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The Woman's Heart - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Hastily, Gowri rushed into the kitchen, lit-up the stove, placed a bowl over the fire, poured half-a-glass of water, …

Eid Mubarak - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story The innocence, with which Shaukat’s deeds were narrated by a ten year old little girl, tore apart Raees Ali the most …

Confession of a First time Mother 
I Wanted A Baby Boy But... I want to share a little secret with you today. When I was expecting, I wished for a baby boy. The sole reason being that …

Woman Alone - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Seated on the divan these two ladies began to talk. Mrignaini was shocked to know that the elderly couple had expired …

Between a Rock and a Hard Place - contd 
Back to page 1 Act-III Impart There is a knock on the door, the audience hears a bang on the door, Aniket rises from the bed and opens the door …

Life's Fiction - contd 
Back to page 1 of the story One day, Lucy's aunt (her mom's sister), Mrs. Catherine Wormwood visited their home to see Lucy. On the very day, Mr. …

Happiness 
It was lunch time in the office. Many young people rushed to the canteen, the seniors usually had their tiffin packed from home, so gathered in the pantry …

Hope in a City 
“What is this Mummy, why do I never get a second helping of something I like? It happens every time!” Young Minu complained to her mother. The naïve five …

Our Little Bundle of Joy 
Finally the wait is over. I will get to see my son. How we longed to have our baby and how destiny changed it all in the split of a second. Life had so …

Fire Fighters 
It was a summer hot night and almost everyone was invited to the summer house of grandpa. Everyone was happy but Grandpa was the happiest. He was happy …

Aruna: On her Way - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Now she was at the verge of a test as a professional. Her story was full of thrill and adventure, I thought. She was …

Broken Dreams - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Nina was up early the next morning. She rushed to her father’s room, but it was empty. She decided to wait. On …

The Cry 
It was three in the morning when dad woke me up. “She is no more!” he said. I didn’t utter a word; I couldn’t believe my own ears. Everything was …

Revelation - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story. Nishant was getting restless. I rose to take leave. Invited her over to our house. ‘Oh, you stay there? That area has …

The Post Graduate - contd 
Back to the Page 1 of the story She went in and the doctor examined all her reports. He kept the file down and asked her in Tamil, “You know you …

Karma 
I had just completed the biochemical analysis of the last set of blood samples. My favourite melodious ring tone grabbed my attention amidst my busy work …

The Merchant of Hyderabad - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story From within his gut rose a feeling he would later describe as an unrecognized mix of wonder and anger. Did the Goddess …

Taught Teacher  
It was the end of spring and the educational year was getting to its end. The final exams were on the way in less than a month and some students were really …

Blessing of Motherhood 
The entire afternoon Sandhya had been recalling the frightening past. Her little baby Tanaya was into a deep fantasyland happily napping by her side. Life …

Bad Moms 
As a mother of two, I've often faced moments of delusion and confusion, sometimes helplessness, and a lot of times awe at the mothers all around me ... …

The Sounds of silence Part 2 
Read Part I of the story here “At some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life.” This …

The Day After a Stormy Night - Contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story In the chaos of stranded cars, in the honking din of the unending traffic jam and in pouring rain, Amena sick with …

Ten, Nine, Eight, Seven - contd  
Back to page 1 of the story There was something which made me respect his life imbued with numbers… both real and imaginary. I felt bound. He was …

The Sounds of Silence 
The scent of freshly lit incense sticks wafted through the air. The various figures of Gods and Goddesses, skilfully sculpted, painted in bright hues adorned …

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Old Age 
Dipak had no memories of his Mom. She died when he was only thirty months old. His Dad never remarried, instead his life revolved around grooming Dipak …

Twins 
“She must be under care and absolute rest,” taking a breath, “For IVF pregnancies it is common," said Dr. Razavi, with a meaningful smile on her white …

Pride and Compromise - contd 
Back to Page 1 Maria thought about it all night, she wept uncontrollably into the pillow. She was already seventy, could suffer from an attack again. …

The Awaited Air Trip 
Whirl!! it went over my head. I lurched to look at the sky. And there it was, the tiny white bird. Had it not been for the noise, the white something would …

Om-Ketu - continued 
Back to Page 1 His words just made the tears come faster. Shiv awkwardly mumbled goodbye and walked away. It began to rain harder than ever. Unable …

The Forsaken Souls 
I was called in for the monthly check up of all the fifty residents of the Harmony orphanage. In our duty roaster every month, one of the staff nurse were …

The Dream Catcher 
He was a recluse. A person who thrived on limited resources, his work was to see dreams. He used to dream a lot and his dreams came true. He was the official …

Memories - Fantasy or Reality 
“Ok, why don’t you sit here and play with your toys, Amma will just be back”, says Amma putting me down in the charpoy in the big room adjacent to the …

The Call - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story The chaiwala, readying his spread on the mounted platform, hot milk boiling, earthen and plastic cups arranged vertically, …

The Near Perfect Woman - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story And then, on their tenth anniversary, Sumit took her to dinner and insisted on keeping the kids with his parents. Anu …

The Girl with the Limp - contd  
Back to Page 1 of the story When he took a break to go the bathroom, I had no choice but to look up. I’m ashamed to admit that I said, “We don’t …

The Last Star 
The order finally came. If you want to retain your place in the court of jewels you have to count the number of stars in the heaven. Everyone knows it …

A Love Affair 
A lady kept constantly speaking to her friend on a call. From her facial expression it was very clear she was in great stress. The lady who was young, …

Words Were Not Enough 
My husband and I moved to Gurgaon, the millennium city way back in 2006 and have been travelling across cities in India. Jobs have taken us to Bangalore, …

The Other Woman - contd 
Back to page 1 of the story The morning light seeped through the folds of window curtains. Manya woke up, stretched and let her body go loose burying …

Dawn-Mare 
I snoozed the ‘early morning chirps’ on my alarm. It chirped again and again. The lazy bug in me snoozed it again and again. A few years back, in the hostel …

Un-lonely Anita Went Skiing  
Anita parked her car and made her way to the entrance of Bonita Meadows – skiing trails, flashed her pass, waved at the security, but didn’t bother to …

A Lady's Dilemma 
A loud horn and the train chugging down the track sound was heard very clearly. When the Kanyakumari Express train arrived at the Bangalore Railway station, …

Rainy Days.. 
Its monsoon! Rains slashing across the roads, filling the innumerable potholes of our roads, the branches of trees crashing down over the drenched bikers, …

From the Eyes of Innocence 
The rattling noise of the train was the only sound I could hear sitting on the window seat.I was a frequent passenger who lived every moment of the journey …

The Christmas Tree 
"Mummy, lets go and get the Christmas tree", demanded Rohit, a 7-year-old son of a simple homemaker Mamta residing at the Mumbai city. It was two and a …

