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Prologue : Mitul did not know her leaving a job could annoy so many of her neighbours! She had been engaged with different work areas throughout her professional life. Finally she stuck to software sector for around ten years because of the financial security it provided her. But as recession affected her gigantic software company [...]
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Prologue This story traces back its origin to those days when human beings had just begun to lead a settled life. Everything was going well. But as men were in a habit of living a nomadic life, the regularized lifestyle with a fixed routine to work upon daily was almost annoying to them. They had [...]
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Visiting grandparent's house had always been fun. Indulgence, good food, meeting cousins,  never ending celebrations and grandma's stories were the major attractions which we cherished and longed for. My maternal grandfather died when I was very small and I have faint memories of him taking me to the park and buying toffee. But grandma and [...]
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From the time they randomly met, they knew in their hearts this day would come and finally the day arrived. A day when they wanted to celebrate their togetherness!!! As Raj enters an eloquent dimly lit Italian restaurant placed at the corner of a somewhat lonely street, his gaze searched for Nisha. But she was [...]
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The strong wind due to the thunder storm probably broke some window panes. It probably snapped some overhead power lines. The electricity went off and there was darkness in the house. The storm also brought torrential rains with it. Chandra struggled hard to close the glass windows against the strong winds and rain. She wanted [...]
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Life is a great teacher - sometimes out of desperation we end up doing things which teach us lessons for life. This was around nineteen - twenty years back. We were then living in Pune as my husband was posted there. My daughter was studying in high school. My son was about to join a [...]
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It snowed that night. He had always longed to see the snowfall and we thought we would see it together this year. We were always oceans apart yet the distance had never bothered us much. I had plans to fly to New York to see the snow with him. Over these six years, distance was [...]
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She stood leaning on the custom-made balcony railing, her silky soft arms complimenting the smooth white marble underneath. As the slightly moist wind carried with it the sound of the crashing waves, she gazed at the million stars in the velvety sky.   Another day had passed by. Just like the entire year had. And [...]
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Reviewer analysis Children are always taught that good things happen to good people and wicked people will always be punished. We as children also believed in that. But we sometimes thought that if we come across some wicked people, it would be our duty to punish them. I was very attached to my cousin brother [...]
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Reviewer analysis Rithvik felt miserable about the tears that were flowing down his cheeks. He was 16, for God's sake! Men don't cry, and he was a man. Not a boy anymore, he had to remind himself. How was he going to find the money to make good the loss he had caused to Jignesh? [...]
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Sometimes I imagine myself with a sword, fighting my enemies bravely. I don’t care if I die or survive, but it is the adrenalin of a fight that matters. Let me tell you, it surprises me. I like to shoot from other people’s shoulders. I hate squabbles. I cannot even kill a cockroach without my [...]
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It did hurt after all. Even in seventeen years, Arnavi hadn't yet forgotten, anything. Or, for that matter, forgiven. She remembered everything. The shrieks, the repeated pleads for mercy, the helplessness Miraya had felt. And how she'd shiver at the mere sight of a man. Miraya was barely fifteen when their much-famed cousin had first [...]
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Pramod Hegde had to wait outside the gate as the water lorry poured water into the water tank near the entrance. He drummed his fingers on the steering wheel, waiting for the path to be cleared. About half an hour later, he was allowed in and his truckload of things followed. It took him a [...]
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Introduction   The light of countless candles softly illuminated the interior of the room. The air was heavy with the smell of melted wax. Smoke rose in a hundred columns to the high ceiling where it pooled and swirled in the gently drifting air, blurring and softening the sight of the carved beams that supported [...]
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Reviewer analysis Rajesh Bharani looks at his wrist-watch and frowns. “Churchgate jaane waali ek baje ki local platform kramank chaar par aane wali hai. Yeh local Andheri Se Bandra, Bandra se Dadar, Dadar se Mumbai Central, ke beech kisi bhi sthanakon par nahin rukegi.” This is the fifth time the announcement for the impending arrival [...]
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Hands holding the dried seeds of hope, Can feel the breeze under the shed of the majestic pine trees. Body is soil and soil is body, Both engraved memories of soulful Nature. -Sufi In the sticky, sweating and humid July of summers in Kolkatta, as far as I can move my eyes, I see tall [...]
