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The Visitor – Ruthie Paul S2 3rd

The Visitor -Ruthie Paul Anyone home? Hello!  She was met with silence. The gate was ajar and she could see the door wide open. She entered slowly, looking around. She knocked on the door frame again, peeking in. No one answered. She entered, reluctantly, and looked around. The place is a mess!…

The Childhood – Pallavi Krishna Kasala S2 2nd

The Childhood -Pallavi Krishna Kasala The games we played when youngAngry neighbour aunty’s face when her doorbell rungSilly fights we picked on friendsThe innumerable toffee spendsMoney that got stolen from dad’s pocketsWhiskey bottles to send Diwali rocketsHolidays that got immense joyFallen grades only make you cryGrandparents who pampered youFear of…

Thirteen – Sampurna Pal S2 1st

Thirteen -Sampurna Pal When I woke up, the sun was setting with a dark orange hue on the horizon. I don’t even remember when I had fallen asleep. I was in a somewhat familiar environment: I was back home. I shivered while getting out of the cozy blanket and looked through the…

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Can I…One Last Time?​ – Savita S S2 Bonus

Can I…One Last Time? -Savita S I stood afar, dumbstruck with tears of joy –You were just out of your mother’s womb.Your hands and legs were so little, and your tiny finger pointing at me looked like you passed me an order tocome closer.I couldn’t resist. Shaking like a leaf,…

The Appointment Letter…​ -Bhalachandra Patwardhan S2 Bonus

The Appointment Letter… -Bhalachandra Patwardhan Date: 01st June 2022   Dear Sharayu S Patwardhan, Congratulations!! We are delighted to inform you that you have been successfullypromoted to a new position in your life, to your second innings.   We are pleased to inform you that, your efforts all these years…

Routine -Charles Francis S2 Bonus

Routine -Charles Francis I’m special because,You don’t seek my permission.I’m special because,I don’t need your submission.I’m special because,I don’t judge or ask.I’m special because,Loving me is not your task.I’m special because,I am ordinary, I am mild.You can be random,You can be a child.But often I ask,This person that I’ve been.Will…

A Basket Full Of Mangoes -Subhadeep Ghosal S2 Bonus

A Basket Full Of Mangoes -Subhadeep Ghosal The corridor of the surgical ward has only windowIts broken hinges rattle when the winds blow I walk to the window to put the clangs on latchI am hit by the dust of a stormy dispatch A mango tree sways as the wind…

Satisfaction Is Not Satisfying -Pallavi Krishna Kasala S2 Bonus

Satisfaction Is Not Satisfying -Pallavi Krishna Kasala If the book of life was all about being happy,and every page tasted like a vibrant candy.If every chapter read of success stories,and all its colors were a resemblance of myriad glories.If love was all that prevailed,and hatred none exhaled.If happiness knew no…

New Girl – Mahalakshmi Iyer S2 Bonus

New Girl -Mahalakshmi Iyer She was the quintessential new girl. Starkly attractive, clear skin, crisp uniform, shined shoes –like she’d been sterilized and wrapped in Saran wrap; untouchable. Flawless.She even had a fancy name to match – Tara Kapoor.A star that shone brightest in the vast expanse of our assembly…

The Scar – Varsha Mudlapur S2 Bonus

The Scar -Varsha Mudlapur Akka is going to kill me today, thought Anjamma, as she hurried along the muddy path. Theafternoon sun was beating down on her like a ball of fire. She covered her head with her sareepallu, but it did little to protect her from the heat. She…

गठरी की मुक्ति​ S2 Bonus

गठरी की मुक्ति -Varsha Mudlapur

Gurutwakarshan S2 Bonus

Gurutwakarshan -Varsha Mudlapur Magua ki neend roz ki tarah apni ma ki daant sun kar tooti. Wo zameen pe kabhi ek taraf ko palte kabhidusri taraf ko or uski har palat ke saath Ma ki awaaz or tez hoti jaaye. Neend khulne pe Magua ka pet bhizor se gudgudaane lagta.…

Why do we have Left-wing and Right-wing as the only two political choices?*** S2 Bonus

Why do we have Left-wing and Right-wing as the only two political choices? – S2 Bonus Winner -Abhishek Mittal One of the modern world’s most bitterly fought battles is the constant contestation between ‘Left-wing’ and ‘Right-wing’. Today, most of our political debates and economic discussions revolve around these broad ideologies…

