Short Stories

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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First Crush

Reading Time: 4 minutesAn interesting love story by Tribhawan, exclusively for Different Truths. He was 20 going on 21. Four letter word ‘love’ was taboo so far his conservative family was concerned. Eagle eyed parents were always suspicious of his activities as he was prone to defy their orthodox tenets which were mainly negating the perception of an adolescent’s desires and aspirations. […]

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Six Men and Ulta Bhoot

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s an interesting story of six men, based on true life incidents, by Arindam, for the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths. On the rooftop of a well-known lodge in Varanasi, in busy Godholia, there was a row a six rooms for semi-permanent boarders. Six married bachelors, an artist-cum-photographer, an insurance officer, a journalist, two […]

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Fallen Life

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a poignant short story, a sudden fiction, by Muddasir, dealing with the gloom of death, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. In a whirring euphoria of summer, a beautiful sunny morning falls on a bright-lit faced young man. He goes on a sojourn to the city. On the way, the lull in […]

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Silent Love

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a Sudden Fiction by Srinagar-based Muddasir. He talks of love and its futility between two people. Sudden Fiction is a kind of Flash Fiction in less than 1000 words. Read the engrossing short short-story, exclusively in Different Truths. Is life truly so callous? He would ask himself when her looks disturbed his dreams. He […]

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What the Fish!

Reading Time: 6 minutesA fisherman, Gokul, catches a fish that can speak. The fish warps his reality. We are introducing a weekly new column, from this Sunday, Fantasy Fiction, by Bangalore-based Tapan, exclusively in Different Truths. Gokul shivered and woke up. It was third consecutive night, the same dream. The door knock – his opening the door – […]

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Incredible Love

Reading Time: 2 minutesHere’s a Sudden Fiction by Srinagar-based Muddasir. He weaves the complexities of love between two people. We are introducing a regular column, Sudden Fiction*, exclusively in Different Truths.   1 They took wing as if they had been in a cage when they first met in the Valley of Death. Excited, the crazy tides of love […]

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…And Two Women Suffered

Reading Time: 5 minutesShe was a slim, tall, elegant woman, too pretty to be a cook in our house, but as she was not very young, my mother kept her immediately. She looked so sophisticated when the van driver brought her from Kolkata where she had been looking for a job and a place to stay. She had […]

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Three Glasses of Wine

Reading Time: 14 minutesA plush villa, a luxurious life and hidden beneath it a life that’s futile. Harshali weaves an intense story of a woman who is trapped in her pain. But on the surface it’s beautiful, sensuous, fired with fantasies, delusional. Find out why she waits for the time to be ripe, in this fiction, bidding her […]

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The Flickering Diyas

Reading Time: 3 minutesTripti retells the Ramayana from Sita’s point of view. Here’s Sita’s agony that was perhaps never told in a patriarchal epic, as the special feature on International Women’s Day, exclusively for Different Truths. The flickering diyas (oil lamps) reminded her of her wandering hopes. She glanced at him. He was looking serene as he watched the lights that […]

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