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Prologue Dear Nani, How are you? You didn’t come last month to meet me and I thought you got sick again. Please ask mamu to bring rabri for me and gulab jamuns and I want small fishes for my aquarium too.Summer holidays have begun. The clay pots you gave me broke again. I, Imran and [...]
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PROLOGUE I’ve no clue Why I go crazy for you, A mere glimpse of you is enough To make me go weak on my knees, Every time I see you I find a reason anew, To fall in love with you again… and again… and again... Love story of a lovely couple Ria and Rahul, [...]
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Reviewer analysis You probably recall the time I was locked out of my house. It happened when I stepped out to hand over the garbage bag to this little girl who collects it, and the breeze slammed the door shut behind me. For several days after that event, this girl, perhaps fourteen or fifteen, didn’t [...]
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Kissing the sea sand’s soul. Juhu beach. Date and time: Today and now. I stand still, facing the monolithic vastness of the sea. My feet are my lips. They embrace the soggy sand in a cushy kiss. The padded wet sand responds with trembling tentativeness. I close my eyes and let the sensation soak every [...]
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“Uff, the construction next door is pulling me down,” Radha complained to her neighbor Sarita. “What bothers me is that all the trees in that plot have been chopped down! We complain of pollution and global warming, but if buildings keep coming up like this, how are we going to save the environment?” she demanded. [...]
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MONITOR GOING TO SLEEP He shut down his laptop and tossed it carelessly. His eyes brimming with sleep after what seemed like an endless search for a vacancy in software engineering, Sameer crashed on his sofa bed with a thud, next to the laptop. The next morning would bring a realization that he has completed [...]
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The MLA smiled. She picked up a little child in her arms and faced the photographer who took several shots of her with the child and the villagers. Then she addressed the gathered villagers. “You are special. For centuries you have been oppressed, not allowed to study, not allowed to work. My party is the [...]
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“The old woman’s hand became lighter When her son lifted her bag, But her heart became heavier As they approached a gate that read “An Old Age Home”. Known as ‘Gurukrupa Old Age Home’ it is a well-known NGO located in the city of Palghar in Konkan division of Maharashtra. An old but well maintained [...]
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The local trains were whizzing past. They are the lifelines of the busy city of Mumbai. It would take less than two seconds to look at the people who would be climbing on that train with you. Even less to look at what was happening around. But there was no time as everyone had their [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Raviprasad waited anxiously for his son to return. He looked at himself in the mirror and felt as if he had aged at least 10 years in the last two years since he started the prospect of his son getting married. He had been confident that there would be a line of prospective [...]
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A Patriot since birth A Martyr by death, My love will be for my country first Will remain so until I return again to dust! JAI HIND! These were the lines of Col. Veer Pratap Chand. He used to recite these before his family and friends, depicting his love for his country, India. His love [...]
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Situated right outside the Badshahi Mosque is Lahore’s oldest red light district. Hira Mandi has seen many go in as novices and remain there till the end with unsatisfied lives and compelling stories. So many of them. I have been running my small grocery store at the turn to Hira Mandi for over three decades [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Rahul turned 21 today, March 31st. He was in the third year of his Engineering. The sixth semester of his studies was about to end and just a few more days were left for the holidays to begin. Today he took his friends, the only three who knew about his birthday, to the [...]
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I woke up startled from my mid-morning nap to loud noises in the house. Eavesdropping, I hear my mother’s voice. “Amma, gone are the days when girls were stopped from learning dance. It’s such a beautiful art! And no matter what, I will enrol Chitra for dance classes”. My grand mom roared, “Let’s see how [...]
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Synopsis Anna was married to James, a raging alcoholic, and was held in an abusive relationship for several years. Even though the daily emotional exploitation was traumatic, she had accepted her fate and continued to live with her husband who was always apologetic for his dreadful actions upon returning to his senses. On a fateful [...]
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30 years back...... Ammukutty and her friend Jamuna laughed as they walked. The Maths tution class was done and they were headed back home. They liked to crack jokes about their funny teacher. Both were ninth graders studying in the same class and school, and stayed nearby. They had been close friends since kindergarten. They [...]
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There's a saying "Charity begins at Home", and so does the troubles too. A person who has humiliated you or molested you, is most likely to be your own, known devil! Isn't it? All of 7 years old, an innocent, lively kid. Niki. Her native cousin used to visit her place often. He was employed [...]