Too Late 
I suddenly felt free. All my pain magically disappeared. My heart was no longer heavy that I could not even feel its beat. It felt light and calm. I saw …

Since When - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Mina was brought up by her grandmother, since her mother had passed away during childbirth. Timid and shy, Mina had always …

Another Universe 
Sara broke into cry and I remained speechless. I promised her to bring our mother back alive from the hospital but doctors declared her dead. Still …

The Waves 
The sound of the waves crashing on the beach, he could hear footsteps approaching. He moved to the left to get out of the way, but the turf crumbled against …

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The Parallels  
The sun seemed to be setting very soon, he inched slowly into the twilight keeping his feet down towards the steps, the steps narrowed at its end which …

Moonlight On The Roof - contd 
Back to page 1 ‘Fareez stop that, can’t you see you are upsetting my Bilquis, can’t you see?’ Naushad said angrily shaking his fists at me this …

The Mysterious Girl 
Rihan suddenly saw the truck coming towards the girl,who was lost in her own thoughts.He rushed and pulled her arm.She looked towards him wondering what …

Dad 
She tossed in her bed while she waited for the night to pass. It just seemed endless. She had an early morning flight to catch, her body was begging her …

Dream Chasers 
Sixteen-year-old Salma observed young men staring at her in awe. She inspected her reflection in the mirror with dignity. She was born in a poor family …

Rush Hour - contd - 
Back to page 1 of the story He put all his energies to the moment which his wife would say was a waste of time as his wife made sure to tell him …

Treasure Hunt 
Arpita was walking down the beach aimlessly when her eyes caught the glint of something green half hidden in the sand. Her curiosity was piqued and she …

My Soulmate Stranger 
“Take care of your health Kalpana... call me twice a week....and now call me once you reach the transit airport... did you get me?” and as the instructions …

Suhasini - Contd... 
Back to page 1 of the story After 5 years, I quit my job and started my own practise with my father. My parents stopped forcing me for my marriage. …

The Reunion 
“Kethki, will you please keep those bags inside the house?” as my mother, Yamuna, called me, I jumped off the van in which we travelled from Mumbai to …

Bharat, the Rickshaw Puller - contd 
Back to page 1 of the story His activities indicated that he was not in a hurry, rather very comfortably prepared to unveil his life story. It appeared …

A Noble Dawn - continued.... 
Back to Page 1 Somebody from outside asked her to move the knob, other one insisted to break the door itself, another one suggested to call police. …

Of Things That Changed 
I must have been been in my early teenage years or younger at that time. Or probably nine. While I don't clearly remember how old was I, I do remember …

Strangers…Best friends? 
It is going to be a fabulous day; I knew that because the first thing I had done the previous day was to get myself the earliest possible appointment with …

An Outcast Girl’s Dream 
My mother has the worst job in the whole world: Ma is a manual scavenger. Day in and day out, she does the job no one else will dream of doing- manually …

A hot summer afternoon 
He thrust his large hands into his waistcoat pocket and pulled out a rather miniscule handkerchief to wipe off the steady stream of sweat from his forehead. …

Pakora Man 
As the small paper sack lands in my left palm, slightly trembling, as it cautiously settle in my clutch, and the sudden warmth starts transcending from …

The Old Man 
It was a breezy morning in the hot month of May and I was as usual enjoying a brisk walk in the midst of all the greenery inside "The Green Park" in Kanpur, …

Girl Alone - contd.. 
Back to page 1 of the story Seeing him Anand, then Rani and finally Ruchi also came out of the car. They had reached the desired destination; every …

My cousin Sapna 
It was a lovely weather. I paused and turned back. The big trees hung in both sides of the roads showering the yellow leaves on the road below and the …

To Pursue 
“Wow!!She is gorgeous”...Rohit thought looking towards Neha. Rohit’s friends were standing with him,and he asked them “Isn't that girl beautiful? What’s …

Aren't we a Family? - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Sarita and Veda decided to meet at a particular restaurant on one of the Sundays. “Mom, I am visiting Veda today.” – …

The Convocation - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Why is the salary figure becoming the news? Why not the position or even better, the accomplishments of these graduates …

Smiles of Meera 
The day dawned to the smiles of Meera. And why would it not be, after all Aryan was returning home. Meera and Aryan had known each other for the past …

Unrequited  
She sat there still. I knew she was unaware of my looking at her every now and then for she didn't show any such signs . She was really pretty, probably …

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A New Beginning 
My high heels cracked as I walked hurriedly towards the platform. I was gorgeously dressed for the occasion as it was my second anniversary and He was …

Flight 
I was busy. Sitting at the dining table, my hands moved about prolifically, my fingers picking the warm, juicy mixture, making ladoos for my daughter, …

Sundays with Siddique 
One of my favourite past times on a Sunday evening is to stand by my balcony and sip hot masala tea. My apartment is situated in a locality that has abundant …

Happiness: A wild goose chase 
Not only the dearth of resources but lacking the fortitude to buy even dreams, added to the excruciating agony of his tormenting indigence. Bob was only …

World Through a Child's Eyes 
"Mani! Mani, wake up you sleepy head!" Appa and Amma are nudging me awake, gently. I open my eyes and look groggily at them. They are smiling at me. …

Too late or Too soon? 
He was tired- of life, of relationships and of love. He could no longer take it, his girlfriend has broken up with him and he has no job on his name. To …

Rain Drops 
It was a chilly morning in the month of June. I was staying in a resort by the side of sacred River Kaveri. Standing on the stone steps leading to the …

The Old Mansion - contd... 
Back to page 1 I visited Angelina often with Mr. Bhowmik and gradually she underwent some major changes. She held my hand one evening as I came …

A Happy Family! 
It’s a lazy Sunday. I am lying on the bed with no mood to get up. It’s really wonderful to curl up and try to sleep a little more after you wake up on …

Rejection 
The sun was shining bright outside as a beautiful girl was sitting on her chair inside her small apartment. She stared blankly at two unopened letters …

A Lost Dream 
A hectic night lay ahead .. Dia sat exhausted on the bench of a nearby park. Five years had passed by since the untimely death of her father. She had lost …

The Inseparables 
She had updated her profile picture on Facebook. It had 286 likes and 73 comments. It was her wedding picture. Wow! She looked gorgeous. She must have …

Passer-by 
I am late. Just 30 minutes behind my regular schedule. Its 10.00 pm. I am walking towards my PG. The glistening of hoardings catches my eye. I wonder how …

Resilience-contd... 
Back to page 1 of the story The next big moment came into her life when her daughter completed her intermediate and scored 91%. With the help …

Sunset Red-contd.. 
Back to page 1 of the story She sat on a piece of log drinking in the golden landscape, studying the deserted playground beyond, bathed in a soft …

