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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 29) - Facing the truth

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​With all her hopes broken and all her dreams shattered, as she wept through the glory of the mystical night, the whispers of her heart grew louder...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 28) - Beauty in simplicity

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Ragini sat down on the floor close to her window. The moonlight sparkled into her room and came to rest on her bed. She closed her eyes and inhaled...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 27) - Fairytales and unicorns

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Do you believe in fairies?" asked Palak looking adoringly at Ragini and Vividha. ​Vividha smiled pleasantly as she picked up her paintbrush....

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 26) - Your own inner genie

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a result of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​As far as she could see, the softness of the setting sun spread her grace. As she swiftly continued on her path, the glowing woods welcomed her...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 60) - Thank you

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Would you mind dating me?" asked Ahan extending his hand towards Nisha. ​Startled by his question, she immediately said, "Do you...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 59) - Pour your heart out to me

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Nisha," said Rihana snapping her out of her thoughts, "please don't mind my brother. He is a little rude at times." ​"I am...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 58) - Kindness and gratitude

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Nisha was feeling extremely worried. Her mind was agitated and the restlessness she felt was making her feel all the more annoyed. ​"I just...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 57) - The light in you is all that I see

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Well Diya," asked Vivan still gazing at the moon through the window, "have you ever felt so caged that you just couldn't breathe?"...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 56) - Santa's blessings

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Nisha suddenly felt a feeling of sadness come over her. The more she tried to focus on her dreams, the more the world reminded her of being...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 55) - A beautiful moonlit night

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Nisha relaxed into the comfortable wooden armchair. She wrapped her shawl tightly around herself as her eyelids shut down under the pressure of...

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The Mother Martyred

They were coming. And they were coming faster than she had expected. There were 2 of them. She could tell by the sound of their feet as they rushed towards her and her daughter. She was running as fast as she could. At the same time, she made sure that it was her little child who would be the one, to be the farthest ahead in this duel of 4. She knew it was not easy to evade them. The look she had seen in their eyes before turning back and running, was of someone who would do anything to...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 54) - Compassion for all

​Please note that this story is entirely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Nisha sat down close to the fireplace as Diya drank her cup of  tea. ​"Thank God," said Nisha, "the lights came back quicker...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 53) - Chaos all around

​Please note that this story is entirely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Finally the darkness melted away as the light of love spread all around. She turned around and as she did so, all her fears were dissolved by...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 52) - Lost in darkness

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I should have been careful with the keys," said Arjun. ​"Its all right," said Vivan, "it was a busy day today." ​The...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 51) - An eerie night

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a result of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"The workshop was really great," said Nisha as Arjun and she sat in the sitting room close to the fireplace. ​"Thank you," he...

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Manjusaka - The red spider lily and its symbolism in Tokyo Ghoul

The red spider lily (Lycoris radiata / Higanbana) also known as the equinox flower, is one of a kind. Also known as 'Manjusaka' in Japanese, it refers to the flower of death. In the anime adaptation of the manga : Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida, this flower has been shown several times throughout the protagonist's transformation. The manga revolves around a world in which there are primarily two races : humans and ghouls. These two sides are at a constant war among each other at many...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 25) - The Goddess consoles

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictous manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental.We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Its not always easy to go with the flow. Things may not go as you want, people may betray your trust and you maybe judged at all times. But worry not...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 24) - Finding my tribe

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​You deserve all that you wish for. The world tells you that you are not educated enough, talented enough, pretty enough or smart enough. But hear...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 23) - Colours of hope

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The divine will serves all souls. Many times we don't get what we wish for. We are faced with situations we never wanted to come across. Faith...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 22) - Bliss and peace

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​It was a pretty cold day. There were power cuts all over the town. In the classroom there was no electricity. Lanterns had been arranged at...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 50) - The moon and her magic

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a result of the author's imagination or have been used fictiously. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Now where are my notes?" said Arjun searching through the pile of books on the table. ​"Are you ready Arjun?" said Vivan walking...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 49) - Soft blankets

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I work in the housekeeping department here. My name is Anubha." ​Nisha was talking to a young lady whom she just met. ​"So, how is...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 48) - Love and light

 ​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community.  ​ The world as we know it is strange and weird. Everyone is working to earn money. Money, why is it so special? Because it...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 47) - Lost in love

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ One hardly ever knows the reason for feeling annoyed and frustrated. Some blame it on the stressful lifestyle while some go on to blame the...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 46) - As of now

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The weather was quite cold and the winds were howling and shaking the branches of the trees. The fog had returned again and hardly anything could be seen clearly. ​The girls entered the hotel still thinking about Vivan's words. They felt worried and stressed. ​"Do they...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 45) - The power of now

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I really don't want to go back," said Nisha, "but what can I do? I am in debt and have no job. For how long will I live like this?" ​"For how long are you going to live anyway?" said a voice. ​The girls turned around and saw Vivan walking upto them....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 44) - Universe as the genie

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The fog grew thicker as they drove uphill. Every person in the bus was getting worried about his safety. The driver drove slowly and carefully. ​"I can hardly see anything now," said Diya worriedly, "how is the driver driving in such thick fog?"...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 21) - Embrace the divine will

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and all names, characters, places, events and locales are either a product of the author's imagination or used in a fictious manner. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ You are perfect the way you are. You are infinitely loved and supported. You are entitled to all the glories of the universe. I do not ask...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 20) - Worry, money and prayers

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Okay, so you are going to work here and take no money for it," one of the housemaids asked Ragini. ​Ragini was in no mood to talk to them. She silently walked out of the kitchen and went to her room. On her little desk, there were idols of Lord Ganesha,...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 19) - Doubting miracles

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I will draw and paint and then maybe...",  said Ragini. ​She was having a conversation with Mrs. Aradhana in the kitchen. ​"Come on dear," said Mrs. Aradhana, "you are a talented artist but none of your work will sell. You cannot make a...