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Oh Filters, you are amazing, attractive, catchy and flawless. You made others like me, fall in love with me. I owe you a lot. You made me look beautiful, you made me look clear. From the thousands of you I can choose anyone. I can choose one which can alter my complexion, I can choose [...]
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Reviewer Analysis From the caves of darkness a light appeared, followed by a sound. Sound of a vehicle. It was a two wheeler carrying two men. The motorcycle came to a halt and both men got down from it. Suresh checked the tires of the bike again, they looked right. Ravi started stretching himself. “By [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Green, Red, Yellow coloured chandelier style kandeels are dangling from the banyan tree. Every time a gust of wind comes, they flap against each other making ruffling sound, like they are whispering sweet nothings to the passers-by. Otherwise an open ground, Laal chawk, is now created into the maze of lanes. Lined on [...]
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Reviewer Analysis It has been raining incessantly since morning. I wanted to get up on time. But my pet lizard told me not to. "What makes you so restless? Go sleep. You don't need to go to office in this bad weather." I protested, as I always do. "Do you have any idea of delivery [...]
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I don't remember what her last words to me were, neither the look over her face, nor the oceans she had silenced inside herself, which she had thought would have spoken  the truth, when she'd come, to kill the both of us. So, I for her sake, for our sake, silenced mine and became a [...]
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Those tiny little fingers that once fitted my palm Have outgrown mine today, I knew I would one day miss that innocent face and cute smile of yours, As you will turn into a handsome young man some day! Sitting on the couch of her balcony, she was missing her son very much. Past memories [...]
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Sunita logged into her Facebook account and found an unread message. When she opened the messages screen she missed a heartbeat. It was from a person she had not thought about for a long time. She clicked on the message to open it. First sentence was a surprised comment, "I did not know you are [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Medha hated this task – of clearing up her mother’s home after her death. There were memories attached to every corner of the room. As she dallied, she could almost hear her mother telling her to hurry up. Sighing, she went to her shelf and pulled out the books and the files. One [...]
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The impression of the stories narrated by my mother before kissing me “goodnight” still lingers in my mind. The fairy-tales, often accompanied by mythological stories from the Quran, Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Bible, crafted heroic pictures of the legendary characters in my imagination before I fell asleep. Once while traveling with my mom in an [...]
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The force was unbelievable. The pain stinging. His cheek flamed with the color of this punishment inflicted upon him. His pen flew out his hands stopping mid way to his fumbling thoughts. He was struggling to submit the answers to his teacher's queries. They eluded him. And that's when the slap came. But it had [...]
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THE GRAVITY It started with that black hot seat outside principal’s office when she saw him for the first time and hated him as if he was from some other planet just because he smiled at her. For the boy it was love at first sight. It was a teenage love and the boy of [...]
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A day in April “It’s not going to set,” I say to myself. The Masterchef contestant looks pretty confident though. Overconfident, actually. I personally think that his crème brûlée needs a much firmer texture. Twenty minutes later, it’s time for the judges to taste the dessert. Time to confirm my theory that the crème brûlée [...]
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The rain drops were playing a concert. He thought it will be a perfect day. Gates of his imagination opened. It took him far, far away. Narrow lanes of his colony covered in water. His cycle going past them, unzipping happiness. Suddenly it all broke. Like a fairytale, without a happy ending. A shout by [...]
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"One corner of my heart still sinks for you In those silent moments, my mind still thinks of you, I wish I could rewind those moments and the time, As a corner of my heart still says you are mine! " With these lines Anu ended the page in her diary, put off the table [...]
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It was 9:30am. I was upset with the morning. My car had decided that it would spring up a surprise for me and it was successful in doing so. With a broken car and rains to make things worse, I stood waiting for my share cab to arrive. I had picked my umbrella in a [...]
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A life that moves in circular direction; a life that foresees waves in action. He is the one who comes back home to go away. No ordinary man is he, for he is just a Seaman! A man who does not have an address, except for the name of the vessel, yet his passport shows […]

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Reviewer Analysis Rakesh observed Vidya as she scanned the final results list and let out a whoop of joy. Her name was first, as always. She turned and hugged her dear friend, Surbhi, who pushed her away, still scanning for hers. After Vidya slipped out of the crowd he moved to the front, knowing he [...]
