SHORT STORY| MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Three

(I) The sisters didn’t speak of the confidence sharing or the fragile moment of overt affection that they had bestowed on one another. But for Aliya there was now, added to the light footedness of new love, also the bouyant warmth of a sisterhood that had matured, mellowed overnight from the abrasive harshness of aContinue reading “SHORT STORY| MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Three”

SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Two

(I) Aliya and Saira had cousins in high places; their mother’s brother owned a prestigious ad agency. While their uncle was a prominent presence in many a corporate board room, his wife and children had donned the mantle of the most formidable movers and shakers on the flambouyant party circuit. The Lahore party scene wasContinue reading “SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST – Part Two”

SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST* – Part One

(I) Aliya opened one bleary eye to glance at the clock on her bedside table. It was just past 6 O’ clock. She felt a familiar quickening of her pulse as she thought of the day ahead, the obstacles to be surmounted. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. There was nothing onContinue reading “SHORT STORY | MOHABBAT MEIN TWIST* – Part One”

FEATURE|LETTER FROM AN AFGHAN GIRL TO HER TALIBAN CAPTORS

This is a tribute to all the women in fact who are oppressed, reduced and shamed in the name of religion, and who still find the strength and dignity to go on another day. O Talib*, O ye self-professed Learned One,I have something to say to you. You can whip up monsters from the airContinue reading “FEATURE|LETTER FROM AN AFGHAN GIRL TO HER TALIBAN CAPTORS”

VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY

KINDNESS, it’s such a simple thingAnd yet we speak of it like it was the benevolence of kingsDIGNITY, such a basic qualityAnd yet we are in awe of it like it was the Pope’s homilyCOURAGE, that gritty stuff of warriors!We speak of it like it was an unmasterable barrierHONESTY, its whiteness, and its shades ofContinue reading “VERSE | RECLAIMING OUR HUMANITY”

SHORT STORY | KEEPING THE FAITH – Part Two

Angela had planned their final exit from Mall Square with dignified efficiency, helped as she would be with the gracious support of her long time friends. But sometimes, the best laid plans can get washed down rutted roads that one has not seen nor ever imagined. And so it was that one after another, herContinue reading “SHORT STORY | KEEPING THE FAITH – Part Two”

SHORT STORY | KEEPING THE FAITH – Part One

Angela was married to Dilshan, and one was hard pressed to find a more incongruent union that had somehow also withstood the test of time. So at odds was Angela’s marital partnership with everything that defined her now that she herself sat back in puzzlement over it sometimes. It was not so much that theirContinue reading “SHORT STORY | KEEPING THE FAITH – Part One”

VERSE | THE SHADES OF LONELINESS

I’ve seen the colours of lonelinessI’ve seen their moldering facesI’ve seen them fill the keening voids Of our broken, scattered places.It’s the grey of the sky just before it descendsIn blinding cascades Of granite and slate While waiting for that one special friend of the heart Who’s gone an infinite distance apart.Gone forever; not comingContinue reading “VERSE | THE SHADES OF LONELINESS”

SHORT STORY|SERENDIB LODGE – Part Two

The advances, hesitant at first, became more tenacious and vigorous as Sherry Kumar began to actively pursue Manel. She, for her part, was first puzzled, then agitated and finally began to perform a series of vanishing acts which left her breathless and her pursuer more ardent than ever before. This relentless cat and mouse chaseContinue reading “SHORT STORY|SERENDIB LODGE – Part Two”

SHORT STORY|SERENDIB LODGE – Part One

‘Chhip! Yanna!’(1), Manel scolded a cheerfully departing squirrel as it scampered off with a big chunk of foam from one of the sofa cushions in the veranda. She had a love-hate relationship with these feisty little denizens of the garden: she screamed and hollered at their fervent pillaging of everything that could be bitten orContinue reading “SHORT STORY|SERENDIB LODGE – Part One”

VERSE| MY NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES

The below verse is somewhat farcical and maybe even a tad fanciful; but sometimes it takes a bit of a tongue-in-cheek nudge to arouse our fitfully slumbering consciences. May we all continue to persevere towards creating a better, nobler world. I look at social media and I see anger and hate and prejudice;I look atContinue reading “VERSE| MY NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES”

OPINION| WORLD ON A WIRE*

Global politics, our collective Moral Compass and the Palestinian tragedy Funny what our world has become. We grow, we evolve, we hope to become ever better versions of ourselves, and then life gets in the way; our pursuit of success and even our quest for happiness gets in the way. Somewhere down the line, we’veContinue reading “OPINION| WORLD ON A WIRE*”