Short Fiction

The Holy Ones – 1st Place Short Fiction Winner

December 22, 2023

This story won first place in the first inaugural Short Fiction Competition. * Miranda knew it was a bad idea to hire the angels, but Mr. Wallingford had insisted. “Book the buggers if it’s the last thing you do,” he told her, a little spittle flying towards her desk. It was not an empty threat. … Read More

Dipu Dies – 2nd Place Short Fiction Winner

This story won second place in the first inaugural Short Fiction Competition. * Dipu dies in the backseat of a Toyota Camry five houses down the street from his family home. Inside, his mother Aamina sleeps, intermittently shaken awake by worries snaking their way out of her subconscious. His father Abdul snores in congested spurts. … Read More

When Our Parents Expire – 3rd Place Short Fiction Winner

This story won third place in the first inaugural Short Fiction Competition. * In the boat on the way over, Nirmala had been quite animated. Though, what had begun as excitement (real, glimmering, childlike excitement for a trip across waters, a tourist’s day sailing) had built steadily over the morning, mingled with small annoyances and … Read More

Fiction: Gandaberunda Pathalam – Sanctuary of the Two-Headed Bird

March 3, 2022

IV. Bengaluru, 2032 “Sometimes, Saturday has a lonely sound,” said the guy to the girl. A black-and- white from seventy years ago. That was the last line before the power cut out. Goddamned India. I guess some things never change. They nuked the grid to save the country, but the construction was rigged, crooked in … Read More

Fiction: The Bird

April 6, 2020

Vinita, the bird, thought this: how splendid a woman, this one with hair so golden-brown, so “foreign,” how shapely her eyebrows, arched, as if pencil-drawn (she squinted here; she was growing old and blind­ – fat, old and blind)… Well, she probably has kind eyes and oh! how pretty her pink-slippered feet (her own so … Read More