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I have no idea what to write. Or even, where to start... Uff! Writing has abandoned me, it seems. I feel lost, and the more I think about it, the more indifferent I become. Maybe, and just maybe, I should stop thinking and start writing. About what? I don’t know. The clueless hands rose to [...]
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“Help me clear the house,” Rukmini pleaded with Meghna. “I can’t manage it alone.” Reluctantly, Meghna obliged, allocating only half a day from her busy schedule. “Tell me precisely what you would like cleaned,” she instructed her mother. “I will have to bring Raaga with me. She will nag me if she gets bored. I [...]
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Along with all their kith and kin, this family of four also migrated from eastern part of the country, which was named East Pakistan after the great Indian partition. Staying jointly was not possible any longer. Hareram Ghosal took his wife and two kids to Niyamatpur, a small town on the border of West Bengal [...]
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Across the sunlit savannah of the Kalahari, an impala senses a sudden change in her surroundings. God given animal instincts trigger a warning. With its spotted golden coat hairs tingling with anticipation, the cheetah crouches its feet and leaps to action. The chase begins. The impala gallops for dear life, kicking up sand behind her [...]
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When I brought her to my house, she was supposed to be my maid. She knew she was still a kid. I taught her little by little : to fold clothes, to wash them, to boil water, make tea, fetch things. She was our househelp's daughter. Very cute. When I was with my just born [...]
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Reviewer Analysis The inspector discovered Pada standing at one corner outside the gate of his quarter. “What’s that in your hand, Pada?” – the middle aged police inspector, father of four children did not fail to notice a bunch of wild flowers in his hand. That was the inspector’s last day in the village. As [...]
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There was a time people used to help others. Time perhaps is still the same, only people are changing. Now people are becoming selfish, they only think about themselves. There are still a few though, whose life is no less than a lesson on humanity! In between our busy neighbourhood abuzz with activities, there lives [...]
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Fauzia and Rohan were in love with each other at first sight; but was it a commitment? “I love you” means that I accept you for the person that you are and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even […]

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“I think you should draw some lines in certain conversations.” She simply walked out. And suddenly, out of nowhere I remembered my engineering days. We had this subject called ‘Engineering Graphics’ or drawing, as people call it. Believe me or not, I attempted that subject three times, failing successively in the range of 35-40. Once [...]
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  It was almost time to close the clinic. Like every other day, Dr. Ghosh called his assistant to switch off the light of the waiting room – a 6×4 feet space separated from his chamber by a divider. Same as most of the physicians here, who did not opt for a government job or […]

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The benches are rickety. Every time Reshma moves, it squeaks as if it can gauge her restlessness. Pitter-patter of rain drops on asbestos roof top is turning wild. Not far away, a Banyan tree is swaying in the storm. Just then, the school bell rings loud and clear, announcing the closure for the day. It [...]
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He stood under the tree, taking in a deep breath and feeling refreshed. The sun burned just beyond the canopy. He felt safe under the shade of the tree. When he was a few years younger, he would stick his tongue at the bright sunshine and heat that scorched the earth, feeling triumphant as he [...]
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Reviewer Analysis I was 10. My father had just been transferred to a faraway land called Kaza (that’s what happens when you fail to please the politicians), which meant, my summer holidays were going to be spent there. The journey from Palampur to Kaza was a long one, three days to be precise. We travelled [...]
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That was a day at Jhoola Mussoorie when sun was kissing the west horizon and was about to create a grey hue around. I was there on my portrait- spree of summers. Waiting for someone to drop in for a portrait… that was more for the relish of the eyes so far female portraiture was […]

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And so there was a bridge that joined the two banks of the river. But it was invisible and opened only when someone would sing from heart. One day a bee was humming and the bridge showed. Bee got confused. What is happening? She flew over there and found diamonds lying scattered. Of what use […]

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It's not easy being an Army wife! This dawned upon me when after two wonderful years of parties, outings, picnics and enjoyment, he went for a field posting. Eighteen years ago life wasn't as convenient and as well connected as internet and cell phones have made it out to be. A few routine phone calls and [...]
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Reviewer Analysis It was a family belonging to Indian middle class. The man, the only earning member of the family of three was a reputed government servant. His wife came from an ex-feudal family and was trying to raise her child to fulfill the common aspiration of post-colonial Indian middle class - maintaining the same [...]
