The Tuk-Tuk Driver

As we relive each fragment of the past, we tend to emphasize and imbue it with a larger-than-life meaning, something which rather seemed insignificant at first glance. Even if we let the past flow next to us, a fraction of the populace always attempts to shrug it off. I think that is who I am….

Glazed

Her portraitures came in all shapes and sizes. The glances of one sprightly girl burst forth from one to the other. Assembled in an array of personalities of different times, the collage of fixated happiness seemed to draw in an aura of mysteriousness to it. What has she been doing all these years? Where is…

Tokens and Oranges

‘Babu…this one is much better. Here, try this one.’ With one hand, she tossed me an orange from her basket, as she adjusted her khakied sari around her waist. My attention was onto her child barely dangling on her back as he cried for her attention. She would dexterously attend to her baby’s demands by…

Winding through the Wildflowers

I know this will take some time before it reaches your door. Before it captures the footprints you put in the soggy mud. It is time already, isn’t it? I am sorry it couldn’t have been much sooner.   Winding through the Wildflowers has been selected for publication in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of The…

Palaver

The leather-clad soldier looks down upon his brother-in-arms with a blank gaze, as he pushes him down the ditch. As the other man’s senses slowly fade out, it becomes obvious to him that his fate is sealed. But there is no pleading for mercy in this situation, for his still eyes gaze upon the armored…

Fleeting

“The clouds are forming yet again. Though it doesn’t seem like it will rain either”, she notes with her heart brimming with unrestrained glee. “Hey. We are still going for the Food Fest, right?” “I am sorry. I am going to take a rain check on this one. I will see you tomorrow, then?” “Alright….

Anomalous

The bleak pages would lay unfettered for a long time. There have been following inhibitions of a long ignored friend and disguised emotions, all assumed in the form of a burnt note. It all comes under one pleasant day, where the promises of a snowy valley come to naught, as the bickering grow ever stronger….

Base

Have you ever run through the edges of a paper? Even with a consistent line, you seem to lose ground towards the end. There is absolutely nothing. The paper itself falls short in its own vigor. As we head towards a destination, the disillusionment gradually seeps in, even in the times when we are well…

RUE

“Have you ever tried to stop a trickle of water as it slides down the surface? You realize all you can do is either erase it out of existence, leaving its tiny trail; or better yet, let it flow until it dies out by itself. What do you reckon one should do? What should I…

Onus

In a tribe, where the successor(the warrior princess) goes missing…….rumours flash around of a mythical creature behind the incident. The bereaved leader takes up arms, goes in search of her towards the place(where the creature was sighted), with the best of his kin. He finds no clue of her in there. He returns and sees…