Teacher 
I clutched my books close to my chest as I tried to walk quickly across the street to my home in the heavy downpour. I had lost my umbrella yet another …

Under the Gulmohar.... contd. 
Back to Page 1 “I am getting married”, he told her again. “And don't forget the jack fruit chips either, they are hard to get in rainy months, …

The Unspoken Love story... contd 
Back to Page 1 An old lady came and stood nearby me, and I gave my seat to her. Because of the crowd, I was forced to stand next to him. The train …

The Cufflink-contd.. 
Back to Page 1 ‘My mother always made it a point to be present on Grandpa’s birthdays with small gifts and surprises. The celebration would be …

Birthday Party --contd. 
Back to page 1 By then Beena had come to know that it was Anjali’s birthday. “All of you join me in wishing our host Anjali aunty with a very …

Anamika, the nameless one-contd... 
Back to the story - 1st page On the second day of the week, quite out of the blue, she received a sketch of hers looking out the window, bars pressed …

Tiriya 
Her name was Tiriya. She had no management degree but she knew how to manage people and affairs. She was poor but she never indulged in vulgar display …

Dreamz 
The Goa-Mumbai flight landed, taxied and stopped near the allotted aerobridge. I too unfastened the seat belt and picked up the only and small carry bag …

The Foreign Pedlar 
“See the silk? My husband brought it from China”- Neighbor's wife spread the shining material. …

The Gold Chain --contd 
Back to the previous page Sanju was looking at his house, the forlorn house in India; where he had spent his childhood. Long blades of grass had …

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The Struggle of a Daughter 
Well..Where should I start from? In today's world, specially in India, even now people think that being born as a daughter is a crime. They tend to forget …

Still in love with her 
For the very first time, I saw her. I always had a neutral opinion on the Love at first sight. Though, I believed in that – that it happens and also …

Gracy's Gold Coins 
I sat stiff on the park bench, deeply engrossed in the crime plots of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The mystery surrounding the ‘Hound of Baskerville’ was nearing …

Doctor's Delight - Valentine Princess (Continued) 
Back to page 1 of the story "Doctor’s Delight" was prominently visible with glowing neon …

Glass Bangles 
Image Courtesy: Glass bangles Every morning, the residents of our Layout waited for the flower girl. She brought fresh jasmine and kanakambaram …

Planned Vengeance- contd.. 
Continued from previous page What’s she like? She must be big hipped and busty no doubt, with long hair and full sensuous lips. I remember how annoyed …

Short Cut - contd 
Continued from previous page The door opened again. A new nurse followed by his elder son Krishnakumar came to the room. She took his temperature …

Castaway-continued. 
Continued from here... He probably knew Minu liked him or felt sorry for him or nurtured tenderness for him or what-ever-the-hell they call it now …

The Dragon Tattoo 
The door was left ajar. Inspector Rajan peered through it vigilantly and what he saw inside the living room was absolutely frightening. A rivulet of blood …

Emergency support on Sunday 
It was a Sunday which is a day for enjoyment for most of the working people. But for Sushmita it was the worst day of her life. She was a software professional …

Naag-Panchami 
Indian civilization and culture is so ancient that it is difficult to tie it down to any calendar. Traversing over the river of time, our culture and religion …

A House of Lies 
Aditya had come home a bit late today. ''Traffic", he said when his parents asked him for the reason. Without wasting any time he went to his study. …

Humorously Yours 
Janaki and I were in our twenties. We were attending a course in Management. It was a post – graduate course. On one of the evenings, while getting back …

Journey to Nowhere 
I woke up in the middle of a road to nowhere, well, if you call suddenly opening your eyes and having no idea of what you were doing before as waking up. …

LESSONS IN CUSTOMER CARE 
Nina clutched the receiver tightly, the fear in her mind and the rising palpitation of her heart transforming into the force of a tight grip around the …

Initiation 
Mr. Gupta driving the brand new Maruti, which his bride of a few days, had brought as part of the …

On the First Day  
“Buzz, buzz, buzz” – the vibrating sound of the alarm clock jerked her awake. “Oh my! It is already six; I have only an hour to get ready before Sofia …

Freed 
Manchanda Uncle walked alone in the silence of noon. The July sun was at its best to squeeze energy out of him. It looked like the sun was hell bent on …

Storm in a Tea cup 
"Hello.” “Hello.” Vikrant’s laconic hello became degrees warmer when he realized who was on the other end. “Is that you?” “It depends upon what do …

The Mystery Girl 
Still there was time to chug out the engine. I was a Sr. Driver with Central Railways. Adjusted and cleaned my pair of glasses, looked out ahead and …

Did I Overact? 
I really had planned what to do the next morning. It came like a flash - the idea I mean, and then I started thinking over how to proceed. Yes, that's …

Letting Go 
The Bliss skyline looked glorious from so high up. Standing on top of one of the tallest skyscrapers Mist gazed at his city, his home. The night sky glittered …

Fruits of Labour 
From the corner of the street, right at the turning where the cobbler sat with his pile of old worn out shoes and cobbling tools, Bunty could get an unhindered …

A Surprise-continued... 
Back to page 1 of the story Sudha burst into tears. Her heart sank and her knees felt weak at the thought of confronting her brother. Sundar Anna …

A Christmas Present… 
The Christmas tree stood majestically in the centre of the room. It was almost as tall as my dad and was decorated with Christmas balls, tiny mistletoes, …

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The Missing One  
Her eyes shut she attempted to nap, but the noises coming from inside the house made it quite difficult. Swinging in the hammock tied to two sturdy trees …

My Granny 
My granny died in the morning and in the evening, she came to meet me in my dream. I was excited to meet her. We talked for hours about my marriage, which …

The Story Of A Designer Diya 
(Today, fifteen-years ago, Roshini had first lighted this antique designer diya at her dilapidated shanty. Today, fifteen-years after, Roshini is still …

Retelling a most wondrous Texas trip...... 
“ Its D Day ……..“ Emotionally charged Jagan took the mike in right hand, bits of paper notes on the left hand. An equally emotional Belu, …

The Changed Spots 
He looked at the large framed photograph on the wall. As usual she was smiling. To his prejudiced eyes the garland around the photograph seemed to be slightly …

The Boutique by the Beach-continued... 
Back to Page 1 The Sales ladies they had hired were doing their job well too. Aminah stood at the verandah talking to new customers and taking …

The Lady, the Dance and the Glass sandals 
It was a night she would remember all her life, of this Alyssa was very sure. She had never bothered to put on as much make-up as her maid had put on her …

Dangerous Liaison Part 3 - continued 
Back to previous page I was in an agony of uncertainties. Should I return the diary to Norma? She was right; I couldn’t prove it was hers either …

Numbed 
‘What are you feeling?’ The TV reporter had thrust the mike into my face. Wasn’t he being funny, insensitive? …

