The Broken Swing

The girl gripped her mother's finger as the mother started narrating the story. “Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Forrest…” Her little girl of four loved horror tales. She was surprised that the girl felt no fear listening to creepy tales that would generally freak out kids that age. Mothers resort... Continue Reading →

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The Queer Night

Pitch dark it was. Even the midnight shadows had sought shelter. I looked out the window again. Unsure if I really had heard something or just imagined. It had stopped raining. The water-logged street outside filled me with disgust. Rotting garbage swam freely on its surface making it look a massive pool of trash. Don’t... Continue Reading →

The Third Date

(I) 'Are we still strangers?' The message read. It was about five months since we first met on the online book-reading site. Bookish talks, endless discussions on favorite authors, sharing quotes and dialogues, greatly summed up our chat affair. Many times, he broached the topic of meeting in person. In the beginning, I was neither... Continue Reading →

The Last Letter (2/2)

The first part of the story is here. He promised himself he wouldn’t drink. No. He can’t let the pain leave him. It has to keep beating inside him just like his heart, reminding him how it hurt, how she hurt. Standing at the bus station, he fought the urge to cry. Men don’t cry.... Continue Reading →

The Last Letter (1/2)

"I don't know what I must write to undo what I have done to you. I couldn't live to see you around me being unfair to your own life." Sucking on the end of her pen, she read it again and then struck it out. It lacked emotion. "No words wish to come out of... Continue Reading →

The Old Man & the Dog

He sniffed everyone passing by. Their scents, their dangling handbags, And looked up at them, with pleading eyes… The heartless drove him away, kids pelted stones at him, Out of disgust, of fear or rage, scaring him to death. Away he ran and stood staring at their backs as they walked on… They looked at... Continue Reading →

Waiting (2/2)

contd... Where were you? Panic was starting to set in. It was no more a joke. Please come back! Teasing me? Like I was teasing you minutes ago. You always played this game. Hide n seek. Only so you could come around me and hug me from the back. Startling me. But this was no... Continue Reading →

Waiting (1/2)

You held my hand as I walked ahead of you. You trudged along. The dried leaves, tangled mass of branches, scattered everywhere. The leaves crunched beneath my feet reminding me just how much I love autumn. Sunlight crept in through the dense mass of leaves and branches overhead. I looked up, above me, loving the feel of the not-so-harsh... Continue Reading →

The Silhouette

Someone passed away recently. A school mate. Someone I didn't know well. And yet he appears in my thoughts.  A silhouette. As crazy as it may sound but I think about him. He gave in to cancer. I'd heard from friends. After three years of tiresome battle. A battle to live. A fight against death.... Continue Reading →

Nightmares in the Day

"What do you see?" probed my mother with a worried look on her face, a look she failed to hide. It’s been weeks and I have grown tired of seeing things in the day time. Yes, day-time. The remnants from my nightmares born from fragmented pieces of sleep, becoming nightmares in the day. And I drag... Continue Reading →

A Letter in the Mailbox

Often, days seem long and my patience starts to wear off.  It’s never like this the days when you are home. I keep myself engaged in chores and leave your thoughts at bay. Attending to them only when they seem restless. Minutes seem like hours  and the hands of the clock are ticking away. Slowly, I... Continue Reading →

Dear Dad

Last night, you were angry. Mad at me again. Yes, I know that look in your eyes. One that means business. Damn serious one. 'No fooling around', I say to myself. And then the cold stare. How bloody angry! And it wasn't the first time. But it also wasn't the first time I'd returned home... Continue Reading →

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