Bakshish

Evolution of phones

"Sahab, Diwali aa rahi hai," Ravi mentioned to his boss.   The boss smiled and handed him a new Rs. 2000 note. The awe on his face was more than a person stepping on an airplane for the first time. His eyebrows were raised and his eyes gleamed with hope.   As he left the house, he was reminded of the hard work he had put … Continue reading Bakshish

Sir, add an ‘e’ before the mail

“Hello?” the old postman uttered into the phone lying on his desk. The phone was surrounded by files whose edges had been feasted upon by rats. Rays of the setting sun penetrated the doorway of the post office and glowed on the metal desk behind which he was sitting. While his ears were listening, his eyes were captivated by the cables that … Continue reading Sir, add an ‘e’ before the mail

The Familiar Stranger

The smell of the cooking curry or the aroma of the flipping rotis did not affect Shubham's attention. The constant buzzing of the exhaust fan was disturbing his ears, but the sound did not seem to register in his brain. As he entered the kitchen, his eyes quickly focused on the window in front of the stove through which the less dense air rising up from a pan was seeping out. "Go … Continue reading The Familiar Stranger

Mightier than the sword?

“Hey, hey!” the fattie screamed at the thin one. “You cheapo!” The thin one didn’t respond. “Yeah you, what do you think you are! Such attitude, what are ya trying to get, eh?” the fat one taunted. “Just look at ya body. I can see through completely, haah!” He commented in his bombastic voice. The other one still didn’t respond, choosing to just stay still. “You … Continue reading Mightier than the sword?

The last ride

The traffic signal at the busy junction went green as several vehicles thrust themselves forward. The car behind Ramesh honked loudly as he stood still, but his ears were accustomed to such cacophonic ear-tearing volumes now. His feet slammed the accelerator as soon as he came back to his senses within a second, but a … Continue reading The last ride