Short Stories

Innocence and Providence

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a primary school educator in Mauritius.She writes poems and short stories on a wide range of subjects.She publishes regularly on online poetry sites and manages her own poetry blog.She has published a collection of poems in print, in her country, titled “Awakened Fancies.”
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It was still seven in the morning. Kylie was walking back home after having worked the night away. She felt sore, her whole body ached. All she wanted right now was a hot bath and a warm bed. But she knew she should not even dream about such comforts, as life did not allow her these things. […]

Khuni Khan Jheel: Is the Lake in the Ridge Truly Haunted?

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Students of Delhi University, particularly in the North Delhi campus, have heard strange tales from their seniors about the Khuni Khan Jheel, the haunted lake within the wooded Ridge. Twenty five first year undergraduate students, of a prestigious college, wanted to crosscheck the ‘superstitious tales’. Well past midnight, on a cold and dark December night, they ventured into the […]

The Bright Light of Knowledge

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Vatsala Radhakeesoon

Born in Mauritus, in1977, Vatsala Radhakeesoon has had a keen interest in poetry writing since a very young age. Her poems have been featured in local and international newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies. Her first poetry book ‘When Solitude Speaks’ was published in 2013 on the approval of the Ministry of Arts and Culture (Mauritius). She is currently self-employed and continues to write poems in English, French, Kreol and Hindi.
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Vatsala tells us about a learned Vedic priest of the Arya Samaj, modelled on her maternal grandfather, Pandit Harikrishna Beeharee, whom she dedicates this short story to. The protagonist illuminates the minds of the people, helping them fight ignorance and superstitions. The setting is Mauritius. Find out how simple and forceful ways in which the priest dispels the fears […]

…And One Day-I

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

The protagonist, Nandini, was orphaned at the age of five, when she lost both her parents in an accident in the Western Ghats, in India. She was being brought up by her uncle and aunt, who were more interested at the substantial sum of money they received for looking after her. A lonely person, brought up in neglect, was […]

Telephone

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Madhumita translates a Bengali story, Telephone, by Satyajit Ray. Biresh Babu, a wealthy doctor’s family lost a diamond ring, mysteriously seven years ago. It was a king’s gift to his doctor grandfather, who had cured him. A telephone call reveals the mystery of the missing ring. Who was this strange caller? How did he know so much […]

Innate Indigo: Awakening the Kali Within

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
Subhajit Sanyal

At the midnight of Diwali, Kali Puja is performed by Bengalis. Tara, a garland seller at the Karunamayi Kali Temple, watches the temple committee arrange for the festival. Little by little, they have been arranging for Diwali since a long time. She has been in the hub of Kolkata since childhood. She has seen the goodness and evil, […]

Being Invisible to the Beautiful

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a primary school educator in Mauritius.She writes poems and short stories on a wide range of subjects.She publishes regularly on online poetry sites and manages her own poetry blog.She has published a collection of poems in print, in her country, titled “Awakened Fancies.”
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Ira’s life turned topsy-turvy with the death of her husband. Her elder son, Shailesh, a gay, who was loving and caring like his father had to leave the house, as gays have no place in civilised society. Sesh, her younger son, was abusive. He was extracting money from Ira. Her bank balance was empty. She was in deep debts. […]

The Bride of Death

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Life is full of strange surprises. It’s rightly said that facts are stranger than fiction. The protagonist, Anita, found acceptance of her love with Shubho perhaps a little too late. Here’s an interesting story, by Madhumita, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Anita could no way be consoled. I sat in her bedroom, on […]

Love Never Dies!

