Nausea (Story)

Nimmy gets out from the medical store, crosses the railway over bridge and reaches the bus stop. She wants to get back home as early as possible. She feels a certain anxiety that she had never felt before. My child is alone at home. Is she ok?  The moment Nimmy begins to think of her, her entire body starts to tremble. She feels an urge to puke and her head rolls. Without knowing what to do, Nimmy looks around in panic. Tears flood her eyes all of a sudden. It…

Birth of a Saint (Story)

It was the day before Deepavali. Greeting messages were pouring in to my mobile phone from friends and relatives. I was enjoying it all and took a decision to begin responding after receiving all the messages. Then the phone rang again indicating another message. I opened it, but this time it was not a greeting. It was from my brother Harikumar. He informed that he has directed a couple to my home, as they had approached him for my address. He also informed that they wanted to stay with us…

Beedi Beedi par likha hai peenewale ka naam* (Story)

Mohanan was a hard working farmer. He worked in his paddy fields and in the twenty cents of land around his house from dawn to dusk in order to provide for his family. He never took liquor and never smoked a cigarette. But he smoked at least forty beedies every day. There was always a burning beedi between his lips, except while he was sleeping or eating or bathing. It was something peculiar. Especially because, his father or other close relatives never smoked a beedi, although one or two of…

A Bus Journey Through Wise Men’s Land

It was about 7.30 P.M. that I got into the Bus, after waiting for about 30 minutes.  However, it was not the fault of the officials of the transport system.  How can they take a bus in a particular direction if there is no road, but only a conglomeration of holes and pits and gutters, filled with rain water, through which a number people travel in every sort of vehicle and also walk, like participants in a mega-dance-show? I got in the bus and it began to gather momentum.  There…

End of A Nightmare (Chapter 11): Krishna

That evening too, she set off for the beach as usual, although somewhere in her mind there was a protest. Someone was advising her not to go and to terminate the intimacy with Aravind from developing into something, for which she may have to repent in future. And although she had no idea of what was going to happen that evening, she had a hitherto unknown premonition that something untoward was about to happen. Yet, a freakish force, like black magic, pushed her forward. ‘Why should I cut off all…

End of A Nightmare (Chapter 10): Krishna

The next morning she felt freshened and full of vitality.  The boredom and sluggishness with which she began her days till yesterday had vanished.  In their place was a melody, soft and lovely.  And to her own astonishment, she found herself humming a long forgotten tune.  She stopped it then, smiled to herself and then looked in the mirror. Then she realized that such a gesture too was unusual and extra-ordinary.  Then she turned, half expecting a pair of loving eyes looking at her.  She wondered at the changes happening…

End of a Nightmare (Chapter 6)

The next day, she did not go out at all. Why should I go? But her resolve melted out completely within a span of twenty-four hours and she went out; to the beach, to her peaceful resort. There, sitting aloof amidst all the noises, she looked into the sea. It was inviting her to join, offering something. The sea smiled to her, a dazzling smile, while the last rays of the sun slipped over its bosom. They reflected in the eyes of Anitha, blind-folding her for a while, creating strange…

End Of A Nightmare (Chapter 5): Krishna

One fine morning he called her.  The mother-in-law had taken the call, but he asked for Anitha.  Moli was not present in the room and when the snooty voice of the mother-in-law called out, Anitha happened to be feeding the old man.  She did not want to leave, but the glint in the eyes of the old man convinced her that it is going to be something important. “Hello” “Anitha?” “Yes” “It is me, Anitha.” She understood.  It is Robin. “Are you there, Anitha?” “Yes.  And you are coming tomorrow.…

End of Nightmare (Chapter 4)

A news awaited her. The sister-in-law was impatient to broach it. Her lotus eyes were bright. “He is coming.” She said as soon as she saw Anitha. Anitha halted on the steps, eyes wide open. “Who is coming?” The sister-in-law was in a jolly mood. “Don’t pretend. As if you don’t know.” “No, Moli. I don’t. Who is coming?” Moli’s Lotus eyes widened. As if she had to hold an ocean within her and it was to overflow through her eyes. Then she turned to her mother. Doesn’t she know…

End Of A Nightmare (Novel) Chapter 3

The elocutionist had qualified himself as an electronics and Computer engineer. He had all the information of the moment in his hold, only a click-of- mouse away. Except one. What went on in the mind of Ani? When they were together, he had a faint idea of the working of her mind, the emotions conditioned by a salty breeze. But when they were apart, he lost track of her mind. He was at a loss to understand as to what she thought of him in absentia. During such times, he…