HEX: The Hero who cannot be demonetized

  Dhyayato visayan pumsah sangas tesupajayate sangat sanjayate kamah kamat krodho 'bhijayate Lord Shiva woke up from his deep meditations and looked down upon the Earth for the centenary survey of the planet. With all three eyes open, he glanced at the green planet and what he saw there shocked him. There was strife and…

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Settlement

Click. Click. Pause. Click. With a barely audible whomp, the flame came on. Anish brought the lighter closer to the cigarette dangling precariously from his lips. He took a puff, followed immediately by another, and released the button on the nearly-depleted lighter as his cigarette lit up fully. As he set the lighter down on…

The Thief

On the hot and dreary summer nights, as Amma slept after a hard day’s work, I would sneak out to the backyard and look at the stars. It was the only time I felt alive; as if the chains that bound me throughout the days dissolved away to let me live, truly and freely, for…

Love in the Time of Dengue

Priya ambled lazily across the wall towards the window. She’d always peep outside, but I thought she’d never leave. I had made my peace with this intruder to some extent. The vicious attacks with bug spray and a broom that just made her circumnavigate the room had been replaced with a weary tolerance. The first…

The Storyteller

Once upon a time, stories used to begin with the words “Once Upon A Time”. There lived a storyteller then who lived under the banyan tree that grew on the village square. His stories could hold the audience together for hours and move them from tears to laughter in the blink of an eye. Times…

The Greatest Show on Earth

“The Greatest Show, on Earth”, it was dubbed. Would be more appropriate to call it the “Greatest Show in the Galaxy”, but thankfully, no one really seemed to mind. It had become a welcome distraction for all the inhabitants of the Rigel system, and we’d really become attached. Why, we even had a flourishing business…

Premise Vs Conclusion

If symbolism is where you find the ends of unresolved skirmishes in your mind hanging loose, baiting you to step into an amorphous patch, where the practical and yielding human species will shirk their shoulders and leave you alone.. then go ahead and read this story.. Here, the word 'meal' might mean a past relationship…

Campus Tour

They walked with hurried steps, all twelve of them. There was a lot to see and experience, and four hours was hardly enough time. Satish brought one hand up over the top of his glasses to block the lumens of the unforgiving October sun. At eye level, a wide, red wall stood before him. A clump…

When in heaven..

“The fine line between the languid dreams and the lucid reality, that is where I saunter” Stage 1: With the cheers and the vociferation in the ambience, the celebration begins. The faces in the bunch speak volumes, the hard-core party mongers beaming like a child who has just been provided with his milk bottle, the…

Trust, Caution

Amit searched her clear blue eyes intently. He soon unearthed the old sparkle that gave him a dopamine rush like no other. He felt that warm, fuzzy feeling he had so missed. She lay on her back on the small cot, looking like some exotic bird, her silky black hair fanning out around her head.…