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THE FASHION

May 18, 2022

Reading Time: 6 minutes   Dhananjay was studying architecture. The handsome, brilliant young man was very popular amongst his age group. The subject of architecture was giving him ample scope to express his creativity. He was performing excellently in his curriculum. Thinking something different from the normal, was his trait that was getting strengthened. And one day, his creative […]

DISCRIMINATION

May 03, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ramesh had applied for the post of Junior Engineer in the Central Government department in Mumbai where his father was an officer at a very senior level. He was eagerly waiting for the results. His father was an upright officer. Ramesh repeatedly told his father to use his position to get him the job. “If […]

THE UNION

May 03, 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute THE UNION Majestically gorgeous and tall To impress the passionate lover Put on different charming colours Without any accomplishment Realizing, the romantic sweetheart  preferred zero figure. They shed the deciduous Awaiting the arrival of the consummate admirer. The first encounter of skift of snow Like a feather tickling the cheeks He lovingly covered with whitecoat […]

FADED INTO OBLIVION

Apr 11, 2022

Reading Time: 10 minutes ISS FRONT On December 15th of 2019, the space shuttle team gathered for a final meeting of the astronauts for the last briefing about the mission. “Yes, my brave team members, here is the plan. This team of four is going to take off on 25th December at midnight. The space shuttle will be heading […]

THE DIARY OF THE UNIVERSE

Apr 11, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes I am UNIVERSE. I have started writing my diary when I am 1000 years old. Yes, that is when I became somewhat mature. First, I will note down my birth and then  I will continue scribbling in the diary if I observe anything noteworthy. God, please help me in my resolution. I was born when […]

EXPULSION

Mar 26, 2022

Reading Time: 9 minutes EXPULSION That was Malgund village in Chiplun Taluka of Ratnagiri district. The entire area filled with mango, coconut, and areca nut trees was coated by the thick fog of January 1948. Satish using his battery torch paved his way home after meeting the client in the factory which was close to his house. Satish kept […]

PREJUDICE

Mar 03, 2022

Reading Time: 6 minutes PREJUDICE In the auditorium. Dr.Ramesh and his colleagues were waiting for Dr.Satish, the enthusiastic young research scientist to join them for the seminar. “Did you remind Satish about this seminar?” “Yes. Yesterday I had told him about this. But as usual, he had forgotten. When I called him today after lunch, he was apologetic and […]

PERPETUAL STREAM

Mar 03, 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute PERPETUAL STREAM.   The tantalizing feel was exhilarating whenever I wetted my tender feet of seven years in the cheerful stream in the forest area.    After sixty years, going through ups and downs of life, I  visited this joyful stream, wetted my wrinkled feet and had the same fascinating feel. The flowing water of […]

CAUTION THE UNSUSPECTING

Mar 03, 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute Caution the unsuspecting   The fan tailed fly catcher pair was seen Frequenting the area behind the house.   The bush of the trimmed bamboo trees Swaying with delight to see the visitors a new.   The melody generator sweet little birds,  happy to find the place good enough   To make the nest guarded […]

BODY DONATION

Mar 03, 2022

Reading Time: 9 minutes BODY DONATION Ramnathan’s close relatives and a few young men, his select students were around the bed in the special room of the hospital. A few were waiting outside the room inside the hospital.  All were worried that probably those were the last few minutes of his life. But Ramnathan was fully conscious and was […]

THE DEIST

Mar 03, 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute THE DEIST Dr.Satish was a Classical Physicist. The Quantum theory upset his fundamental ideas. The smallest atom gave way to 103 particles. Satish was disturbed. The string theory replaced particles. Satish was shaken up. The three-dimensional universe became many more dimensional multiverse. “No. I can not rearrange myself any further. God, help me!” Satish said. […]

THE FISH OUT OF WATER

Mar 03, 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes THE FISH OUT OF WATER     Satish took up the mike and started. “I remember when I finished my graduation, I wanted to start my business. I opened out to my father. He was startled. “Have you gone nuts? No person in our ancestry has even thought of it. It looks very lucrative. But […]

HEREDITY

Jan 23, 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sumitra was very happy that she was now a grandmother. Her daughter-in-law Vidya had delivered a baby boy. She was unhappy that her husband Pradeep was not in this world to see his grandson. Her son Satish was extremely happy to get a son. The child, Abhimanyu was growing healthy. On his second birthday, Abhimanyu’s […]

STARS IN THE SKY

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 26 minutes   Mr.Ramnathan at the age of 75 was on the terrace of his house in Puri in Odisha. That was the evening of October 2019. The Sun had just set. The twilight was making the entire atmosphere pleasantly golden. He looked above in the sky. A lot of stars were glittering. A few were bright […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 7 minutes HAPPY NEW YEAR!   – 1235 words   Satish landed in Logan Airport, Boston early morning. Hiring a cab, he reached the Hotel Boston International. At the reception, he displayed his invitation card for the International Convention. With utmost politeness, he was taken to the 17th floor where he was allotted a room. After freshening up, […]

