Fiction

Double Standards

By Shobha Diwakar    Basanti, I’ll call her by that name, hailed from a very, very modest middle class family. Her father was by no means a hard working man yet, pulled along his family by whatever he earned out of his political associations. Many a times he had also been locked […]

April 22, 2018 · 1 comment · Fiction

The Thieving Mates

By Shobha Diwakar They lived together in a slum covered with oozing dripping drains, garbage decked on both sides of the road. Thatched roofs with bits of shredded sacks, and stacks of straw and dung cakes lined with polythene sheets to keep off the rain. Sheru and, Bheekhu an orphan were […]

April 15, 2018 · 3 comments · Fiction

Dawn of Happiness

By Shobha Diwakar The day had not yet broken, the stars, scattered along the Milky Way, dimly lit the silent, wee hours of the morn. The graceful moon too had not yet retreated and tenderly announced its presence spreading its radiant beams before the glowing sun rode into the sky […]

April 1, 2018 · 2 comments · Fiction

You Never Know

By Atreya Banerjee The smell of manure was giving Raina a headache, as her car rolled endlessly through the green fields. This was the first time she had come to Punjab, in a little village at the outskirts of Amritsar. Manpreet came running towards her, hugging Raina as tightly as she […]

April 1, 2018 · 0 comments · Fiction

Finding Me Again – Part – 2

By Sreya Sarkar Pakhi was eating her morning cereal when Trisha came down from her bedroom, ready to leave for Home Décor Depot. Trisha took the car keys off the kitchen hook and was about to leave when Pakhi spoke suddenly. “Where are you going this early?” Trisha stopped in […]

March 25, 2018 · 1 comment · Fiction

Finding Me Again – Part – 1

By Sreya Sarkar Trisha pottered around the kitchen speaking into her cell. “You won’t believe how much we enjoyed Vegas. We went to Grand Canyon for a day from there. Ashok took the mule ride all the way down to the Canyon bed. e He To tell you the truth, […]

March 18, 2018 · 1 comment · Fiction

Grey Clouds

By Shobha Diwakar The night was dark, the night was grey; no stars shone, the moon went astray. The overhanging clouds lost their way somewhere up in the sky, their silver- lining disappearing from human eye. Somewhere the owl hooted, little birdies snuggling in their nests gave a wee cry […]

March 18, 2018 · 2 comments · Fiction

The Ordeal of a Journey by Train

By Anuradha S. Bannore Shridharan Rao with his wife, Punam was travelling by train to his hometown Kule. Both of them were very excited as they were going there after quite a few years. They lived in Bykur, a very remote place where Shridharan had started a cottage industry. Here […]

February 18, 2018 · 2 comments · Fiction

A Horrendous Night!

By Anuradha S. Bannore Nima lay awake in her bed. The harder she tried to sleep the more difficult it became for her.  Surrounded by pin drop silence she could hear her own breathing which frightened her all the more. Suddenly she sat up, her heart was racing, knowing not […]

January 14, 2018 · 4 comments · Fiction

SHE – part 2

By Shobha Diwakar  ~continued from last issue Even as these fleeting thoughts gripped his wandering fancy, he turned the ignition, switched on the music and headed home. When he alighted at the gate, a savory tangy fragrance greeted his hungry stomach. Nana had cooked his meal for the afternoon and […]

November 5, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction