When the mountain echoed

“.. and so I told him, ‘If that is what you want, that is what you will get’ and finally he agreed…”, he said. “You have not finished your coffee – don’t you like it?” “…” “Hello!! Earth to Sanjana! Where are you?” “Err.. sorry.. so what did Mona say?” “Mona who?” “Weren’t you talking …

அமைதி

இளம் வயது போல் தான் தெரிந்தது அந்த சுற்றுலா வழிகாட்டிக்கு. நேற்றிரவு ஹரித்வார் வந்து சேர்ந்ததில் இருந்து அந்த பஸ்ஸில் இருந்த பயணிகள் தங்களை அவனிடம் ஒப்படைத்து இருந்தனர். கட்டி கொண்டு வந்த இட்லி மிளகாய்ப்பொடியும், புளியோதரையும் ஒரு சிலரை நண்பர்கள் போல் நடந்து கொள்ள உதவி இருந்தது. கூட்டத்தில் பலர் தமிழ் நாட்டில் இருந்து வந்தவர்கள். அதனால் தமிழர்களாக லட்சணமாக ஆங்கிலத்தில் உரையாடி கொண்டிருந்தார்கள். "இன்னிக்கு என்ன பிளான்?" என்று ஒரு பெரியவர் பொத்தாம்பொதுவாக கேட்டு …

The Deal

I was in the bathroom when the phone rang. I decided to let it ring thinking either Seetha would pick it up because of the irritating ringtone or the caller would call me back if it was something important. It was a Sunday and there was no way I was going to let anyone or …

Truth or Dare

"Good Morning sunshine", my mom chirped, as she entered my room. "Liar" "What was that? Is that your phone ma?" "What are you talking about? Get up right now Nethra. You said Rini was going to be coming in today" "Yeah, I feel so awful though. I didn't get much sleep last night. I look …

The Shot

She was sweating. Nervousness often made her sweat. Her hands were shaking. He looked up, like he had been expecting her. "You are late", he said - his voice barely above a whisper. "I was practising", she said, with a tremor in her voice. "How long will you practise with dummy targets? Someday, you will …

A Bug’s Life

“Idiot” “Stop saying that!” “What else do you want me to call you, you half-blind twat?” “Don’t say half-blind twat” “Ok, you three-quarters blind bat!” “I am not a bat. Neither are you, in case you hadn’t noticed.” “Don’t remind me of it. Damn, my hair! And my beautiful nails!” “Darling, did you notice something …

Crawford Park

Someone was in my head.. maybe it was Thor. Who else could have such a big hammer? And why the hell was Thor banging the inside of my head with his hammer? How did he get in there? With a start I realized it was the door. Someone was knocking on it rather loudly. Let …

Crime and Punishment

"Sorry Ashu, not happening. I  am not doing it", I said. I knew it wasn't going to go well with her and I was right. If looks could kill, the one she gave just then could have massacred a village. "Oh really? Fine, walk home then!", she yelled and sped away. I stood there wondering …