Constant Vigilance.

  Cobra. Bodyguard. Impower. Bullet. What are these, you wonder? Brand names of pepper spray. Why do I know, you ask? Because New Years’ Eve happened. Unlike so many others in Bangalore, I wrapped up work at 5 PM on NYE to head home! Yes, I wanted to stay indoors while the rest of cityContinue reading “Constant Vigilance.”

Plunged into darkness.

Sudipto was driving home late one night – later than usual, at least. The clock was ticking closer to welcoming the new day. The roads, broad and empty of the never-ending stream of cars, lit with street lamps on both sides, white and blue fairy lights trailing the silver poles. There were no buildings, noContinue reading “Plunged into darkness.”

Writing.

You’d think the words come easy – that to write was second nature. You set deadlines, timelines, daily word challenges, look up picture prompts only to make sure the words keep flowing. You’re afraid that if you stop writing, you won’t be able to start again. You’re also afraid that if you keep at it,Continue reading “Writing.”

Surviving the horrors!

Coming up is a survival guide if you are being forced to sit through a horror film on the 70 mm film on cinema screens. For those of you bold and brave people out there who stepped into the halls knowing your dreams might not be as pleasant in the nights to come, I haveContinue reading “Surviving the horrors!”

The House That Wasn’t. Part 0

Continued from… 5 years, 2 months and 19 days ago – 7:30 PM. Pankaj was trying to close shop as fast as possible. The skies were overcast. He’d decided to leave this town too. He wasn’t sure how safe it was for Tara now. The residents were getting suspicious. Tara was his daughter. He’d lostContinue reading “The House That Wasn’t. Part 0”

The Web That Killed.

While theĀ Sun marked the end of its journey for the day, colours vermillion, saffron, magenta and plum painted the skies turn by turn until the deep blues and blacks took over. Such untarnished beauty did not for once in my life pleasure me. I had lived multiple lives till I met you. I was whatContinue reading “The Web That Killed.”

Under the tree.

Every single day, I was sitting in the cornerĀ under the tree – protected from the harshness of the Sun, the stares of Man and thorny ground below. I was waiting forĀ the days to end, nights to fall, life to go on. OneĀ of those days you came along like a breath of fresh air bringing theContinue reading “Under the tree.”

A Look Is All It Took.

“And up next is the hot favorite of the season — Nikhil with the slew of his latest songs!” The crowd roared in welcome. He was her current favorite singer. She was in love with his voice. And his face, too. But voice more. And then he walked onto the stage. She wasn’t crazy enoughContinue reading “A Look Is All It Took.”