The eternal night

“After darkness comes the light” – Cornelius Nepos For centuries, the sky had been dressed in a sheet of stars, moon and ink. A nightfall, in years erstwhile, had washed away the streaks of light in one great sweep and had been ruling the world ever since. It was believed to have been a cosmic curseContinue reading “The eternal night”

The holiday spirit

‘Twas the night before Christmas. Snow wafted from above, like raining clouds and floated down to the city, dripping off the fine glittery buildings. The whole city was bejewelled with twinkling filaments of light like coloured stars. Perhaps the brightest source of it was the gigantic Christmas tree that adorned the plaza or maybe justContinue reading “The holiday spirit”

The Gift

‘It wasn’t really a question, replied Catherine, a sharp edge in her voice as she pulled out a knife. ‘But, mom I..’ Kyle began but was cut short by a gleam in his mother’s eyes that unduly spoke of finality. He sighed. There was no use in arguing when it was clear that he wasContinue reading “The Gift”

Just Another Day

Age is just a number, the saying goes. But pushing 70, I can feel an overwhelming sense of forgetfulness creeping in as a result of my ageing mind. Why, just yesterday I had lost my glasses and realised that it had just been sitting on the bridge of my nose all the while. Now, that’sContinue reading “Just Another Day”

The night

However hard he tried not to be, Ethan was afraid. Nervous energy thrummed throughout his body as he held the back door to his house open. ‘Now, it’s just a little stroll, Ethan. It’s probably just nothing,’ he told himself, biting his lip. He looked back into his house. It was dead quiet except forContinue reading “The night”

The forest

A small verdant forest rests near my house. It is alive with green things towering high up, like skyscrapers piercing the sky. And it has become a treasured daily retreat of mine. I slam the front door of my house shut, savouring the banging sound for it meant my freedom from my daily humdrum life.Continue reading “The forest”

The girl

Rory’s pale face was framed with dark wind swept hair and studded with a pair of emerald eyes flecked with crystals of grey.  The thin smile that always played her lips was now expanding and relaxing as she kept flashing it to the sea of children swimming across the dark corridor to reach their classes. Continue reading “The girl”

The little bird

‘….. The old man uncaged the little bird with a lovely smile wrinkling up his face. The bird, at being released, gave a shrill chirp of joy and flapped his red wings happily. The man watched the little bird, his eyes brimmed with tears. And then bidding a final chirp of goodbye, the little birdContinue reading “The little bird”

Almost Magic

Just a month before the pandemic- November 2019, I experienced the best vacation of my life.  My dad and I have a small tradition. We go on a sort of a daddy-daughter trip to different places except well, we don’t get very far. You know, a walk to a park, to get ice-cream or toContinue reading “Almost Magic”

Necklace

Grandmothers, they calm the mothers, like when you break an expensive bottle of perfume that your mother had bought from France and she screams her head off and suddenly grandma to the rescue! She patiently pacifies mom and she always sticks by your side! Everything becomes alright again!  Yes, that’s the main thing that weContinue reading “Necklace”

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