Eid Special 2016

A bower in the wilderness

A bower in the wilderness

THEY took a left on Wisteria Drive, then a right on Wisteria Lane.
Rupa gave a theatrical groan, ‘You Americans and your predictable street names! Let me guess, the next one will be… Wisteria Court.’ …

Struck dumb

Struck dumb

RATNA jiggled the key from left to right; then right to left; and then left to right again. The lock didn’t open. She pushed the door and pulled the handle. The stubborn lock still didn’t grant her admission. ‘Dhattari, damn!’ she cursed…

The last love

The last love

RUTBA was born in a small village near Mymensingh. ‘You are lucky to have been born’, said all her neighbours as Rutba grew up. Her mother, who was ill and poor, did not want another girl child to be borne in her womb. Rutba had two elder sisters, Ruksana and Rumaha…

House of cards

House of cards

12 July 1985
3:00am…
Nargis woke up; exhausted. Gigantic baboons were chasing her in hordes trying to get a special ‘something’ off her hand. She screamed for help but no one seemed to hear. In a nippy pursuit to escape, she saw herself tripping over a log and somehow falling into pitch-black darkness, almost feeling every bit of the spine-tingling sensation….

The 8th house

The 8th house

The 8th House in astrology is the House of Scorpio. It is the house of sex, death and taxes. This house describes the monsters in all our closets – the unspoken contracts, the irrational fears, the obsessions and the compulsions…

The black hole

The black hole

‘Have you heard that humans are going to Mars?’
‘No. Really?’
‘Yes. It will be their one-way journey. No return to mother Earth.’
‘One-way’ and ‘no return’ hit me, where I could not spot, but my voice tilted slightly…

The wedding

The wedding

‘Marriage is a life-long commitment, Asif. Do not marry for the wrong reasons.’ Sahara paused and then asked thoughtfully…

Alisha’s lovers

Alisha’s lovers

Solaiman’s poem is on the fax machine again! Alisha has just got back from school. She notices it immediately. A poem of love from him — Hey you answer me, I love you from here to eternity…

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