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The Fairy By The Sea

Around 1200BC, there lived a fairy honest and passionate, full of life and genius. God sent her down on Earth to live as one of the humans and experience it for sometime. Her name was Gian. She was so sensitive that whenever someone spoke to her in an abnormal tone of voice, she would burst out crying. She didn't know the Earth rules of tilting words around, didn't know to express herself in sentences and to get her point across in Earthly manner. She didn't like conflicts and any...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 18) - The storm strikes

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Ragini sat down in the garden close to the roses. It was drizzling and cold winds were blowing. She picked up her handkerchief which lay in her lap using it to wipe her tears which didn't seem to stop as she recalled all that had happened at the breakfast table.  ​"Why...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 17) - Love and Delight

​Please note that this story id purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Now this is really delicious," said Mrs. Aradhana tasting the soup. ​"The vegetables were really fresh," said Mr. Vikram "and we have quite a lot of spices left this week." ​"Thats splendid," said Mrs. Aradhana. ​"I wonder,"...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 43) - The bitter reality

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The winds graced the ambiance of the place. Nisha could clearly see the mountains as they drove uphill. It was beautiful. She just wanted to enjoy these few precious moments before she returned. Her journey had been great. Yes, troubles had come up but it had been beautiful....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 42) - Facing the truth

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"What if I have really been wrong so far?" said Diya as she sat up straight. ​The bus was proceeding uphill and the fog was slowly beginning to show up again. ​"Maybe father was right," she thought, "I left a well-paying job, I hurt my family, I landed up...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 41) - Giving up the fight

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I guess that I shall be able to get some nice pictures there. My nature column will be so full of beauty," Diya exclaimed in delight. ​"Well," said Nisha, "whatever it is but I am glad that we get to go. I desperately needed some change."...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 40) - The foggy morning

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ The night grew darker and the moon again hid behind the clouds. The stars still glittered and the winds still created sounds of music. ​"You know Nisha," said Diya as they were slowly drifting to sleep, "I am glad that I am not alone in this." ​"We are...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 39) - Faith in miracles

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​She looked out at the mysterious night sky. The moon was glowing and her sparkle reached her heart. Her heart, which had already shattered into a million pieces. She had longed for happiness, but got punished instead. She wanted freedom but got trapped instead. She was who she was. She loved helping others. She wanted to help the man...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 38) - Mysterious happenings

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"And now," said Mr. Nishant, "who all are coming with us tomorrow?" ​He was speaking to his team of assistants. The events were finally over and the supervisors of the hotel staff were heading to Mussoorie the very next day. They were going to visit...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 37) - The new moon

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"How beautiful she looks," said Arjun admiring the moon, "its full moon today Vivan. A really beautiful time." ​Vivan was lost in his thoughts. He was thinking about his job, his life and about the conversation he had with Nisha in the afternoon. ​"Arjun," he...

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What moonlight sounds like?

Morning alarmed beeped and she pushed herself out of the bed getting ready for a hectic day ahead. As the toaster popped up the breads, the milkman rang the bell twice. As she rushed towards the door, her eyes met the clock. Riya will be late for school. She has not started with her tiffin yet either. Finishing off with the breakfast and getting Riya all dressed up, she packed her just the toast and butter feeling failed at her job already. The designation read Samridhi Sinha,...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 16) - The rainy night

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction. Any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Finally, Vividha and Palak arrived home. They had stopped at the local store to buy some groceries and other materials of daily use. It was already dark when they returned. ​"Now how many times have I told you to return before the sunset," shouted their mother....

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 15) - Visiting the marketplace

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The rains had started again. The weather was again changing rapidly. The winds blew and shook the branches of the trees. Once again, the sounds of thunder filled the atmosphere. ​The woods looked pretty scary. Ragini was afraid of snakes coming out and causing trouble....

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 14) - Red roses and a friend's advice

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​"And today, we shall fill our art with colours," Mrs. Anupriya announced excitedly, "I hope everyone has their colours with them." ​"I will colour it pink," said Palak looking at her drawing, "its my favourite colour. What about you Vividha?" ​Vividha looked at her picture and said, "I prefer...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 13) - Being grateful

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. "And now, whats this?" Ragini found an envelope lying on the floor as she was cleaning Ms. Manya's room. ​She picked it up and placed it on the desk where her eyes caught side of an old diary. For some reason, she felt worried. She felt as if there was something dark and dangerous in the vibes around. ​"I guess I am...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 12) - Miserable times

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​With pain and anger rising up in her heart, she drew. One petal, then another and then another. No, it wasn't perfect. It wasn't her best piece of work, but she went on. She drew again, slower this time and then again and again. Although she felt really bad and discouraged, but she still went on drawing. She had cried over it, cursed...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 11) - I believe in miracles

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The night grew darker and again it started to rain. The sounds of raindrops falling on the rooftops, the winds howling and the clouds roaring spiked up the eerie ambiance of the already mysterious night. The power cuts became worse and even the streetlights had gone off....

