Fiction

Grief

Reading Time: 9 minutesBibi Amrit, fondly called Biji, doubled her thunderous output on realising that she had an opportunity to overpower Nasib, to show the train of mourners that a mother’s grief was heavier than a widow’s. She wept inconsolably, beating her chest wildly to gather sympathy as the most unfortunate survivor.  Preet, who had never expressed her […]

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The Heart of Donna Rai: Police

Reading Time: 19 minutesHere’s the third and final part of the three-part book extract from the forthcoming novel, The Heart of Donna Rai by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  We had barely finished our breakfast when the knocker on the door set in the high courtyard wall went rat-a-tat-tat fiercely. Everyone jumped. The knock […]

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The Heart of Donna Rai: Fugitives – II

Reading Time: 9 minutesHere’s the second part of the three-part forthcoming novel, The Heart of Donna Rai by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  1:00 am, Tuesday, 3rd June to 01:00 am, Saturday, 21st June 1975 I couldn’t sleep. My aunt’s latest attempt at weaving horror had knotted my intestines. Shutting eyes meant a full-colour rendition […]

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The Heart of Donna Rai – I

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a book extract from the forthcoming novel of Sumita, who writes under the penname ‘Shoam’. It is a coming of age story of a thirteen-year-old girl, set just before the Emergency, in 1975, based in a remote corner of Bengal. We serialise the first three chapters of the novel, in the weekly column. A Different […]

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A Psychoanalytical Journey is a Voyage into the Minds and Psychological Concepts

Reading Time: 3 minutesMartin, the author, gets an opportunity to lead an education tour of Turkey through travel grant approved by the university. There are five couples in the group, four married couples and one lesbian couple, and the conversations between them majorly revolve around psychoanalysis and debate surrounding psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychodynamic therapy. Neerja reviews the debut […]

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The Vengeful Five – II

Reading Time: 4 minutesHere’s the second part of the two-part story by Sumita. The narration in macabre humour is intriguing, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. “Make way, make way, hot crunchy finger-chips on the way,” sang rotund little Varun. He backed in through the door with a large tray piled high with their favourite fries. […]

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Vanished – I

Reading Time: 8 minutesSumita tells us an engrossing story, in two parts. Here’s the first part, a horror-humour, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Dainagri: Police and government officials admit their miserable failure to dispense justice. Angry protesters, waving placards and demanding answers, have besieged the Town Hall through the week. Our elected leaders hang their heads […]

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Trifle

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere are four micro-fictions – Air, The Peacock Strut, Helmets, and Repartee – presenting four slices of life, Trifle, by Sumita, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Air   Being able to fart loud and long was so satisfying. She blessed the darkness, the loud music, and grateful that her loud farts did […]

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Journeys Lost

Reading Time: 16 minutesHere’s a story by Sumita, about a journey, exclusively in Different Truths. Dr. Sen’s house was in a state of excitement. His niece was bringing their grandnephews to meet them that very evening. The last time she had visited had been before her wedding more than a decade back. Mrs. Sen was on a high […]

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Friends Online

Reading Time: 10 minutesWe introduce a new weekly column from this Sunday. Chennai-based Sumita tells us a story about online friendship, exclusively in Different Truths. September 11 Monday, 09:45 pm Aryan Chelvam hi rams, what’s up man? T. Ramesh hey Aryan! long time no hear. where are u dude? at home da. exams starting soon. mom’s after me […]

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