The Universe…or…Providence?

By Monica Bakre Young Vishwanath, a fresh post graduate in English had acquired his first job in a government school in a small village. The village nestled amidst extremely picturesque terrain in the Western Ghats that had undulating mountain ranges, from above which the sun, moon, and stars provided endlessly […]

July 2, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

The Mother Inside the Grandmother

By Monica Bakre “Tell me, Daadi…why do you always wear dark glasses? Even inside the house?” asked 13-year-old Medha, as she sat cross legged at the foot of the bed her father’s mother was reclining on. “That’s a long story, beta…” said Mrs. Arora, hoping that she could distract the […]

June 25, 2017 · 2 comments · Fiction

Twin Terrors

By Monica Bakre Dayawati was barely out of her four-hour labour when she heard one plaintive wail of a new born which was followed about 3 minutes later by a stronger lustier one. “Two beautiful boys!” she just about heard an excited, whispered, exclamation (more of a hiss), as she […]

June 11, 2017 · 1 comment · Fiction

The Revisitation

By Monica Bakre Suguna stumbled on a stone jutting out of the gravel path that she was hurriedly walking on towards the rear door of the estate bungalow. It was unusual for a nimble footed 18-year-old to waver on this familiar path, actually. It was 4:45pm and the Amma of […]

June 4, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

What’s App, Grandma?

By Hema Ravi Whenever I text “what’s up?’ at once pops up Ammamma’s reply.  “Fine.” “How was your day at college?”  And believe me, ever since she learnt to text messages a month ago, she’s become so tech-savvy, that we are unable to keep pace with her. Pradeep, my elder […]

May 28, 2017 · 4 comments · Fiction

The Trouble With Paradise

It was 9 am in the morning, when Shukla suddenly felt a mighty jerk to his two wheeler. The traffic was choc-a-bloc all around and he had his wife and two young daughters on the scooter with him. It was a bright Sunday, and the family was on its way […]

May 28, 2017 · 1 comment · Fiction


Microfiction by Sunil Sharma Near the bend, in the thick grove, the collector of butterflies, identified in cyberspace as N-P (Neo-Pagan) only, witnessed a fairy-tale encounter: a tree bent over the broad bosom of the river turns suddenly into a lip-locked couple— a dryad and a shy nymph, hugged by […]

May 14, 2017 · 1 comment · Fiction

The Unusual Connect

By Monica Bakre “Vinod Khanna is too perfect…Rajesh Khanna has flaws, so is more natural”, would be my point. My childhood friend and I used to compare the two Khannas- Vinod and Rajesh pretty often. While I rooted for Rajesh Khanna, for his handsome, heart-melting looks, she thought I was way off […]

April 30, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

Lavender Dew

By Monica Bakre “I was very particular about the garden. When my husband, Shankar and I built this house, he had specifications about the tiles, fittings etc but I just had one -‘The garden should be huge and beautiful.’ And he did heed my words- employed the best architect to […]

April 23, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction

Who is that Guy?

By Maya And the music played as we took the winding road between the quiet lakes and approached the bend near the Church. Paivi on the wheels and we both listening to the Finnish FM. The RJ went on, “Kaharikson… enjoy…. … …. …. summer… … … …. …. reventulli…… weather… […]

April 23, 2017 · 0 comments · Fiction