BLIND MAN’S BUFF

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 7 minutes BLIND MAN’S BUFF   In July, Satish entered the school for the first time after his father shifted his family from Puri  to Vadodara on his. The schools had already opened and started in the month of June. Satish was directed to his class, 9A, by the peon. The class was already full with nearly […]

A NARROW ESCAPE

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes A NARROW ESCAPE Satish and Vidya landed at  Boston Logan Airport to spend some time with their daughter, Rachana. She with her husband, Navin received them and took them to their house. “So, how are you Baba and Aai? Was the wheel chair service at the airport okay, Baba?” “Yes. Did not have any difficulty. […]

FORBIDDEN

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 9 minutes FORBIDDEN                                                                                 Shankar Rao with heavy heart handed over the key of the room to his son Ramprakash. “Ram, this is the first time you are staying away from your parents. Go to the mess in time and have proper meals. But remember, your main task is to acquire knowledge. You will be attending class […]

NOSTALGIA

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 6 minutes During his vacation, Satish’s parents took him to Nashik to renovate their property where Satish’s father wanted to spend his post-retirement life. After a gap of 6-7 years, Satish was in Nashik. While clearing all the junk in the old house, a box so well saved by Satish took the attention of everyone. Satish opened […]

JUST SAVED

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes Satish was a late latif. Reaching late on almost every occasion. Be it a birthday, a dinner party or even a wedding function. Satish could never make it in time. On birthdays, he had never been a witness to actual cake cutting. For dinner parties, Satish always reached to scrap out the vessels to fill […]

MEMOIR

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 2 minutes MEMOIR                                                           Many days have passed since I woke up From the snooze at the window seat of the local train It has been many days since I lay down on moist grass Watching the brightening eastern sky It was many days ago that I got drenched In the starlight of a no moon night It […]

THE ANONYMOUS GIFT

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes Amazon had announced a grand sale, A large number of buyers got busy placing online orders. Mr. & Mrs. Kadam were also contemplating placing an order for some furniture to avail large discounts. “Let us order a new sofa set. The existing sofa set is totally out of fashion. Whenever my friends come to our […]

THE SPORADIC DIALOGUES

Jan 22, 2022

Reading Time: 7 minutes SPORADIC DIALOGUES words 1904   “Can you pass me my mobile please?” Sudha Tai asked her son, Suresh. Sudha Tai Pradhan had just got up from her bed and forgotten her mobile on the table, next to her bed. She was now preparing tea for herself and her husband. The old couple always got up […]

THE SUPERSTAR

Jan 21, 2022

Reading Time: 6 minutes THE SUPERSTAR   Satish was a prompter at the Chitralekha Drama Company. Apart from carrying out many sundry tasks at the time of the show, Satish was in demand by many actors as a prompter. His alert and swift prompts were appreciated by famous, very popular actors. But today Satish was a little despondent. His […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Jan 21, 2022

Reading Time: 5 minutes HAPPY NEW YEAR!   – 1219 words   Satish landed in Logan Airport, Boston early morning. Hiring a cab, he reached the Hotel Boston International. At the reception, he displayed his invitation card for the International Convention. With utmost politeness, he was taken to the 17th floor where he was allotted a room. After freshening up, […]

THE INTUITION

Jan 21, 2022

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Baba, we all are going to Nivati Beach holidaying for a week. I have booked a Bungalow on the sea-shore. Let us get ready for that outing next week.” Satish told his father Gangadhar Pant. “Oh! Great! Let us plan our activity for the entire week. Yamuna will be happy to hear this. Have you […]

THE TEA-BREAK

Jan 21, 2022

Reading Time: 7 minutes THE TEA BREAK Dr. Vidya collected her mug, went to the tea vending machine. Selected Elaichi tea. When her mug was filled with the boiling hot tea, somehow, she managed to carry it up to the table nearby. She saw Dr. Satish with a file in one hand trying to lift his cup of boiling, […]

Nirmohi – The Altruist

Jan 21, 2022

Reading Time: 6 minutes NIRMOHI – THE ALTRUIST Santosh and his friends were contemplating an unconventional winter outing. After mulling over various options, they decided over skiing in the ice-clad mountains. In the area surrounding Mumbai, snow was a commodity just heard of or watched in western movies or a few Hindi films. Exposure to skiing was a further […]

