Unbearable

Is it Sunday already? Time for laundry. First the whites. Colours next. Four cycles. One. Two. Three. Four. Four. Four. Four. Four. North-South-East-West. Morning- Afternoon- Evening- Night. Spring- Summer- Autumn- Winter. Balance. Perfection. Four is the best of all even numbers. Two is OK too. But four is satisfying. Sorting through the clothes I try […]

Stupid

Not all lives are patterned the same. Not every breath grudged. Not every effort rejected. Not every attempt thwarted. Stupid girl chanted this mantra every day of her life. Her special little prayer. Her little affirmation of faith. In anticipation of the deluge of change, she knew awaited her. Stupid girl stood by the door, […]

Becoming Mrs. Reddy.

Amma sat chewing on her customary paan, betel leaf and nut, till her mouth and teeth turned a crimson red and fragments of green nestled in the gaps between her teeth. She grinned and her mouth was a festive Christmas theme all gone wrong. I looked away and cleared the table after dinner. The Lord […]

A Spectral Visitant

The piercing whistle of the departing train recedes reassuringly. In the background, as she lights the lamps, crickets begin chirping. Night draws on, a tangible blanket, soothing her with pure darkness. The peace crawls under her skin like a millipede makes itself comfortable under a rock, nestling in the moist darkness. Three nights and days […]

Dat’s mah man!

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise for providing this beautiful photograph! Woof! My name is Valentino. I am fabulous. And I know it. I got my shiz together. Look at my gleaming silky coat. I’m top dawg, man. I believe in taking care of myself. All […]

Unfinished Business?

There are many ways of attaining salvation. Various paths lead to redemption. The catch is what kind you are looking for. You are a successful physician waking up in the morning, in the middle of the night, whenever duty calls. She walks into your clinic with a huge belly and tells you, ‘No, I am […]

Moi, Sass Queen Extraordinaire.

Look, I haven’t always been this way. Nobody starts off like this, OK. Nobody becomes Sass Queen just like that. There comes a time when you realize you’ve had enough. And that heralds the rise of the Sass Queen. She takes the Sass Crown and seats herself on the Sass Throne and takes control of […]

The Wardrobe, revisited.

My dear Daughter, Eliot once wrote about measuring out life with coffee spoons. No average beverage for me. I have something better. I am a hoarder. I collect saris. They are not just clothes but motifs of my life. Six yards of splendor draping every memorable moment freezing it for all eternity. A dust-pink and […]

BEE PEE

It was time for Amma’s vacation again. Amma needed to get away from it all. So Amma huffed and puffed her way about the house and Appa saw it coming. Amma’s nostrils flared and her eyes had this fixed unseeing look about them. She stirred at seven in the morning when Appa brought her ‘bed […]

Warp and Weft

Warp. Yes, I am the warp. Taut and unyielding. There is nothing distorted or twisted about me. Truth be told, I have been distorted and deformed by an act of depravity. To suit a skewed mind. I gave up on freedom to be stretched, to be tortured into this flow of perfect tension. Never had […]