White Wisdom 
Her feet dangled from the branch. The anklets around them made a slight sound, a sound you would miss if you weren’t listening for it. Like a piece of …

The Reborn Daughter-continued 
Back to page 1 He immediately came to his drawing room and dialed his office number. After giving the necessary instructions to Daisy, he hurriedly …

Dangerous Liaison Part 2 - continued 
Back to 1st page I was crazy about her at one time. Do you mind? Does it alter anything between us?” he asked anxiously, but then continued, “It …

Calling the Bluff 
The brand new DIL (daughter-in-law) had no idea of the game plan. An educated girl, who entered into …

The Algebra of passions-continued.... 
Back to previous page The Oil bottle was opened and poured in the oil pot which was kept near the Stove. Then it was time to open her favorite …

Sympathy for the Devil- continued.. 
Back to the 1st page of the story ‘You lost your first battle there. You thought God would be crazy but He is the wisest and you are a loser. …

Dangerous Liaison Part I - continued 
Back to the previous page Forgetting Amit wasn’t easy. I couldn’t explain why, but, in spite of all the evidence against him I felt certain he …

Point To Be Noted  
The road was deserted. They were all in very high spirits speeding their two wheeler s and enjoying the late evening breeze. The fickle weather …

Monster 
“Hello?”Meher whispered into the silent night. No one answered. She looked around again and on not seeing anyone, continued walking forward. The feeling …

Something Green 
The sky outside has developed a thick dust cover. It’s been a month since it rained. Only if it rained a little last week! He hates this grayish tinge …

Thirsty Fish 
It’s been a week. A week since the aquarium has been sitting in the living room, on top of the fancy mantelpiece. Abhijit had bought it as he felt that …

Ad-apt 
“You never listen to me, why did you smile to her? You know I had an argument about the trash the other day with her? She is the worst neighbor possible!” …

Rani Aunty 
I was hurriedly taking bites from mouth melting, freshly prepared muffins when mom called out to check whether I had taken my bath or not..! "Mum…i`m …

Oh My God! 
Well, the story begins with a theft. Rahul was the first one to wake up that morning to find the bed room - where the whole family slept as that was the …

Man’s Greed, Mother’s Pain! 
It is a very hot and sunny day, thought Saroja as she slowly walked back home, after purchasing vegetables and groceries necessary for the household for …

Am I beautiful? 
Sumi, a young girl in her early twenties, was sitting on a beach watching the waves come and go. She was a short girl with round face and curly hair. A …

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Success Story Unfolded 
The Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce called out, 'Mrs.Meena Shankar.' She has been enrolled as one of the successful lady entrepreneurs of the …

Vidya 
I remember Vidya like I met her yesterday. She was short, about 5 feet with wheatish complexion and black curly hair cropped short. She always wore kurtas …

Govindamma 
When I was growing up, no day was complete without our beloved fruit seller Govindamma, yelling “Amma Pazham, apple, orange, sappota…” and then she will …

Mantra Matters! 
A couple of months ago I met with an accident, which cut my left foot very badly. It happened within the blink of an eye. I saw my injured foot dripping …

Father's Day 
Ravi waited in the school compound on a hot sunny afternoon to meet his son. The school was about to leave. Moments later he heard the school bell ring. …

Unconditional Love of a Mother 
Sita slowly opened her eyes, she was in a trance. Her mind and body terribly exhausted oblivious of the sequence of events that had occurred in the last …

The Day of Parting! 
I could never forget the fateful day I got the phone call. It is etched so clearly in my memory that nothing else measures up to it. The sheer shock was …

A Meeting of Artists 
On a serene day of a fading spring, many people came out of their homes to spend the day away from the bounds of their houses. It was as if the weather …

Celebrating Independence -continued 
Short story - continued from page 1 15 Aug 2007 A creature of habit, Mukunda woke up at 5.00 am and set out for his daily walk. He returned …

Sisterhood 
Centuries ago, when Kashmir was a peaceful land, lived a family of six daughters, a loving mother and a hardworking father. Their days were spent in …

Flight 
They had all come back from the community hall. The red sky was turning to grey. There she stood - her straight back conveying the feeling of freedom. …

Love,Shillong and Shiv-contd 
Back to short story Love,Shillong and Shiv - page 1 Shiv heard all of it without saying much. He kept holding me with the same possessiveness and …

Reverie 
It had been 8 hours since he’d called her. ‘I hope he’s alright’, thought Kirti. She was prone to imagining the worst of situations whenever Sid went out …

A Choice 
Veronika was staring at the mirror. Ten years of marriage gave her two kids, big car, spacious apartment and …. Looking at the mirror she was trying hard …

Last Night 
"Why did this happen. Is this a new karma or some of my past sins?" these were some of the thoughts going on in the mind of Rashid, when the officer on …

Too Late 
The night was cool; A serene air hung over it; The ripple of the river meandering behind the house was enticing. It was with great reluctance …

The Dissatisfied Customer-continued 
Back to Page 1 Mr.Lal stood shamefaced in front of his family for a moment. He wanted to cry, but he couldn’t do that in front of them; He had …

Five O Clock-continued 
From the previous page “Thank God, you have kept your word!”- Smiling Charles pushed a leather case towards her-“Only a few clothes have been …

Mother Tree- continued... 
Continued from Page 1 Vasant was apprehensive his mother might create a scene; The children had also gathered around, to watch the …

The Pink Umbrella 
Radha twirled her little umbrella over her head, as she made her way to the Mela. Dressed in her favourite yellow salwar kameez, she had plaited her hair …

Lynching... 
I was feeding my two-month-old son Zahir when I heard frightening chants of “Jai Shri Ram” in front of …

Zara's short life 
As I was looking at the kettle, which was boiling with water vapors pouring out of teakettle like white smoke evaporating in the air and vanishing in thin …

To Hell and Back-continued... 
Continued from page 1 The hand around her neck tightened. The point of the knife glittered menacingly a few inches from her chest. But some …

The Village Gunsmith-continued... 
Continued from Page 1 All this drama, that is my impromptu relocation to Mangalore, had happened so suddenly that I almost forgot about Gangayya …

The Strangers 
Sejal looked out of the window from her seat. Passengers were bustling about, balancing luggage, showing tickets to the cleaner of the bus, some carrying …

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A New Road 
The wedding had been splendid, truly royal. So the Times of India had written. Nobody had expected Tilottama’s wedding to be anything less, in any case. …

Amaresh 
Continued from page 1.... Mrs. Gupta had left the van too. Her office had shifted to Connaught Place. She alternated between a Chartered bus and the …

Trouble in Eden...continued 
Back to page 1 One evening, reluctant to go home after school, I stopped at Barista for a cup of coffee. Mother’s words from the morning still …

