Dumb-founded

All she knew about this celebrity guest was the note sent by his personal assistant, and a few news clips. She pulled out a picture of his, and pasted another face on it.  “Glad to meet you, Sir! Hope you enjoy our hospitality.” Her tenacity and tolerance for tantrums was well-known, but this time around, … More Dumb-founded

He wished he had…

We want to earn, not beg. Help us earn our livelihood. He saw a huge crowd carrying similar placards, snaking its way through streets. Is that Emily? Yes, she is leading the procession. But why? Later in the evening …. “You don’t qualify to be called domestic help.” “Really? Who has been managing the house … More He wished he had…

Nested

“Dr. Diana, did you seek permission from the clients before hypnotising them, as per professional ethics?” “They are not sane enough to decide for themselves, but benefit from the treatment given.” “I understand you wrote “Fairies on the menu tonight” in the invite for Dinner with Diana, and dressed as a fairy yourself.” “It was … More Nested

Angel

The black dog followed them home, and then blocked their path. He wouldn’t let them open the door to enter the house. They had ignored him for sometime, but there appeared to be a message in his persistence. “Let’s follow him. He has something to show us.” Tina felt he understood her language, and started … More Angel

Whose traditions?

There is a distinct sense of unease around the oncoming festival. She knows that certain things can’t be done. “But we aren’t having any visitors”, said her husband, \’just cook and eat and decorate the house as you like. Post some pictures with a wistful write-up on social media.” “It’s all a joke for you”, … More Whose traditions?

In a trance

Dinner with Diana on Fridays was a ritual, inmates of the asylum had always followed …. some had to be wheeled in by attendants, in a semi-conscious state after medication, but they were all present. ‘You know what, the shots aren’t as bad as you think, and I like the way they put me in … More In a trance

Warning bells

“Let’s go back…” “I’m fed up of these daily excuses not to run.” She was training for the next event at national level. “It’s not an excuse. I’ll complete the distance running to and fro, to this point, but not beyond this.” “Why?” There was exasperation in his tone, “there are no ghosts on that … More Warning bells

Breaking new ground

The shapes and symbols are unfamiliar. He looks around to spot a clue or see similar objects around. No help in sight… he turns back to the screen in desperation and sees the lines getting translated to a known language. The messages give him directions on things he should and shouldn’t do, during his stay … More Breaking new ground

Confusion

She came every Thursday, dressed in a shade of blue matching her eyes and her straight, long, auburn tresses burnt the consciousness of all participants there.  “I’m fit enough to leave the asylum”, declared a confident-looking young man. “Good to know that, and I’ll bid you goodbye after you have undergone the mandatory tests.” “I … More Confusion

Double Loss

“I transferred the money to her account. She has to return it.” I could see only the accusing finger in the courtroom, and then her well-moisturised ankle. She hushed up facts about the investment that ran into a loss, and it being in my name, because she expressed inability to sign papers on a working … More Double Loss