The due date had been the fourth but Alisha was feeling uneasy, not only because of the uncomfortable position and the lack of sleep but because she had been brought to this small town for her delivery. Her husband’s family had this ritual that the first delivery had to be in their hometown. She was jittery about the hospitals here as she was from a metro. Though the family was reputed enough to call any doctor but anticipating bad facilities, Alisha was slowly developing a lot of apprehensions. Add to this was also the fact that none of her...Read More
Prajakta was very much her own person, lost in her own world and having no requirements whatsoever of conversing with the outside. She lived in a distorted yet her complete domain, dotted with her own set of monsters and angels. A workaholic and a person striving for perfection, she was happy in the small space she had carved for herself. She had made some peace with the sudden dramatic turn of events in her life, having lost her parents in a car accident. The initial shock had given way to a dull and constant pain which would carry for...Read More
The moonlight seeping through the hospital curtain made strange and erratic patterns on her face….she was unable to sleep that night… She was getting discharged in the morning….after an ordeal of 2months of being in the hospital… She sobbed softly..as her chest heaved recalling that fateful night when she was returning from work she was crossing the road….and before she could even realize anything…a speeding car rammed into her and next, she remembered was only when she opened her eyes in a totally alien surrounding…the smell of medicines and hand sanitizer made her head spin…she wanted to throw up...Read More
She felt ecstatic …seeing the red line on her pregnancy strip. The whole family rejoiced…god had heard their prayers after ten years of their marriage, “I will offer a gold umbrella to the goddess if it is a son..”..said her mother in law… “But ma what if it is a daughter ..won’t you be happy?”Vasundhara felt bitter…n scared at the same time. “Don’t you even say that it is a girl…I know you will bear me a grandson…so let’s not even utter such inauspicious words” she said… “Do you also have the same view…you also consider daughter a bad...Read More
Ek aur chhoti kahani….ek aur gehri baat…….. “Today we shall all write about our favourite color,” said the teacher A frail arm appeared, in the end, submitting her sheet with a trembling hand and a palpable apprehension. The sheet was blank….no words scribbled what so ever… “Weren’t you suppose to write about your favourite color?”..teacher asked narrowing her eyes. “I don’t have any favourite color..but there’s are colours that I loathe….” she said caught in the nitty-gritty of her thoughts….clenching her teeth. ”What are those”teacher asked… ”I hate purple n blue”, she said. ”Why so?those are lovely colors… “That’s...Read More
She kept pulling her frock…pointing towards the room upstairs…her eyes were full of horror… traces of tears could be seen as some scribbling on her tender cheeks… Her disheveled hair was a telltale…her tiny finger was stuck pointing in one direction……. Her mother hugged her tight….so tight that her sobs became inaudible in the close embrace of her warm hug….. “Shhhh…….stop stop stop crying”He mother smoothed her hair…wiped her tears…and placed her finger on her lips….. “Ma loves you…you are safe….come here…stay here…stop crying….” she consoled her… She hugged her mother tight and let out prolonged mournful cry….loud..louder….. Her...Read More
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