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Ivory: A Short Novel

(The final chapter, Chapter 9, has been published)

  • Ivory: Chapter 9
    Continued from Chapter 8 Spruti opened her eyes slowly. She looked around her small but private hospital room. Instruments above and behind her were beeping every so many moments to signal that she was okay. For once, it was the same room that she had lost consciousness in. Turning her head, she looked at the couch against the wall off to one side of her bed. Sprawled on it were the two people in the world that she loved the most. One had not taken off his tie, it hung […]

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  • Ivory: Chapter 9
    Continued from Chapter 8 Spruti opened her eyes slowly. She looked around her small but private hospital room. Instruments above and behind her were beeping every so many moments to signal that she was okay. For once, it was the same room that she had […]

Crime

  • Forbidden Fruit
    Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech! Jyoti suddenly brought the car to a skidding screeching stop. Rishi woke with a jolt as he was thrown towards the dashboard. Anamika also woke up and started to cry, she was bound by seat belt to the baby seat on the rear seat of the car. Rishi looked across to Jyoti and saw her face. She had a look of abject terror. Her eyes were riveted to something ahead of their vehicle. But in the car’s dazzling headlights, he could not make out what. He heard another vehicle […]

Drama

  • Déjà vu
    The intercom phone in the living room was ringing its receiver off. Rishi had fallen asleep on the sofa, watching reruns of his favourite shows on the television. He woke up. Who was it on a Saturday afternoon! “Shaab!” It was the security guard from the reception desk downstairs that was on the phone. “Shaab… one ‘mem’ has come to see you.” Rishi sat up, rubbing his eyes. “Who is she? Where has she come from?” “I don’t know shaab.” The man replied. “She is not giving her name.” “Alright. […]

Romance & Love

  • Unconditional
    “Nine two zero one”, I said, shutting the door. There were confirmatory beeps from the keypad as the cabbie keyed the digits into his tracking device and started the engine. “Shall we start?” he asked, without turning back but looking at me through his rear-view mirror. I nodded and turned to look out the window as he pulled away from the kerb and joined the long queue of vehicles getting out of the airport. As we left the final gate and joined the traffic headed into the city, it started […]
  • Patoli and Biryani
    “Wake up! Wake up!” a hand was shaking me firmly and vigorously. I did not realize I had been asleep. Somehow, I roused myself and peered at my tormentor. It was a man in a uniform. He was not a policeman. Sighing in relief, I sat up on the hard park-bench I was lying on and rubbed my eyes. Shivanna, his name was. Originally from some rural area of northern Karnataka, he had come to the city of dreams like everyone else. To make his fortunes. He was now the […]

Science Fiction

  • The Bug
    “Aachoo!” Valteri sneezed hard. “Coming down with something eh?” Dickson laughed, but cringed away. “A case of the space flu may be.” “I am not sure.” Valteri managed to say before another sneeze overtook him. “Aachoo!“ “Let me find something in the medkit.” Dickson suggested and floated away to root around in the stock of standard medicines. “I don’t think I should do the space walk today.” Valteri sighed blowing his nose into a wad of paper. “Ugh!” He added looking at it. “Yeah, we don’t want you to sneeze […]
  • Escape
    Clearly, I had been ‘out’ for a while. My head hurt. And there was an unceasing sound, it seemed to be far away, but it was urgent. I tried to dismiss it from my mind, but it insisted on being heard. I listened to see what it was. It was a two-tone sound, rising to a high pitch and falling into a low bass. I had heard it before. Somewhere. “Woo-Wah! Woo-Wah!” the two-tone siren called. I tried to listen to it for a while, but the sound gave me […]