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GOODBYE FRIENDS!!!

My mother and father were being carried away in a van. I struggled in vain to follow them. A heavy rope tied around my...

Evolved

“Kwo-oooop!” Yuan squinted up at the skies, his hand over his thick brows. He knew the screech too well. A savage cat was lurking close...

The Burning Hills

Subri’s story:  My name is Subramaniam, in short, Subri. I work in the Theni wing of Cosmopolitan Trekking Club, founded by Von Reid, a world-famous...

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

“ Aye, Cooper ! ” my mom screamed,” Don’t go near the road .You will fall into that coop again.”   I kept jumping over the...

And, Life Goes On

Emeralds, ambers, and sapphires sparkle in pairs. Scintillating shimmer loops around us, weaving this way and that. A purr follows a buzz. A suppressed...

Phoenix

I have stood here for countless days, spreading my thick canopy and watching the jungle life unfold around me.  Though my first encounter out of...

Aranya

2500 B.C.E. In the forests of the Indus Valley ‘Aranya... Aranya!’ Calling out for her, I ran to our favourite spot. The magnificent Pipal welcoming me...

For Binky and Junior

It slumbered for ages, hidden from the living. Alas! They discovered it. They woke it and enslaved it, making it a mere tool in...

Doomsday

“Breakfast time!” yelled Mrs. Cooper straining her tender voice making sure her family of 102 was warned. Each of her 100 kids, lined up...

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...

Cooper’s Pride

As I set my paws in the vast expanse of land, I felt free. I jumped and roared to my heart’s delight. Was it...

Ineffable

 The inferno darted its multiple tongues back and forth, greedily licking off every speck of life in its path.      How long had it been? I...
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