Short Stories #9 Mitai

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Marica left Brazil to stay with Sonia in India. What she couldn’t obviously leave behind was her Portuguese accent. But, she wasn’t averse to other languages. For instance, she would often ask Sonia, the pronunciation of different Hindi words.

One such word Sonia remembered today, on Diwali eve, was Mithai (which means sweets in English). Marica, aware of the word’s correct pronunciation, always pronounced it as Mitai (intentionally missing┬áthe emphasis on ‘h’), just to tease Sonia, just to see that annoyed expression on her face. And then, they both laughed uncontrollably.

It had been two whole years since the accident, but Marica’s voice was still as fresh as yesterday. #Mitai


Short Stories #8 Limits

He asked the autowallah to take them to Maroosh Cafe, which was hardly two kilometers away. The autowallah promptly asked for 100 bucks which Karunesh bargained down to 40. They hopped in, reached the destination and found the cafe to be closed. Farzyn asked the autowallah to take a u-turn and take them to a Subway, which was the same distance from where they hopped in, but in opposite direction.

While getting off Karunesh drew out 100 bucks from his wallet, but before he could give it to the autowallah, Farzyn settled the payment with just 50. Shocked and disappointed in self, he asked her how she could settle for just 50 when they commuted triple the distance? She laughed, placed her hand on his shoulder, and said, ‘one should always test limits Karunesh’!

With guilt, he thought to self – Exactly what I have been doing for the past six months, every Wednesday night, in a double occupancy OYO room.


Short Stories #7 Ola

images (2)Old age wasn’t really bad for him. He had his own room, good food to eat, decent clothes to wear and a loving wife. What he didn’t have was the option to see his elder brother, at his ready will. If only, he could drive or his sons could take out time to take him around. Age had robbed him of ‘mobility’.

At 78, Ola became his new ride!




Short Stories #6 Sweet War

images (1)She looked at the clock and realized that it will be another one hour before Rana arrives. She wanted to serve him dinner before going to sleep. After all, she made Rana’s favorite sweet today – kheer.

Rana entered in exactly 59 minutes, tired and exhausted, as usual. Even before she could mention the kheer, her mother in law offered Rana a gulab jamun, saying that she specially made it for him. Irritated, after a few minutes, she hesitantly mentioned the kheer, knowing Rana was on a diet and would say no!

Rana quelled the tension by earning calories.


Short Stories #5 Dear ex

I miss you, every time I am on the dance floor, every time I have a pizza and every time I iron my clothes. I think about you almost every third day. A lot of these times, I wonder how you are, what you are doing and why you would never try to get in touch.

What made you so cold and detached? Sometimes, I am jealous.

I remember our last call where we discussed celebrating new year eve together. And then, within the next few weeks, you disappeared – uninterested and unreachable.

I know you are up to something awesome! So here’s a really concise list of some of my best memories with you –

  1. Setting the dance floor on fire, every time we went out to party!
  2. Your strategies around getting best/ free pizzas (and returning bad pizzas)
  3. Our eating competition at Barbeque Nation buffet (where obviously I won)

There are many more. Give me a call sometime.





Short Stories #4 The Pandit

She was worried about her daughter who just ended a toxic relationship. She had faith in her daughter’s ability to find another mate but was concerned about the relationships reaching their logical end. So, she took the next logical step of consulting a universal SME aka Pandit.

The Pandit quelled all her fears citing favorable alignment of planets. She happily returned home to discover a note sticking under the Bhutan fridge magnet. The note read, “Goodbye Mom!”.

If only she was more worried about the right things!