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The Feedsack Dress

by Steve Carr “Twere yer grandma’s favorite dress durin’ those years. Hard years, they were. Nothin’ as hard since,” my grand-uncle Jessup said. “In them days, folks livin’ in Cimarron County were about the poorest human bein’s you were likely to find on the face of the planet. It was […]

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A Brief Encounter

By Swati Moheet Agrawal It was a chilly January evening and as the moon came up between two deodars, I saw that patches of snow still lay on the roads of Dalhousie. I was enraptured by the sight of windowpanes encrusted with icicles, people huddled up in thick blankets, toasty […]

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Coma

by Ranjit Kulkarni “It’s you, again,” I sensed her and said to myself. Well, I have to say, whatever I have to say, only to myself. Because no one else can hear me. Except spirits like you, who hover around for no reason and can’t do anything else, anyway. That’s […]

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The Clay Pot

by Steve Carr The wind that swept across the Mongolian steppe carried with it sleet and snow flurries that melted as soon as it hit the grass that carpeted the rolling hills. The camels, horses and cattle that Nachin had crowded in the small corral not far from the ger […]

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To My Future Partner

by Summiaya Nilofer Kichloo I hope you somehow, right now, get this feeling that your better-half is writing something for you. Maybe, a sweet sensation in your heart. I hope you are doing okay in life. Even if you aren’t, I hope things go alright for you soon. I’m sorry […]

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Unfurl

by Mehreen Ahmed This morning, Alisha Alam drew the curtains apart in her bedroom. She gazed at a grey sky. The clouds hadn’t melted. Anytime now, but this greyness gave her a thrill. She smiled and opened the window to smell pithy air from her orchard full of ripened mangoes. […]

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The Voices in her Head

by Chandrika R Krishnan The whimper began. “Oh, no..please no. God, I will break coconut as an offering to you. Let her sleep. I need some rest. God, please.” She tried to make a pact with God is the only style she knew, the ever- prevalent barter system. It made […]

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The Taxes Were Paid

by Aleena Kuriakose  The evanescent red-orangey hues of the sky were beginning to morph into an inky night as the Sun started to set.  It was monsoon season and the clouds moaned, flooding the land beneath them with their tears. All was silent and tranquil besides the heavy downpour and […]

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Tomiko Takes the Train

by Steve Carr Tomiko’s joints ached, especially her knees. She gingerly raised the hem of her kimono and stared at them for several moments as if seeing them for the first time. Nothing seemed to ever make them feel better for very long. Acupuncture, hot baths, daily swims, herbal teas, […]

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Blue Lantern Memories

by Ayushi Chandra Along a sunlit lane down the Formosa Street lived a girl in the house of Blue lantern, where beauty hushed down in slow crescendoes and the dappling red light over her face showed no hint of pain but numbness of ages old. She was quiet not in […]