Published Stories

Stories published in ‘The Hindu’, ‘Yentha.com’ and ‘Readers Digest’.

Drinking with Peter the Great

Drinker? You like to tank up in parties at the expense of big shots of the country? What if we help you travel through time and then get you an invitation from none other than Peter the Great, that Russian Tsar of the 17th century? Would you accept and go for the royal bash? Well listen, you must haul RRR through sulfurous and smoldering embers of hell before forcing it stay even in the continent where Peter holds a bash for his poor pals … Continue reading

THE SILENCE OF THE MANGO TREE

(Dedicated to all the trees that are leaving as part of National Highway widening drive) Sodden with the fragrance of ripe mangoes the evening breeze gusts in to tell the news. It is time for the tree across the alley to go. I took a deep breath. Mango breath. I don’t know what to say, or how to respond, whether to wax eloquently on it or to puff out my chest to face the certain loss like a man. If I … Continue reading

WHY I RAN AWAY WHEN MY WIFE FELL

“Manu chetta, why did you run away when I tripped and fell down?” “What! Me! Ran away! Never!” “I saw you bolting off when I tripped and fell!” “I pulled you up from the ground.” “Yeah, along with those nice girls. But you ran away first!” “Divya, promise, I don’t remember anything! See, this is it. Whatever I do, you always find something wrong in it!”, I said in an injured tone. Truth be told, I do remember, my reader. … Continue reading

Finlandia – Glacier Bottled

Can you stand long months without a sun, with the temperature dipping below minus 30, with every vista out there laminated by an unnatural sheen thrown in by auroras, those fluorescent solar waves peculiar to polar skies, followed by long months without any hope of a pitch dark night when we could slough off our worries and bitterness gathered over a day, leap into cozy beds, and gravitate slowly down into the cushy bosom of slumber? In short, can you live in Finland? … Continue reading