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Dreamweaver

In this story by Anuradha, an army man reminisces about his experiences during a train journey, where he met a vibrant young mother who wove vivid patterns on clothes for a living. Dreamy by nature, but rooted to reality, the woman has left a lasting impression on him.

Running Red

Swapnil’s story is of an adventure that hinges on a chunni and its red colour. A village girl notices an impending train disaster and tries to stop it by using the chunni as a stop sign. Will she succeed?

Kabargah

Abhinav Kumar writes a humorous account of three friends in search of a rare Kashmiri delicacy in New Delhi, drawn from personal experience.

Umpires Beware, Automation is Here!

Suresh Subrahmanyan dusts off and presents an unpublished article he wrote 41 years ago in 1976, little realising the prescient and portentous implications this humorously imagined piece was to have on the world of cricket, a few decades later. Or to put it another way, instant replays and the third umpire were still a distant dream in the ‘70s.

The Merger

Not all relationships trace a linear path. Read this naughty short story by Parth Pandya that traces a merger of a different kind.

A Walk in the Park

Life is a walk in the park, until it is not. The protagonist in Bodhisatwa’s story has a haunting love-hate relationship with smoking and jogging. Quitting the former and embracing the latter turns out to be equally painful and for the same reason.

Anna & Betty

The story of a photograph, of two little friends. Anupama Krishnakumar captures the memories and thoughts that a chanced discovery of a picture can trigger, in a work of fiction.

Shed Your Skin

Vinay Sadashivam, a senior professional in an international organisation, has to confront an unpleasant situation with the HR manager in his office. How does the surly man respond? Tapan Mozumdar tells the story.

Anna’s Lunch

It seems strange that such diversity could exist in the same few square kilometres. Jessamine’s story is about the ignored origins of our food, food that we celebrate and use to venerate our cultural leanings. It walks down the paths of where our food comes from and more importantly, looks into the faces of those who make it possible for it to be eaten.

Spices, in the Right Measures

Vasco, the young seafarer from Lisboa, dreams of reaching Hindostan and forcing the mighty Arabas to share with the Portuguese the valuable spice route and its trades. The evening before he is set to sail to history, he requests his tutor and lover Lidia for a favour. Will Lidia oblige? Tapan tells the story. 

Samayal Kurippu

Radhika is the host on a cookery show, though that’s not where she wants to be. Vani’s story is about whether Radhika manages to break free.

Papaya Jam

Geeta receives a papaya as a gift and can’t bear to see it go to waste. She decides to make some jam even if it is the last thing she does. 

Dissenting with Hope

This is an unlikely story of motherhood, by Debleena. What happens when a mother doesn’t feel like one? Does motherhood bring further dissent into her life or a glimpse of hope?

A Different Shade

Working under the shadow of his illustrious family, an artist vacillates between hope and despair. Malcolm Carvalho tells the story.