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My last written words..

My last written words..

I AM NOT A COWARD, DEFINITELY NOT INSANE. But I would understand if you think otherwise. What choice do I have, or what options am I giving you, when you must be reading this on Whatzapp or hearing it in the news. I am your sensational headlines today. Yes, I took my own life. Of all the things that you may feel while reading my last written words, the one thing I humbly request you is to not feel inspired…

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Not on my watch!

Not on my watch!

  Dear, you haven’t learnt the game yet. Those promises are to win the election, we aren’t obliged to uphold them once we’ve won. This learning comes from experience, you’ll get there soon, am sure! http://www.womensweb.in/2017/09/motm-winner-not-on-my-watch/ The blinds weren’t fully down, moonlight streamed through them painting streaks of silver and black on the floor. The neem tree leaves waved their shadows, dancing to an exotic tune known only to them. The recessed lighting in the room fell gently on the…

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It’s my sunset!

It’s my sunset!

“A beautiful evening, however inappropriate it may seem to be!” I looked out the glass window where the ocean was just few feet away from where we sat. The clear azure sky, the noisy waves, the candlelight at our table and the live jazz at the restaurant, I wasn’t sure how Ajith felt, but it was a heady cocktail for my senses. “We should have headed to the brewery which was closer to the hostel. You did mention that they…

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Feeling Alive Again!

Feeling Alive Again!

She could only see herself waist high in the mirror and she was determined not to let the state of her legs deter her night. http://www.womensweb.in/2017/08/feeling-alive-again-sangeetha-jaganathan-short-story/ “Shall we cross over to Rotten Row?” he asked Kate. “Hmmm?” She had her face tipped up to the sun and was basking in its warmth. And for one extremely disconcerting moment, Anthony felt a sharp stab of…something. He cleared his throat, hoping it would clear his head. Instead, he simply got an intoxicating…

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Mise en place!

Mise en place!

Neatly lined hardcover books with titles from international publications on food, culture and business looked down at me, ready to launch their missiles, and I was prepared to bolt out at the first chance I got. The walls too were closing in on me, but none of this had any effect on the lady sitting next to me nor on my Vice President. Their element of confidence was at ease in the sterile setting of contemporary lounge chairs and the…

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When Cleopatra was my Uber driver!

When Cleopatra was my Uber driver!

With seven minutes and two more streets to cross, the toy car slowly approached the traffic signal at the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Erwin on my mobile. The threatening milestones at work were gloomier than the overcast sky today morning and I couldn’t wait for my Uber ride to arrive sooner. The laptop bag was weighing a ton on my shoulder, and I was hoping the days when my folks would provide me a Mac were just around the…

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I Want To Keep My Son!

I Want To Keep My Son!

“Julio, she’s the mother of the baby and if she wants to keep him, she’ll keep him. You cannot force her to do otherwise.” Maria didn’t realize that Gloria’s gaping eyes were fixed on her, she had never heard her mom speak up to her dad. http://www.womensweb.in/2017/03/i-want-to-keep-my-son-shortstory/ Cltkty, cltkty, cltkty, Maria dropped the coins till the lights glowed 00.00 and the machine started whirring, with water trickling from the sides and foaming the soap. Engulfed in the overpowering smell from…

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Lessons of the past

Lessons of the past

This wasn’t happening! I was an hour early for the event, but the line to the entrance was depressingly long? It’s funny how accommodating we are with our requests for divine intervention and thankfully it happened to be my day! I was in before the event filled to capacity. The Last Book Store at downtown Los Angeles, is much more than a hotspot for Instagram shots with its creative mélange of art, décor and lighting. Something about the vibes there,…

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No scales here..

No scales here..

“It is not just biology that warrants my love for him, it is this greatness in him, ready to share his moment, his right with another man.” http://www.womensweb.in/2017/02/no-scales-here-shortstory/ “Mom, I look beautiful, don’t I?!” I looked at myself in the full length mirror and smiled. Every bride ought to think so on her wedding day. My eyes skimmed my bare shoulder, “I hope you’d approve of my changes to your gown. The jewel neckline was too tight for me, so…

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Estranged

Estranged

“If I had the wisdom then, that I have today, I would have convinced dad that you had the right to be the master of your life, … It took a daughter to explain to me, what a sister must have gone through.” http://www.womensweb.in/2017/01/estranged-not-long-shortstory   Anirudh I am living this minute twice. 5.30 AM at Melbourne, I was at the gym, trying to wade off the dread, and now 5.30 am again at Mumbai. I wish it was possible to…

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