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Thirst

River Merced plummets down the rocky hill, day and night disrupting my meditation.  The squirrels scamper around collecting cones, tickling my body with every move. The...

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The Road Taken

Kallar Ghat was hardly motorable. Landslides left nearly two scores of people dead and a few more missing. Many remained buried inside their vehicles...

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It had been a week since I met her. Ever since, I visited the cemetery every day, hoping to get her glimpse. That day,...

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"Dear Kishore, Don't wait for me. May be it's not worth it. Our families will be despaired. Forgive me." Piyali, wiping her tears, put the letter...

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“Kariim..” Her voice trailed with the fading lights of the day. He wasn’t coming back. Swallowing the huge lump in her throat, she started the...

The letter not delivered

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The Key

Raghavan was having an anger fit. He just couldn’t understand his wife’s nagging since the last few days. “I am telling you, Radhi, we aren’t...

Who Lives There?

The chaos on the dark streets made Francesca curious. She peeked through the smudgy window in her room from the first floor. Both the...

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“Patience is the key.” The wise man taught. We nodded, adjusting the stained piece of rough cloth across the hips. This was a new...

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The stink of death was unmistakable. It surrounded him, crawling through his nostrils to block his windpipe. As he got closer, it was only...

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Gravels of Sand

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