I’m in your city after a long time. It’s strange how much it has changed since. Yet some things have remained the same as before like the air, still hot, humid and heavy with lingering traces of salt. It makes me happy to think that at this moment, you and I, though physically far apart,… Continue reading Midnight Soliloquies
The feeling of alienation, which a woman from a poor family would often experience in a house full of wealthy and excessively proud aristocrats. Kadam quietly endured the snide remarks of her older sisters-in-law, who would often make fun of her poor father who was unable to arrange for a handsome dowry at the time of her wedding. But Rabi was different. Unlike the other members of the family, this budding poet wasn’t pretentious. She became his literary muse.
His back ached when he tried to turn over and gauge at the situation before him. Grains of sand stung his partially opened eyes as he let out a sigh of despair. Nope, he wasn’t dreaming after all. God knows how long he had been lying there in the middle of the desert. An endless… Continue reading In the Desert
This isn’t a story about extraordinary bravery nor is this about extraordinary men. In fact, it is an ordinary story of an ordinary man who lived an ordinary life in an old shanty town. He would arise and leave for work at the wake of dawn and come home tired and weary after sundown. This… Continue reading Ordinary Men!
Days after the storm had passed, I visited my village with a trepidation in my heart. The neighbourhood looked like a war zone. My favourite big oak tree now leaned on our yard. The porch was ripped apart. The rocking chair on which he used to sit for his post-dinner round of smoke was lying… Continue reading Regrets
After wallowing in grief for days, she finally opened her eyes to the mess- a half-finished bottle of whiskey sitting idly beside the dusty overflowing ashtray in the living room. The couple picture collage mounted on the wall was grazed and torn with fingernails. Kitchen sink loaded with dirty dishes, refrigerator stinking of mouldy vegetables… Continue reading A new beginning
Grief comes in waves, Or so I have been told, It engulfs and drowns you like a rough bulging sea in high tide Pushes…drags and carries whatever comes its way to its deep dark mournful confines But, as the earth and moon changes position again And, the currents inside one’s heart subside Everything goes back… Continue reading Until, the next time
“He is no more. He too has left me. Why does everyone I love, leave?” She was sobbing over the phone. The call was brief and her sudden emotional outburst rendered me speechless; I couldn’t say anything to comfort her. Hers was a tormented soul, bereft of any hope of finding love again, I could… Continue reading The other woman
She was standing exactly at the point where the road takes a turn towards right. I could see her bewildered expression from afar. It seemed as if she was waiting for me. “What happened ma’am, are you alright?” I asked, looking concerned. “A little girl fell off from that balcony there, she is dead now,” she said pointing towards the 4th… Continue reading Grief- a mixed bag of emotions