One and Half Years 
As I sat packing up my bags to leave my hostel room forever, I was reminded of the last one year and half years that I had spent there. It had been a roller-coaster …

Not Just a Phone Call Away 
“I don’t know what will happen, I shouldn’t have left without him”, said Amit. Rubbing his sweaty palms against his pants, he paced up and down in the …

The Agony of Win 
“Why is the measure of love loss? Why are there more downs than ups in love? Why is there more dejection than affection?”The questions in her mind were …

The Actor 
It was raining at a rhythmic pace, noiselessly yet incessantly. He looked outside from time to time through the glass pane of the window. It offered a …

Small Town Adventures 
Aliya looked outside the window. The Train started moving away from Tirur Railway station, and soon it was moving at brisk speed, passing the paddy fields, …

Black and Dull Slate 
Kavita sat on her terrace and was busy scribbling on the floor with tiny stubs of chalks. She would collect a hand full of stubs which were meant to be …

False Pride-continued 
Back to page 1 of the story Tears of repentance rolled down Shalini’s cheeks and she breathed heavily so loudly that he could hear, but he did not …

The Linguist-continued.. 
Back to page 1 of the story Nalini carried on, “Of course, I could not save my marriage. But we decided to keep in touch. No, it was not enough. …

Maamone 
“You still look the same, Maamone”, gushed my aunt. There was an additional quantum of exuberance, a wee bit extra dash of ingratiating admiration in the …

The Dragons Of Dragons  
For Yamini .... It had to happen, it was nonchalantly coloring my thoughts for few days, I fought with it day and night, yet it appeared in my mind. …

The Photograph 
After a long time Grandma entered that room. Apparently, it was being ignored as many memories were associated with her life. She slowly entered the room …

The Crystallized Moment  
“Grandma! Grandma!” Mita cried as she came running to Nilima’s room. Nilima looked up from her knitting to the child. “Do you know, it was a great disappointment …

The Peepal Tree-Part I 
Pallavi had no appetite, but dared not say so. She silently ate up the uppittu and washed it down with a glass of milk. The child in her womb needed it. …

A Monsoon to Remember-Part I 
I had been to Mumbai almost a decade back. I remember vaguely I descended the train I had boarded from Kolkata much before the train reached Chhatrapati …

Balancing Act - Short Story continued 
Balancing Act - Previous page She tried calling Ed several times on his cell, but it was unreachable. Meanwhile, she heard the click of the main …

Pharoah's Ring - continued. 
Return to previous page - Pharoah's Ring At last in despair Mrs.Gomes thought of consulting the parish priest. Father Colaco came to their house …

I Wish I Could Be Your Beau 
"I wish I could be your beau", said he. "Whatttt????" I almost got choked over my steaming cup of coffee. "Nnno..th..this is what is written here." …

The Hug 
"Dear Diary, The baby is now Four months old. He is a charming boy, sweet and quite. Doesn’t bother me much. Occasionally he has his bad days, and …

Altering Loyalties 
Her wristwatch showed that it was 6 in the evening! Vishesha quickly opened her locked door, eagerly waiting for a hot bath to flush away the amalgamated …

The Reluctant Revolutionary 
Uma was dog tired. She had been out in the jungles since morning, gathering wood, leaves and medicinal plants for sale. Many a time she rued the …

Mr. Barlow's Bungalow 
When we were young, thank God, there was no television in our house though the idiot box (black and white) had already invaded the market. As a result …

The Only Way 
I still remember the day Varsha came to Bhagawan Krupa as a bride. Bhagawan Krupa was the house next door. It was a large balconied affair, with an array …

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Total Eclipse 
It's late evening and the August rain had moistened the asphalt. The trees, with wet leaves, stood in silence and anticipation. As I strode past the dark …

Tender Coconuts 
After retirement from the Central Government service, Ram Kumar had decided to stay in Bangalore. He cultivated a regular practice of sitting on the terrace …

A Final Wait 
Anna, fondly called by near and dear ones as Annamma, brewed the stew, putting a drop of it on her palm in between and licking it to see if it has been …

Conversation 
I was attempting to hold a conversation with him. A futile attempt! Diplomacy was never my forte and I fumbled for words like a three year old struggles …

The Tea & Coffee Shop 
The coffee shop as usual was crowded and the decibel levels were high. Lal, the server boy was busy serving hot cups of steaming 'chai' and 'Kophi' and …

The Paintbrush - Part 2 
Back to Part 1 Thereafter ensued a spate of conspiracy. Every morning at a fixed hour I'd hold the brush on the drawing book and wish forms, figures, …

The Paintbrush - Part 1 
As a child I had this huge fascination for colours. More than drawing or sketching I would spend most part of my leisure time filling colours in awkwardly …

Smile Away 
The Chambal ravines appeared bereaved of their gala and gaiety at the advent of winter. It was misty, windy and cold out side. Sr.Krupa, the director …

Waste Turns Into Precious 
Soon after returning from the school in the afternoon, Ajay directly went to the sit out place of his home, where the old news papers and magazines were …

Little Girl and the Hippocratic Oath 
It was 5 p.m. Twelve year old girl Suneeta was lying on the bed unable to bear the uneasiness due to high temperature. Her grandma was looking after …

The Bizarre Shadows-Part 2 
Back to Part I Short Story - The Bizarre Shadows - Part 2 There was nothing in common between us. I knew we were the targets of many a …

The Bizarre Shadows - Part 1 
“I see them”, she said. “Who?” I asked, a little shaken. She always had that effect on me. We were sitting in the verandah encircling “The Villa”, …

The Lamentation of Ramilla 
With grief stricken heart Ramilla uttered these words repeatedly, as if chanting... "...Of life and of tears that turns into a gentle mist …

The Imposter 
The letters brought in a whiff of fragranceful romance long awaited and craved for but never really experienced in its complete veracity. Life had been …

The Return 
The pathway was lined with moss-covered uneven bricks that had seen better days. Several ancient oak trees can be seen on each side of the road. They …

The Passion 
A team of doctors at St.John's Hospital pronounced the verdict. Ram was terminally ill with Esophageal cancer. He has only a couple of months to live …

Spandan - Rhythm of My Heart 
Every individual is highly precious. Each child is a store house of ideas. They can make impossible happen. The fact that such thoughts come to them quite …

Grown and Gone 
On a Christmas day she appeared in our backyard near the garbage pit searching for food. Next day she was near the cattle shed playing with the newly …

The Night of Shadowed Past 
NIGHTFALL She must be dreaming again...found herself kneeling on the grass were scattered petals of the Frangipani flowers had fallen, now …

A Casket of Love 
A grey, disheveled sky carrying the burden of clouds like an evil scowl! A dismal morning lending a dark, somber hue to the surroundings! The trees droop …

