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‘Sinking’ by Prathap Kamath

Sinking When the waters refuse To swallow the sails   Sinking When the body blooms And the mind rots   Sinking When all that laughter won’t Wipe a little pain   Sinking When the blood of life Goes black with…

‘Morning’ by Prathap Kamath

Water boils in the steel pot held over the blue flame;   bubbles rising from the bottom as small as mustard seeds   move up in a tornado growing as they swirl to surface   big and strong as life…

‘THE DOMESTIC MAID’ by Anita Desai

Short story selected for the 2014 New Asian Writing Short Story Anthology The mighty sun was rising on the city. The birds had taken flight on a new day. The city was abuzz with early morning activities; milk and newspaper…

‘The Night’ by Dipima Buragohain

Right in the middle of the starclad night, The fireflies nestle my delicate dreams, Over the beaming moon Blush the naive hopes. It’s a glasshouse of choices, Choices that are made with Each glorious sunshine and Every dark blue twillight.…

‘An Unwritten Song’ by Sonam Dema

A thousand stars A lone moon A lonely boy And I, a night-sky.   A thousand promises A love song A paper lover And I, a perpetual dreamer.   A thousand voyages A waning solace A passing sailor And I,…

‘UNDERCURRENT’ by Daya Bhat

“Who am I?” She nudges and nobbles, “A mere spectator? A non-reformer? But so are you!” She sneers in obstinacy Dares to challenge! “My dwelling bound by wood and glass. Margins defined – space confined. I have done no good…

‘A Winter Song’ by Sonam Dema

A Winter Song

Give me a winter wrapped in pleasing fragility of intense cold, Of unequivocal bliss of dancing snowflakes, Melting into the flashing sunlight.   Give me a winter filled with chuckles of mischievous children, Of outrageous snowball fights, red cheeks and…

‘Of Love, Etc.’ by Dipima Buragohain

Your dreams and my eyes, Your hopes and my smile, My wishes and your twinkle, My desires and your lips, Between yours and mine Lies the thing called love.   He said, “I’m in love with you” I smiled in…