“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…

The Ghost Of Sunday

Mohit sat in the corner of his bed, his knees drawn up to his chin. The bed was quite large for a boy who was just 15 and Mohit made a rather tiny figure as he bunched himself up in the corner, his eyes closed and his hands shivering.   It was Sunday, a day…

The Face Behind The Shadow

“Get off the road, you bitch”, he screamed, as he zoomed past the little girl, playing on the road with a stray dog, in his brand new Mercedes S class.   “Damn these zopadpatti kids. One of these days they are going to die in the front of my car and I will be the…

Mia — A Run To The Edge Of The Cliff

Mia sat at the edge of the cliff staring down the steep drop, which ended at hard black rocks, with the sea spalshing at them, surf flying high above them. This was her favorite place. Secluded, lonely, leaving her all by herself. A place which allowed her to think without getting disturbed by someone, who…

The Woman On The Road…..

The News Reporter was walking down the empty street in the wee hours of morning, as he spotted her sitting on the pavement. A forlon looking, frail, oldish woman, wearing just a blouse and a weather beaten, petticoat. There was a bundle lying besides her, just off the footpath on the side of the road….