Freekick: Not Joking this time

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Life! I sighed, sat back to the old chair, and closed my eyes thinking wistfully about those days, when I could spread light by just opening my mouth. How eager my friends were to get to me just to lighten up their moods! Alas, the muse had left me forever. My fingers perambulated through my beard that had already started turning grey. Not just beard, I looked around, everything had begun to turn a pallid grey in my world. This … Continue reading

The Distant Tiger

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I was about to turn the light off when my heart leapt jolted out by a sudden rap on the door. “What hell!” I checked my mobile for time,  useless now, right at the blindspot of all the mobile towers in Palakkad. 12 am. Against the calm, serene, cold night at the Inspection Bungalow at Sairandhri, Silent Valley, the rap at the wooden door was too pronouncing and urgent to dismiss. “Sir, please come outside!” It was half whisper, half … Continue reading

When all the Universe Conspires against a Dieter

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Never knew food is like smoke, drink, other bad habits. You get company only as long as you stick yourself to the fool’s end of those things. Announce the decision to quit at your own peril. See what music I faced when I said I was going to diet: 1) Damn! You are not serious! 2) You are not a fatty! I was only joking last week. 3) Ha, ha…how many times have we heard this song! Manu, dont you remember … Continue reading

Hamm’s Bear: From the land of Sky Blue Waters

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Tired from the antics of a character, a creator finally decides one evening to let go, push his creation off a ledge and leave. Perhaps his eyes are set on fresh pastures. Or he might have found this one character he himself has created from void, a burden, his death, that dead albatross around his stretch of creative neck. Better leave him behind and go, he tells himself. So in the next story he sits with his fictional villain, plots a trap, and pulls it off with such … Continue reading