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

SHE – Part 1

By Shobha Diwakar She lay unwrapped beside him, huddled snugly by his side on the lovely double bed. It had always been the same ever since she had gone. Gone and left him alone. Bereft of all his pleasures “she” was all that he had to look forward to. At […]

October 29, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

Extract from Syriacide

By Michael Mulvihill I watched how the shrapnel from the shelling tore into the streets like they were made of paper. I wondered how in turn they would cut into a human body? I walked with a bag of clothes and a wallet full of money that I saved. I walked […]

September 3, 2017 · 3 comments · Fiction

The Zamindar’s Footprint

By Raamesh Gowri Raghavan When Bade Zamindar Babu died, it was a major celebration in the village of Kamahi. The Zamindar was not an evil man who tormented the poor villagers, but when a rich Hindu dies, the number of funeral rites performed makes it no less than a festival […]

August 13, 2017 · 1 comment · Fiction

The ‘Real’ Real

By Monica Bakre “Nothing went right …not a thing…”, yelled Vinita in a terribly foul mood. She was pacing back and forth on the heavy Persian carpet in her living room, having sent her children, five-year-old Anjan and two-year-old Antara to the playground downstairs in the building complex with the […]

July 30, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

The Wedding Reception

By Shobha Diwakar It gurgled, it throttled, it thundered, it howled, it growled it hounded. My heart missed a beat at the sudden change of mood in the system. The clouds were shrilly barking their lungs out. Now what? I murmured to myself. There was a cool reception that evening, […]

July 30, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

In a Name?

By Monica Bakre “No, No, No, No…” spoke up Sudhanshu, “Not that name…” “Why, Papa? What happened? ” asked his daughter-in-law, Swati, who was actively planning her one-month-old daughter’s cradling ceremony with the whole family. “Yeah, Papa, what is wrong with ‘Sunayana’? Baby has beautiful eyes!” said the proud father, […]

July 22, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

An Encounter

By Anuradha S. Bannore (Based on a true incident) It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning with a mild breeze rustling the leaves. The birds were chorusing gaily. It seemed to be inviting people to come out of their houses and enjoy the pleasant weather. Nomita had just woken up. […]

July 16, 2017 · 3 comments · Fiction