June 10, 2023


Connecting Asian writers with global readers

Short Story: The Giver by Mehreen Ahmed

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In this short story, Mehreen Ahmed tells a tale of murder and mayhem with mysterious twists and turns taking us from morning to night with a twist that leaves the reader agape.


Last summer when the days were waning, my young neighbour Poultu, a twelve-year-old, entered through my garden gate, sweating profusely. He stumbled over a loose plank on the garden path.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“The panipuri man has returned. Kids are going missing again.”

“Don’t worry.” 

“What? Why not?”

“I’ll make sure to protect you.”

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