Jack’s a Martian

Jack’s a Martian

People usually escape from their troubles into the future; they draw an imaginary line across the path of time, a line beyond which their current…

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Surviving in Michoacán

Surviving in Michoacán

“Four men got out of the van,” Carmen told Detective Ruiz who looked like he spent more time across the street at the Gorditas Doña…

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The Ears Have It

The Ears Have It

At some point, I began noticing people’s ears. One man wore tiny, square, rimless reading glasses. His long brown hair was tied in a bun,…

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The Hawk

The Hawk

Jeff Mason hung up the store phone, pleased. He’d convinced a brokerage firm downtown to hold a Hawaiian Nights event; every employee at the brokerage…

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Someday

Someday

It’s 5 AM. Somewhere in the climax of your dream you had an anxiety attack. So you wake up – exhausted from sleep apnea, acidity…

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The Night Chores

The Night Chores

This story won the first prize in the prose competition of Alcheringa festival’s Zephyr literary event.

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We Are A Good Partnership - You and I! - A Folktale

We Are A Good Partnership – You and I! – A Folktale

This story won the second prize in the prose competition of Alcheringa festival’s Zephyr literary event.

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The Chair

The Chair

This story won the third prize in the prose competition of Alcheringa festival’s Zephyr literary event.

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Oh, Cardinal Directions!

Oh, Cardinal Directions!

You’ll be the father of nations. Genesis 17:4 I. Ginny listened for the door and keyless lock of her husband’s car, but Leonard Cohen heard…

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The Last Message

The Last Message

Parking next to her neighbour’s faded BMW, Arpita stepped out of her car and locked it. In her hand was a loaded carrier bag. She…

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City of Coincidences

City of Coincidences

Several days a week I would go to a little Internet café down under Avenue Mohammed V.  I’d do my business, talk to Allal, pack…

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Garlic Boy

Garlic Boy

The screams and cries are loudest at night and aggravate the inmates who encourage the predators and fantasize about the fate of the prey. It…

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Following Omar

Following Omar

Thick clouds of snow had hovered over the valley for the past few weeks. Omar swung around his auto and parked outside the wooden awning…

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THE RATTLER

THE RATTLER

Chris Hartley, a tall, slim man, took a two-week vacation to escape his repetitive schedule. He drove his Honda sedan to a rented cabin in…

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Ask Abhay

Ask Abhay

Life is a strange animal. Full of surprises. One minute I am snoozing in my tattoo parlour in Hauz Khas the next thing I know…

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