The Room Below

Mira was scared as they were all over the place; the men in white wearing stiff black caps with huge black pistols hugging their waists. She did not know why but the sight of uniformed police men swarming her neighbour’s compound made her go cold. “There! There! Can you see his legs hanging? Can you…

The Rainbow Colours

Photo by Binyamin Mellish from Pexels Listen to the story on how the beautiful rainbow colours the sky on my Youtube Channel Tales for Tots – Where Tales come to life You can also read the full story here: Once upon a time there lived a little boy called Joy who loved to play with…

The Cactus Grows Thorns

A long time ago, in a far away land there was a huge forest. It was green and lush and filled with juicy fruits and beautiful flowers. The fragrance of those flowers filled the surrounding areas with a beautiful perfume. In the middle of the forest there lived a big mountain. He was a huge…

The Chant of Faith

She pushed in the needle well aware that a bad stitch would leave the child scarred for life. “Does that hurt sweetie?” crooned the mother standing behind her. The child lay still before Amrita, eyes brimming with tears. She was not looking at her mother. Her eyes were fixed on Amrita, searching. Amrita knew that…

The King’s Offering

Photo by luizclas from Pexels Mohan settled down in his usual place near the traffic signal. He looked up and realised she was still there on the other side of the road. He averted his eyes quickly though not before she had shifted her gaze too. It seemed that neither could face each other –…

The Dress

(Photo by Kristina Paukshtite from Pexels) Mala waited anxiously to see if the dress would fit her. She had fallen for it the moment she saw it. It was a pretty lacy ensemble with pink and white floral prints embossed all over it. She knew from the moment she saw the dress that it belonged…

The Clock

Tick Tock! Tick Tock! Tick Tock! It would simply go on all day grating on Gandharv’s senses! Its incessant rusty twang was fast accelerating from an irritation to becoming intolerable. Sometimes he wished he could simply wrench it out of the wall where it was lodged since forever and throw it out. The Clock was…

The Window Seat

  Sukanya knew it was him the moment he boarded the bus. The slouched shoulders and the bushy eyebrows could not belong to anybody else. His hair had thinned out no doubt. Sukanya smiled as she remembered how she had loved running her hand through the thick mane once upon a time. It seemed like…

Bijoya Dashami – Farewell to the Mother

As they lifted her off the platform on which she was stationed for five long days, I felt a lurch in my heart. It felt as if a part of my heart itself was being displaced. I looked into her eyes that were filled with kindness and love for the millions who revered them. It…

An Unfinished Love Affair

You left…..but you forgot to take the memories with you..that would have made it a bit easier for me to reconcile the fact that I was your first boyfriend and there was much we had to do together – go out for a walk in the early morning, feel the dew on the fresh grass…