“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 […]
A story about a boy who turns to selling tea as a way to buy an Xbox
The story of a person who wants to fail.
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The mighty monsoon season was well under way. The city of dreams, which ideally should be waterlogged by now with all the gutters overflowing, had experienced only sparse rain. There were a few concerns raised by the meteorological department that the rain would make its presence heavily felt in a day or two, and the […]
Shyam stepped out of the car that had carried him to the big auditorium. He walked towards the big auditorium, at first awed by the number of people walking inwards. The red carpet which was under his feet signified a sense of achievement more than he had ever felt in his life. As he reached […]
A diverse crowd, with people ranging from the most powerful people to the least powerful people, squatted and stood around the pan stall that marked the entrance to the small village. Standing amidst the dust and the sounds that emanated from a constant flow of trucks and buses that passed through the tiny village, the […]