Fiction

Brink

Brink

A border is a taut string, tense and poised in the tug-of-war between two countries, on the brink of snapping. Just pinch it off the page with your pincer grasp, and throw it away. That was the reality of the border between Kuwait and Iraq now. There, and now gone....
10-4

10-4

The eyelids quivered and his right eye opened slowly like a curtain in the movie theater. There was a faint smile on Papa’s lips, he seemed to be looking at Ravi and replied as if from behind the clouds on a new moon, “10-4.” “What does 10-4 mean?” Tina asked Ravi. It...
Miss, Dolly and Hulk

Miss, Dolly and Hulk

I enter the open gates of the dimly lit park. The pre-dawn darkness conspires with giant trees that stand, branches interlocked, like soccer players plotting strategy before a match. The leaves whisper secrets. When the sunlight cascades through the leaves, the park...
Unsaid

Unsaid

It happened yesterday in the aunty’s house, just three days into our trip. Somehow, I knew a breakdown would occur, despite all of Mansoor’s assurances, and now I wish I had not come with him to India, to Mumbai, his city of abject squalor and decay. To back up, we’re...
Kindness

Kindness

Raji was looking forward to a long relaxing bath. She even took the day off to really savor it. With the kids off at school, the house was empty and quiet. She mentally fixed the time at which she would take her bath; at noon she would fill the bath tub with nice warm...
Rivers of Time

Rivers of Time

Kusum dipped her biscuit in the tea and watched the hardness of its outer shell soften. Just before the soggy mess dropped, she deftly pulled it out and caught it on her tongue. The sweet, moist, doughiness of it filled her mouth. She washed it down with a gulp of...