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Dark is indeed beautiful - The Hindu

My Article in "The Hind" NxG, 1st August,2013.

Dark is indeed beautiful - The Hindu

Breaking free

Endless storm brushes me past never leaves me alone with my hair pricking my face  like pine
Rains pound onto my body making it shiver my body gleams silver when the silky glow pounds my skin
Suddenly, there is a heavy swirl of pearl white snow slithering onto me I shudder
Ringlets of heat rays gorge on my face quenching its thirst leaving me parched
Stillness conquers engulfing my present meditating upon my mind that swirls like sand storm
I stand there facing all at once with a ringlet of fire seemingly comforting fixated around my middle
Like the ever changing arena my desires never cling but grow and shirnk change form
They laugh at me with malice upon my fickleness on being futile, indesicive
cringe me into pulp shatter into pieces strangle into dead meat devour my senses and grin with contempt
I am torn inbetween them the desire to move yet to stay the desire to battle yet to make peace the desire to laugh yet to cry the desire to live yet to die
As my ringlet of icy flame burn…


If you had missed the previous chapters, click here.
It was another wonderful morning in New York. Maureen was, as usual, in the library searching for material for her undergraduate thesis. She had been working extremely hard on it from her very first year at the university. In the last few months, Maureen had toiled harder than ever. She had restrained from going out with her friends, calling her parents and even meeting Steve.
She had been engrossed in her world of books and reports which would help the thesis come alive. She had dark circles around her eyes and had thinned down to an unhealthy state. She had switched off her cell-phone and had thrown it over the corner of her room. When Steve had tried to call repeatedly, there was nothing but the computerized voice saying that the phne was switched off.
Steve was parched of happiness as he continuously tried to contact her. He had been spending hours at the library waiting for her to arrive, to just see her, hold her hand a…


If you had missed the previous chapters, click here to read: Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5.


Ronny was the one to speak first. He embarrassingly apologized to her for asking such a question. “Curiosity got the better of meee.. I shouldn’t have, dear. Sorry.” He told.
“Ron… that’s just fine. Erm… are you by any chance outside?” she asked.
“Of course not.. why do you ask?” he asked.
“Nothing nothing… you know what.. I go for team lunches with my boss and my other coleagues… Do you guys hang out too?” she asked, praying that he must not find her question to be unusually suspicious.
“Ah..Wow..Larson takes you guys to team lunch? And you lament to me that you have a moron for a boss, eh?” he asked laughing at her.
“Well. He might have been a little considerate, at times.” She told.
“Whatever… but we never have team lunches here. And even if we had one, me and Steve would be the last persons to go!” he said.
“Oh…Why?” she asked, her brows frowning ironically.
“Jessy w…


If you had missed the previous chapters of the story, please click here: Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4

Maureen sat on the couch with her hands clutching her skull. She had become accustomed to the intense migraine she suffered when in stressful situations and she had surely been under a lot of stress while at work with her boss. But this was because of Steve..of herself and their complicated relationship in the recent past.

She didn’t want to go near him, she didn’t want to ask him why, she felt that it was not a crime to be promoted at work. Her guilt for Steve had converted into anger. She had opinionated that Steve was fuming due to sheer male ego that had been roused due to her promotion at work.She sat there sipping from her can of cola, half expecting him to come back and explain the cause of his sudden outburst.  But no, he did not turn up for the next few hours. By that time, Maureen had complicated things by thinking more about that issue. She waited on th…