akbar Padamsee, the legendary painter who passed into the ages last fortnight.
Street protests are hard workRediff.com13 Jan 2020
'When I told my wife I was going to ask our daughter-in-law if she was planning on hitting the streets, my wife took me aside and whispered fiercely in my ear, "Don't let her learn the language of dissent because it'll come back to bite us",' says Kishore Singh.
No more parties for me!Rediff.com11 Jan 2020
'Two hours to reach somebody's home seems a bit much for food you could just as easily order at home. Without having to talk to strangers. Or pretend to be having a good time. Or dreading a hangover,' sighs Kishore Singh.
The urban-rural culture clashRediff.com9 Dec 2019
Urban lives are the opposite of rural ones, especially when it comes to evenings out, says Kishore Singh.
Oh Kolkata!Rediff.com15 Nov 2019
'A trip to the banks of the Hooghly without which there wouldn't be a Calcutta/Kolkata is one for the bucket list,' says Kishore Singh.
Travel: In search of the unfamiliarRediff.com11 Nov 2019
There are parts of India that stoutly hold their own against cultural hegemony, but it is anyone's guess how long that will last, says Kishore Singh.
The art of fine diningRediff.com1 Oct 2019
'A hangover of the Raj, there's no one quite like the desi butler who knows the order in which a meal must be served, and will not be distracted from his watch by modern memsahibs and their slightly unusual ways or requests,' says Kishore Singh.
When my dog bit me...Rediff.com20 Sep 2019
Nobody likes misery for company, especially on a holiday, says Kishore Singh.
How I became a Wedding ManagerRediff.com17 Jul 2019
Weddings make you wish you had a hundred hands instead of a brain that feels like a sponge attached to 10 different heads being pulled in different directions, says Kishore Singh.
A break from chickenRediff.com9 Jul 2019
My son and his wife are now spending a holiday in pursuit of chicken, says Kishore Singh.
From jogger to birdwatcherRediff.com2 Jul 2019
'As the sun rises, so does my acquaintance with the neighbourhood's avifauna,' says Kishore Singh.
Oh! The Summer! The Summer!Rediff.com26 Jun 2019
'Rashtrapati Bhavan may have hygiene standards that are a benchmark for the rest of the hoi polloi, but you had to feel sorry for the august assembly of guests who braved the temperature for a seat at the new Cabinet's swearing in,' says Kishore Singh.
Different Indias on a flight to BikanerRediff.com15 Jun 2019
The flight seemed crammed with groups of friends from Delhi and Mumbai. They spoke in the accented English of the privileged, threw abuse about freely, and talked loudly throughout the one-and-a-half-hour flight. While the excited group kept up their chatter, another quieter group went about its business with just as much efficiency, says Kishore Singh.
Three cheers for Khan Market!Rediff.com5 Jun 2019
'Khan Market is useful if not central to our existence,' says Kishore Singh.
A break from daily life, please!Rediff.com30 Mar 2019
'And I'm back at work, where it's quieter than home is likely to be for a while', says Kishore Singh.
How I became an expert on lehngasRediff.com5 Mar 2019
It's easier to see a heart surgeon than a designer whose appearances on social pages far outnumber their presence before clients, notes Kishore Singh.
Phew! No break from shaadi fever any time soonRediff.com23 Feb 2019
'Till the foreseeable future, our evenings are chock-a-block with nuptial festivities and merrymaking,' sighs Kishore Singh.
My 2019 resolution :)Rediff.com12 Jan 2019
Last year, his family forced Kishore Singh not to write anything about them...
Why you must visit the Kochi-Muziris Biennale!Rediff.com24 Dec 2018
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale has put Kerala on the art tourism circuit, says Kishore Singh.
Help! My daughter-in-law is 'hard core' non-vegRediff.com10 Dec 2018
'She didn't eat beans, disliked spinach, abhorred peas, but mostly she wouldn't eat things the name of which she didn't know, which seemed to consist of the entire vegetable kingdom.' 'For some reason, she finds even dahi unpalatable,' sighs Kishore Singh.
#MeToo: For whom the bell tollsRediff.com6 Nov 2018
For now, says Kishore Singh, the #MeToo movement has not looked sufficiently back in history, but too many of us know such offenders and continue to socialise amidst them.
