An Indian Writer’s Writing Space.

My Writing Space?

Did you say space?

A real, physical place?!

A place where a writer could sit in peace, contemplate, then spin a yarn that binds his readers?!!

I have a writing desk with a computer and a comfortable chair, so I have a writing space you see. And yet, this space is seldom mine. 

It belongs to wifey‘s hair clips, her diary that I am not allowed to touch, and to a wobbly stack of novels that she so voraciously devours.

When Mom and Dad come visiting, it also belongs to their reading-glasses, mom’s Shiv-Chalisa and Hanuman-Chalisa, and Dad’s dentures.

Of late, the dog has begun to demand her rights as a family-member – she wants a 6″ x 9″ space for her chew-toy.

If this has made you wonder if  mine is the only table in the house, I’d like to submit that on my last count our house boasted of 8 tables of different heights and sizes. And then there’s a lot of storage space in form of cupboards too. In fact, wifey has her own desk that’s twice the size of mine. And yet, my writing table can always be found groaning under the weight of my entire family’s possessions!


I had dared to ask the question once.

Wifey was hurt.
“I am always picking up after you – and this is how you treat my things?!”

Mom was flabbergasted.
“I spent years carrying your diapers and your milk bottle in my bag! And you grudge me a little space on your desk! Puttar, yahi din dekhna reh gaya tha!(“Son, why did I live to see this day!”)

Dad couldn’t care less.
“Keep them somewhere else. And wash the dentures before you put them away. Aur beta, jagah dil mein honi chahiye!(“And son, remember that it’s the space in your heart that matters!”)

An Indian Writer, Humorist, Parodist Anand's Writing Desk Space.

The dog listened to all this, then she wagged her tail, licked my face,  picked her drool-soaked chew-toy and dropped it in my lap, then signaled me to pick it up and put it on the table.


  • Puttar (Punjabi) = Beta (Hindi) = Son (English.)
  • Shiv Chalisa: A booklet containing 40 couplets sung in praise of Lord Shiva.
  • Hanuman Chalisa: Another booklet of similar kind, containing another 40 couplets sung in praise of Lord Hanuman.




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69 Responses to An Indian Writer’s Writing Space.

  1. Arpita says:

    Haha! The cartoon is awesome 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. maynotbesoanonymous says:

    I like the caricature, and enjoyed the post as well. 🙂

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  3. maddy says:

    You are the picture of tolerance! I can’t even stand my own stuff on my desk. How lucky that I live alone!

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    • Anand says:

      Maddy, it’s not just me. And in fact, my desk must carry the burden of Mom-Dad’s personal-effects only for 2 to 3 months in an year. I have a friend who lives in a joint-family. He with his wife and son, his brother with his wife and son, his mom and dad, and his grandfather and grandmother. Can you imagine his desk?

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  4. leannenz says:

    Excellent, Thank you for the silly grin I have on my face now. Loved it. Am just about to head of to a long boring staff meeting so will re read this in my head and every will think I am smiling because I understand what they are talking about in Japanese!

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  5. DeepikaBurli says:

    Oh My God… I couldn’t agree more with your title!! Believe it or not, my sister’s friend came visiting this morning and found the perfect place to leave her kurti, her toothbrush and paste, her chain, her glasses on – my table!
    Love the cartoon as well and the house mouse is the best! 😛

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  6. rosemawrites says:

    This post made me laugh a loooot! My personal desktop at home is full of ‘mess’ too! I can relate! 😀

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  7. Arpita says:

    Oh hey, would you like yourself some blogging award offered by a fellow blogger? I have nominated you for the Infinity Dreams Award. I’d love if you accept it! 🙂

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  8. Jackie says:

    Well, Anand, we do use our desk as a desk here, but it too contains piles. Bills here, pens there, ‘work to finish’ over there. Sometimes hubby tries to help, but then I can’t find the right pile! 🙂 Oh, well. Thanks for the smile!

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  9. devilrockz says:

    At least you have a semblance of a desk at which you can write.
    I do not even have a desk at which I write (!). The vagabond that I am, I am forced to find a 1×1 to seat my shapely self in and punch away at my phone. Sometimes, I grab a bite or nibble something while I’m typing too.
    In other words, I am the house mouse.

    P.S. I have a desk at work. Let me assure you NO WRITING GETS DONE AT THAT DESK. Only deleting. And yelling. Sometimes both at the same time. Sometimes yelling at someone else to delete something. Sometimes yelling at someone else BECAUSE they deleted something. Sometimes deleting something because I dont like the things they yelled at me. (You know where this is going right…?)

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    • Anand says:

      I can imagine, Ms. Rockz. I’ve spent a part of my life in a job that was somewhat similar to yours. I can imagine the desk and the yelling – both.
      Wishing you a calm and peaceful day at work.


  10. adriennea3 says:

    I don’t have a desk but it would probably be cluttered living with a hubby and 3 kids. Lol😊

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  11. Uday says:

    That desk seems accurate. My computer desk at home also doubles up as dining table some times (true story!). And the last time I asked my parents for privacy, I got this “You don’t need to have anything private. All your stuff are belong to us.”
    So I escaped to Chennai and live on my own now 😛 I have a desk but it can only accommodate my laptop! No more.

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    • Anand says:

      Wait until you get married. It will begin innocently enough. First a pencil that belongs to her, then a hair-clip, then a scarf; you’ve got the nip that behavior in the bud – or you end up with a desk like mine.

      Enjoy your uncluttered status as long as it lasts 😀

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  12. shilarya says:

    siblinguu your desk is superb… especially that yukky lizard..

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  13. Did you sketch that desk illustration? It’s awesome!

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    • Anand says:

      Thanks Cheri. Words couldn’t alone handle the task of describing my writing desk groaning under the load of my dad’s dentures, wifey’s stole, and mom’s overflowing love for our gods. My desk had to be seen to be believed, so I sketched it. Glad you liked it.


  14. Tim Gatewood says:

    I went and looked at this nonfiction yeahwrite thing. Voting for this week does not even open for another 2 days and some hours. So, it’s too soon to support you in your efforts. I hope you get loads of new readers from entering the contest.

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    • Anand says:

      Thanks so much. Just learned that first there are going to weed out some of the entries, then they’ll set up a voting grid with the ones that survive their weeding effort, and then the voting will begin. I’ll remove the voting request and add it if my blog entry survived.

      Tim: Thanks so much for trying to vote. I appreciate it.


  15. This made me grin from ear to ear! Your comic voice is perfect, and the cartoons are brilliant. An inspired and excellent post!


  16. Classic Anand style humour. Loved the sketch 🙂


  17. nadya says:

    This is hilarious and so true! You’re a great humorist 🙂 Please write more, especially with these kind of Indian “flavor” 🙂

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