Love, Beyond Conditions

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Sujal had never felt so lost before. He just couldn’t believe what he saw—everywhere therewas smoke, confusion, debris and the smell of raw flesh mixed with gun powder. His eyesburnt with tears and the surrounding heat. He had to keep wiping them away to be able tosee. He didn’t know […]

Here’s How It Goes

Mukesh Kumar

Ravinder Singh lifted an eyebrow as he noticed the story started with his name. With a littlemore interest he checked the name of the story and the author again. The name was‘Chance’, and it was written by Rudra Sengupta. There was even a short note before thestory, which was to […]

Clumsy Cupid

Mukesh Kumar

Have you noticed the way men make complete idiots of themselves around women? It is notintended, of course. In fact, the intention is quite the opposite but, sadly, it just happens.Which one of us has not approached a beautiful woman (in our own distinctiveestimations), only to trip at the last […]

Another Time, Another Place

Mukesh Kumar

The much-wrinkled, too-often-read letter was in his pocket as he got off the train. They hadread about such letters in old war-time novels that were a dime a dozen at the schoollibrary. Both of them would go there during every free period and pretend to be engrossedin books while sneaking […]

The Uncertainties of Life

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I was all dressed up for the party and stood in front of the mirror admiring myself. Puttingon the white XXLshirt, a clean-shaven eligible bachelor like me looked no less than aCinderella’s Prince Charming. It was the last day of the college reunion. I was very excitedto meet my old […]

The Last Note

Mukesh Kumar

The station was bustling with people. Passengers and their relatives moved around busilyon every platform, some lying down on sheets of newspapers, waiting for the arrival of theirtrains, while a few others stood patiently near the edge of the platform, peering and craningtheir necks, hoping to catch a glimpse of […]

The Smiling Stranger

Mukesh Kumar

It was yet another day today, the same as the past three years had been. I got out of my houseat 9 a.m., maintaining the consistency of my departure. After going to the temple, which wason my way to the railway station, I ended up on the railway platform with […]

A Pair of Shoes

Mukesh Kumar

Rishi lay on a rock on the banks of the river Beas, listening to the thunderous gush of waterspeeding past him—a roar that contrasted sharply with the deafening silence inside him. Hiseyes moved about the night sky in an unfocused way, bringing up tears now and then. Hislips would never […]

The Most Handsome

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Divya inquired from the receptionist about the X-ray report that she was supposed to getthat day and also mentioned her appointment with Dr K.C. Balan MD, who also happened tobe a family friend. The receptionist requested her to wait after sending one of the assistantsto the medical superintendent’s room to […]


Mukesh Kumar

I saw the ring today after all these years. I hadn’t seen it in ages. My heart skipped abeat as a silent crescendo of emotions washed over it, leaving me short of breath even asthe world around me continued to function uninterrupted. I could hear a familiar tuneplaying in my […]