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 10) - Thorn pricks

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​She drew the stem first and continued as she drew the thorns. Sharp, rough and large, she drew them with full attention. Erasing and smudging, creating with her imagination she drew them in honor of her fears. She thought of the harsh words she would often hear, she had...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 9) - The sparkle of hope

​As she walked into the classroom slowly proceeding towards her desk, her eyes caught sight of a beautiful portrait which hung on one of the walls. A young girl wearing a cotton saree with her head covered and bowed down, sewing and smiling, her hands adorned with what looked like bracelets, her eyes looking as if they were brimming with tears. It seemed to her that the girl in the painting was sewing the life of her dreams. Ragini stood there admiring the beauty of the wonderful piece...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 8) - A bitter start

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Dreams are the visions of hope adorned with faith and truth. They are drawn by purpose, coloured by imagination and hung on the walls of heart. They are like doorways leading to a palace of love. ​Ragini's dreams were the secret to her cheerfulness. She was unaffected by...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 36) - Full of light

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​Vivan walked into the sitting area. He walked upto the huge window and opened the curtains. The rains had finally stopped and it had all begun to clear up. Finally he could see the world clearly. ​"Mr. Vivan," came a sharp voice from behind him, "is that you?" ​Vivan turned around and saw Nisha standing there with a...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 35) - Angel messages

​Nisha took out her diary and turned over to a blank page. She wrote all that was in her heart. She wrote about how she felt, how worried she was, she wrote about all that was bothering her and finally she wrote about how painful it felt to be called a liar and how horrible it felt to be judged. She put her diary away and poured herself a glass of water. ​From her bag, she took out an old harp. It was dusty and a few strings had broken. She remembered having bought it years ago when she...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 34) - Believing

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​ Ms. Manya went to one of the book sections and soon disappeared behind the shelves. ​"Her aura is so radiant!" said Nisha, "I could literally feel sunbeams radiating from her." ​Nisha picked up the magazine again. Her mind was clouded by thoughts and her heart was loaded with bitterness. Judgement, opinions and above...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 33) - A sincere apology

​Diya heard the sound of the raindrops falling on the window panes. The weather was getting worse and it was getting really cold. She was glad that she had packed at least a few cardigans for herself. She couldn't even think of buying one at the moment. ​"Its pretty nice in here. I am grateful that we can now spend some more time here. I hope Nisha is all right. She has been really scared since last night. I still remember the night when I was attacked. It still scares me. I just...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 7) - The foggy night

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The night was foggy and one of the streetlights had gone off. The streets were dark and the road was damp. The dogs were barking and almost everyone was inside their homes. ​Ragini was waiting for Ms. Manya to arrive. Her work was over only when Ms. Manya went to bed. She...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 6) - A strange guest

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. ​Ms. Anita settled in her room and began to unpack her stuff. She pulled out a dagger packed in a golden case, an ancient looking diary, a wooden box which was protected by a miniature lock, a red shawl and from underneath all her stuff she pulled out an envelope. ​"I guess," she said, "that this week shall be an exciting...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 5) - Creative expressions

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"And now," spoke Mrs. Anupriya, the art teacher, "I welcome you all. Thank you so much for choosing your love for art." ​Everybody smiled and sat patiently on the soft green grass as the dried leaves falling from the trees graced the beautiful setting....

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 4) - Ragini meets her little companion

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The weather was at its best. The winds were howling but there were no signs of rains. The leaves of the trees whispered their rustling sounds while the nightingale sang her peaceful song. The lush green grass welcomed her footsteps and the trees bowed down to her. ​She...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 3) - Keep it hidden

​Ragini was busy cleaning Ms. Manya's room once she had left. No one else was allowed in her room. She had been working for Ms. Manya for quite some time now. She dusted the bookshelf and replaced the withered flowers with fresh ones. She opened the curtains to let the sunlight in. She arranged the books and newspapers neatly and then she finally fed the little poodle. ​"My turn now," she said, "lets see whats left in the kitchen." ​"Where did this come...

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 2) - The bright morning

​"You are mistaken Mam, I was just........" ​"Having a look at my ornaments, were you?" ​"No! I was............" ​"Thats okay," came the sinister voice again," you can take whatever you want. I am pretty generous with all my staff." ​Not knowing what to do or say, she slowly closed the cupboard and walked up to the lady. ​"I called you for some work," said the lady, "a young girl of your age should be working the whole time....

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RAPUNZEL AND HER MOONLIGHT (Chap 1) - The starlit night

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​She looked out of her window into the vastness of the universe. She gazed into the darkness of the night and spoke to the starlight adorning the sky. She looked at the moon and wondered at her glory. The midnight sky smiled back at her opening her arms wide to welcome her within....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 32) - Settling in with the flow

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I know that you are speaking the truth," Mr. Das was having a conversation with Nisha and Diya. ​"My son is missing and now I am worried for my daughter too," he said and broke down into tears. ​"Is there anything we can do for you?" asked Diya....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 31) - Soul sisters

​Nisha sat down in the sitting area close to the fireplace. The burning logs of wood were staring back at her. She felt miserable at her own fate. She didn't know what had she done to deserve this. Being stuck in such a place with nowhere else to go seemed like a nightmare. Nothing was safe. It was all messed up and she had no clues on how to sort it out. Why was it that her ordinary life was crushed under the demands of her soul? What was it that was in store for her? What was it that...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 30) - Someone goes missing

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ "Are you sure Mam?" Nisha was having a conversation with one of the security guards. ​"Yes, of course. I saw it just a few minutes ago." ​"And do have you any idea who that man was? Is he a guest here?" ​"I.....I really don't know."...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 29) - Sinister it is

​The winds howled as the night darkened. The sounds of owls filled the atmosphere. The fog grew thicker as the night descended. The smell of danger lingered in the streets. But still the moonlight made her way through the darkness as the fog slowly began to fade away. ​"Why is that room still occupied?" a gentleman walked upto Mr. Ajay, "how can you be so careless." ​"I am trying my best Sir, just give me some time." ​"Tonight," he said holding Mr. Ajay...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 28) - Painful thoughts

​Nisha sat in her room close to the fireplace lost in her thoughts. The eerie vibes she was getting from this place, the strange happenings and above all, they just had two more days to spend here. Where would they go? She was in no mood to return to her old apartment as it reminded her of her old life. She was feeling terribly afraid. ​Arjun stood in the balcony of his room looking at the thick fog. It was pretty cold but the pain in his heart was much worse. The shame of being...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 27) - Again comes the message of love

