Fiction

A Bag of Ashes

A Bag of Ashes

Her father had fallen and needed stitches on his forehead, Leela’s sister, Meera said over the phone from London. She was filling her in about her recent visit to Mumbai. He is okay, she added, still Leela had immediately taken the next available flight out of...
Blood and Guts

Blood and Guts

There was a long silence after the director finished the narration of the script. The actor leaned back in his Eames chair and stared at the ceiling. “I don’t think I can do this.” The director sighed softly. He began his pitch about how this would push the actor out...
2014 Katha Fiction Contest Results

2014 Katha Fiction Contest Results

Thank you to all for submitting your story to Katha: Desi Fiction Contest 2014. As the judges can attest, it was a very tough job to identify the finalists. To all the writers who submitted, keep writing and keep submitting. Congratulations to all the winners. Here...
Katha Fiction Contest 2014

Katha Fiction Contest 2014

DESI FICTION CONTEST 2014 First Prize: $300 • Second Prize: $200 • Third Prize: $100 • Two Honorable Mentions CONTEST GUIDELINES: 1. One submission per individual; $7 per submission. (Paid by check or paypal) 2. Submissions should consist of one short story or extract...

Turmeric Stains

The kitchen counter is icy white. The kitchen is chillingly perfect: gleaming silver sinks and faucets, shiny white and blue counters, confusing knobs and gadgets. Malthi-ben wants to make a meal in this clinical American kitchen, a meal to reconnect her to her...

The Old Man of Parsi Ghat

A part of my school days were spent at Kamptee, a small cantonment town on the Kanhan River near Nagpur, India. A kilometer-wide torrent in the monsoon months, the Kanhan shrank to a modest clear stream during the winter. On one of its bends, the river had gouged out...