Sunita Paul

Sunita Paul

For Kolkata-based Sunita Paul aka Nitasu Laup, a single child, reading and writing has been her childhood passion. She won prizes in writing competitions. She began writing seriously after joining Facebook. Author Deborah Brookes Langford and Author Susan Joyner Stumpf helped her publish. Her two books, ‘Stars of Lightning’ and ‘Women of Passion’ are collaborations with different authors. Her first solo book, ‘Inked with Love’ was published recently. She hopes to write a novel soon.
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It was sheer coincidence that Sara met Aniket on a crowded railway platform. They had loved each other to bits, passionately, since childhood. Religion, class and other divisions that they were unaware of, tore them apart. Their dream marriage was an illusion. But would this sudden meeting, after 35 years, change anything? Will these childhood […]

Adrija

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee

Sudeshna Mukherjee was born in Kolkata but grew up in the beautiful Jharkhand (Ranchi) and it was here that she learnt to admire andappreciate Nature. Educated from Loreto Convent and St Xavier's College, she majored in Economics. She always contributed articles and stories for magazines. Post marriage she moved to Mumbai, a cultural melting pot - here she observed, absorbed and assimilated. Sensitive and emotional, her journey in her Poemotions continues to grow...
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Durga Puja brings joys and gaiety. Children and local artistes participate in plays, dance-dramas and other cultural extravaganzas. Adrija, the protagonist, too was busy rehearsing a dance-drama authored by Tagore. Amod Kaka (uncle) touches and gaze disturbed her. Will she be able to foil the evil designs of Amod? Here’s a story by Sudeshna that’ll make you […]

Padmavati: A Hurricane of the Heaven

Subhajit Sanyal

Subhajit Sanyal

Born in October, Subhajit is an open minded soul of 19. A son of Bengal, Subhajit belongs to a small town, Purulia. He has completed his schooling in 2015, May, when he begun scribbling as a hobby, affected by all that is happening in his surroundings. He is fond of reading, writing, music and photography, solely dedicated to writing and learning. He began writing by chance but now, is a wanderer by choice.
Subhajit Sanyal

All changes are unsettling. A teenager, Padmavati, tried to save her pet duck, a snow-white duck, Hari, from being sacrificed at the altar of the Goddess. No one could ever imagine to challenge the oppressive village landlords, the Chatutis and their priests. But Padma did the unimaginable. She committed a blasphemy stealing the sacrificial duck. What happened to her? […]

And then…

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

Sneha, the protagonist, goes about her routine life with clockwork precision. She gets up at the crack of the dawn to prepare breakfast for Ayushi, her adopted daughter, and to send her to school, like most Desi Moms, in the US. Ayushi was her first cousin’s child, born out of wedlock. Her cousin lost the battle of life […]

Akashganga: Cosmogony and Mythology – I

Sunil Kumar Banerjee

Sunil Kumar Banerjee

Commissioned in the Indian Airforce (IAF) in 1978, Sunil Kumar Banerjee took premature retirement in the rank of Wing Commander. Military Combat Free Fall Instructor for over a decade and have made over 1000 parachute jumps over different Dropping Zones. He is the Founder Member of the elite “Akashganga”, the Indian Air Force Team and was featured in the Limca Book of Records for pioneering work in Canopy Flying in India.
Sunil Kumar Banerjee

The birth and creation of Akashganga: The Indian Air Force Skydiving Team is a long story of about forty years in the annals of sport parachuting. To the uninitiated the story of military paratrooping shall reveal the hidden seeds of the birth of sport parachuting in the subsequent episodes. Sunil always wanted to put pen to paper to […]

How Seema Combatted the Evil!

Sunita Paul

Sunita Paul

For Kolkata-based Sunita Paul aka Nitasu Laup, a single child, reading and writing has been her childhood passion. She won prizes in writing competitions. She began writing seriously after joining Facebook. Author Deborah Brookes Langford and Author Susan Joyner Stumpf helped her publish. Her two books, ‘Stars of Lightning’ and ‘Women of Passion’ are collaborations with different authors. Her first solo book, ‘Inked with Love’ was published recently. She hopes to write a novel soon.
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Are our children safe? Young girls are more vulnerable to the diabolical plans and evil designs of men in our society. These evil doers have many faces. Sunita tells us about a real life incident that’s fictionalised. In this story, the protagonist, uses her presence of mind to escape. Find out what did Seema do? […]