​Diya sat down on one of the seats in the very first row. She was quite excited about the book launch. She had never attended one before and was eager to learn more. A gentleman came and sat down beside her. She realised that he was the same person who had invited her for the moonology workshop which unfortunately had got cancelled. ​Just as they had seated the young man sitting next to her started feeling dizzy. ​"Are you all right. What happened?", she asked worriedly....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 26) - Strange happenings

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblace to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​Arjun walked up to the area near the pool. He stood there gazing into the distance though he was hardly able to see anything due to the thick fog. His heart broke down. This was the place where he had planned to put up his first workshop. He felt really upset about it....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 25) - Whispers of wisdom

​"He told me," continued Nisha, "that what supports you when you broke your heart's true desire. And that was the moment I remembered all those times when I had decorated my apartment with candles and covers and also encouraged my mom to do so, those times when I would take absolute pleasure in connecting with fabrics and colours, that time I was really in bliss." "Universe planned that encounter for you," said Diya, "now lets get going. I don't want to miss...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 24) - Passions collide

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any place, event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"This is so soft," said Nisha holding a corner of the bedsheet which the salesgirl was showing her," and this colour is so soothing to the eyes." ​"Yes mam, this one is really quite comfortable." ​Nisha selected a total of twelve...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 23) - The mess begins

Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ The fog was still pretty dense but the whole town was awake now. The road was jammed with vehicles and the two girls were having a really hard time walking up to their destination. ​"Did Manager Nishant really say that?", asked Arjun. Vivan and he were having...

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The Mystery of Belt

I was waiting for a long time for the inspector, after some time I passed with a cup of black coffee in the coffee house, a hard voice spoke out, "Hello! Are you hearing me?" It was Mr. Ray, the senior police inspector looking for my intervention abruptly in solving a murder case. "The dead body is removed from the place of incidence, the victim's body is now under forensic observation.", Ray said in such a way as he was looking for my consent to make our entry in...

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Video Calling through Time Dimensions: Dream or Nightmare?

​ The dream starts with present me video calling with myself who is living in the year 2020. I am going to address the characters with their year, so the future me is named 2020 here. Yes, this is a world where time travel might not be possible but the technology makes it feasible for a human to call themselves, living in any point of their lifetime. I have not figured out the technicalities of this technology, so humor me. So the call continues with 2020 consoling the present...

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The Dear Departed

Lightheaded, that’s how he felt when he woke up. It took some time for his eyes to get used to the negligible light that a nearby street lamp, the only source of illumination offered. It was the first time he was experiencing this. His job required him to be awake at times when the whole world slept. But never had he, in his whole life as a burglar, slept while doing his business. He had done many burglaries in his life and though there was no competition at all in the peaceful city he...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 22) - Nurture Nature

​"This should be the place the receptionist was talking about. It seems isolated. This must have been a forest earlier. I wonder if its safe for me to go in." ​Diya stood there thinking whether to go in or not. The place seemed deserted and abandoned. She could not see anyone there. It was too early in the morning for anyone to be around.  ​"I wont venture too far. I shall just just go upto that huge tree there." ​Diya quickly made her way in. The place was dark...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 21) - Santa's present

​Diya walked down to the sitting room early in the morning. The staff was still arranging the cushions and the tables were being cleared up. It was foggy and not even a single sunbeam could be seen. She walked upto the receptionist and asked her, "Excuse me, but do you have any idea from where the wood logs are brought? I mean those used in the fireplaces?" ​"I am not very sure mam, but I guess that there is some deserted land a little distance away from from here."...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 20) - Trusting the universe

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person living and/or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"I feel like crap," said Nisha as she sank down in her bed, "this feels weird. I don't know, but I feel a strong urge not to go back to a similar job. But at the same time I dread the repercussions. I am already in debt and.............." ​"Hold on,"...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 19) - A new perception

​ Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"As you see Nisha its all clearly laid out now. We have almost made our choices," said Diya. They both were having a conversation at the dinner table. ​Having felt confused and troubled this whole time they were finally feeling relaxed now. Okay they still had matters to...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 18) - Reflections

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event and/or person living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ ​Nisha sat still for a moment. Her eyes were brimming with tears and she could hardly utter a word. It was all true, her heart had known it the whole time. But she had always pushed it away. But this time the universe was in no mood to give up. A simple message which led her to...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 17) - Enchanted messages

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​ ​"I guess this is the most unique celebration I have ever seen," said Vivan as he was happily admiring the beauty of the place. "Twenty five years of this hotel and they are celebrating it well. Luckily we got a chance to attend this." ​"Yes", replied...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 16) - New arrivals

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​The stormy winds and the thundering sounds, the chilly weather and the approaching darkness, it all looked evil and scary. But these two beautiful souls, Diya and Nisha, felt as if there was something magical about it all. While Diya simply loved the winds and wanted to dance with...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 15) - Hidden messages

​Nisha sat down in the huge sitting area occupying a seat at the very end of the room. She wrapped her shawl tightly around herself. She loved sitting close to the fireplace. In this moment, nothing could bother her, nothing, except her thoughts which were racing in her mind. The wedding had been great, Juhi was blissfully happy, the entire family was looking so bright and cheerful. But despite of all their happy moments together, Nisha was glad that they had left. She wanted to be...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 14) - Care and concern

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Are you really staying back?" Diya asked Nisha over the phone while adjusting the plates of her saree. She had finally decided to attend the wedding and thanks to her luck, she was able to find a beautifully netted saree among her clothes. When she had left home, she had...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 13) - The mystery deepens

​Please note that this story is purely a work of fiction and any resemblance to any event or person, living or dead, is purely coincidental. We do not intend on offending any race, religion or community. ​"Great excuse! He escaped? Or you let him escape?" Nisha angrily yelled at Mr. Raghav. ​"Mam please try to understand, we......", Mr. Raghav tried to calm her down. ​"I come here this morning with the intention of speaking to Mr. Nishant regarding this incident...

