Into the Night				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4/5							(2)

Into the Night 4/5 (2)

Lilith knew the man was hers the minute he walked in. Her gray eyes caressed his chiseled features. The broad shoulders, tapered waist, and long legs reminded her of a scrumptious dessert. The bunch of pansies in his strong hands made her shiver with anticipation....
Flipping My Fate				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.25/5							(2)

Flipping My Fate 4.25/5 (2)

March 2011, Jaipur Neha Gupta was having a moment of reckoning. Alone in her room, the laughter and chatter of family and friends gathered for her wedding outside came through the closed door. She had requested everyone to give her a few minutes of privacy, and they...
  Son of the Soil   				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.75/5							(2)

  Son of the Soil    4.75/5 (2)

Year 2050, Germany “Run, Chaani! Run!”, the words reverberate in his ears. “Don’t look back. They can never catch us.” Though her injured ankle is hurting and refuses to proceed yet Chaani keeps running. The thunderous night, the swollen...
Through the Holocaust				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.67/5							(9)

Through the Holocaust 4.67/5 (9)

It has been snowing incessantly throughout the long winter day. Snow lies in thick layers on the narrow trail leading away from the village. In the distance, over the snow-washed plains, smiles the little wicket-gate, as just another flake of snow. As the mellow sun...
THE CAGED ABODE				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	3.88/5							(4)

THE CAGED ABODE 3.88/5 (4)

I haven’t moved on yet…though they had bid me adieu four days ago. Am I already forgotten, buried as an unwanted past?  The veranda, adorned with Rohini’s favourite Lily plants and tiny Bonsai’s mesmerized me. How come I didn’t even notice them? In the journey...
Long Dark Night				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4/5							(1)

Long Dark Night 4/5 (1)

Crunch! Crunch! The distinctive sound of the Mossberg sawed-off shotgun shook Abby from her cogitations. She looked up and saw Kevin slumped in the front seat and their captors grinning. Five hours earlier… Somewhere deep inside the Mount San Jacinto State Park in...
The Lover Inside Me				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.63/5							(4)

The Lover Inside Me 4.63/5 (4)

Early September. The monsoon rains have cooled down the overbearing heat of Dilli. But there is still an oppressive humidity in the air. Quietude reigns now over the august precincts of the Dargah, albeit temporarily; for later in the day, the Urs celebrations would...
Shrouded In Grief				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.75/5							(2)

Shrouded In Grief 4.75/5 (2)

As I stood at the gate ready to make my maiden visit to a graveyard, years of conditioning reverberated loud and clear in my head. Thanks to my grandmother, I held a deep repulsion and stigma around this place, where everybody must eventually come and rest.  In 20...
Decision				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	3.13/5							(4)

Decision 3.13/5 (4)

It was the seventies and India was changing for the better. A huge number of girls were getting into higher education. They were actively seeking a university degree, thanks to the feminist movement and the work of reformists. The practice of marrying girls off at...
Mom				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.88/5							(4)

Mom 4.88/5 (4)

“Mom!” I whisper softly. “Mom…Mom. I am thirsty. Mom…wake up!” still whispering I nudge her gently. Why isn’t she waking up? I am thirsty. I cannot reach the tap. I might drop the glass tumbler and break it. She is going to be mad if I call her any more. I have been...
When Pride Shattered				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	2.8/5							(5)

When Pride Shattered 2.8/5 (5)

  The meeting Behind the ancient wrought-iron gates, the night was eerily tranquil. Rows of tombstones were standing erect in quietude, to the left and right, in front and behind, like the sea of the dead. Their moss-laden, engraved epitaphs bathed in the light...
The Polymath				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.7/5							(5)

The Polymath 4.7/5 (5)

Fifteenth Century, Milan, Italy Of all the horrors, death entails, nothing can really compare to the horror of its stench. This stench hits with an invisible, blinding force, assaulting every sense. It gnaws at the very core and engulfs before one can even comprehend...
Atop The Rolling Hills				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.8/5							(5)

Atop The Rolling Hills 4.8/5 (5)

It had been a week since I met her. Ever since, I visited the cemetery every day, hoping to get her glimpse. That day, she looked like a vision- in her yellow dress, sipping wine in the cemetery. *** A week ago- It had rained the entire day. As I can’t stand the rain,...
BLACK & WHITE				    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	    	4.5/5							(3)

BLACK & WHITE 4.5/5 (3)

London,  June 1880. The summer sun played around gaily with the honeysuckles and the forget-me-nots. The lilac cornflowers seemed to dance around in the warm sunshine, happily. The English Foxhound barked and frolicked, enjoying the warm summer breeze. The world...