Scrambled Eggs & Crust Heaven

What do you do when you hit a snag post 1 am, and you still have work left? You scrounge in the kitchen, looking for a quick-fix meal. Maybe that slice of bread and some chocolate syrup would do? And then, toss the crusts out into the bin, as you walk back. Aah..momentarily satisfied. Let’s…

Lazy man’s Shakshouka

All you need is… 4 onions, 6 ripe tomatoes, 6-8 cloves of garlic, lots of chilli powder and 3 eggs I will just assume you have the cooking oil. Finely chop and dice the onions and tomatoes till they are small as the gravel right from the aquarium. Peel and crush and chop the garlic….

An Elegy to the Hungry Girl

The towering plantain trees distinctly stood amongst the green façade in the passing wilderness. Within it, the concrete structures were invasively stationed amidst the thatched huts of brick and soil. The fields and soiled trenches were filled to the brim with overreaching water from the river and mud alike, leaving nothing out of the realm…

Fold

“Watch the patterns on the tiles. Now now; keep it straight. Ensure that you walk through the middle lane”… “Middle lane, huh?” I muttered, as I draw my jacket closer against the chilly October wind, and walk my way home. As I take the turn on the street, I brushed up against some person; it’s…

Bloodmoon

It seems to be one stormy night, as I gaze unto the heavy laden sky from the precipice of bronzed contraptions. What I have perceived of her is not as obvious as it may seem. After all, the moon dances through the heavens with a subtle stride. With a steady direction, one gradually captures her…

Cleft

Of late, there has been a lonesome doubt spouting in the uncertain void. However you may take it, as I wander into the coiled streets and encounter the feral vanguards and their minions, the radio wavelengths somehow find a way around me. And with the slightest whiff of canabis, I am drawn back to one…

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…