THE AMBASSADOR

Sep 30, 2021

Reading Time: 5 minutes AMBASSADOR Satish was in high spirits when he received his letter for his first posting in Kenya as an Indian ambassador. He had passed out his Indian Foreign Services examination with a good ranking. After getting down from an Air India plane in Nairobi, he was escorted to a nice bungalow in the posh area […]

THE DREAM

Sep 28, 2021

Reading Time: 4 minutes   THE DREAM I was in Delhi working for an MNC. One evening I met Amresh shopping in the market. We decided to have dinner together. After dinner, we started discussing various matters. ” Amresh, do you know? I can predict the death of a person?” I said. “Come on. What nonsense! “ Amresh said. […]

Petrichor

Sep 28, 2021

Reading Time: 4 minutes   After a prolonged summer, the first shower of the season made the atmosphere cool. The petrichor filled the surroundings. Vanita was exhilarated with the aroma. She quickly came out into the garden of her small bungalow in Nashik. She wanted to get drenched in the first drizzle.  The rain God obliged and the drizzle […]

REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE

Jun 26, 2021

Reading Time: 17 minutes Satish was in his study room with his laptop and was trying to write a story involving a person without any money in his pocket. His protagonist, Prem Nath lost his family and his complete property in the floods that swept the entire village. The only survivor from the village, Prem Nath got some help […]

THE SAVIORS

May 25, 2021

Reading Time: 6 minutes THE SAVIOURS-1630 Dr. Ramkrishna Rao checked the pulse at the root of the right thumb of the patient, looked at the condition of his tongue and diagnosed the disease. “Okay. Take this kadha three times a day and do the fomentation on stomach before lunch and before dinner with this herb. In 8 days, you […]

DAUGHTERS OF INIDA

May 24, 2021

Reading Time: 16 minutes DAUGHTERS OF INDIA FOUR FRIENDS ‘What is going on? Keep quiet.  If I find anybody talking, I will throw the girl out of class and will send her to Principal” announced the class teacher Ms. Pareira. The class quietened.  Complete silence prevailed.  But Archana could not leave their conversation incomplete. She continued in a subdued […]

Railway AC-II tier coach.

May 04, 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes On seeing the printed ticket, the coach attendant told Mr. Ramnathan, “Compartment D, No.12, upper birth. Sir, can you climb up the berth? Otherwise, I will request some other passenger to exchange. Your destination Ratlam will come at 9 in the morning.” “No.No. It is okay. I will be comfortable on upper-berth.” Seventy year old […]

THE CHAIN

May 03, 2021

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Chain Mr.Richardson and his wife were waiting at the dining table for their son Xander to join them to dinner. When Xander arrived, they started sharing various dishes Mrs. Richardson had cooked. A family of three members was  well-connected. It was a family loving each other.  Teen aged son Xander had just completed schooling […]

LONG LOST FRIENDS

May 03, 2021

Reading Time: 6 minutes THE LONG LOST FRIENDS ”That is the fan tailed fly catcher, Baba” Rachana exclaimed. “It sings very melodiously. Both the male and the female make nest working together, using grass sticks.” Satish & his wife Vidya with their only child Rachana had moved into their small little row house in a lovely natural surrounding even […]

FAITH IN GOD

May 02, 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes FAITH IN GOD “Don’t harm that ant, son. You should not hurt all those who are smaller than you. Do not ever show your might to all those who are weaker than you. That is a sin. Always be good to the poor. Anyone showing kindness to those less fortunate, goes to heaven after death.” […]

THE LONGEST DAY

May 02, 2021

Reading Time: 10 minutes THE LONGEST DAY Shivam was dropped in the school by his father. “Look Shivam, I will come to pick you up after the school gets over. Keep the badge around your neck. Do not take it off. Remember your class is 3A. If you want to go for soo(pee) tell your teacher. He will show […]

MEMOIR

Apr 30, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute MEMOIR                                                           Many days have passed since I woke up From the snooze at window seat of the local train It has been many days since I lay down on moist grass Watching the brightening eastern sky It was many days ago that I got drenched In the starlight of no moon night It was […]

The stars in the sky

Apr 26, 2021

Reading Time: 25 minutes Mr.Ramnathan at the age of 75 was on the terrace of his house in Puri in Odisha. That was an evening of the month of October 2019. The Sun had just set. The twilight was making the entire atmosphere pleasantly golden. He looked above in the sky. A lot of stars were glittering. A few […]

THE GARDENER AND THE GARDEN.

