The Blue Umbrella

The umbrella was like a flower, a great blue flower that had sprung up on the dry brown hillside. In exchange for her lucky leopard’s claw pendant, Binya acquires a beautiful blue umbrella that makes her the envy of everyone in the village, especially Ram Bharosa, the shopkeeper. It is the prettiest umbrella in the…

The Successful Headmaster

Hefty, tall and bespectacled, wearing spotless double “veshti” (a two-fold long loincloth worn by elderly men in India) and a crisply ironed white bush shirt, its length reaching down to his knees, a large-size shirt pocket containing papers and a Parker fountain pen, properly buttoned shirt holes tied to each other with a thread, a…

Is Simplicity the best form of life?

Simplicity is the best form of life. But it should not be so simple as to make other people believe that simplicity can be taken for granted. Once there lived a snake in a small village under a banyan tree. The snake was very proud of its poisonous capacity. Sometimes it used to bite people…

Reservoir 13

Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family’s loss. Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set…

Nurani

Nurani is one of the eighteen villages in Palakkad town, (Palakkad District, Kerala State, India) one among 96 of them (called Agraharams) in the entire district. This village is a beautiful one with its own tradition and culture. Palakkad is basically an agricultural district. During the times of the rules by various Kings, they felt…