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Indian Purana 2 - Chandra - Episode 2

Indian Purana 2 – Chandra 2 – Tara & Brihaspati ​ Among the Saptarsis, Maharsi Atri fathered Chandra and Maharsi Angira fathered Brihaspati, the deity of planet Jupiter. Brihaspati was married to Lady Tara. He made a name for himself in the field of political science, Vedic rituals, astrology etc. He was appointed as the counselor or the guru of the Devas, ruled under Lord Indra. In this context, it is worth mentioning that the names like Indra, Yama, Viswakarma,...

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अगले जन्म में क्या आप बनेंगे इंसान, ऐसे करें पता

​ हम जानते हैं जैसा कि धर्म ग्रंथों में पुनर्जन्म से जुड़ी हुई बहूत सी कहानियां और मान्यताएं हैं जिनके अनुसार पुनर्जन्म से जुड़े कई रहस्यों को समझाया जा सकता है |  कैसे कर्म करने पर कौन सा जन्म होता है और कौन सा होना चाहिए इसका पूरा समावेश धर्म ग्रंथों में बताया गया है |  आज हम आपको अलग-अलग धर्म ग्रंथ और पुराणों में लिखी पुनर्जन्म से जुड़ी कुछ कहानियां और मान्यताओं के बारे में बताएंगे जो पुनर्जन्म से संबंधित बातों का अध्ययन करती है  | पतंजलि के योग सूत्र...

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An Untold Love Story

That day all secondary school students were tense to see what gone be their future. Their Board result were on the way, the far your eyes could follow, more face can be viewed. Some enjoying with their friends and some with their families and some came with dull face from cyber cafe. Sahil too waited for his outcome, glanced on his mobile and kept refreshing the official website allotted for result. Sahil expected to get at least somewhere in between 80 or 85% but stuck on 70.6%. Sahil a...

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A not so spooky encounter

It was a pleasant summer night in the month of June and the wall clock was showing 11 o' clock in my hostel room. Me and my roommate Ushashi were studying mechanics. There was a huge poster from Hollywood movie Mr and Mrs Smith on the wall. As a teenager I have a huge crush on Brad Pitt. We were sited on our respective beds, I dressed in my green night suit and my roommate wearing a pale pink colour nighty. We were studying for almost two hours without any break. One of our friend...

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And my deepest wound healed...

I was able to hear every rain drop striking on the ground. We were both silent listening to each other's heartbeats and sound of the rain. I grabbed his arms and leaned my head on his shoulder.  "So, tell me about your fears and your deepest wounds", he asked silently running his fingers through my hair. I didn't know what to answer to this poetic line of his but I knew he wanted to embrace my wounds and my fears. My biggest fear was, not being a part of his life or losing his...

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Shattering 40

Striking horrors at 40. Dying philosophies at 40. Life begins at 40. Life ends at 40. People change at 40. Relationships differ at 40. Getting old at 40. Losing youth at 40. Ageless at 40. Aging at 40. Being human at 40. Going insane at 40. I once asked my friend as to why don't I have a girl friend. He replied saying I didn't have a bike. I told him that I will get it once I find a girl friend. He insisted me to get the bike first. I said "NO". Today I realized the truth in it....

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Indian Purana 1 - Chandra - Episode 1

Chandra – Birth & marriage We are all more or less familiar with the Mahabharata and the war between the cousins of Chandravansh or the Lunar Dynasty, for the righteous heir to the throne of Hastinapur. This article goes back to the first man, whom the dynasty was named after, Chandra or the Moon. In those days, it was a tradition to name famous dynasties after the astronomical objects. We know that Lord Ram was a descendant of the solar dynasty i.e. a Suryavanshi....

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The Truth

"Yes, I do", she said. He was eyeing her from the other end with a smile. She returned it. No one made her feel the way he did. He was unique in ways unimaginable. He was the only one who had ever touched her and who ever will. She first met him five years ago when he joined the software development company that she was working in. He sat a few desks away from her but that didn't stop him from looking at her all day long. He finally had made a move an year later, too long for...

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MESMERISING MEMOIRS Part 5 - Conclusion

There were so many instances which could be remembered and cherished. Now to this day, I have no idea or clue as to where she is and what she is up to. I just pray God to give me that one glimpse again, that one subtle glance again. And, she would make my day and life. The school life was done. But my urge to meet her never stopped. I have never been able to resist my temptation to see her or even get a small glance. I was praying to meet her on the result day. I eagerly waited for...

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MESMERIZING MEMOIRS Part 4 - Fancy Continued

Again as we finished 10th as per the marks we scored, we were put in different streams. I was put in humanities and a few went into commerce and she got into science stream with Maths as one of the majors, in which I didn’t seem good at, according to the marks being scored. She didn’t take up Hindi as she was even weaker in that subject, so preferred to go with Maths instead. Those 2 years in 11th and 12th just went by soon as I only kept seeing her and never got to interact or talk to her....

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MESMERIZING MEMOIRS Part 3 - Continuing Fancy

The 8 of them had moved towards their respective places allotted and I was the last. My teacher told me to take the 2nd row. My head was till bowed down. I saw a boy who was familiar to me. He at once said a hi to me in excitement the moment I neared him. I soon re-collected that he had once failed in 6th and had left us then to join the batch coming behind then. A sense of relief ran into me and a thought that he would understand our situation as he had undergone this 3 years ago. I sat...

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The One True Love

There was just one thing running on his mind, getting her back. He had not wanted anything more from this life. He spent most of his days dreaming about her soft touch, that cute laughter and her way she scowled when she was mad at him. "I've had enough of all this, Jacob", she used to say.  One fine day, I said to her, "And don't you think I've had enough?" "Enough of these arguments or me?" "My life is hard enough without you hounding me...