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The Town Bus – Manasa Mahalakshmi A

The Town Bus – Manasa Mahalakshmi A

The Town Bus – Manasa Mahalakshmi A Register For Season 2 Being called an inspiration is quite different from being one. Little did Maanvi know that her reputation as an “inspiration” would be put to the test, even before the flush of success faded from her cheeks. It was a…

Shanti – Nandini Khanna

Shanti – Nandini Khanna

Shanti – Nandini Khanna Register For Season 2 The thunderous boom shattered his eardrums. One moment the ground was steady under his feet, and the next it was not. A flash of red, blood flooding his vision, voices calling out in despair, everything spinning, spinning, spinning… The plaque on the…

UNWISE – Farah P Jiandani

UNWISE – Farah P Jiandani

UNWISE – Farah P Jiandani Register For Season 2 Unsettled, unnerved, uncertain, The anxiety, like a lump In my throat. Not knowing where to start, Not knowing where it’ll end, Not knowing if this Is what i want, Not knowing how life will make me bend. We’re supposed to be…

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Wake Me Up When It’s Over​ – Animesh Rath

Wake Me Up When It’s Over​ – Animesh Rath

Wake Me Up When It’s Over -Animesh Rath “Hey. Will have to stay back. Another shift. Much Love. M.”“Hey. Had Dinner. Will sleep. Come back soon. Sanitize your coat and clothes in the otherroom. Have kept the geyser on. Stay safe. Love ya. P”. “Read 02/05/2021, 19:30” He could see…

The Sphinx – Gargi Sengupta

The Sphinx – Gargi Sengupta

The Sphinx -Gargi sengupta “The Sphinx is the riddle, not the riddler.”― George R.R. Martin, A Feast for Crows She took a languorous sip of tea from the large mug. The hot fluid burnt the tip of her tongue.She paid no attention. A smile played on her lips. The last…

Unhindered, Unaltered, Unapologetic me – Geetika Dubey

Unhindered, Unaltered, Unapologetic me – Geetika Dubey

Unhindered, Unaltered, Unapologetic me -Geetika Dubey It starts when we’re younger, this question is usually “who you wanna be?”. It comes from the “grown ups”, daily questioning their own identity. Here I present a picture of my hallucinated canopy, A dark place no doubt still marinated in light and ivory.…

Lift Agya – Shiori

Lift Agya – Shiori

Lift Agya1 -Shiori Chan At someone’s shegu2, a few of us had gathered around making small talk. In the most nonsequitur manner, the small talk ended up resulting in a story-telling session. Our topic- Death.It seemed uncomfortably ungracious but strangely fitting to be talking about death at a shegu;and we…

An Evening Tea Ritual – Anish Sah

An Evening Tea Ritual – Anish Sah

An Evening Tea Ritual – Anish Sah The Wild Side There is a wild side to the downing sun, best viewed over a sip of rich, aromatic, mud-shaded tea, served in a ceramic cup. This is a brief, rapid phase: the azure blue sky of dawn, after taking an extensive…

ROSSA – Diya Shah

ROSSA – Diya Shah

ROSSA -Diya Shah Red. The color of passionate love, seduction, violence & anger. The color that shows up inone’s flushed cheeks. The color that oozes out of a wound. The color tastes metallic whencomes in contact with the tip of the tongue. Oh, the tingles you feel, make you crave…

Forming Belief Systems in Contemporary World: Seeking Wisdom in Contradictions – Farhan Shaikh

Forming Belief Systems in Contemporary World: Seeking Wisdom in Contradictions – Farhan Shaikh

Forming Belief Systems in Contemporary World: Seeking Wisdom in Contradictions – Farhan Shaikh Nestled somewhere in high altitude terrains of several thousand feet, the unbearable hydrothermal environment of volcanic lakes provides stirring clues to the eternal question of how life began on Earth. The synergistic possibilities of fire and water…

Battlefield – Tanaya Singh

Battlefield – Tanaya Singh

Battlefield -Tanaya Singh When I finally had something to write an open letter about, I was told that thepractice is cliché now.That such letters – embracing sarcasm, anger, love, and intentions, don’t go viralanymore.Especially if you have a letter addressed to the makers and advertisers of skinwhitening and fairness products.…

मैं बीच मे खड़ा हूँ – Nitish Chandra

मैं बीच मे खड़ा हूँ – Nitish Chandra

मैं बीच मे खड़ा हूँ – Nitish Chandra