Published Stories

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

Seven Ways to Open a Closed Dialogue with Chicken

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Oyi, Chicken, you don’t know how much I hate you now. Being a strong vegetarian I don’t want to go back to old ways again. And there is nothing autobiographical in the story. Still, as a writer, I must provide a few tips to those who turned veg along with me. Use this with discretion if you want to return to the good ole’ Chicken salad days. Don’t expect me back. 1)    Be silent. And arrogant. Eat chicken with a … Continue reading

My Last Piece of Chicken

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The conversation started on monsoon, veered around those dangerous cyclones frequenting the US, made a brief touchdown on Syria for fire and fuel, tore through the defenses of Obama, cruised over the turbid waters of Indian economy, plummeted to state politics, went further down and kissed past the local sleaze and was about to shake off the muck and soar once again to the dizzy heights when it happened… I took one piece of chicken. It was the last. A … Continue reading

A Place Named Thengappura: Season II Part 2

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This is the second part of the story: A Place named Thengappura: Season II Part 1 1 a.m. You want to get off the bus to take a pee. Destination is only a short distance from this point; a walk along the dim lit road soaking in the night air seems quite a premium idea. Just before you ask the driver to stop, you check with the conductor what the name of the place that they are going to leave … Continue reading

A Place named Thengappura: Season II Part 1

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How sweet the name is: Thengappura! My place! Ah, music in the ears, honey to my soul, manna to my sense of identity. Had I come across this list of names much earlier, I would have shared it with my poor neighbours, my friends – Unni chettan, Saiju, Baiju, Sajitha, Rajesh, Maya, Bobby, Raj Mohan and all, and they would also have got relief! Oh, how much they went through with Thengappura. Friends, Thengappurans and Countrymen. I have come again … Continue reading