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God No.1

by Ranjit Kulkarni  The festival of Gowri-Ganesha in Bangalore has quite a few differences from the festival of Ganpati in Mumbai. In Bangalore, it is a private festival while in Mumbai it is a public festival. Almost everyone in Bangalore gets a ‘मूर्ति’ at home. While in Mumbai it is […]

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The Hills Have Ears

by Steve Carr Tacitus awoke, startled by the silence from his wife’s side of the bed, rolled over onto his side and was relieved to see Alicia, his wife, was breathing. She usually snored as she slept, not a loud snore, but noticeable and constant. In the dream he had […]

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The Postmaster!

by Swarnasankha Acharjee With the rolling wheels of factories, the use of the Post Office got limited to official letters and few other things. The post office of the village is situated at the corner of the road where it bends to join the road leading to the state capital. […]

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Rage for the Sake of It

by Tannaz Mahreen  Nuzhat had never understood the Instagram textposts that romanticized the summer. The people who wrote verses upon verses on mangoes and humidity that felt like a lost loved one’s embrace had clearly not lived through a Guwahati July. The classroom she was sitting in helped her imagine […]

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The Kohinoor

by Achinta Sutradhar Animesh Chatterjee was having his breakfast at a roadside Dhaba on Jalandhar Amritsar highway. As he was tearing and putting a bite on hot aloo paratha with curd, pickle, and butter, he heard some noise and shouts at the courtyard of Dhaba just four to five charpoy’s […]

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What Goes Around Comes Around

by Snigdha Banerjee Agrawal  “Have I become such a huge liability to you?” she asks him.  But he doesn’t hear, focused on going through the newspaper matrimonial advertisements, searching for a suitable groom for her, his eldest daughter, turning twenty-four in a few months.  Way over the prescribed marriageable age […]

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Julie – Part 2

by Cécile Rischmann My heart is beating, keeps on repeating, I’m waiting for you   Liar, you had the opportunity of a lifetime with me. I came to turn a wrong right—maybe I was ten years too late. But the way you acted when you saw me on the dais, […]

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Bubbles – குமிழிகள்

originally written in Tamil by B. Jeyamohan and translated into English by Jegadeesh Kumar Lily spoke about it while changing into her light blue silk nightgown. He had not paid attention to what she said initially. He was looking through the last of the day’s emails on his laptop. “I’ve […]

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The Orchard

by Deepanshu Srivastava In Raigad, a sleepy town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Ajinkya Patil used to live with his mother Ushatai Patil, elder sister Sunita Patil and cousin Vandana Patil. The youngster, a dendrophile, went to US Agriculture Academy to learn more about trees and plants. After coming […]

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Past Catches-up Someday – VIII

by Maliha Iqbal “Doctor, do you have any violent patients?” “Yes, I do. Some of them are very violent.” “Was Mair violent?” “Er…well, I would say no.” “Did he ever hurt someone without any particular reason?” The doctor was looking very uncomfortable now. “As a matter of fact, he did. […]