A Little Of Everything

And so we are all a little lost under this city of stars, hoping against hope that the apocalypse doesn’t hit while we’re still wide awake. We are all a little hopelessly searching for love, to twirl and swirl in its colours before the monochrome hits and threatens to topple our paper boats. We are…

Wishful Thinking

The rain clouds today had gathered and settled themselves in the vast expanse of the sky, waiting for opportune moments to shed their burden of rain. Of course, their opportune moments never clashed with ours and it so happened that they decided to bestow us with rain on the precise moments we needed to stay…

The Travelling Merchant

1. The winter day is at its close. The sun is slowly sinking beneath the layers of clouds and into its safe haven somewhere deep into the horizon. I sit alone in the open lawn of this dainty little cafe and wonder about the secrets that the golden orb holds; the secrets that die each…

Unnoticed. Unheeded.

The room was cold. The constant rain outside felt colder. For the first time in my life I dreaded the raindrops. For the first time I did not enjoy the drizzle. I looked at the long fingernails of my left hand. They were painted purple and were resting on the skin of my right forearm….

Because I Leave, Always

Even two years back I had desperately wanted to leave; to escape from the chains binding me tight to a place I had grown to despise more than anything else. Little did I know however, that my longing to leave would one day grow so strong and dominant that I would forget staying. Make no mistake,…

On The Other Side

The world is a cruel place existing solely because some people still believe in magic and miracles. That’s a truth we all know. Just like the simple truth that clowns make us laugh. They put on funny masks and put up funnier acts to make us forget the world for a while and laugh till…

Finding The Boy Who Knew

Dear daughter, on your tenth birthday, There are some things I want to make you aware of and advice against. You’re ten now and I think that is enough. That is enough growing up for you. I have heard you frolic around the house chanting the things you would do when you grow up. But…

Will You Listen?

The crimson sun setting in the distance with a promise to return the next day; the calm lake quivering with the kiss of the golden red rays that bear the orb’s promise to return; the soft winds brushing past the scene, capturing it in its invisible frames; these are the scenes that once used to…

Stuck In The Storm

I cannot see through the impenetrable darkness that surrounds me. Are my eyes open? Or are they closed? I do not know. I know nothing for certain except for the growing tentacles of the darkness. I’m spiralling down an endless abyss. I’m in the middle of a storm and there should have been a lighthouse…

Secret Stories

Standing here on the rooftop of the house I presently reside in, I can see a flyover. Cars and buses lit from the inside in the darkness of the night make their routine journeys back and forth. I cannot really figure out the people and their faces. But there are people. Loads of them. With their…

Come, Fall In Love

Kolkata is a weird concoction of people and places. Yes, you read it right. Of places too. Because Kolkata is not just one city. It is a compilation of cliques of cultures and languages. Each little portion of the city is different. Each little portion has its own aroma that will enchant you. And yet when…

Old Bruises

Would you believe me if I said I forget quickly? Not the deep set wounds. Not the wounds which keep reminding me of what a fool I had been to not have read the signs. Not the wounds which are still fresh. But the wounds which I had received long ago. The wounds which have accumulated, quite…