Love You ….. Forever….

He lay there on his back, waiting for her to arrive, as he did on every Sunday, staring into nothingness, waiting for her to look down at him and say those words…..those words, which made him feel the most loved person in the world.   The park used to be a deserted piece of land,…

Durga ….. The Mother

“Are you going to sit there and take this kind of a treatment, all your life, Mom”, said the firm voice in the front of her.   Durga, looked up at her 16 year old daughter, standing in the front of her with her hands on her hips, her eyes glaring down at her Mother,…

A Child ….. No More

The little child stood clinging on to the hand of his father as he tried to look through the crowd of people standing in the front of them. They were all listening to some person, whom he didnt know, standing on a makeshift stage, giving a speech about some other person, whom he also didnt…

The Matchbox

He stood in the middle of the small tribal settlement, a fire-torch in his hand and a matchbox in another.   Fires raged all around him as he directed his men to set the little grass and wood houses alight.   There were people running everywhere trying to save themselves, but his face was calm,…

“My Name Is Abdul”

He peered through the dim light, around his basement, at the four people hunched up on the floor below, as he sat on the single cot lined up by the wall. A middle aged man with a woman and two little girls. They were huddled in the corner, with the man putting his hands protectively…

There Are No Shadows, Here…..

“Idiots”, he said, to no one in particular, as he swerved his car off the Mumbai By-pass road onto a smaller road. He had been driving since the past one and a half hour. He glanced at his watch. “Another half an hour at the most”, he muttered to himself. He loved long drives, but…

Behind Every Fortune…..

She sat in the chopper till its blades had come to a complete stop, unbuckling her seat belt only when she was convinced that she was back on land. It wasnt flying that she was afraid of, it was the height. An extreme fear of height, which she did try to overcome to the best…

A Love/Hate Story

He sat at the bus stand right outside the station, watching the people coming out of the large gate. In and out, not giving him a second glance, as he sat, adjusting his backpack on his shoulders every now and then. Just another face in the crowd. It had been almost a decade since he…

The Pearly Laugh

He sat on the ledge by the sea staring at the large office building towering in the front of him.   Just a few hours ago he was sitting inside the corner office of the same building looking down at the beautiful view of the sea, the cars zooming around on the road below, the…

The Watchman

Quite a few years back. somewhere in the late 1990s, I had shifted to a new home in the city.   It was a rather huge township with around 27 buildings, you know one of those types where you dont really know who stays in your own society.   I was quite new to the…

The Dark Room

The Stranger stood there, leaning against the tree as he watched a man standing by the door of a small house. He was surrounded by around 50 young guys listening to whatever it was that he was saying. The man must have been in his 60s, at the most. He made a rather impressive figure,…

Then And Now …….

Haribhai had led a reasonably happy life. He was about to enter his 70s and when he looked back upon his life, he did not have many regrets. It was not as if he hadnt had his share of problems, his share of worries, but he had always managed to overcome them and come out…