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MESMERISING MEMOIRS Part 2 - How fancy continued?

After the usual morning routine, I got ready and started walking on the road towards my school. This time with an aim or say a new dream. The path was the same but today everything seemed new and different. The long overnight wait was over and I was walking towards getting that glimpse which I was longing for. I walked on, and on and on. I was almost nearing my school and I still didn’t see her. I kept looking behind half the way through out my walk. I didn’t find her. I decided to go to...

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MESMERIZING MEMOIRS Part 1 - How fancy started?

The uniforms had gone. The rules and guidelines lost. The kid-dish treatment never to be experienced again. This is what many might have thought after finishing their schooling. But, I never thought so. I never wanted this to end. The adulthood was already on, but the professionalism part, yet to come. Or, rather more commonly used term maturity. This was so inevitable. The school days were over and had to take things as it came by. I was still not ready to gravitate to the next level or...

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महाभारत के श्राप का सबसे बड़ा रहस्य, जिसे नहीं जानते है आप

आपको यह तो पता होगा कि महाभारत हिंदू धर्म के सबसे बड़े और रोचक ग्रंथो में सबसे बड़ा ग्रन्थ है। इससे जुड़े कई राज्यों और कहानियां भी ऐसी है जिनको आप अभी तक नहीं जानते आज हम आपको महाभारत के तीन ऐसे श्रापो के बारे में बताने जा रहे हैं। जिनका असर आज तक धरती पर कलयुग के लोगों पर देखा जा सकता है महाभारत के कुछ ऐसे भी रहस्य हैं जिनका हमें सही तरह से ज्ञान भी नहीं है आज हम उन्हीं रहस्य के बारे में आपको बताने जा रहे हैं जो कि आपके लिए जानना बहुत ही आवश्यक है। ​ कलयुग का आगमन किस तरह...

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The never ending loop

It was a sunny July day. The half of the year was almost over. A typical day for all, but for him it was different. He was about to start a new phase in his life. A new beginning was just ready to explode after he had chosen to get out of his nut. It was not easy though. Leaving behind your den in search of life is tough. However, the night when he stood up against his dogmas was the night when he commenced his quest. Back then, life for him was all about ego, money, alcohol, girls and...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 12) - The suspense begins

​ ​For an unknown reason, Nisha did not re-send the e-mail. She felt as if this message had some hidden meaning. But what could it possibly mean? The words kept echoing in her mind - LOVE KNOWS BEST. ​Her thoughts were disturbed by a loud knock at the door. She felt scared. It was 1 a.m. at night. Who could it possibly be? All her family members would have been asleep by then and why would the hotel staff disturb her at such a time? ​She went near the door and shouted, "Who...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 11) - Love knows best

​Nisha could not understand what that feeling was. She felt confused and frustrated. And then, all of a sudden, she began to sob. Tears rushed down her eyes uncontrollably. She felt as if she could no longer hold it all together. On the outside, though she pretended to be all good but on the inside she was screaming or rather longing for relief. ​"What is wrong with me?" she cried out aloud, "It should all go as I have planned. I shall soon get a new job and then all will go...

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Pandava took birth, knowing would be surprised

You must know that, Ashwatthama had killed all the sons of Pandavas at midnight. But what happened after this is described in the future Puranas.  ​ How did Pandavas die: According to the future Purana, at the middle of the night, Ashwaththama, Godavara and Krupacharya, they all came near the camp of Pandavas. There he was pleased by worshiping Lord Shiva on his mind. On this, Lord Shiva instructed them to enter the camp of Pandavas, after which Ashwaththama entered the camp...

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Two minutes, two sacrifices and two love stories

It was the first day of the college. Two friends named Kade and Nathan joined together to the same college. They entered and started seeing the college, admiring it as they had to spend their three years of life there. They went to the notice board to check their classes. After checking they turned towards their classes. As they were going, they crashed into two girls who were in a hurry to check their classes. The boys helped them to pick their books up. Kade was a social person. He liked...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT - What is it all about?

​Thank you all so much for making a choice to read this article. Well I am writing this article now because I did not write one in the beginning. ​I know that all my beautiful readers have quite a lot of questions in their minds. Some of you might be wandering whether the two stories of the two girls will go on separately or will they come together, whether this story has some suspense element or not, how will it unfold in the upcoming chapters. ​I am writing this article to clear...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 10) - Confusion

​Nisha saw the old man disappear into the hallway. She looked at the envelope in her hand. No name, no address, not even a postage stamp! Surprising it was. Who would have sent it? And that too by an old man dressed up as Santa? Confused and amazed, Nisha quickly opened the envelope. Inside it, lay a neatly folded letter with a red ribbon tied on it. Nisha hardly ever received any letters. All her family members and co-workers always sent her e-mails. She wondered who could have sent it....

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 9) - Continuation of Chapter Santa's Dilemma

"Dad, why don't you relax! Its not as if we have to compete with everyone. I will get married only if I feel that its the right time," Nisha assured her father. Not wanting to engage in this conversation anymore, Nisha excused herself by saying that she had to speak to the manager regarding certain arrangements. Diya woke up from her sleep with a sudden jerk. She had been unable to sleep due to the constant worried voices screaming in her head." Have you gone out of your mind?...

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The Twins

She woke up with a purpose that morning, to find a new friend because the one friend that she had and loved was now gone. She pretended she was okay everyday but how could she be okay? How could she forget what happened and move on? Her heart felt like it could explode any moment. She sat on the bed and let herself go down the memory lane for one last time before she put all this behind her. She clearly remembered making faces over the horrible carrot cake her mother used to bake....

