You Live Only Once

A strange heaviness seated itself on my chest. Like a mountain was resting on it and I could hardly breathe. I was struggling inwards, calling out to him. He didn’t answer me. Maybe he was not home. I called again out of sheer despair. The weight was pushing the last breath out of me. I…

Her New Life

”So, do you like it?” He asked, keenly observing her beautiful face. ”It took me hours to find you the perfect one.” She smiled coyly. She did not know how to put it together in a few words. Right words. The moonlight immersed her soul with both anxiety and happiness. Turning towards him, the anticipation in his…

A Long Way Gone

It was getting dark outside, though it was still mid morning. The blue spring sky was suddenly gripped by gargantuan blackness, and within a few minutes, heavy rains knocked insistently on the window panes in their living room. Ahmad looked up from his book, and listened to the song that the rain always played in his…

My Unrequited Love

How long has it been? She asked, palming the coffee cup with her beautiful slender fingers. Three years, I smiled. She sheepishly frowned. So long…hmm, time flies. She sips her coffee, looking outside the large window frame of the coffee house. Three years were long enough for me, I replied in a low voice that…

Heartbroken

How do you mend a broken heart, she asked, the same question, everyday, since last week, the day she joined us. I looked at her, we all did, but no one could meet her in the eye. Those deep wounded green eyes, eyelashes moist, tears flowing down her snow white cheeks.  She was on the…

The List

I sat on the prayer mat for long hours, in the night mostly, when everyone was sleeping peacefully. Or so I thought. Peace seemed to have evaded all of us. I looked outside, the night was a pale black, the moonlight forcing itself on it. A cool breeze sent a little shiver down me but…

Catch Me If You Can

That initial murder is not forgotten, he screamed at his colleagues. I will not sit unless I have my hands on that troglodyte. How am I suppose to do that, when you guys have already given up on the case, his anger turning into frustration, he pushed his hands on the table, making the files,…

Damaged

The lamplight reminded her of the home she had grown up in and the night she left it for good. She wondered what would have happened if she hadn’t followed the voice in her head that kept urging her to leave, every single night of the twelve years she was living there. She was three…

Our Song

  I was so excited. The day had arrived, finally, after the long wait. We had a fresh snowfall; seeing the large white flakes from my window made my heat beat faster and at peace, all at once. It was too good to be true. We had prepared for this day all these months. To have…

And So I kept Living

Twenty years ago, today was the busiest and the happiest day of my life. Twenty years ago, I was the most anxious girl who couldn’t seem to contain her happiness, giving a reason to friends and family, for those teasing eyebrow raises, elbow nudges and smiles. Twenty years ago, today, I was yours and you…

He Left

I have been calling him since morning. He hasn’t picked up  once nor even returned any of my messages.I am worried sick but now I am getting a little angry too. We had a major argument yesterday about the decisions and choices I made in my life.I know I said things I didn’t mean, shouldn’t have…

The Lazy Dog

The day was very sunny so the dog decided to lie down to sleep.The leaves rustled gently on the trees, the soft wind catching up its ear, singing to him a lullaby. The pavement was hustling with the pacing footsteps and every now and then, it could hear the doors opening by the quiet jingle…