Brides are not for Burning-II 
Part I Part II This was the turning point of my life. From then on it was a steady race downwards to self destruction. The vast …

Melody of Love - By Eva Bell - continued 
continued from Melody of Love The sprawling campus is home to over two hundred people, some still under treatment, some fully cured. Here they …

Vastu kola 
“Ooooh, what a lovely house they have built!” I exclaimed. And indeed it was a lovely house. A dream house. Built on a large plot, definitely not a 60/40 …

The Ultimatum 
"Where is he?" inquired the frantic father to his wife who stood numb for all efforts ended in smoke because nothing could stop Varun from pursuing the …

Selfless Love 
Aryav was in a jubilant mood that day. For last two months he was after my hubby dearest to get him a new cycle. Not that he didn’t have cycle before but …

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The Anniversary - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Imroze was at that moment buying a bouquet of red roses for her. Mukesh smiled, “So finally you’re going to declare …

Office Street 
My office building is situated in Second Street of Sector 3 of Rewari district, Haryana. Our office location in this street is obscured to people. And …

Chasing a Dream 
“Follow your dreams…listen to your heart…” as Simi heard these words her mind travelled back to 20 years. These were the very same words she had heard …

It's All About Money, Honey! 
Praveen was in a hurry. He didn’t want to be late to office at least this day, the day when he would be getting his first salary cheque. He took his leather …

An Eternal Love Story 
The byzantine link of the chronicle revolves around allegiance. Contemplated by the grim reality that her brilliance was, not much reflected in her intellectual …

A Run in the Family - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the Play Act III: DIVULGENCE (Nandita shares a warm hug with Nandini; Mrs. Ray enters.) Mrs. Ray: (tensed) Do you know …

Is Love the Reason - contd  
Back to Page 1 of the story - Is Love the Reason? As regards him, he loved being with me, though I could never understand why. I saw it in his eyes …

Long-Ago- contd. 
Back to Page 1 of the story Next Morning Sumaya woke up for the Early Morning prayers and waited on the Prayer mat reciting the Quran till Sabah …

The Silent bond of Love 
It was already 9.30 PM. Sumi, as always, was waiting near the verandah of her house. She was walking left and right; and then sat for some time. “Sumi,” …

Soldier 
It is around 4.00 and the guests will arrive in a couple of hours. Will I see her again? Would I be able to display my feelings towards her? Does …

One Fine Rainy Day 
'Checked everything?’ ‘Yup.’ ‘Say yes. Not yup.’ ‘Who cares?’ ‘I do,’ his dad’s voice rang, both authoritative and shaky, but controlling more than …

Lesson Learnt, Action to be Taken 
I fold the newspaper, set it aside and stretch my legs and hands. The little remains of coffee in the cup on the side table has dried, leaving behind a …

The Batua 
She looked up at the young lady and said, “Yes” with a smile. The day was approaching towards an end. The cool breeze blowing across the Marina was the …

Love Lasts Forever 
I sat near the window staring at the far fading horizon. The rosy color had filled the sky and the sunset had its own transitional beauty. I had spent …

The Sharp Hones of Dilemma - contd 
Back to page 1 of the story As I gained stability, I noticed a year old boy on her back. Undoubtedly, he was her child and she was married. But …

An Encounter 
It was a bad night to spiral down the hilly road. With heavy rains and gusting wind, the dark road and forest around only became visible for a moment when …

Little Wonders for a Mother 
Screeching sounds of toys, which is rubbed towards the walls, floor and bed can be heard everywhere. Little baby "Niya" who is 7 months old, fair in color, …

The Last Mile 
Sam was staring at her just as she opened her eyes. She hugged him, she knew she wasn’t going to see him in a long time. Arya stood by the window and …

The Color of Life 
Sometimes, the color of life confuses me. Sometimes my life looks black and other times …

How Srimala was Born - contd  
Back to Page 1 of the story My mother did not mind my going for dance classes where I was be paid `300 every day. My brother was attending school. …

I Love You Too - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story Almost three months passed still there was no trace of Anand. Shashi was at advanced stage of pregnancy and she …

Compliments - contd. 
Back to Page 1 of the story A memory from his early years in teaching floated up. A distant cousin had travelled from Dehradun with his paintings …

Silent Love - contd.. 
Back to Page 1 of the story Yesterday he didn’t speak to me which I could understand, but today he left without informing me. He never did that, …

Is This All I Get? 
I was named Ramanuj, but grandma always called me Ramu. After the sudden death of my parents, grandma had me and I was the most loving element in her …

The Golden locket 
It was a bright sunny morning. Arjun was packing up his stuffs getting ready to board his train from Bangalore to Chennai for his summer vacation. Arjun, …

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Ten Rupees Only 
The sun dawned to the city of Ujjapur. Gita also got up as the sun rays brightened up her room. Her mother was in the kitchen, preparing breakfast,so that …

Laadli 
This room at the back of the sprawling bungalow was just perfect for her. Nobody to bother her or keep her under surveillance as they always did earlier. …

The Gold plated Leg 
Pappachan, fancied himself a cut above the rest. His enormous wealth, palatial house, luxurious car plus servants at his beck and call made him think so. …

Humdrum? No more - contd 
Back to page 1 of the story Reena felt numb...was her greatest fear coming true? Did even Samir feel the change in their life in the last few weeks..was …

On the banks of Ganges 
The loud chants of Har Har Gange (Hail the Ganges) fill the blue morning air, the burning camphor carried by the priest lights up the distant temple’s …

An offer she couldn't refuse! 
"I am getting married today!" This was the first thought that came into Neha’s mind the minute she opened her eyes, she sat up in bed with a jerk. A feeling …

My girlfriend wants me to become a Star! 
On a rainy day I was sitting at office without having a frame of mind to work. Since that was Friday, I had a plan of leaving the office earlier than regular …

A Silver Bullet 
I returned to the salt mines after sipping a cup of coffee. It was one of the best Expresso I ever had. The best thing about this Expresso was its crema, …

The Blame Game 
It was a pleasant day with the morning sun rays picking up heat. Jaykar was sitting in the balcony, reading the Sunday Times. A retired clerk, he filled …

A pinch of salt on sugarcoated freedom - continued 
Back to Page 1 She sat there quietly. After five minutes uttered “Any specific reasons why I wasn’t chosen?” Lilly gave a squeamish face “Nothing …

The Time Piece--contd 
Back to page 1 of the story He took the briefcase which he always carried in his left hand and walked towards the expensive car, which he drove himself. …

Behind Those eyes 
Rishi looked at his grandfather lying on his bed. A miserable figure he seemed,lonely and distant! He always thought there was something about his eyes …

Romance in the Air 
‘Oh, God!” I muttered to myself, when I looked up and saw him standing, holding on to the edge of his seat. The previous week had been hectic -- a paper …

