Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Katha Fiction Contest 2017 was co-sponsored by India Currents and the Wellstone Center. Founded by Sarah Ringler and Steve Kettmann, the Wellstone Center is a writer’s retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Entries this year were asked to adhere to a theme of...

Katha Contest First Place: Alcatraz

The tour has not even started in earnest and Priya already regrets coming. The ferry slicing through the surf towards Alcatraz Island is stirring the first waves of nausea in the pit of her stomach. Tourists crowd one side of the ferry, jockeying for the best pics of...
For Sale

For Sale

“Mrs. Shergill?” A young couple is at the door. The husband smiles down at Simran. “I’m Tarun, and this is Rhea. We called earlier? We’ve come about the ad.” That much is obvious from the way the wife is already looking past her into the hallway. Her glance is focused...
Cross-dressing

Cross-dressing

Ma is in one of her moods again. The hateful skirt comes slithering down Tarun’s slender eight-year-old frame, the hemline falling just short of his ankles. By now, Tarun recognizes it—the feel of the fabric that wraps itself around his damp legs, the sequins that...