The Reluctant Barber

Elite Hair Saloon was an establishment older than its current owner, passed on to him by his enterprising, impatient and short-tempered father. The father had no flair for cutting hair, but back in the day money was hard to come by for a fourteen-year old orphan. Abu Hafeez had to put food on the floor […]


The rain fell steadily on that cold September morning in Prague. In spite of it being summer, rains often made an appearance in the form of a prologue to violent storms. Precisely what Berta was fearing, she did not know, but as she read the morning newspaper, a familiar chill crept up her spine, not […]


Ria clutched the door handle tightly and turned the knob downward very slowly, gritting her teeth as she did so. She didn’t want to wake up her parents sleeping in the adjacent room. Besides, gritting her teeth made her feel that she wasn’t making any noise, especially when she released the door handle and the […]

Job Hunt

Jeet was fast getting used to failure and disappointment. The global recession had cost him his previous job and he was getting desperate. To his credit, he left no stone unturned, applying at every company that was hiring someone even remotely matching his qualifications. Four months, twenty-two interviews and a lot of misfortune later, he […]

The Green Bench

They lived across from each other. An old, green bench stood below their house. The youngest in their respective families, love was bound to blossom between them. He saw her every morning before the first rays of the sun lit up her light, graceful skin. She would sway gently as she’d wake up and he would watch her fondly, […]


All of eighteen, Raghav loathed weekends with a passion reserved only for a college-going boy drenched in the early rains of love.


She trotted around the house, silently observing everything. She took in the sights, smells and sounds. Like every child, she was curious by nature, but her fascination for colors eclipsed everything else. She would stare in bewilderment at the pristine white walls. One fine day, she spotted her older sister’s poster-color box lying on the table. She ran […]

Mr. Mozzarella

Mr. Mozzarella was a wealthy man. He was well-known around the world, though he was Italian by birth. He loved being around his best friends, Mr. Pizza and Mr. Pasta. He had travelled around the world many times and felt it was now time for him to spend some of the money he had made and enjoy […]

The Eagle Has Landed

The Presidential motorcade wound through the exit gate of the White House and headed east on Pennsylvania Avenue NW towards 14th Street NW. “Mr. President, please try and understand. We have a situation here. It’s a security threat. You can’t go in there.” “Buck, this is too important an event to miss. Besides, if we […]

Best of Three

“Anjali didi, let’s play carrom, please? Best of three”, pleaded Chintu. “I’m tired, Chintu. I’ve had a long day”, said Anjali wearily. “PLEASE didi!” wailed Chintu. “Okay, fine! But if I win the first two games, it’s done, alright?” said Anjali. “Done”, beamed Chintu. After twenty minutes, Chintu could be heard begging his sister to […]