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Gods pondered, looking at the earth. They were dismayed at the non-destructible debris that could be seen everywhere. Their calculations were right, and yet horribly wrong. They had created man, expecting him to be the cause of destruction of the world in this cosmic-cycle. And he was behaving just as they expected he would. The [...]
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Nizamuddin shrine, the ornately divine seat of spiritual solace, was heavenly lit and engulfed in the groove of qawwali. Blended with biryani aroma, topped with smoke of the incense can move anybody and that day was no different. A sweet child with a skullcap over his head, sat all attentive in the courtyard of the […]

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Destiny. Tragic for the driver and ‘fortunate’ for us. It all began with that new car. Roads were smooth like butter. There was a not a single pothole or a bump. They were gleaming with newly laid asphalt. Summer sun was shining bright and was draining life out of green Ashoka trees, lined on both […]

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Another pair of bangles was sold! Chetna decided to sell her jewellery having no other option – she needed to arrange food for herself and her daughter. Chetna recalls those years. She frequently resorts to the world of her memories these days. She always hated her past. But nowadays she can’t help taking shelter under [...]
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He stood humbly in front of her, steeling himself against rejection yet again. His age, his figure, his very heritage stood against him. And yet he had dared, dared to defy history, the traditions his family had broken consciously away from, the new garb of respectability they had embraced. He shrank as he thought of [...]
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On my way to native, I was walking to catch the bus. It was the busy market of Jayanagar 9th Block. The familiar scene unfolded. Honking cars, the BEST motor bike of young hero bullying around to find its way, the street urchins searching for brisk business with their evening champaka mogra and other flowers […]

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Reviewer Analysis ‘Is this Ompal Singh Bagga?’ The lady on the phone pronounced his name perfectly. He deduces that it was someone calling from a call centre in India. ‘Call me Paul,’ he says. Ompal Singh Bagga had been calling himself ‘Paul’ since he got an internal transfer to the Greater Los Angeles Area at [...]
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She sat in the Starbucks cafe, sipping her coffee and staring out of the window. The blood stained knife lay next to her handbag, covered with her blue silk scarf… Silk scarves were more of an obsession for her, than a hobby. Ever since she had come to the new city, she had gotten into […]

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Reviewer Analysis Once upon a time there was an earthen pot that did not break. It was not unbreakable, yet it did not break. Crack it did, but it did not disintegrate; so resolute it was not to succumb to the blows of time. The Pot was proud, tall and sturdy with pouting lips, beautiful [...]
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Their lips enveloped each other. The tongues cavorted. Both trembled. One aah’ed, the other ooh’ed; both tried to savour their lust, which was urging for more, with each passing moment. Their hands clasped, their feet worked against the friction caused by the sweat of their bodies, and they pushed each other. And they pushed quite [...]
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It was a chilly but surprisingly pleasant October night in Jhalawar, a quaint little town. It was quite late at night. In the chillness of the silence, the whole town seemed asleep. The only corner where a handful were up and about, was the Jhalawar Railway Station. One could hear faint music playing from a [...]
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Ramnath sat in one corner of the restaurant. His eyes on the floor, head hung, shoulder a bit droopier than it normally is. He suddenly felt the weight of his years today. He held his gaze up at the restaurant that he had built over the last 30 years. One brick at a time. One [...]
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‘What is it? Why are you avoiding me? Tell me, please. Is it because of him? Or is it because you don’t find me attractive? ‘Suchi, please. Please don’t do this. Dont make it difficult and don’t create a scene’. ‘Answer me, Vivek. Just answer me, damn it’. He stood still, unwavering. ‘You know why’, [...]
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"I feel the distance between us is growing day by day. My voice no longer soothes you, my talks only irritate you. Your jokes no longer make me laugh and your behaviour makes me go wild. What do we do to keep the spark alive? What do we do?" I had seen my friend’s happy [...]
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Reviewer Analysis ‘Hit it or Quit it’ yelled the boy with gelled spikes and overstuffed mouth. ‘Just shut up and f**** off’ yelled back the girl with distressed jeans and red crop top. Three Wise Men had an overload on Christmas décor. Between the girl and the boy stood a tall glass of drink with [...]
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The road meandered lazily, tall Copper Pod trees accompanying the black tar, their yellow flowers floating down and dotting the blackness, heralding a change of season. The road rose up to what once might have been a mini hill till man took over and stamped his presence. Her life seemed like that, meandering on its [...]
