The flat Earth

Safaruddin marched smartly through the air force compound into the hanger where his fighter plane waited, crouched and ready, like a falcon poised for the strike. Today was the day. His first strike- inside enemy territory. There was a thrill in his bones. On the way he passed the flag fluttering in the wind. The […]

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POLICE STORY

I hate those people who imply that a policeman’s work is not particularly intellectual. The job requires a streak of inspiration, practical cunning, and more than a smattering of smartness, in addition to muscles and heaps of courage. That is the reason why I am so suited to the job. You may have heard that […]

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Of Threats- and Horrible Histories.

I was in the sixth standard. Sunil and I had a common enemy, Manoj. To smuggle a live lizard into the class and put it in Manoj’s bag was a bright idea. It was mine. Sunil executed it to perfection. Manoj had a most satisfactory attack of hysterics. But he found out that we were […]

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The Edifice

It was the grand opening. The consecration of the church at Kochi. It was in the name of the warrior saint atop a horse with a ‘thrissool’ in his hand. Rome decreed recently that he was no longer a saint. They didn’t like his “thrissool” or his tendency to attack saints and dragons. But in […]

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Rowling’s blunder- And Harry Potter’s luck.

It doesn’t matter how fantastical your fictional worlds are. They have to have a consistency and logic to them. Some of them become more captivating than the real world. And Rowling’s world of wizards is one. Harry Potter is more inspiring than most real life heroes. He battled for what can be termed the quintessence […]

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