Where’s My Gullak?

Remember as kids how much we loved receiving ‘ashirwad’ money? When the fifth cousin from Dad’s side would visit in what was a once-in-the-lifetime (or once-in-a-long-long-time, or why-do-I-even-care-how-long-a-time) family visit and hand us a rolled-up bank-note (or two, if they were feeling generous) with the customary tagline – beta, isse chocolate kharid lena (buy yourself a…

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Empty Bed

I shared your warmth On my skin, on my bed. That warm patch was comforting When you lay sleeping With your little hand curled In my big one, Content. The warmth And the smell of you Seeped through my skin, Drenched me In your smiles; Grew roots within. But one day You were just gone.…

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A Mother’s Day Wish From Another Mother

From small tantrums to huge fights; From pesky demands to making their dreams come true; From learning when to rein them in to knowing when to let go; From band-aids to hospital rounds…. You’ve weathered it all. But through all their ups and downs, highs and lows, you never forgot to just love them –…

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Flaunt Not!

My Aunt got me a brand new bike The kind with the supports on the side. Rolled it out to my mates I did Wanted to flaunt it, Hear their compliments. Proud I was till one friend spoke – Bet you can’t ride it, he joked. Incensed, I wrinkled my nose, Slung my leg around…

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Jack In The Box: A Story

  On her way back from work, she had stopped at a small curiosity shop nestled between the bustle of a chai wala’s snack shop and an attar seller’s dusty place. In the midst of the old and crumbly buildings of Chandni Chowk in this part of Delhi, that curiosity shop looked like a curiosity all by itself.…

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Published: Jack In The Box on Story Mirror

Dear Readers, Another one of my stories has just been published on Story Mirror as part of the 52-week Writing Challenge being hosted on Story Mirror. Jack In The Box is an original work that has not been published anywhere else. It’s exclusively available only on Story Mirror. Here is the link – Jack In…

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