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The Pink Oleanders

It was the winter of 1990, at about the same time when our country was being paraded on the world stage for pennies, when I first realized that fairy tales are an oxymoron. My sister Greta says it’s not what… Continue Reading →

Game of Blogs – The Escape – Chapter 12

Team – FrontRunners Week#2 Read the previous chapter here. “Can we get some lights in the alcove as well? And why is the corridor not lighted up yet?” an exasperated Tara shouted at the electrician who was busy fixing the… Continue Reading →

Game Of Blogs – The Escape – Chapter 1

Team – Front Runners Week # 1 She was seven years old again. The room was white and the lights were so bright, it hurt her eyes. Santa had come, along with her Christmas present – a beautiful red violin… Continue Reading →

No Promises

  Leave me alone! The door banged with uncommon brutality, as she ended another showdown with her husband. The migraine seems to be splitting her head into two. It was one of those days. Dhruv wanted her to leave her… Continue Reading →

The Solo Cafe

There are two things that I have learnt from my travels. First, you can be pretty miserable almost anywhere. Second, being your own porter of a luggage weighing twenty-something kilos can suddenly transform you from a beautiful Diva to a… Continue Reading →

Womaniya: A to Z Challenge Day # 23

In a remote village of India – The only two things concrete within a few miles radius was the rising sun in the eastern Horizon and the sprawling Zamindar Mansion at the western Horizon, the inhabitants of which were seldom… Continue Reading →

Umbrella Man: A to Z Challenge Day # 21

Image courtesy@Fine Art America The shrill noise of the doorbell cut through my afternoon siesta, as I woke up with a start. As I looked around for my phone, I heard my 8 year old answer the door.  How fast… Continue Reading →

The Tree of Life: A to Z Challenge Day # 20

  Image Courtesy:  http://sawurst.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/img_9788.jpg   Looks can be deceiving, especially in a sultry twilight where the greys and the blues blur the edges of one’s face. The evening was wearing off, welcoming the night sky with all the ardour of a… Continue Reading →

Queen of Hearts: A to Z Challenge Day # 17

“Off with his head!” screamed the beautiful girl with curly tangles falling off her fore-head, “Such men don’t deserve to live. They are a menace to society.” The culprit stood there devastated by the verdict. And he thought she liked… Continue Reading →

Philosopher’s Stone: A to Z Challenge Day # 16

  “Rub it thrice and the wish will be yours”, said the blue genie. “So it’s a magic stone? But I thought it was supposed to be a lamp where you reside”, said Aladdin. “That is just to drive away… Continue Reading →

November Narcissists: A to Z challenge Day#14

“Never date a Scorpio”, he said to the wide eyed girl in front of him. But you are a Scorpio yourself….. She was stopped mid-track, “That is precisely why I never thought of dating you before.” Explain… please. Well Scorpios… Continue Reading →

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: A to Z Challenge Day # 13

  Scanning the racks of a popular bookstore at the airport terminal, I came across several self-help books with some very wacky titles adorning the shelves – Things Your Mother Never Told You about Love, Why hasn’t he called, How… Continue Reading →

Le Fou (The Fool): A to Z challenge Day # 12

“Tell us Fool, When does a prince get very wet?” This was directed towards the crown prince, who was known to wet his bed when inebriated on wines. “When he becomes the reigning monarch, my lord!” The crowd hooted shamelessly… Continue Reading →

Essence of Meru: A to Z challenge 2014 Day # 5

  Namah pannaganaddhaaya vaikuntha vasavardhineh  Shruti-sindhu Sudhothpaada-mandaraaya Garutmathe   Finally! It’s time to say goodbye and start the journey towards the end. Aruna has come to greet me, cloaked in a sombre red, as if deeply regretting a parting friend…. Continue Reading →

Dark Warrior: A to Z Challenge 2014 Day # 4

  The stone was huge, almost the size of three human fist; black as the raven’s cloak, yet somehow alive with a quite blue gleam that pulsated like thunderbolt across a raging midnight sky.  Rhae looked at it with a strange… Continue Reading →

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