'How can I get married without a dining table?!'Rediff.com12 Sep 2018
'Since my son insisted his future happiness would be jeopardised unless the matter was urgently addressed, my wife passed instructions to the kitchen staff to serve us meals in front of the TV,' says Kishore Singh.
My son's getting married and...Rediff.com19 Aug 2018
'Perish the thought that we can settle the date for the nuptials between ourselves.' 'Or conclude potential venues, menus or events with the authority vested in us as seniors.' 'Such decisions are not in our purview,' says Kishore Singh.
'She was Imran's best friend'Rediff.com6 Aug 2018
'Who wouldn't want to rub shoulders with the neighbouring country's premier's childhood confidante?' asks Kishore Singh.
Should I replace walking with running?Rediff.com3 Aug 2018
'Why not knock off a few more kilos and a couple of inches now that the desire for an amble has replaced that for cheesecake?' wonders Kishore Singh.
Go slow, diversion aheadRediff.com20 Jul 2018
'Surprisingly, the most frequent of the walking squads are the Auntyjis, those you'd hardly credit with such dedication.' 'Yet, they're always present and the sprightliest of the lot in their salwar suits and saris,' says Kishore Singh.
No country for old menRediff.com10 Jul 2018
'Attempts to buy myself a pair of jeans proved unfruitful because there didn't appear to be a pair that wasn't ripped by design'. 'All the fashion seemed to be for the sickeningly young,' reports Kishore Singh after a recent trip to the mall.
The art of being Manu ParekhRediff.com8 Jul 2018
Manubhai, 79 now, is exhilarated about newer possibilities and prospects. The past is done with; the future holds the key to evolving forms of exploration. Kishore Singh salutes the Master.
Our son wants us to organise a party for his girlfriendRediff.com5 Jul 2018
Kishore Singh on how his kids decided that in spite of the presence of weird older people at home, it was an easier bet to party where the free booze was.
Cooking up a stormRediff.com29 Jun 2018
It'll be a relief when the rightful chefs are back to claim the kitchen so the household can be restored to its old ways, says Kishore Singh.
Bikaner House, Delhi's most elegant addressRediff.com2 Jun 2018
When Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Scindia decided to convert her government's capital outpost into a hub of culture, she transformed Bikaner House into Delhi's premier cultural space, notes Kishore Singh.
The conviction of Salman KhanRediff.com17 Apr 2018
Prisons aren't places to build bodies or boost egos, says Kishore Singh.
Why I hoard coinsRediff.com15 Apr 2018
'The childhood urge to amass wealth may account for one's inexplicable urge to stockpile change, for there is nothing more gratifying than to lift a box heavy with one's treasure, more satisfying somehow than all the zeroes the Kochhars, Modis and Mallyas appear to have allegedly scammed our banks over,' says Kishore Singh.
When Nirav Modi sent me chocolates...Rediff.com29 Mar 2018
We might not have been seeking out baubles, says Kishore Singh, but there's nothing Nirav Modi liked more than surprising you with them.
The assault of the bootsRediff.com22 Mar 2018
'Closets brimmed and overflowed.' 'The dining cabinet was emptied to stock footwear.' 'They were thrust into bookshelves still in their wrapping.' 'It was like a boot plague for which there was no antidote,' says Kishore Singh.
What it's like to be Picasso's grandsonRediff.com7 Mar 2018
'As a child I was very glad to be around him, to breathe his happiness.' 'I was aware that he would focus 100 per cent on whatever he was doing, whether it was playing with me, or going to the bullfights, or painting -- which he seemed to do non-stop,' Pablo's grandson tells Kishore Singh.
Painting a sorry pictureRediff.com2 Mar 2018
'When, finally, my bedroom was declared odour-proof (which it isn't -- for the record), I moved back in with a sense of relief -- only to find I couldn't sleep on a bed any more, having grown unaccustomed to such luxury after 10 days of camping out,' says Kishore Singh.
What does Love add up to? :)Rediff.com14 Feb 2018
'If Romeo and Juliet had done the math, they might have gone their own ways without ending up dead in a family quarrel,' says Kishore Singh.
Is this a chilled out life?Rediff.com10 Feb 2018
'I am listing here what life in the city with a dependent (but grown up) family is really like,' says Kishore Singh.