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...

Memory of a Fragrance

I sprinkled a few drops of water on the flat round stone and worked the severed tree limb—smooth face downwards—in a sequence of relentless spirals. Despite protests from my aging joints, I sat cross-legged in the puja room. It was my last evening in the apartment. I...
It Comes From Uranus

It Comes From Uranus

The last straw, according to Sarbani, was her passing gas in the car. Uttam was driving, with Sarbani in the passenger seat next to him and Ritu in the back seat. Sarbani wrinkled her nose and spoke loudly to make it obvious. She exchanged glances with Uttam and...