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Poor Misunderstood Me

It happened again, perhaps for the third time in two days. I was standing in front of the wall beside the entrance door ,...

Trudging Butterflies

I don't remember exactly how old I was, but I do remember that I was in preschool. It was our school’s annual concert. My...

A Fish-y tale

Decades ago when Kolkata was still called Calcutta and hardship for me only meant class exams, I met a ghost. Those days, summers were extra...

The Rice Mill Adventure

The sunny morning was a welcome respite after the cyclone rains. The roads were clear, almost. "Hiya! How are those feet?" My sister, senior by...

Sita: Hero saving Ravana and Ram

I was running after a white bunny when it suddenly turned into a huge snowman with a crooked nose and leapt towards me. I...

For Christ’s Sake!

Alpana was putting away the breakfast dishes into the sink when a loud piercing wail was heard from the living room. She quickly washed...

Facade

"I am glad that you went for the dinner. Let bygones be bygones," said my Mother. My husband assured me, "this was the first and...

The Groom’s Dhoti

The golden period of one’s life is childhood. The innocent mistakes, the punishments are nostalgic. Here I am going to describe one, which I...

Heartbreak

“You’re dreaming again,” my brother glared at me, “it’s that Anjali Tandon, isn’t it? You haven’t heard a word I said.” He could be kind...

Meow!

I was playing cricket with a bunch of friends in the building compound when suddenly, “Meow…Mew….Mouv”…and a shrill, “Meeee…”. Like most children, we all loved...

Trapped into It

“Come this way,” whispered my elder sister as she pulled me to a corner. “Don’t go inside,” she cautioned me. “A huge man is waiting....

Diwali

It is Diwali today. Even though so many years have gone by, the incident is still fresh in my mind… ?? Diwali was two days later,...
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