Ting! Raaga’s phone, that was resting face down on her table while she worked late into the night, pinged. A message from Varen made her switch onto FaceTime with him. “Were you still up?” Varen smiled through the screen that made Raaga beam. “Just… working.” “I thought I’ll call… hope you’re okay.” “It’s been quite
Thud! I hear the loud noise and wonder if it’s the end for me. Supposedly safe in my dark haven, I live in dread all the time. The world has not been so kind to me in the past. And I am scared for my life as I crouch, pulling up my knees to my
“Why did we watch this movie? It is your kind of movie,” Meera rolled her eyes. “Stop wheeling your eyes to the ceiling,” Radha patted Meera’s back, “It wasn’t that bad. Dev Anand was a charmer. How well he picked up the transitions in life!” “Amma, no doubt, he is a great actor. My point
Death. Certain. Sudden. Cruel. The enigmatic black hole that we all know about, but can’t peek into. And yet, there’s a certain beauty to death. They say, in your last moments, your life flashes before your eyes. Your mother caressing your feverish forehead on a rough night, your father’s proud smile on your graduation day…
Tall deodar trees were standing like sentinels silhouetted against a rapidly unfurling dawn. The quaint hamlet of Yol at the foothills of Dhauladhar mountains was slowly waking up to the morning voices of gushing brooks and chirping birds. It was just another beautiful sunrise with October sunlight scintillating on the freshly scrubbed front yard of
“You have This One Life! How do you wanna spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Running after people who don’t see you? Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud.” ¹ “Life is short, so live it. Love is rare, so grab it.
Present day May 1968 Village Alamgarh, Northern India I cover my head and stand upright as the calls of the muezzin fill the room. The melodious adhaan which has always filled me with peace, comfort and joy, does little to console me today. I bow toward Kaaba, but my heart and mind are wandering directionless.
It was 8 p.m., a full moon night in the hubbub of Chandigarh city. On a busy road, rock music was hitting the ears of passers-by, paving the way to the door opened into a restaurant called- The Terminus. Its coarse interior has become the talk of the town. The use of ropes, tires, antique
“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired”- Robert Frost In a classroom filled with kids, Avi saw Rasha, a girl with round specs, two black eyes peeping through them, a pug nose and two little ponytails tied on two sides. Avi was a new admission in the midterm. Rasha was one of the
Disappointment is a bankruptcy of the soul… “No, it’s not possible this weekend, Vanhi. My work commitments don’t permit me to take the time off. I hope you understand.”, he said, not raising his head from the laptop. “Okay. I’ll let Sana know about our change of plans.”, she said, keeping her voice and expression
Windows quivered, as the train passed by the houses that made a beeline along the tracks. Sudha rushed to see the speeding train. Desperately, she searched for a glimpse of that craggy face drowned with responsibility but floating for a fuller life. “Bapu, isn’t visible? He told me he will come by the morning 7:00
Far from the city situated a small community dedicated for elderly people. This place acted as home for those who were abandoned by their children or relatives. It had a cozy atmosphere and the people here adjusted to live with each other because of one person Chandru, a handsome man in his early thirties who
“Hello, my lovely people, I’m Simba, a dog and this is my, and my human, Shivani’s story about our fight against domestic abuse. We suffered, mentally and physically at the hands, and fists, and feet of Sunil. But Shivani, tired of the abuse, revolted, and decided to … wait, I get ahead of my story.
Looking at the Grand Canyon brought tears to Angel’s eyes and a quick catch to her voice. “It’s… beautiful is too tame a word.” She ripped her gaze away from the majesty; ripped was the perfect word choice because she had to use force. Her husband Jack sensed her eyes on him. He turned, her
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away” ~William Shakespeare Sipping his evening tea, Rupesh looked over his window and his mind started recollecting the meet with Manish. That morning Manish, a boy from the neighbouring slum, had come with a wide smile on his
Hello, hi, how do you do, blah, blah, blah, blah. I won’t waste my time with silly greetings. Let’s get to the point why I am writing this mini autobiography kinda thing, which tells about a couple of interesting days of my life. Ahh, life, a word that’s… complicated. So, I am a guy who
The waves lapped and splashed at the seashore. The trees rustled and swayed in the wind. The crickets hummed and chirped the song of night sweetly, sonorously. But Madhavan could not be lulled to sleep. He squirmed, squirmed, and squirmed on his bed. Dark shadows of confusion and anxiety ran across his heart, his mind,
‘ Clunk, clunk, clunk’, came the sound from the back part of the house. Gayathri was perplexed. What could it be? She was terrified of venturing out of her safe place, her bedroom; but her brother looked up at her and asked,” Akka, can you hear that weird noise? Shall we go and see?” Gayathri
Pritha “Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah.” Pritha chanted the scripture from memory. Brought up in a missionary boarding school, she had been introduced to the ritualistic puja of a middle class Bengali Hindu household only after her marriage. The first morning in her in-law’s house, Pritha had been expected to assist her mother-in-law during the morning
10th January 2015 The mellifluous dulcet tones of Kashmiri folk music coupled with soft breeze, ushered in, the strings of harmony, in her love drenched room. The soft balmy rays of weak, Delhi winter sun couldn’t match the heated passion, this room had witnessed. The sun-rays left behind their austere creator and frivolously tried to