For fifteen minutes of fame is a poem based on a true story, one that occurred while I was in school.
No matter what the packaging, a bad news about a loved one’s health is always painful. We do what we can to go on…
Her bags are packed, but where is she going
“Jiyaaaaaaaaa……. Come down. This minute.” Her mother shouted out for the umpteenth time. “What is it mummy?” She looked irritated because she had to switch off the cartoon she was watching. “How many times do I have to call you? Look at yourself. Have you looked into your room yet? From the minute you came … Read more
Stretching himself as much as possible, in spite of the pain he was in, he struggled to align his spine as perfectly possible against the hard charpoi in tiny aangan of his old house. Inside, he heard his wife squirm as she turned to lie on her other side, the pain she was in … Read more
“No Joe, please don’t force me. I can’t.” “But why Marie? C’mon, trust me. I know you can do it. Just try, please? For me?” “I ‘m sorry Joe. You have to understand me here. I cannot do this. Anything else but this. Please? I’ll do whatever you say, except this.” “Okay I will not force you, … Read more
The moths struggled to land near the lamp whose flame was threatened by the evening breeze. Kartikeyan watched the shadows shift and change shapes as the source of light continued its unsteady dance. Struggling to stand up and supporting himself against the wall, he got up calling out to Lord Krishna. Kartikeyan’s relationship to … Read more
There is something magical about the whole scene that unfolds at the beach.
Years had passed, but not one week had passed without his letter. They would come promptly, every Wednesday. By now, she knew his schedule by heart. He would sit down in his room on Sunday afternoons, his stomach full after the aromatic biryani the canteen served every Sunday, take out his sheaf of papers and … Read more