It was 7.30 in the morning and my alarm hadn’t gone off when Suhail showed up. I was still in my nightie when the bell rang and I was just looking for a dupatta to throw over my chest. But Shahryar said he’d get the door, so I settled back into bed. 

A whole minute passed. The silence outside was making me nervous. Nobody who comes to our door in this town leaves without saying a word or two, even if it is just salaam, ram-ram, or I’llshowyoubitchjustwatch. Milkman, postman, courier, goons sent by the other party after I’ve had a good day in court. Everybody has something to say. 

                                                Read 'Registered Post' in The Caravan

"Once upon a time, I was in love with a donkey." 
                              Read 'Donkeys' first published in Pratilipi

"... peep-holes can only be used to keep out familiar trouble. And trouble usually wears a familiar face
                              Read 'Sujata' at Out of Print 

"Things look different from far. When I was a boy, we used to chant a set of foolish rhymes about the illusion of distance. 'From far, I thought I saw a dozen eggs getting hard-boiled/ turned out to be a bunch of baldies getting their heads oiled!'..."

                             Read 'The Flautist' here, first published in New Woman magazine.

Other short stories have appeared in various anthologies like '21 Under 40' (Zubaan); 'Mumbai Noir' (Akshic/Harper Collins); 'City of Gods' (Unisun); 'Only Connect' (Rupa/Brass Monkey).


Unknown said...

Just read your short story "The Inverter" and was thrown back in time to the silly romances of my growing up years in Allahabad.
Every small town nuance illuminates brightly in your story like those soft romances which used to illuminate across those bylanes and now light up the contours of my vulnerable memory.
The brightest lights in the darkest hours.

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