The Rich Man 
Pavitra had stepped into adulthood; her life`s journey from childhood to maidenhood was linked through innumerable memories. If memories could take a physical …

A Suitable Alliance 
“One more cup of tea and then we shall leave, ok Bunty?” asked Yoginder Kumar Das, aka YKD. Bunty could not refuse. Bunty had a lot of respect for Yogida. …

Come Back-continued.. 
Go Back to Page 1 of the story After five years, she decided to come back to Bangalore, the place where she always wanted to be. There was a …

The Marriage Fiasco-contd.... 
Back to Page 1 of the story It was 11 am and Priya’s house looked like a bride decked with flowers. Priya’s mother gave final touches to Priya’s …

Colors 
Shuchi was her name – as sweet as it could get. She was the loveliest girl in her class of thirty students. Around 3 feet – a bit tall for 6 years, big …

Revelation of Half Truth  
It was yet another transfer, which was expected after having spent a stipulated period at …

The Coffee 
‘A monsoon night, lots of rain drops everywhere on the earth and air’ - She loved this weather. It was a respite from the hot months of summer. Aakanksha …

Confessions of a Housewife 
They say a woman's home is where her husband is. A woman's life is tied tightly to a husband not just for this life but for 7 lives to come. …

Ranga Mess - continued... 
Back to story - Ranga Mess - Page 1 “Well I didn’t mean to be stubborn Uncle…I’m sorry that we need to hurry with this…..” “I was just joking …

The War of Wants 
As Meera rushed into school with a thick text book in one hand and a tiny bag across her shoulder, Dominique screamed out, “ Oye lungi-leela, don’t you …

The Birthday 
“Ammi, I want to celebrate my birthday this time”, said Rehan as he threw his school bag on a worn out plastic chair that stood up on three legs and a …

With you...till eternity 
Thirteen days passed amidst a flood of high and low emotions. The house was filled with visitors- some came with genuine concerns, others to mark attendance. …

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Little Drops of Water 
Rama looked up at the overcast sky and heaved a sigh of relief. Thick, dark clouds hovering over his paddy farm gave him tremendous relief. As a farmer …

Music Matters .....continued.. 
Back to page 1 of Short Story That day Janaki went about her daily chores, with a light heart. Her face was lit with Bhava, her footsteps responded …

Vicious circle 
"And the second prize in oration goes to Ramesh of 6th C." Hearing a huge round of applause, he felt elated!! In fact the happiness clouded his vision, …

Home Coming-continued... 
Continued....Page 2 Back to Page 1 The following day, despite having decided to return to Germany early, walking towards the security gate at …

First Union 
Narayanaswami lit the tip of the agarbatti lodged underneath a thickset Ramayana placed on a decaying wooden stand. A framed picture of Lord Ganpati gleamed …

God 
“Do you believe in God?” The question startled me. I was reading the morning news paper which was very fresh. The paper still had the, what I like to …

Good Story 
“Hope leads to win, Despair to death.” I found these words inscribed on a tomb when I …

The Last Goodbye 
The house was bustling with guests and family members running around. Brothers and sisters dancing on the latest bollywood songs preparing for the sangeet. …

On the eve of life… 
They sit together on the beach, side by side, facing the vast expanse of the sea, watching the breathtaking sunset. He looks at her, she keeps looking …

Zoya 
She was hiding behind her dad's blazer, inside the huge walk-in closet. Dad was probably in the next room, searching for her, calling her pet-name, 'Pori'. …

Last Walk 
The lake was placid that day. Its water level receding day by day as the summer heat became harsh. No soul dared to venture in this scorching heat at three …

The Lines of Fate 
Nalini glanced at her watch as she hurried off to school. In the nine years as teacher, she had never once been late. “It’s that confounded palmist,” …

Memories at an unshared space..continued... 
Continued from page 1 .... We all have it in us, to take each day and relationship for granted, to be rest assured that tomorrow would be good. …

Off with the fetters....continued 
Back to page 1 It was here when he was really down and out, that he met Milind. The man had great charisma – very macho, and very prosperous! …

A Time to Mend-contd 
Back to page 1 of the story A few months later, when Romi announced her blessed state to Jatin, he all but collapsed with surprise. But there …

Five Hundred Bucks 
It's festive season. The streets are decorated, lit up for celebrations, zealous crowds on street, loud noises, bright colors of the market area. Most …

The Divine Mail 
She was stretching her hands to let go off the weariness, struggling to open her eyes as the rays of the morning sun struck through the holes of her cemented …

First Kiss 
Things between Sushma and Suraj were not going right since long time. While dressing up for their wedding party that night Sushma was trying to think since …

Just One Hug 
Viola watched her daughter out of the corner of her eye. Over the last few months, an invisible barrier had insinuated itself between them. …

The Park(continued)  
Back to first page - The Park The Park - Continued from previous page His two daughters were crying and yet trying bravely to speak to all …

Grandma 
At 80, my spine is stiff and bent like a bow. The flesh that covers my delicate bones rises softly when pinched, like a stocking, and then slowly shrinks …

Anniversary Gift  
It was the night before their wedding anniversary. As usual he had forgotten about it. There had been a lot going on. He was one of the kind who loved …

Weeds 
'Are you comfortable?', Ronnie asked Megs, who was engrossed in a job in which she had acquired perfection in a brief notice. 'Ya, sure', she replied …

All about a Penny 
Years back, when he left his little village packing his brilliant academic credentials, Vinod had full faith in his uncle getting him a job in Mumbai. …

The Dog Who Loved Too Much 
Forest Ranger Utpal Dravid lived alone on the periphery of Bandipur Sanctuary. Sometimes life became very lonely, and Utpal felt it would be good …

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A Forgotten Birthday 
After a hectic day in the office, squeezing into the heavily crowded bus, which took her almost an hour in travel, and picking up some vegetables from …

Kaveri - the Girl Child. 
Prelude: Kaveri is a six year old orphaned girl child in the south eastern coast of the Indian subcontinent who lost her mother in a natural calamity …

Rush Hour Romance 
“I must catch the 6.30 p.m. fast train,” I mumbled, as I elbowed my way through the evening rush at Churchgate Station in Mumbai. My kid sister …

The River knows 
“He has to be taken away in chains.” Manickam, the leader of the panchayat, looked down from the platform under the banyan tree. The villagers of Tirutanni, …

Boiled eggs and curry sauce 
November 19, 2010 7:15 am / Dining room Everyone might ask what is the significance nor why did I choose to discuss such common things …

Brides are not for Burning 
Part-I It was the year 1978. Though the elections were three months away, the excitement and preparation …

If…..then………else 
If The ambience was great – the bar was dimly but positively lit. Green chandeliers decorated the ceiling. 8 by 4 foot wooden tables gave a retro touch …

