50 Dollar Bill

By Shantanu Baruah 4th of July long weekend was around the corner. This year we planned to drive down to grandma’s place but at the last minute, the plan was abandoned. Dad had some urgent office work and mom had no courage to drive the kids all by herself. Though we […]

August 5, 2018 · 18 comments · Fiction

Last Night When It Rained

By Shobha Diwakar It was pitch dark. The night lamp flickered awhile and then ‘passed out’ probably the power had, as usual, died and so (also) the inverter that had been struggling since evening to keep alive. A crash boomeranged, and thunder and lightning clapped down with a fearsome roar. […]

July 29, 2018 · 2 comments · Fiction

Clandestine Travelers

 By Shobha Diwakar from Jabalpur, India Kamlesh was a regular traveler. Although he often took the flight when fares were low, this time he decided to travel by train. The unfortunate part was since he could not get a first class reservation he was compelled to travel in second class […]

July 22, 2018 · 3 comments · Fiction

The Special Guests!

By Anuradha S. Bannore Ravindra, a 25 year old young man lived all by himself in a remote village called Siyasar. His closest neighbour lived about two kms away from his place. He had been posted to this village for helping in its development. Many tried to dissuade him from […]

July 8, 2018 · 4 comments · Fiction

A Woman’s Story

By Anuradha S. Bannore It was a terribly hot day with the sweltering heat dehydrating people. Many fainted on the roads but one couldn’t stay indoors forever. One such sizzling afternoon Suruchi was forced to make a decision to take to the road being fed up of her house atmosphere. […]

July 1, 2018 · 6 comments · Fiction

The Wolves!

By Anuradha S. Bannore Once there lived three women Krurur, Kadul and Karmi in a city called Purja. Krurur  was a very cunning sly woman involved in offensive indecent dealings. Kadul  was a pretty faced  scheming crook and Karmi was a plump irritating drama queen type. Come to think of […]

May 27, 2018 · 0 comments · 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 · 4 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