Mansarovar- a short story

A young couple rents a house in an orchard owned by a young widow. Things don’t end well for the new tenants.

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The Seduction Trap

I paid the vegetable vendor, adjusted the baby on one side of my waist and picked the heavy bag with other hand.  Our apartment has this bustling mini market where I buy everyday essentials like any other urban family. One can meet nearly all the neighbours in the evening, if you stayed for half an…

Old World Romance

How my father made up with a song and a string of jasmines after a lover’s tiff with mom.

Nal and Damyanti- a story told through Kathakali and Raja Ravi Varma paintings- Part 4

(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) Living in Kosala, Bahuka often worried what might have happened to Damyanti in the forest. One day when the other two servants were deep asleep, he cursed himself and sang a tragic separation song in her memory. Jeevalam was half awake and overheard this exceptional poetry….

Nal and Damyanti- a story told through Kathakali and Raja Ravi Varma paintings- part 3

(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) In the forest Nal and Damayanthi wandered hungry and thirsty. After hours they saw two birds sitting on a tree branch and planned to catch them for food. Without his bow and arrows Nal felt helpless and frustrated. He took off his only piece of clothing,…

Nal and Damyanti- a story told through Kathakali and Raja Ravi Varma paintings- part 2

(To read the story from the beginning go to nal-and-damyanti-a-story-told-through-kathakali-and-raja-ravi-varma-paintings-part-1) Damyanti was determined that she would choose Nal when her father invites suitors for her swayamvar– a groom selection contest, practiced for ancient princesses. All kings, princes and Gods aspired to marry a beautiful woman like her. Once her father Bheemak announced the swayamvar, Indra (God…