Category: Short Stories

Love Awaits

It was her sadness that had drawn him towards her. He wanted to engulf that sorrow, to fill the void with joy.But she hardly noticed him. He was just another colleague she occasionally smiled at.  The smile that always took his breath away. She…

A Prayer Answered

It was a summer day, long and sweaty as summer days are. The flies buzzed around the little girl as she searched the dry cracked ground, probing with her small hands. “What are you doing?”, asked her father, his skin as dry as the…

Puddles of Happiness

It was rain-washed world that Sunday. The morning sun cut across the clouds and shone brightly on a dark haired little boy jumping from puddle to puddle in a narrow path in the park.He giggled each time the water splattered as he jumped. His…

Small Gestures

The couple were drifting apart. Routine, kids, life were taking over. No time for love, for affection. Then one day, a bouquet arrived at her office, pink roses, her favourite. The card read -“I want all of you forever, you and me, everyday”. When…

Books That Stay with you Forever

Books are my lifeline. A voracious reader, I have never been able to quench my thirst for reading. Saving pocket money as a child and requesting people to give the equivalent money instead of birthday presents, I would rush to this cozy old book…

Patchwork of Love

The old woman sat on an old rocking chair in her porch. She was waiting for her eldest grand-daughter to take her to a dentist’s appointment. It was her birthday. But no one in her big family had called her up. She listened to…

The Dream

The fragile dream, the one that had shattered when life took over, haunted him constantly. A dream of becoming a writer, of travelling to lands faraway, of finding inspiration in little known places. For years, as he sat in a tiny cubicle in a…

Always

“I am going out to the bakery”, said the old man to his son, who was basking in the sun, reading a newspaper. “Dad,just tell me what you want, I will get it for you”, replied his son. “No, I will get it myself”,…

A Choice

Shilpi looked at the frail little girl sitting on the couch, the daughter of her next door neighbour she hardly knew. She had been killing yet another evening of loneliness,when the bell had rung. Her agitated neighbour had cited an unavoidable emergency before thrusting…

The Fight

“Dani, tell your mom, its been a long time since I had scrambled eggs”, said her father at the breakfast table, winking at her. “Mom, Dad says its been…”, started Dani. “Dani, tell your dad this is not a restaurant, he has to eat…

A Balance Called Life

It is always the eyes that you notice first in a person. That was what he noticed about her. Her eyes, the pain in them hidden by a conjured up calm- false and fake. A woman who had put up a fight with grief,…

The Park and The Girl

As she lay on her fluffy pink bed, she felt happy, content, even a bit ecstatic. She had gone to the big park today. She had plucked flowers, zoomed down on the slide, hopped onto a see-saw. But it was the swing she had…