A small village in the hinterlands of Jharkhand “It’s simple child. You go there, pick up some coal, return & we pay you five rupees every day” said the stout middle-man, Vishnu beamingly. “So, children pick up your shovels & get to business we’ve enough work at hand” added Vishnu as he looked towards the … Continue reading The Black Diamond
At times, it requires a calamity to change the destiny of people. There's always a lingering hope in even the darkest of clouds
PRELUDE: There sits a village perched between two hills. Here flows a river so pristine people would sing eulogies in its name. Some hundred families populate either side of this mighty river which they say directly descends from the heavens as a gift for their virtuous deeds in the previous life. The village on either … Continue reading Gods & Rivers
And thus broke his dreams an umpteenth time. The man with his hoarse voice continually uttered things as the boy tried to overcome his sleep, “Ajit, wake up, you scoundrel, it’s time for the work.” So, he was Ajit, the miserable, whose life had turned upside down in a matter of minutes. Here he was … Continue reading A Call Unanswered (Part 2)
Prelude: 1. He plods through the town, with his clothes turning into rags & rags into tatters. At times, destiny plays those cruel tricks as if by sheer dynamics of chance, it is you on whom befalls the fiery wrath of Gods. The fall from grace, from the pedestal of relative prosperity hits the hardest. … Continue reading A Call Unanswered
The sufferings of aboriginal tribes of Jharkhand sees no ending. Caught between the vicious struggle of supremacy between the security forces & the Maoists they've no where to go.
And then the plane lands at ALLAMA IQBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAHORE. The urban skyline was indeed a mesmerizing treat for his eyes, this was not his Lahore, the city where he grew with children of his age, where he spent hours running between rickety lanes of his neighborhood. Deep down, he could still feel that … Continue reading Oblivion: A Short Story