Author Archives


Sai Surve-Rane

Sai Surve-Rane is a periodontist and a mother with unspent literary energies.

Interception of Monsieur Perrault 5/5 (1)

“Beauty in a woman is a treasure rare Which we are never weary of admiring; But a sweet temper is a gift more fair And better worth the youthful maid’s desiring.  That was the boon bestowed on Cinderella By her wise godmother – her truest glory. The rest was “nought but leather and prunella.” Such […]

Vulnerable Read and rate this story.

That’s the status given by the International Union for Conservation of Nature to cheetahs. A paradoxically slow pace of multiplying numbers, for the fastest animal on the planet is responsible for their dwindling numbers. A predator that ends up being a prey to larger predators, cheetahs are the […]

Roused Read and rate this story.

ROUSED   The old man woke up with a start. He looked around groggily and squinted as his eyes settled on the cloudy sky above. A droplet of rain landed on his forehead. He brushed it off and sat up. The little puppy that had been sleeping beside […]

UNATTRACTIVE Read and rate this story.

I woke up feeling lighter than usual. I had a new spring in my step. The multivitamins appear effective, I thought happily. I quickly brewed my morning cuppa and turned on the television for IPL highlights only to see static. I realized that my whatsapp had not started […]

Per aspera ad astra Read and rate this story.

“As your bight an’ tiny spaaak Lights the tavelle in the daak, T’ough I know not wat you aaa, Twinkle, twinkle, little staa.” Little Pallavi finished reciting the poem she was practicing for her kindergarten interview, on a sultry Sunday noon. She was to attend an interview, conducted […]

The Culinary Conundrum Read and rate this story.

Asha? Remember me? Anuradha Dixit.” Asha turned around in her seat, smiling warmly, “Of course I remember you! Divekar Uncle’s daughter. Dixit, after wedding, is it?” “Yes! Back home for a visit. It’s good to see you. Do you visit this garden often?” enquired Anuradha, looking around. “Oh […]

Wholesome Read and rate this story.

“Hey Ma… Oh, it was okay. The post-presentation drill was a nightmare though! Sandy is particularly after my case… It’s like her life’s mission to make my life miserable… I know I’m still learning! But she has this grudge against me since my first presentation… Can we just […]

Savannah Son Read and rate this story.

“Kuyaa… I’m off!” Milo walked briskly, leading his herd on a dusty road, the sand burning his feet more than usual. The Savannah sun shone mercilessly drinking up all the watering holes for the Maasai cattle. Milo had an agreement with the reserve game keeper, Moses: he would […]

Inferno Read and rate this story.

Troubled and tortured woke he, By the trace of a memory, A drag he felt in his heart, He struggled to remember the start The abominable war! Levelled every trench and tor, He survived an apocalypse, Hope sank in a dark eclipse. Do I venture another stride? What […]

Outbreak! Read and rate this story.

  Akarsh was getting impatient. Three hours of agonizing wait in the sweltering March afternoon was rapidly draining out his energy and fortitude. An impromtu press conference called in by the State Health Ministry had resulted in a furore among the medias, causing his instant removal from the […]