Neighbours .. continued  
Continued from Neighbours Bettina realised the enormity of what she had done. Prita had taken her to her soul. In return she had searched out …

The End of My Dreams. 
The last patient for the evening had left, and my helper was preparing to lock up. “Wait,” said a lady, "I must see the doctor now.” …

Short Story - Retribution 
The dogs bayed for his blood. The pack was getting nearer and nearer. They loped, or rather, ran steadily , they were not in a tearing hurry… they knew …

Coffee Break 
Four days, four days I have been listening to the girl crying in the apartment next to mine. I told myself it was none of my business her crying in there, …

A stranger in my house ...Page 2 
Read the first page here “I’ll tell you the truth Ma,” said Navin, “And you must believe me. I told you I ran away from my village. I got into a …

Is this Marriage? 
Mornings would pass by with him making a cup of tea for himself; and in the afternoons, he invariably turned to watch the news. This would exterminate …

The Railway Station 
Sujata was back from work early today. These days, she felt an unusual kind of loneliness; and understandably so. It had been an entire week that she had …

SNR Banana Chips 
SNR, King of Banana Chips Every one knows that Kerala is called God’s own country(to lure tourists) and everybody knows that she was carved out …

When You Get What You Want 
'You are one lucky girl ya Tina…a smart hubby with a fat pay packet, a big house and all you do throughout the day is just cook some rajma-chawal-roti-dal …

Kajri - contd 
Back to Page 1 of the story A few days later I stopped by at Kajri’s with a packet of sweets and toys for the kids. She accepted with a smile; both …

Abdul-Raj  
That call, yesterday from their office. Since then, I had been reflecting – approve or disapprove. A part of their team, for more than two years, it would …

Paying Off the Debt 
Kevin was all alone in his lavish 3 story mansion. When he got up in the morning, he just stared all the empty walls around him. As usual he got out of …

Just Another Dark Figure Against The Light 
The evening’s silence was broken by the sound of hooves of horses- horses that were galloping at full speed towards us. The sound itself was like a thunderstorm, …

Naturals 
I entered the premises. Unlike any other day when the front yard is impeccably clean, today I could see dry leaves littered everywhere. I recognized the …

Changing Perspectives - contd  
Back to Page 1 of the story The Sunday Gujarati lessons had now become a weekly routine, a routine which I deeply cherished. Dips, as I lovingly …

The Prize 
Meena is staring into the ceiling, the broken white coloured walls around her, seem to mock. Every shift into a new house would mean repainting the walls, …

Status Regained - Contd... -  
Back to Page 1 of the story Her words were music to my ears. They did me a world of good. My self-esteem as a husband zoomed. A couple of times, …

Plethora of Love 
The intricate nexus of the saga revolved around humor juxtaposed with intellect. With the first shower of winter she looked forward to a new year, a fresh …

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The Blue Lotus - continued 
Back to page 1 of the story A day before Sarwasti Puja was Friday. It was unusually wintery for February. I wanted to see her Husband and Granny, …

How the hell! 
It was Saturday evening, probably the best evening for most of the people, because the next day is Sunday. After a long week finally a holiday,but I think …

Sweet Sleep 
Fay had been busy for the past several weeks, globetrotting. As head of the marketing department of Micro Software Systems, a reputed IT firm, she had …

Out of Mind - contd .. 
Back to page 1 of the story Deepa smiled. Vinod had always been a foodie with a great sweet tooth. It was only nine in the morning and he was behaving …

Differently Abled - contd.. 
Back to page 1 of the Short story Handing over the prescription, he said “Here, take this antibiotic morning, night for seven days. Don’t stop midway, …

Sixth Sense 
It was a happy occasion for Pravin to celebrate third anniversary of his shop Pavan Medicals. Spurti …

Romeo and Juliet 
He was her Romeo. He was everything she had been waiting for. He was not too tall, around her height. He was not too fair, he was dusky. He had long, shoulder …

A Fiery Tale 
Something made Palash stir in his sleep. It must be something really important, for it woke him with a start. Still, he couldn’t remember what it was because …

Who Is Right? 
Rajaram had let out one portion of his house to one Mr.Rao. Just two days after the tenant came to occupy the rented portion, Rajaram came over to enquire …

The Journey of his life 
It was a quiet evening; Sham was all by himself in his suave apartment in deep thoughts, when the phone rang. It took a while to get a grip of himself, …

The Peepal Tree-Part 2 
Return to - The Peepal Tree- Part I Now that Pallavi was pregnant, the whole household was relieved. She too was thrilled. This was to be her elevation …

An Animal Attraction-contd... 
Return to Previous page An Animal Attraction ... continued One evening when she arrived home Lipika was nowhere to be seen. Deb was in …

Exemplary Courage of a Girl 
It was half past ten in the morning. Suddenly there was a roaring sound of a lion in the botanical park. The sound was heard by the group of ten girls …

A Night Shift Work Experience 
Working in a software company in Bangalore sometimes I have to extend late in the night. I joined …

The Bird Flew Off 
They watched with joy and anticipation as their little three year old chubby faced rosy lipped daughter bounced around the bushes trying to chase butterflies. …

Agony Uncle 
It all began when I decided to do an Agony column, for a friend’s magazine. It gave me hours of amusement, being confidante and problem-solver …

Madhav 
The swing it lays in one corner of the garden where I played where he played until I lost him... my brother Madhav... I still vividly remember …

Telebrands Turmoil 
I have always been attracted to sales, all types, exhibition cum sale, discount sale or any other sale for that matter! My sister was worse than me, ‘Buy …

I am also human! 
The eyes followed her wherever she went. It was scary. She came out to dry the clothes and she could feel the eyes. Dozens of them all watching… watching…..She …

Daybreak 
The reflection of the streetlight at the end of this road cuts the half of my face. As I look into the mirror, my wrinkles are the only thing highlighted. …

Gone Away 
Today night is terribly cold and I cannot possibly take this chilling temperature anymore. However, as I sit at my desk, I ponder: Why haven't I been able …

Estimated Life!! 
Moni had attempted to commit suicide twice and no one knew why. Her only response to all those excited and pleading questions from various quarters – …

A Dream Sold 
It has a rhythm now after almost ten years. It has a subtle music, when they are uttered in a definite pace – Depicor, Monotrate, Trika, Avas, E-Cod, Iladamen, …

Trust 
Madhu had come from Mumbai. Ravi didn’t know this. He had heard it through a common friend. "I spoke to her just 4 days back. How come she hadn’t said …

Happy Mother's Day 
I had received a formal invitation from my daughter's school to celebrate Mother's Day. I was super excited to receive an invitation in a foreign land …

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The Secret Key 
“Some day, my darling daughter, you will read this. That day, I will consider my life fulfilled although I may not be there with you. May you grow strong …

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