A Young Dream

A Young Dream

From an early age, maybe 6 or 7, Sukhpreet did strange things. He would go to the corners of the house walls and talk. When his parents questioned him, he said he was talking to his friend, Manti. Strangely, he had no friend or acquaintance by that name at school or...
I, Minu’s Brother

I, Minu’s Brother

Our household lost all its warmth and grace after the sudden demise of Grandma. I’d been her pick. While being only three years back then, it shook me to my core. A year later or so, one day I was called from the ground and Ma* put her on my lap, I kissed her tiny...
Courage beyond compare

Courage beyond compare

Madhya Pradesh 1979 “Saab ji1,” said Mangal Das saluting as soon as he alighted from the jeep, “We have a location.” Finally! “What do we do Saabji? There are six of them.” Three pairs of eyes fixed on him. They were deep in the forest, on the southern reaches of...
Through the Holocaust

Through the Holocaust

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 olfactory trigger

The olfactory trigger

   ‘And her mesmerizing aroma, was the only thing she never took back.’  The environment became numb, and the stillness of air could be felt as Rahul’s friends heard the painful breakup story of his upcoming novel. Wiping his tears and trying to...