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Last Page

Mumbling in the auditorium was piercing my eardrums, jolting them just like it has done for the past five years. The announcer, in front of me, was busy throwing fake praises about someone he doesn ’t know that well. Suffocation in these places had kept me in my room from the time I started my work.  The world was much better around those white pages, my coffee cup and that typewriter. I was already regretting coming down to this place. My train of thoughts got derailed when people around...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 8) - Santa's dilemma

Diya stepped into the luxurious hotel room. God knows why she chose to stay here. One day would cost her almost half her savings. But she had no option. She did not know anything about this new town, it was a highly reputed hotel and safe for her and above all she wasn't feeling too well. A lot had happened in her life lately. She felt tired and her head was aching badly. She needed rest. But sleep seemed to have no mercy on her. As soon as she closed her eyes, images of her returning back...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 7) - Wish granted !

Diya stepped out of the train. The morning was cold and so was her heart. The chilly wind swept past her face. Diya stood there for a moment, examining her surroundings. Nothing special, a simple railway platform and another cold winter morning. She caught sight of two kids happily stepping out of the train with her parents. A lone tear escaped from her eyes. She badly wanted to call her family, but could not gather the courage to do so. She had texted them that she was fine and had...

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How to Set Out Brick Arches

​ To build your first self-supporting brick arch is a rewarding experience. They allow people to build huge structures such as the great cathedrals in Europe. Brick arches are structures held together primarily by gravity. There are different types of arches. Sprung arches are those that require extra strengthening due to their angles. Such arches create outward pressure on the side walls, which would collapse unless strengthened. Arches require molds or forms during...

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The First Meeting

I'd only gone to the library to read a book recommended by a friend, but never in my wildest dreams had I thought that there'd be a blackout with a torrential downpour outside, and I'd be stranded with the prettiest girl I'd ever seen. She broke my reverie by sighing loudly. I walked up to her. She (Sighing): "Oh no!" (The state of alertness which darkness engenders, brought out the spontaneous guy in me.) Me (Curious): "Are you afraid of ghosts?" She:...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 6) - Santa to the rescue

Pain in her eyes, hope in her heart, madness in her mind, with fear and faith at war, Diya proceeded towards the train. She had booked two tickets hoping that her father would accompany her. But why would he? She had already ruined their Diwali, now she did not want to mess with their lives. It was her struggle, her journey and she had to travel alone. Alone she had to face her fears. The night was dark and so was her life. Darkness clouded her mind and every second moment she had thoughts...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO NIGHT (Chap 5) - I have the right to be myself

"Take it easy, its all going to work out. Just write an apology letter and..." "An apology! For what?" Nisha screamed at her friend Meghna. "Come on Nisha, you know what I mean. Mr Ramola has ruined your progress report because of your attitude. If you apologise to him on time, then maybe something can be done. And you know very well know that the committee is going to listen to him and not you." Attitude? Apology? What was wrong with her attitude? What should...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 4) - Trouble and Pain

"We did so much for you and now.." Diya's mother was screaming at her. She had tears in her eyes. She had always dreamt of her daughter of becoming a strong, independent woman and when Diya got her job at the bank, her mom felt that all her prayers have been answered. "I know maa that you did so much for my happiness, but the thing is that I am not happy. I don't know why, but I feel that I want to do something else." "Come on Nisha, you aren't ready yet?" Juhi...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 3) - Trouble begins

"What does all of this mean? How can they fire me like this?" Nisha Dhar was reading an email her close friend had sent her. It read, "Dear Nisha, come back quickly. I don't know the whole story but Mr Ramola has made up his mind. God knows what he has against you. I have heard that he has ruined your progress report. The committee may take a decision to fire you today. We have sent them a request to delay the meeting till you return. Come back quick." Nisha was in...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 2) - My heart knows best

"Are you out of your mind?" Diya's father screamed at her. "Maybe", said Diya, "I maybe out of my mind but my heart knows what is best for me." "But Diya do you even know what you are doing? I mean you have such an excellent job as a manager at the state bank and now you want to give it up for some fun hobby?" "Dad, please. Its not some fun hobby. Its my passion which I now want to make it into my profession." After a heated argument, Diya's...

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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TONIGHT (Chap 1) - Introduction

Diya was desperately waiting for the postman to arrive. Nisha was stunned when she received an email. Diya's grandma was happily chatting with her friend. Diya's father had taken out a bundle of cash and was handing it over to someone. Diya's mother was busy in making the rangoli while Diya was continuously pacing around the room. She accidentally spoiled the rangoli and...... Before you start getting confused as to what is happening let me explain. Its Diwali in Shanta nivas, the...

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Sins

She looked in his eyes and entangled her fingers around his fingers. It was his last day at their home. His leaves were getting over. He could see the pain in her eyes, but he had taken an oath to serve the nation and keep his nation as his first love. He hugged his wife and kissed on her forehead. He smiled through his eyes and she replied with a pity smile on her lips. He picked his army bag and crossed the gate. He didn't look back because he knew that the sight of his beloved could...

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Office Chair

I asked Anita if she knew about the ma'am who's talking to our project manager. My desperation increased drastically after hearing her voice for the first time in three months after joining that company. I wanted to know more about her. There was an innocence in her voice. It was mesmerizing. I was jealous of my project manager. He was having a good time talking to her. He was smiling at every question she asked and my jealousy and hate grew even more when she smiled back at him. Finally,...

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Do You Know That Mirror? (A Creepy Story)

Is it a mirror or something else that nobody could figure out? Here is the story. Amantha was a twelve year old girl studying in a school for the physically disabled. She couldn't speak a word. Many doctors had treated her and they said she will never be able to speak again. This was after she vanished and was found a day later in the woods playing chess alone. Now, she used sign language to communicate. Whoever met her, showed sympathy for her. She had become reserved after the...

