Self-Belief

BY MEGHNA PATTAVI She mopped the room as she knelt on the floor. Her dark brown skin shone with the sweat that soaked her. Her feet were cracked and I wondered if they hurt.  Bali. She was my house help now for a long time. My support system.  "Didi, your tea cup is looking at … Continue reading Self-Belief

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Writing Prompt- Day 13

Endings, endings, endings! The most important part of a short story. That last line that leaves the reader gasping in awe. The one last line that clears everything up. The line that wraps your entire work, making it a complete package. This writing prompt is all about the last line... or rather, the last word. … Continue reading Writing Prompt- Day 13

‘Likes to Cash’ contest entry- Reshma Velappan (Essex Lopresti)

“ What is the radiological diagnosis?” our orthopaedics professor asked showing us an X ray in the view box. We were the sixth semester MBBS students and could only hardly make out the bones from the black and white film. “Anybody?” , he asked expectantly looking into our eyes as a result of which our … Continue reading ‘Likes to Cash’ contest entry- Reshma Velappan (Essex Lopresti)

Uncountable Dimes

By ANZAL KHAN Let me tell you a story in the form of a dream, When the days were cold and the spirits of night all screamed, Hanging by the windowsill, a solitary moon, contemplating; Was reflecting upon someone else’s beauty her only ability? The moon wept tears cascading down a silver glow, Indifferent and … Continue reading Uncountable Dimes

Writing Prompt- Day 5

Write a story beginning with the words- "My fiancé had left me forever. She was my light, my burning torch guiding me through the dark tunnel of life. But now, I am left blinded, desperately grasping at the walls closing in on me." This writing prompt has left so much to the imagination of the … Continue reading Writing Prompt- Day 5

Thorns and Petals

The air was filled with cries demanding justice. The crowds were swelling on the icy cold winter night. The entire city had forgotten to sleep. The media was on a warpath, whereas a group of students quietly marched with candles. I looked at them and wondered if the dripping wax was burning their fingers. Maybe … Continue reading Thorns and Petals

Writing Prompt- Day 4

You are standing on the ledge of a window sill, about to commit suicide. After a startling revelation/incident, in a span of ten minutes, you decide that you would rather live. What happens? What are your thoughts and feelings during and after your attempted suicide? This prompt is all about putting yourselves in the shoes … Continue reading Writing Prompt- Day 4

A Dead Red Flower

As I fingered the soft red petals, I was torn between the impulse of crushing the frail flower in agony and preserving the flower for an eternity. It was a symbol of love- found and lost. This flower that I plucked from beneath the neat folds of her hair was the only thing keeping me … Continue reading A Dead Red Flower

A Life-Altering Coffee

BY LINDA KEMP She stood leaning on the door frame, holding bags of groceries. Normally, she would have brushed him off, but today, for some reason she chose to keep talking. He seemed charming enough, his gaze inscrutable. Later, she would learn exactly what he meant by his gaze. But now, wholly guileless, she had … Continue reading A Life-Altering Coffee