Narcissus, Unbound

May 6, 2023  :: 0 comments

It had vanished! Only the blank canvas stared back. A hard surface, white: 40-inch X 30-inch, now empty. An ugly space! The image had vanished! Rohit was devastated. How could it be? No sign of vandalism. Nothing! No knife cuts. No defacing. He felt distressed. Modeled after Albrecht Dürer’s Self Portrait at Twenty-Eight, it showed Rohit directly facing the viewer. …

The Plant Invasion  

September 20, 2022  :: 0 comments

My elder brother has an impressive collection of the cacti! More than 300! This was a pleasant discovery. I hardly knew about his strange hobby. Why was the cactus his favorite? I was visiting him after long absence. In fact, I was never invited to his new posh home at Backway Reclamation, the upscale section of Mumbai. This Sunday afternoon, …

The Grandmother’s Secret

July 23, 2022  :: 0 comments

My grandma had a strange secret. She could turn into a butterfly. I never knew it—till the age eight. The discovery left me thrilled. My little thin granny, a secret butterfly! That moment is still vivid. It was a warm night. Hot wind blew across the small town buried in the desert that hissed. The lights were out everywhere. The …

Omen

September 4, 2021  :: 0 comments

Bizarre! The dream woke him up with a start. Such a dream will wake up any guy! A shudder passed through him. Dead of night—the howl of a stray dog added to the uneasiness. Was it a premonition? The Grim Reaper stared malevolently; neon sign lit up the urgent message on the billboard, at the interstate highway, his car waiting …