The Flower

The Flower Dida! I want to come with you! No, it’s a cold day – you go back to sleep now. I will be back soon. No! Please? Pleeease? Pleeeeeease Dida? As she runs about, gathering her little basket of flowers, her little copper pot for pouring the water on...

Green Mangoes

The afternoon sun beat down as Didi squinted up at the mango tree. “I got it,” Rinku said as she managed to pluck the fat green one. Shall I get that other one?” “No! Come on down now…they’ll wake up.” “Did you get the salt and chilly powder?” “Yes – in my pocket.”...

Fireflies

As the car crunches up the hill, a thin rain continues to fall. A shaggy, mud brown dog shakes the water off his back. A longhaired family of graceful black goats is climbing up the hillside. Clusters of Deodhars along the slopes stand quietly draped in mist. The...

Alive In Her Memories

She woke up at six as usual. It had become a ritual for her to wake up early and she didn’t even require the alarm anymore. She walked into the bathroom and washed her face, bunching her hair into a bun as she walked down the stairs to the kitchen. Her footsteps...