RAKSHA

Six years ago, she was born on the day of the Raksha Bandhan, a festival of the Hindus and the Sikhs that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. Hence, her mother had named her Raksha, one of the two common names based on this festival, the other being Rakhi or Rakhee. Her mother Mubarak had found job as an ayah (a nursemaid or nanny) in a middle […]

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BEAUTIFUL DEATH

Muthu was wandering along the Marina Beach quite aimlessly. He often came here on Sunday evenings when he was free from college. A few metres away there was commotion and crowd. Some fishermen had fished out a body from the sea and already the police had arrived to investigate. Muthu had moved on. He had not much interest in death. But then, he hadn’t much interest in life too. But now, […]

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GOD’S CHILD

He hated waiting for the bus at the stop below his office. At this time of the evening, several lakh salaried employees like him left the office. All were always in a hurry to get back home after a hard day’s work. One’s position in life could be anything he had mused; but, in the evenings, what mattered was your position in the queue for the bus. In case one managed […]

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THE YEAR 2222 AND NAVAL WARS

She liked the ring of the year 2222. Now that Hinglish had become the largest spoken language in the world, people in America, Germany, France and England and many other hitherto unheard of countries all spoke in Hinglish and ushered in the year 2222 with sounds of Bai Bai. The commentators on BBC and CNN channel had tough time reporting whether they were asking for Maid Maid or saying Good-bye […]

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UNDYING RIPPLES (The Making of a Novel) – CHAPTER ONE

Many of my friends and fans have asked me to write and publish a novel. I am doing the first part: to write. So, chapter by chapter, this novel, without any editing from my part, shall appear here on this blog. Please let me know in the comments if you like it. I shall also be looking at your comments if you don’t like it or any part of it; […]

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BEYOND THE MIRAGE – A FAIRY TALE

Hungry and thirstyWandering in “the dreary desert sand of dead habit”He finally came across a poolDifferent from most Indian poolsIt had lucid waterHe could clearly see the baseIt was unlike other bottomless pits. The man was fascinatedHe longed to drink of itHave a dip in itAnd come out clean and quenchedAll sins forgiven and forgottenDarkness of past merging with future’s shineDespite living in the filth and mire of present. He removed his […]

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THE BASTARD

All characters in this story are imaginary and bear no resemblance to anyone dead or alive. All incidents except historic incidents are fictitious. Names of places and some historic events are actual but are only incidental to the story and not purported to convey specificity of places, events, organisations etc. 1 It wasn’t easy being a bastard child. In the school he came up with – what he thought as – […]

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DORI

All characters in this story are imaginary and bear no resemblance to anyone dead or alive. All incidents except historic incidents are fictitious. Names of places are actual but are only incidental to the story and not purported to convey specificity of places, police station etc……… Chewing the end of the pencil, he used to sit on a rock under the pine trees, and try to write poems and his […]

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SHATTERED DREAMS

Shamli was  a quaint village. From across the hill it would appear as if huts and houses were rolled down from the top of the steep hill and they somehow managed to hang on to a relatively flatter portion. This was fortuitous because a few metres more they would have surely fallen over a cliff into the silvery river far below.Lakshmi was born into a traditional farmer family. She was […]

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THE GREAT ESCAPE

There was a knock; at first it was faint, barely distinguishable but later it grew louder and more authoritative. He ignored it, not because he was too tired or too sleepy to get up and confront the person knocking with all its might. He knewthe person; he liked her and everything about her. But, he was very skeptical about allowing her in. Last time he had allowed a similar one […]

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CHASING A RAINBOW

He had set out to explore a new world; a world where – as per the lyrics of the old Hindi song – there would be no sorrow or sadness, no tears; where there would be only Love as far as the eye would see and heart would feel. First, there was a hill to be crossed. He had overheard many a wise people in his town telling about the […]

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LOVE AND FENCING

She loved him. He loved her. There was a thick white line between their ends of the court. The match started. First, she held her breath, extended her arm and muttering “”Love, love, love..” went charging into his side of the court. If only she could touch him and return across the thick white line. He looked at her. She had love in her eyes, on her breath. But, why […]

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A SMALL HUT BY A JOYOUS BROOK

1 It was a day to remember. For quite some time clouds were making thicker and darker the partition between the earth and the sky. Suraj had expected it; he had carried an umbrella whilst leaving his home for the college in the morning. He loved the rains even though his name meant ‘Sun’. He had often wanted to walk in the drizzle, preferably with the girl he was in love […]

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