Fiction

How did the Socioeconomic Undercurrents Survive Political Upheavals in India?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe wheel turns full circle when we find that many of the modern day concepts are rooted in our rich socioeconomic and sociopolitical heritage. Tapati finds hordes of interesting data in various libraries, spread across the various cities, in India. She gives us interesting insights into the socio-economic undercurrents that continued to survive countless political […]

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How Writing Became a Dream Come True!

Reading Time: 5 minutesWriting about writing is rather intriguing. Soumya, a humourist and an author, recounts how he became a writer and penned, rather keyed his first novella, befittingly titled, ‘Memories – A Novella: The Hilarious Nightmare of Growing Up’, exclusively in Different Truths. This is a story about how I acquired this nasty addiction to writing. I […]

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Plight of the Peacock

Reading Time: 7 minutesHere’s a modern fable about an old peacock and a three-legged dog – other than a Brahma bull and a king cobra. Mary beautifully explores how the peacock and the dog became friends. Layers of meaning are unravelled, in this story, exclusively in Different Truths. As the sun went down a peacock sat dozing on […]

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The Orchids

Reading Time: 9 minutes  The beautiful patch of Orchids, in the neighbourhood of Neeta’s Hyderabad home, was mysterious. Rich women were vanishing. Here’s a short story by Tapati, that unfolds the mystery, exclusively in Different Truths.   Neeta checked her watch, “Hurry up Vasu!” she started uttering a monologue in her mind narrating to unfold the mystery she was […]

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The Pious Infidel

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntolerance and hatred have existed with its opposite in the public spheres. Here’s Anika’s historical short fiction, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. He was Nizam to us. Not Sikander. Not Sultan; simply Nizam. The kind hearted, bubbly soul that gave my father’s trembling hands enough stability to feed his chronically ill wife and two emaciated […]

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The Music Room

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s an enigmatic and eerie ghost story, by Madhumita, exclusively for Different Truths. There were days and there were nights, one rolling into the other, fading, mingling and engulfing each other. Indifferent days didn’t seem to affect the house much. They passed by in an unobserved routine play of light and shadow, seen only by the trees […]

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Is Kashmiriat dead? Long live Kashmiriat!

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn the backdrop of fundamentalism, gloom, terrorism, there is hope. Arzan Nath and Gul Nisaar, a Kashmiri Pandit and a Muslim, had to suffer. Here’s a story how humanity wins by Tribhawan, exclusively for Different Truths. The sound of gun fire was less fearful than the silence. Their eyes were blood shot. Tears had simply […]

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The City of Dreams

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith a perfect image of small town girl carrying a suitcase full of memories and a diary full of dreams and longings, Varisha took her first step into the city of her dreams. Here’s a short story by Sehar, exclusively for Different Truths. When a child begins to dream in India, there are many conventional […]

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House Number 23.

Reading Time: 4 minutes  Here’s a mysterious story by Anika. From this Saturday, we are introducing a fortnightly column by the talented teenage fiction writer, exclusively in Different Truths. After hours of inspecting every nook and corner of Dharavi, I arrived at a long umbilical street with low rising houses – typical of the place and tested my […]

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The Orbit

Reading Time: 8 minutesAn engrossing fiction about changing values and relationships, by Sandeep, exclusively for Different Truths. “Aryan, beta hurry up or we will miss the beginning of the movie.” “I am almost ready Ma,” Aryan shouted back from his room. The Saturday matinee movie had become a bonding ritual for the mother and son. Aryan was just […]

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