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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Mustard Yellow

Mustard Yellow

Nanu, you’re already up?   Kya bataun, the fear of bad tea wakes me up earlier than usual.   That bad, nanu?   No beta,…

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This Is for Rosetta

This Is for Rosetta

The hospital monitor beeped along as the ventilator breathed for Rosetta. Scottie had taken his sheriff’s hat off as soon as he entered the room…

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Café Terrace

Café Terrace

The sun had just set as I walked through the narrow street in the crowded Mall Road towards Café Terrace. Couples walking hand in hand,…

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Conspiracy of the Dragon

Conspiracy of the Dragon

July 31, 1914 Most Honorable Shining Sun: The Eagle Flies To The Sea, Waking The Bull Dog, To Join The Cock and Bear And Destroy…

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The Animals Among Us by Blaze Bernstein

The Animals Among Us by Blaze Bernstein

This is a re-run of Blaze Bernstein’s short story which appeared in May 2015 issue of The Bangalore Review. He was only seventeen then, and…

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