Stories of 2017

My writing resolution for 2017 is simple: Write and publish a brand new short story every Monday here on this page. The plan is as follows: At the end of every month, I will bundle all that month’s stories into a Kindle eBook and publish it on Amazon. At the end of the year, if everything […]

Novel Excerpt: Man on a Bike

Some scenes have a way of sticking in the head, like signposts. This one, taken out of Banquet on the Dead, is one that is close to my heart. My father, after having read the novel fully, said, ‘This is a bad book. You goofed up in many places. But that scene in which the inspector goes […]

Flash Fiction: An Unfinished Story

Back in 2008, Livejournal conducted a flash fiction contest where 500-word-stories had to be written on the theme: journal. They gave us a sop saying that all selected stories ‘might’ go into a published book, and we were allowed to send in more than one entry. I sent in five. I’m serializing them on this blog. This is the […]

Flash Fiction: The Transferer

Back in 2008, Livejournal conducted a flash fiction contest where 500-word-stories had to be written on the theme: journal. They gave us a sop saying that all selected stories ‘might’ go into a published book, and we were allowed to send in more than one entry. I sent in five. I’m serializing them on this blog. This is the […]

Flash Fiction: Earth Waits

Back in 2008, Livejournal conducted a flash fiction contest where 500-word-stories had to be written on the theme: journal. They gave us a sop saying that all selected stories ‘might’ go into a published book, and we were allowed to send in more than one entry. I sent in five. I’m serializing them on this blog. This is the […]

Bandhani – The Ties That Bind Us: A Word and Picture Story

Early this year, Piah Diance Studio produced a folk-dance drama called Bandhani – The Ties That Bind Us. They employed me to write the script and treatment. Recently I was talking to Priya Kumar Varunesh, the director of the company, and we thought it would be nice if we can bring the story of Bandhani in […]

Poetry in Bollywood: Neela Aasmaan So Gaya (Male)

Poetry in Bollywood is a series of posts in which I attempt poetry-style, ‘in spirit’ translations of classic Bollywood songs. I refrain from doing literal translations because I think the magic and beauty of the original gets lost when one does that. Check out the previous post in the series. Amitabh Bachchan sang this in […]

Flash Fiction: Dripping Red

Back in 2008, Livejournal conducted a flash fiction contest where 500-word-stories had to be written on the theme: journal. They gave us a sop saying that all selected stories ‘might’ go into a published book, and we were allowed to send in more than one entry. I sent in five. I’m serializing them on this blog. This is the […]

Flash Fiction: A Curious Find

Back in 2008, Livejournal conducted a flash fiction contest where 500-word-stories had to be written on the theme: journal. They gave us a sop saying that all selected stories ‘might’ go into a published book, and we were allowed to send in more than one entry. This was either before or just after I’d sold […]

Poetry in Bollywood: Tum ko Dekha toh Yeh Khayal Aaya

This is another famous number from the 1982 movie, Saath Saath. That was an era in which Jagjit Singh was in his pomp, writing ghazals for mainstream Bollywood and making a good fist of it. Along with his wife, Chitra, Jagjit brought ghazals out of the confines of musical ‘mehfils’ into the living rooms of […]