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: 10 minutes Despite being Sunday, Vikas was out in the market in the evening. He was looking for some apparels suitable for his trip abroad. He bumped into Ramesh. They were meeting after few weeks. “Hey, Ramesh, How are you? What brings you here?” “Arey, I am looking for a nice shawl. Do you remember Satpute Sir?  […]

SHORT STORY WRITER

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: 5 minutes Satish shut down the operating system, closed the notebook and went for lunch. “Why do you take so much time to come when you are called? The food has been arranged on the table and it gets cold by the time you start eating. What is the use of serving hot food?” mother complained. “Aai, […]

SOMEDAY THIS ALSO HAPPENS

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes June had started. The colleges had not reopened yet. So I was at home.   It was 10-10:30 in the morning. I opened the drawer of the chest, picked up an issue of LIFE magazine and got into the easy chair. On the front page there was a picture of a new luxury liner from […]

SHAKUNTALA’S DREAM

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes This was also published onTwist and Twain. Shakuntala was holding her mother’s hand and was moving in the crowded fair which was set up in a village far away from hers. She had put on a new frock and was very excited to be in the fair where a lot of people had gathered. Many […]

ON THE ROAD TO GOAL

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is pitch dark. I am lost. The end of road does not seem to be within reach. I am walking on and on. Can not even feel any sign of life. I am alone. Dragging myself in totally uncertain direction. Nobody to tell me where I am, which direction to go. A big mountain […]

THE FIST

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute Your fist was closed when you were born. In tender days of childhood, you captured lot of innocence in your fist Following youth you tried to grasp the entire world with the strength of your fist. And in the final phase of journey, there is nothing for you to cling to. You have to open […]

She and her partner

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute She is such a sweet little girl Full of kindliness, Always comforting others With smile on her face Never upset in any situation Never sad on any occasion Always ready to help the needy Always ready to share happiness With the dreams overflowing Ready to share responsibility Embracing big ambitions Endeavouring to achieve them She […]

TOAST

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute Philosophers say “When love reigns, the impossible may be attained” See here. When Neah was trekking in India, Eric was skiing in U.S. While Neah was taking delight in wild life sanctuaries in India, Eric was adoring marine life in U.S. When Neah was cycling in India, Eric was enjoying diving in U.S. When they […]

O princess of my dream!

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute O princess of my dream Will you meet me in realityWill you open up your feelings Crowding in your mindI have always appeared inThe picture you imaginedWhich you have been seeingDay and night I am confused  watchingInscrutable movement of your eyesI hesitate to hold you actuallyClose to my heart I want to take you as […]

GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes This is GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER second season. 1> That was a movie released in 1960s. This is a real story of 2015. 2> In the film, protagonist Dr. John and heroin Juliana fell in love after a short meeting and decided to get married immediately there after. Here ERIC and NEAH knew […]

Everyone will mourn only for a few moments

Feb 23, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute   Everyone will mourn only for a few moments If I go on the long journey of the eternity Suns will shine, moons will glitter Stars will follow their routine Winds will continue blowing No activity will cease There will be downpour, crops will grow With pride, rivers will flow Nobody will visit the banks […]

God

Feb 17, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute He can not be found in temples Nor is He traceable in places of worship He resides only there where people toil. He does not need thanking him for good things Nor does he respond to complaints for bad happenings He just watches the performance in different situations He does not care for the number […]

Thick Bond of Love

Feb 17, 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute Whenever there exists a thick bond of love between souls of the couple, There always is a bright moonlight spreading a web of affection on them. Shower of pearls of warmth, a frequent occurrence. The house turning into a shelter of gold of devotion never wavering Every outing a trip to heaven, each trekking conquering […]

Halloween Day

Feb 17, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes   Satish looked at the watch. It was 5:30 in the evening. The soft sound of rain drops on the roof had got milder. He adjusted the blinds on the window glass. Now he could see out onto the road. The road was glittering as it was wet and was reflecting vehicles moving speedily with […]

A STINT WITH NATURE: RURAL IMMERSION

Feb 06, 2021

Reading Time: 12 minutes Satish got down from the S.T. bus at Vengurla Bus Depot. He made sure that his belongings were with him and nothing was left in the bus. There was his briefcase containing personal material and a small cotton bag containing cloth material for a shirt & a pant, two books, few eatables & chocolates. Satish […]

DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Feb 06, 2021

Reading Time: 5 minutes I finished my practical and got out of the college. I was heavy-hearted. Darkness completely filled my heart. No thoughts were entering my mind. PITCH DARKNESS. I was not seeing anything. Total vacuum  everywhere.  No. I was not walking. I was being dragged. My legs were taking me uncontrolled. It was winter. So the days […]

BLOSSOM DROP IN THE SKY

Feb 06, 2021

Reading Time: 3 minutes SIXTEENTH CENTURY That was a summer evening. It was getting dark. Some time had lapsed after setting of sun. The sky was full of twinkling objects. Abhijeet just finished his dinner and came out of the house. He looked up and was amazed by the glittering little spots in the sky. What must that be? […]