If At First You Don’t Succeed

‘And now, a toast, to the CEO and founder!’ Vibhu Saxena gave a brief smile as everyone at the table raised their glasses to him, inclining his head as they sipped their drinks. The hedge fund company he had founded had just bagged a large corporate client that dealt in …

Guilt is Relative

 When the sun rose over the fields, Satyabhama was already at the well. She swiped a hand over her forehead, which dripped sweat, before pulling up the bucket. Pouring the water into her steel pot, she went into the kitchen, where she set the water aside for the day’s cooking. …

Not a Love Story

This is not a love story. In fact, this is not a story at all. The word ‘story’ indicates that this is made up, but really, it’s the truth—my truth. It started out normally enough – my parents suddenly realised they needed to get me married – I’d been out of …

Gone But Not Forgotten

Budh first came upon her on a moonlight night. Every Wednesday, the merchant visited the temple in the village to give thanks to the divine for his prosperity. On the way back, Budh liked to stop by the riverbank and enjoy the peaceful nighttime scenery. It never failed to lift …

The Unkindest Cut of All

The water has run cold. He doesn’t remember how long ago he had stepped into the shower. Has it been an hour? Or two? His father should be coming home soon. When he had turned on the water, it had been warm, even scalding, but now it is icy. It …