Fiction

California Fiction: Katha Contest 2017

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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...
Katha Fiction Contest 2016 Announcement

Katha Fiction Contest 2016 Announcement

Thank you to all for submitting your story to Katha Literary Fiction Contest 2016. As the judges can attest, it was a very tough job to identify the finalists. The judging was completely blind. To all the writers who submitted, it is important to keep in mind that a...
Tea Time

Tea Time

“Tea chahiye?” I smiled and nodded before slipping a pen into the book of crossword puzzles. Of course I wouldn’t pass up a cup of my mother’s chai, not on a rainy day like this: water winding in rivulets down the window panes, pattering against the roof and sides of...
Courage

Courage

“Now that’s a name I get,” she said. She puffed up her cheeks. My son giggled. He wrapped his mac-n-cheese fingers around her pinky. “I bet your wife chose it,” she said, looking up. Her eyes glistened with contempt. Lola headed straight for us. My son and I were...