The House of the Dead

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Madhumita, a non-believer, did not believe in gods or ghosts, nor did she subscribe to religion. She met her friend from another city and as they were catching up on their lives, she tells the writer a stranger story. It was about an eerie dream. A voice speaking to her friend. She also saw the beautiful cottage […]

The Love Story of Eugènie and Anirban

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

They were from different worlds, Eugènie and Anirban. What made them come together? Each of them had their baggage. But love is so overpowering that it breaks many boundaries. Here’s an interesting love story, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Eugènie, gently moved Anirban’s arms clasping her. She was careful not to wake him. They had […]

To be a Bride Again!

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Whenever a girl is dressed like a bride, she is sent away. First, from her parent’s home. And, the next time, for her final journey. The protagonist says, “I am to be married again…. The ceremony of my leaving my house again. Now for the last time.” Madhumita tells us a heart-wrenching story of an unattractive and […]

A Crowded Loneliness

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
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There are several positive things about large and extended families (read the joint family system). Often, parents-in- law snoop into the private lives of their daughters-in- law. It’s stifling and suffocating. How can a mother-in- law crowd the bedroom of her son and daughter-in- law? Some families are so large that husbands and wives do not have their […]

Lesbian Lovers Together in Life and Death!

Sunita Paul

Sunita Paul

For Kolkata-based Sunita Paul aka Nitasu Laup, a single child, reading and writing has been her childhood passion. She won prizes in writing competitions. She began writing seriously after joining Facebook. Author Deborah Brookes Langford and Author Susan Joyner Stumpf helped her publish. Her two books, ‘Stars of Lightning’ and ‘Women of Passion’ are collaborations with different authors. Her first solo book, ‘Inked with Love’ was published recently. She hopes to write a novel soon.
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Two college friends, Reena and Minu, were lesbian lovers. They wanted to remain together. Reena was brutalised and married off in a distant state to a doctor. Could marriage separate the two girls, deeply in love? What triggered the crime of passion? Sunita takes a look at the grim reality of same sex love, a taboo in Indian […]

The Dancing Lamp

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy

Arindam Roy has 35 years experience in various newsrooms. He was the Managing Editor of a reputed Gurgaon-based Citizen Journalist portal and has held senior positions in several publications. As Correspondent and Bureau Chief, he has written extensively for Associated Press, Times of India, Hindustan Times and multiple news outlets. He has contributed 13 chapters to various publications. Of these, seven chapters were published in two Coffee Table Books, published by the Times Group. He is a co-author of a novel, Rivers Run Back that he penned with Joyce Yarrow. The novel was launched at the American Centre, New Delhi, on January 2015. He lives in Allahabad.
Arindam Roy

Childhood and teenage are magical years. Two teenagers, Arun and Gaurishankar, witness a spooky incident. The midsummer nights’ eerie event scared them. Despite their fears, they recorded the details of the strange dancing lamp. Find out what happened when others got to know about it. Here’s an interesting account, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Two teenage […]

The Twilight

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
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Sexual behavior of the elderly especially the ‘Human Female’ of the menopausal age group is relatively a new subject to be talked about. The society looks down upon desire and libido in  these women. Even elderly men are castigated for their sexual drives. Menopause is the most misunderstood biological change that happens to a woman; a change that […]

A Lucrative Proposal

Sunita Paul

Sunita Paul

For Kolkata-based Sunita Paul aka Nitasu Laup, a single child, reading and writing has been her childhood passion. She won prizes in writing competitions. She began writing seriously after joining Facebook. Author Deborah Brookes Langford and Author Susan Joyner Stumpf helped her publish. Her two books, ‘Stars of Lightning’ and ‘Women of Passion’ are collaborations with different authors. Her first solo book, ‘Inked with Love’ was published recently. She hopes to write a novel soon.
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  Shauni Mukherjee’s boss Rudra Sanyal offered a lucrative proposal to her. It was a one-way ticket to the slippery ladder in the corporate world. It was an offer that promised windfall. What would young and ambitious Shauni do? What would she gain and what would she lose? Sunita takes us through the strange twists and turns of […]