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Geeta would wake up before the sun crossed the horizon. She was to finish all her household chores so that when the sun rose, she could go and do other people’s chores. She would wake up and clean herself. She would feed milk to her little baby. The rugged cloths that wrapped the kid were [...]
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[A story for Gabriel Garcia Marquez, to his memory] Never been able to quench her thirst, she perennially remained dry and the villagers had aptly named her Bhookhi Nadi, the Hungry River. Often she would compare her name with Bengal’s Subarnarekha or Mayurakshi and would feel aggrieved about her name! But bhookhi she always remained! [...]
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While surfing through the news channels, there was a special broadcast of the Prime Minister’s speech. The surprise address to the nation heralded that there was some significant announcement on the way. Just when the banning of 500 and 1000 rupees notes was announced, I started dialing my friends and relatives and informing them about […]

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Reviewer Analysis I always wished to be on that tiny train, which took me nowhere. I knew such a tiny train existed. I went looking for it, sometimes deep, within the alleys of my mind and sometimes in the archived photographs of my childhood sojourns. I found the tiny train, permanently parked there. I reminded [...]
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»I cannot use this word, « I said to myself when writing down a biographic story after the process of interviews, deep listening, collecting memories, stories and actually stepping into the shared story fully. »Hm, I cannot find another one, « I thought when trying to figure out how to continue the chapter I was [...]
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The smell of wood, old paint, and unidentified objects made her little happy feet, slow down her jumps to little dragging steps and grasp her father’s hand tighter than before. While on the other hand, the smell of wood, old paint and familiar objects, made those old feet run faster than ever. Two different eyes, [...]
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Reviewer Analysis Fanny was at the art class when I called on her mother, Mae. When I called on her mother next, to lessen some of my dreary insurance papers and earn that little commission that was a long time in the coming, Fanny was at the dance class. This time they said it was [...]
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Reviewer Analysis I woke up to the droplets of rain on my face that had played truant and filtered in through my sunroom window. It felt like that of a million tiny dewdrops on parched grass. Half awake, I could not help but smile at the red of the Gulmohar, with its speckled yellow brushing [...]
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“Hey Vip’s wedding is next Sunday, right?” chimed in Mr. Singh. Vip was Vipin Arora, an eligible bachelor who had bitten dust at the ripe “old” age of 32 after resisting matrimonial advances for almost a decade. And no, he was not gay, just wary. This conversation was taking place at his workplace, where the [...]
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It was Purvi’s fourteenth birthday. The air was redolent with the fragrance of joy. Everyone including her parents, siblings and friends had gathered in the bright, spacious hall with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs. ‘Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you dear Purvi, happy birthday to you….’ song [...]
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This morning I was sitting in my car, waiting for the signal to turn green. Mumbai isn’t a place known to be particularly kind towards its regular travellers. But the city, howsoever fast and furious, has its own moments of subtle compassion! Dull faced, handkerchief on my nose, trying to take care of the interfering [...]
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Monsoon is here and with it, a memory of joy it has to offer. I remember my school declaring an off on a thunder-bolted rainy day. They feared the wrath of merciless downpour upon children. Radio, newspapers and television declared they were anticipating harsh rains later that day. Those days, updates and instructions didn’t come [...]
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On a Thursday afternoon, it was a sweltering sticky 38'C when I boarded the crowded Habra-local train at West Bengal. I was on the verge of fainting when I finally decided to sit down on the floor of the train compartment. "Here, drink some water?" I heard someone speak. I stared blankly without any reaction. [...]
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Reviewer Analysis CHARACTERS RAJIV A young Indian American man in his thirties JANE Rajiv’s wife, a white Caucasian woman in her thirties. CURATOR MAN Middle aged man. A man in his forties. ********************** SETTING An art gallery. TIME Evening. Present. ************************ Lights up inside an art gallery. Rajiv and Jane are here to see the [...]
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It’s pouring outside. The pruned foliage under my bedroom window sill seems translucent and beaming with life. Few moments prior, the scorching sun with temperature ticking around 43 degree, ripped it vapid and lifeless. The unanticipated summer rain escorted with it a petrichor, the sweet smell of dry, unbaked clay and reminiscence of something intense [...]
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