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Category: Short Stories

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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Silent tears

Silent tears

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 the detergents and fabric softeners, the wall mounted TVs blaring sports and news in English and Mexican, and the sight of long rows of washers and dryers, she settled on one of the metal row chairs for another three hours of waiting, waiting for the inevitable to…

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No scales here..

No scales here..

“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 I made it one-shouldered. You like the pearls and sequins?! Aunt said that the embellishments were so me”, I had taken great care not to alter much my…

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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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