In the Light of Darkness

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Is death an end? Do the ones who have passed away ever leave us? There are ten dimensions. We know only three. Here the protagonist is in conversation with her loved one, who left seven days back. An eerie account by Madhumita, in her weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. “Come closer. Let me see you.” “It is […]

A Rainy Day

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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Here’s an uncanny story from Madhumita. Three-day long rains had inundated the locality where the young couple stayed. The lady of the house cooked khichudi (rice and lentil porridge) and crisp onion munchies and eggplant fritters. Her husband joked about having hilsa fries with it. Find out what happened after they had hilsa, in this interesting ghost story, […]

Endless Sleep / Five Decades of Red Roses

Olaitan Maryam

Olaitan Maryam

Olaitan is a Nigerian. She is also a Student, Blogger, Sales Representative, Poet, Writer and an Essayist. Some of her poems have been published in anthologies, on webzines and blogs.
Olaitan Maryam

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An open-ended short story from Nigerian author, Olaitan. The quaint mystery heightens the tragedy in Endless Sleep. The second story, Five Decades of Red Roses, is a flashback account of the protagonist. Here are two powerful stories exclusively for Different Truths. Endless Sleep It was like a dream to me; as I watched John cry like a […]

Red Lilies

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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A young couple met Samuel Patrick on a rainy Saturday morning. A middle aged man, he looked harried and lost. He was reasonably well-dressed and had a bunch of red lilies with him. They met for eight consecutive Saturdays. Find out why they never met again. Here’s an interesting story from Madhumita, in her weekly […]

The Paradigm

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Dr. Tripti Sharan

Tripti is a practising gynaecologist at BLK Super Speciality Hospital,New Delhi. Many of her writings are influenced by the pain and suffering she sees as a doctor.Her forthcoming book ‘The Chronicles of a Gynaecologist’ is being published by Bloomsbury India. She also has an anthology of poems,‘The Dewdrops..a journey begins’. She contributes poems and stories to many publications.
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Dating, boozing, premarital sex are the ‘in-thing’ these days. It has confused teenage girls, who have to deal with hormonal rush and peer pressures. A gynecologist, Tripti, recounts the confusion of a ‘good girl’ tossing between tradition and modernity; her parents who are obsessed with the family honour rather than the toxic levels in her body. A 25-year […]

The Ring

Madhumita Ghosh

Madhumita Ghosh

Professor Dr. Madhumita Ghosh is also a poet and editor. Her poems have been widely published in print, e-books, journals and magazines all over the world.She has authored four poetry books titled For All You Lovely People, Pebbles On The Shore, Flowing with the River and My Poetry My Voice, and also William Blake; A Prophet for Mankind, a critical study on the British poet. Madhumita has presently a novel and a book of short stories are in the pipeline.
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A loving husband gifts his wife a ring. It was one of the most beautiful rings that she had seen. But, things changed after she wore it. But, when she took off the ring, her husband was his old, loving self. Find out, with the protagonist the true story of the ring. An enigmatic story by Madhumita exclusively […]

Throb in my Vein

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita C. Roy

Anumita Chatterjee Roy is an artist at heart. She has an eye for the unusual. Her naturescapes make her the quintessential Romantic. She paints, is passionate about photography, creates word images in her verses and loves to write. She cooks delicacies and is a foodie. Born in India, she was brought up in several countries. These strengthened the global citizen in her. She now lives in the Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.
Anumita C. Roy

Strange are the twists and turns of life. Here the protagonist of Anumita’s story finds herself caught in layers of whirlwinds, of storms raging within her. She blanks out and moves mechanically. A deep tragedy manifests in strange ways. The protagonist finds that endings often contain beginnings too. A soulful short story for Different Truths. Walking past the […]