Love

                                                            LOVE                      (Author: Kanjam Bhat Lidhoo)                                                           (Chapter 1: Sounds)   Arghhhhhhh… Wrummmm… Ahhhhhhhhh… Waaaaaaaaaa…  These sounds: Even in the haze. Especially in the haze.                                                                                                                        *****   And when the haze lifted, the moments of doubt were upon her, clouding her with reefs of misjudgement. But sometimes-like the haze, the very first thing that arose…

Dirty Dishes

The phone rang furiously for the fifth time when Janaki decided to pick it up. She was in the kitchen cooking when it rang for the first time. She could not leave the stove because the upma was in its final stage of blending into one heavy mass. She had to be careful to keep…

The worlds we inhabit

The alarm beside his bed rang. It was 5 am and Nishad was promptly awake. He heard the familiar chants of the suprabhatam emanating from the prayer room. It meant his mother was already up and was getting ready to perform her Morning Prayer ritual. He got out of bed, put his palms together, and stared…

I, Homophobe

The first time was entirely Divya’s fault.  And Goutam blamed her for it. He would never have been on that trip if not for Divya.  And now, he was paying for it, running out of the bus like a school-kid, holding onto the railings in one hand, his stomach in the other, and on the…

Draupadi

When you’ve been told all your life that you were special and you wake up one day to realize you’re not, what do you do? You put on your mother’s sari and her lipstick, and audition for the role of Draupadi in your co-educational college play. Damn your moustache and sideburns, damn your manhood, those…

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