March 01 2011 Issue

Wasps
Fehmida Zakeer
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A shadow fell through the window. Ramona looked up and registered the dimness outside with a start. She had sat down to work after lunch and now night was on its way. full story

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The Letter
Aditya Sudarshan
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That there should be such a curse in the world, never to know the magic of the message that has travelled continents, ...

7, Chinar Woods
Mira Desai
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As if all the barbs and comments that she’d put up with all her life taunting her barren state were not enough. Last week’s debacle was the final straw in a lifetime of compromises and allowances faced with stoicism.

The Reluctant Traveller
Charu Bahri
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I am obviously very much out of it all, and yet, feel very much ‘in’ with life. My mind questions the benefit of travelling far without, when one remains ignorant of much within.

Eating Dirt
Anisha Sridhar
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They ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or bite sized pizzas or macaroni and cheese lunches. What she got instead were round little idlis smothered in sugar and ghee or soft, brown dosas rolled up and stuffed with potatoes or spicy lemon rice.

In Pursuit of Painted Wood
Mercy Ponnupandy
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Free from kick-off schedules and deadlines, the zest lies in ‘working’ not ‘finishing’. Thus does a hobby morph into an ideal stress buster. full story

The Osculation
Chandrashekhar Sastry
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A providential inspiration seizes him almost, and he bends over to plant an impromptu kiss on Shakuntala’s cheek. The audience roars in delight and gives them a standing ovation.

Arranged Marriage
Sharath Komarraju
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“Varsha comes from Gagan,” he had said and she’d smiled. The more she looked at him, the more his eyes seemed to sparkle. It had been only fifteen minutes since they’d met and already the balding head and the bulging stomach were beginning to recede in her mind. She said, “That was corny.”

Amber Eyes: Kanha
Harsha Malik
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Her amber eyes, sleepy and watchful at the same time, turn to us for a brief second in which she dismisses us with an air of ennui.

Oleander
Meghna Pant
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When I’d entered the house as a new bride Taiji had greeted me by stubbing a well-lit bidi on the inside of my left wrist.

The Food Mood Connection
Mayura Mohta
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...good mood foods energise us on consumption and bad mood foods deplete our energy on consumption – i.e., our diet affects our emotional states!

The Lunch
aasif shah
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He resisted when he saw the restaurant. She insisted. It was a posh restaurant, definitely above his budget. full story

Chatting with Samit Basu
Monideepa Sahu
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I wanted to do something I really loved for a living, and that’s the only thing that keeps me going through the ups and downs of a writer’s career.
That’s also what guides the choices I make when I write my books. full article

Naina
Aminta Goyel
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There were few people that Naina genuinely believed were evil. The children’s grandmother was one of them. full story

Sirsi Sahasralingas
charuavi
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I also heard that the name 'Sirsi' is derived from the word 'Sahastra Shirsha' literally meaning 'Thousand Headed'. All this gossip had seeped somewhere into my subconscious and remained there. I suppose this is how one's background is formed. full article

Poetry
Miscellaneous
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What I want to do
abha iyengar

Summer Blues
ananya s guha

Scheherazade, October Raindrops
ritu monjori kalita

Compatible
k pankajam

Broken
shruti sareen

Meditation
sarah rand

Rains
manisha bhandari

Long Nights
shruti rao

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March 01 2011 Edition
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