Category Fiction

A Fragmentary end

People come shopping to this house even before sunrise: adults, adolescents, below thirty years, above thirty, nearing forty, above forty even. One of them would come and push open the door for us. The money arrived before we could open…

The Fishmonger

Full of hope, Kalyani picked up the small net with a long bamboo pole. But even before opening it she was disappointed. There was no fish in it. She shook the net well praying for at least some small fish…

The Dilemma

  The bleeding heart — it scares us all. That cry for help could have been my own! The very thought sends a chill up the spine. Perhaps, the pain of these tender, unguarded moments binds us all. Ashok was…

Brainless Women

‘Brainless Women’ is considered the first Malayalam short story that got published in a woman’s name. No other information is available on its author, M. Saraswathi Bai. The story was first published in April 1911, in Bhashaposhini, Book XV, Volume…

Excerpts from Sangati

My Paatti kept on going out to work until she was quite old. Although she lived on her own, she went out and gathered firewood, lit her own hearth, and cooked and ate her kanji. Her hot kuzhambu flavoured with…

Kumkum Is Doing Fine

My darling Dadima, Namaskaar ! Today when after weeks I came back to Kabul, the post was waiting for me. Besides yours, I have received other letters from home: Mom’s, Brother’s, Uma Didi’s and Sushmita’s. But sweetest letter is yours,…

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