Creative writing
23 Mar

Space-out

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Amba Kak

There are spaces everywhere. Down to the smallest units of our universe, we learnt in school how fascinatingly the amount of space between atoms decided whether they would form rock solid or flow like water. We learnt that any space was malleable and vulnerable to change.

23 Mar

Shuttered Landscape

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Fehmida Zakeer

She pushed open the wooden latches and stepped into shadows bordering a penumbral spread appliquéd with golden patches. The chances of anyone coming to the far end of the house at this hour were minimal but even then she shut the door tightly behind her.

17 Sep

Possessions and other stories

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Imran Ali Khan
They had both been up all night. Both crying. Both in need of some surety. She rocked her baby to sleep trying to block out his incessant crying only so she could formulate thoughts of her husband. This was a child born out of a forgotten love and parents in a misunderstood marriage.
23 Mar

Open Spaces

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Tejas Modak
“Yes” I said. “Of course I remember.”

“Great,” Shriniwas hissed with new found strength. “I’ll confirm it and give you a call.”  

There was nothing to it really. After all, we were at Art College weren’t we?

17 Sep

Living out of a carry bag

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Col. Sunil Narula

"Oh! No sir, don’t ask me as to how my wife died on that fateful day, almost 15 years back. It was this same monsoon time." Abrahim’s eyes started to look into the distant past, as if gazing beyond the hustle and bustle of this last platform of Pune Railway Station, where, I encountered him by chance.

23 Mar

Little Less Than Kind

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Ajay Krishnan

Mani wasn't at college. Ashok came out of class during the lunch break and checked his mobile phone to find that he had missed a call from him. He dialed Mani's number. The voice that answered was a stranger's, gruff and formal. Thinking he had dialed the wrong number, Ashok was about to apologize and hang up, when the stranger spoke again.

17 Sep

Juna Bazaar

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Mohini Bishnoi
That day, there was a newcomer at the bazaar.  Of course, the Juna Bazaar was always a bustling place, full of newcomers. There were the ‘fancy’ people walking around in their spotless clothes, the pickpockets, hanging around inconspicuously, the out-of-towners, gaping at the sheer variety on display, and a host of other riff-raff. But this newcomer was different.
23 Mar

Chessboard

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Sucharita Dutta-Asane

They aimed the first blow at my head. It caught my turban and cracked it open; sunshine poured into the crevices of my head, breeze shushed through it, little bird claws scraped its edges, and my city metamorphosed.

23 Mar

Black Open Spaces

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Shubhangi Sunder

The auto stopped at the traffic junction. The long, blue skirt was torn at the corner. “Amma, kuch do, amma”.

Anita was running as fast as she could. The man running behind her was tall and dark. He grabbed her waist and lifted her up. She hit his hands with tiny fists. They were about as ineffectual as a single cube of ice on fire.

23 Mar

Belonging

Published in Creative writing  |
  Written by Anjali Vaidya

 The first gate whose lock I ever picked was a monstrosity of rusted iron and curling spikes. It was located on a leafy side street, sandwiched by an unassuming grey stone wall. The gate and the wall were both quite old , but the lock felt far older. The lock was, in truth, a disappointment to me.

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