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Poetry: Alienation and Metro musings by Malcolm Carvalho

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Malcolm Carvalho writes poetry and fiction when he is not occupied with his daytime job of a software engineer. His work has been featured in Bengaluru Review, 365 Tomorrows, Narrow Road, Spark, Reading Hour, Literary Yard, Muse India and in Urban Shots, an anthology of stories with urban settings. He has attended the Bangalore Writers Workshop and is a regular at weekly poetry meet-ups at Lahe Lahe in Bengaluru. You can read more of his work at www.grainsofthought.wordpress.com.

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Flash Fiction: He  said  to  ask you this

By Sobia Ali

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Everyday,  I  wait  till  your  father  has  gone  out  to  work, before  I  come  into  your  room  to  wake  you  up. He  does  not  like  my  attention  being  diverted  when  he  is  at  home. I  think  he  is  a  little  jealous  of  you. Or  perhaps  of  me, that  I  am  going  to  be  with  you  all  day  when  he  has  to  be  away. You  know  otherwise  he  is  absolutely  devoted  to   you, and  won’t  ever  like  to  part  from  you.

I  open  the  door  slowly, lest  I  startle  you. You  lay  there  on  the  dainty  curtained  bed, quite lost  under  the  flurry  pink  bed  sheets  and  blankets. For  a  moment I  panic  that  you  are  not  there. That  they  were  right, those  women  in  white  uniforms. Then  a  soft  pink  little  hand  peeps  out, a  small  plump  foot  jumps  out  of  all  that  velvety  pile. And  I  almost  laugh  out  loud  when  I  see  you  hacking  away  at  coverlet  in  anger  to  remove  it  from  your  face. I  remove  it  for  you, suddenly  impatient  to  see  your  milky, moon  face, haloed  in  curly  shiny  black  hair.

I  give  my  finger  to  you  to  hold  and  take  to  your  mouth. You  suck  and  bite  it  with  small  uneven  gummy  gums. I  tickle  your  belly, kiss  your  hands  and  feet, then  lift  you  unto  my  lap. I  giggle  as  your  thin  lips  curl  around  my  nipple  and  your  red  busy  tongue  lap  up  the  milk, gulping, slurping. How  I  love  to  suckle  you, baby. Read more

Short Story: The Pizzazz

By Mehreen Ahmed

Blood oranges were endowed with a certain pigmentation. I called it the fruit’s pizzazz, because of its lustre, which defined it and gave it the distinctive characteristics of dark flesh. I wanted it to grow in mother’s orchard. But the gardener said it wouldn’t grow here, because the climate wouldn’t allow it. If the blood orange didn’t flourish in this soil, then neither did many things in this culture. All these nefarious old customs and habits that had become fossilised, resisting change, inhibiting growth.

One afternoon, I sat in the balcony of mother’s house. A brilliant midday sun shone yet another monsoon day. I took a sip of lemonade my mother made with the orchard’s freshly squeezed lemons. Lemons, which grew in our orchard. I was recovering at her place, from an illness. Lemons and limes were not the only citrus that grew in this orchard, oranges too. Except, the blood orange.

The monsoon winds whipped up my spirits. The orchard revitalised as the winds touched it to a new glow. The wet fern unfurled along the mossy edges on the orchard’s brick fence. Nature’s drama ensued. These were months of recapitulations. They always were. Recapping past events that happened not only in my life, but also in the lives of the others. A maid once worked in our house some years now. I don’t know, I found myself thinking about her without a reason. Her loyalty had far surpassed that of any other who worked for us then. Her name was Lily. She was our loving Lily of the Valley. She possessed an exceptional quality of gritty honesty. Read more

Poetry: Soul Scan by Prathap Kamath

Prathap Kamath

Prathap Kamath’s published works are Ekalavya: a book of poems(2012), Blood Rain and Other Stories (2014) and  Tableaux: poems of life and creatures (2017). His poems have been anthologized in The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (Hidden Brook Press, 2013), and published in journals like Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts, Chandrabhaga, Muse India, Open Road Review, Modern Literature, Madras Courier, Literary Yard, Tuck Magazine, ONE, The Wagon Magazine etc. He teaches English under the University of Kerala. Read more