AtoZ 2020 – Theme Reveal

I have a love-hate relationship with the AtoZ challenge. In 2018, I participated for the first time, wrote a bunch…

New Home

  The home we left had no doors or windows. That’s where we ate, slept, and procreated.  Anyone on the…

The Promised Land

They alighted the rickety jeeps at midnight. The man to whom they had bequeathed their money pointed the way forward…

Box Office

He left his home to become the first filmmaker of South India. He faced obstacles at every corner. He lied…

The Burden

Usually, I’d have left long back. A honeymooning couple holding hands, whispering and giggling without a care in the world.…

Sailfish

Bart was supposed to be a star! Scratch that – a superstar! Coach used to claim that Bart’s mother had…

The Tipping Point

The barbed wire fence was cut after the war that had raged for half a century came crashing to a…

Snow!

‘Grandpa! Look, It’s snowing!’ Five-year-old Emily jumped in glee, her little hands coming together in a joyous clap. I smile…

Jump

‘It’s all about your core and balance,’ Ralph murmurs. ‘Parkour is tapping into the courage you didn’t know you had.’…

Hate Prevails

‘Do you know that Hamburg was nearly wiped out of the map during WWII?’ My parents were impressed. They had…

Bluebeard

They said that he never remained married for long and his wives vanished mysteriously. When his eyes fell on me,…

I’m Done

Thank you for your best wishes and concern, my friends! Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed a moment of this year’s AtoZ. Last year’s…

Goobaloo

‘Our forests were much different than the ones around Vanarapuri,’ Fathi took a swig of fresh tender coconut water and…

Escapades and Excitement

The ruins of Vanarapuri were precisely that – just ruins. Though they did have a dark history attached to them,…

Desperate for a Friend

It was a cool Sunday afternoon in Vanarapuri. Suri woke up after his siesta and sniffed the pleasant smells that…

Cool Down, Cool Girl!

  ‘Nila, what is that you are wearing?’ A curious expression hovered on her mother Tara’s face. They were having…

Bets and Buts

It was a warm and sunny day in Vanarapuri. Suri was gamboling on the branches outside. His mistimed leap during…

And, Suri Loses A Race

Inside a deep, dark jungle, hidden to the outside world was the beautiful monkey city of Vanarapuri. It was home…

Monsters

The monsters are killing us. We were a proud community who made fabric that was appreciated everywhere. We were the…

Relics

Mom and Dad were already awake and bustling when I woke up. I lumber down the stairs to see Mom…

The Legend of The Scooter Assassin

‘Ever heard about the Scooter Assassin?’ ‘Who?’ ‘Only the greatest hit-man ever.’ ‘Really?’ ‘Yup! Ninety-nine perfect kills. An absolute legend.’…

Of Past Things

‘Do you see that old building there?’ Don nodded eagerly to his Grandmother’s question. ‘Si, Abuelita! I do.’ ‘That was…

Glass Roses

The package arrives precisely at 3 PM. There is a ‘Fragile’ sticker plastered on it. Sometimes, I wonder at his…

Spark the change

I saw a spark and decided to keep it safe in the hollow of a forest tree. The forest smoldered and…

The Car

He walks at a steady pace, tapping his cane on the mud-caked road. The car is still there, a grotesque…

Not Today

I began 2019 with a nice trek on the Himalayas. We saw the snow-capped magnificence of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third…

My First!

They never said it would be this messy, and bloody! All they spoke was about the pleasure and the orgasmic…

Borders

‘Hello…’ ‘Good to hear your voice…’ ‘Yeah! Yours as well…’ ‘Does it bother you?’ ‘What?’ ‘Talking to me?’ ‘No! Better…

Love

She sets her little wooden chair next to the grave of her beloved and after a session of sighs and…

Stan’s Boots

After a very travel-heavy week during which I couldn’t get any reading done, this week promises to be a little…

Reunion

I met my estranged sister after two decades and I have to say that we cried quite shamelessly in the…

Comeuppance

Nero stared at the bleeding man bound to the worktable. The man grunted and moaned pitifully, his sobs choked by…

Match Made In Heaven

It was a convention like none other – men and women from different countries had come together to find themselves…

Gambit

I’m but a child watching a chess game. I can see the players concentrating hard, thinking five, six, even ten…

Reincarnated(?)

‘ I was born here, in this very castle. They named me under this domed roof. I used to play…

Almost Enough!

Eight thirty in the morn surrounded by a thousand cars blowing their horn Packed lunch getting soggy Already! Smartphone beeps…

Penance

I look out, and see them just standing there, not speaking, accusing, tormenting. The bag with the money, and the…

Superstitions – FFfAW 179

Professor Mehta turned around and addressed his students, ‘This pathway here is forbidden, reserved exclusively for the Gods.’ Praful scoffed,…

Car Cemetery – FFfAW 178

‘Grandpa, what are cars made of?’ Al considered his grandson Ron’s question. ‘A lot of different stuff, dear. But, mostly…