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The Final Cleansing: Awaiting Catastrophe

“She is the supreme power, we are nothing in front of her, and if she has decided to finish us then naught can save us because we are naught and there is no third thing.” ​ If you get time from your stupid politics and your personal issues or from the mighty god then start thinking about the earth on which you are living. Since the industrial revolution, we are spreading ashes, have a look on that if you get time. We say Ganga is the holy river, then think about her that what you...

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 2 Part 3)

CHAPTER 2 Part 3 ​ MISSED  THE  PREVIOUS  PARTS?? READ ALL THE OTHER ARTICLES HERE :   https://www.oyewiki.com/author/N.G.     { All the best, Princess! }    Finally, I managed to utter some words in my mind. It was too late though.                                                                                                                                    ^^^^^^^​            “Arnav!” Sourav sounded way too happy to keep his voice down, “How...

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Bandh Holiday

Me: Alas! The google is saying that there are riots everywhere. Have you heard about it? Better half: Obviously, I know about it. Me: 😡 So when will you tell me when I am sitting with them “humari mange puri karo and what are mange who knows”. Better half: Aree situation is under control. Me: I also can reach to goggle, dun try to fool me. I read it was Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar 200th birth anniversary and they were celebrating it and amidst something took their minds off....

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 2 Part 2)

CHAPTER 2 Part 2 ​ MISSED  THE  PREVIOUS  PARTS?? READ ALL THE OTHER ARTICLES HERE :   https://www.oyewiki.com/author/N.G.           I couldn’t resist her beauty. Her skin, seemingly bathed in milk and glowing like a full moon, compelled my eyes to betray the decision I made. I had never experienced so much pleasure in merely looking at someone. God! She is just so beautiful! I kept thinking to myself.           It was around 9.       We were done with...

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The Visit

Year-3018 Years of determination, dedication and diligence was what it took him to reach the position he occupied at the world’s most successful space organisation. He had always tried to fill his dad’s shoes and when he boarded the spaceship with his 3 subordinates, his mind was flooded with memories of the times his old man taught him about the mysteries of space that waited to be unravelled. He was 3 when he visited the space centre for the first time. A simulation room was where...

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 2 Part 1)

CHAPTER 2 Part 1 MISSED THE PREVIOUS PARTS?? READ ALL THE OTHER ARTICLES HERE  :  https://www.oyewiki.com/author/N.G.               I took a long pause before losing myself in the past.             “It all started with a simple question.”                “Arnav, which number do we have to provide?’’ Those were her first words to me.              “The one on which the teacher can contact you when needed.” And those were my first words to her. It was our...

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 1 Part 4)

CHAPTER 1 Part 4 MISSED THE PREVIOUS PARTS?? READ ALL THE OTHER ARTICLES HERE :  https://www.oyewiki.com/author/N.G.            The alarm beeped. It was bestowed with life as it seemed to yell, ‘Get up you bastard, you are not supposed to sleep peacefully!’             It was 3:50. All I desired to do was stay alone, but I had to force myself to get ready.              “Mom, principal ma’am has called me to her place. It will be a while.”...

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 1 Part 3)

​ CHAPTER 1 Part 3 ​ MISSED  THE  PREVIOUS  PART?? READ ALL THE OTHER ARTICLES HERE :   https://www.oyewiki.com/author/N.G. ​              I  sipped a little water. Wiped my tears and looked towards her. Her sympathetic eyes seemed to be garnering my condition.             “M-m-a’am…” I stuttered before tears trashed the gates of embarrassment.             “Son, don’t cry. Handle yourself. Breaking down like this will only make things worse.”...

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The Bunny and the Red Hat

Once upon a time there lived a small pink fluffy bunny. He loved wearing hats. He lived in a burrow where he had so many hats. Red, pink, yellow, blue, the list goes on and on and on. The pink bunny used to hop here, there and everywhere. But seeing huge animals around, he used to get scared. He was so shy he did not have any friends either. One day, he wore his favorite beautiful red hat. He was hopping and jumping and running with joy. Suddenly, it started getting very windy...

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Rainbows End

            It’s raining again and I am here at same place, where I found her. I think found isn’t a right word actually I discovered her. I didn’t believe in love at first site. But then she was there, my fantasy statue carved by intense love. The goddess of seduction. Framing her into writing is as difficult as to made heaven come to the earth.             Tea addiction made me to be on chai tapri . The first rain in month of June soften the deadly heat in Nagpur. I...

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THE BLIND LOVE (PART 1)

Ajkal lakho log alag alag social sites use karte hain, apno se connect rahne k liye.. Or ye tarika achha bhi sabit hota h.. Because ajkl ki bhaagdor wali zindagi me milne ka time to log ek dusre ko shayad hi de pate hai.. to messages k dwara hi ek dusre ke rishte ko banaye rakhte hai. Un dino facebook ka bahut jyada craze hua karta tha.. group chat, status upload karna, comments karna, like karna, kisi annoying person ko block kar dena, hahahaha! ye sab bahut achha lagta tha…Un dino...

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 1 Part 2)

​  CHAPTER 1 Part 2             “Ma’am, Saturday,” I gasped, “The whole day I was with Priya, in her house. Her parents were out of town. It was just two of us the entire day.”         { Now please don’t ask me what we did the entire day!}  My heart yelled.  { What do lovers do when they are alone?}             “Are you aware that her parents were here yesterday to complain about the same? Apparently, their neighbors saw you sneaking in and they informed...

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THE MISTAKEN LOVE (CH 1 Part 1)

CHAPTER 1 Part 1              “Arnav, Principal ma’am wants to meet you in the short recess, in her office!” Our class teacher, Anusaya ma’am, supposedly the strictest of the lot, passed on the message before starting the biology lecture on a Tuesday morning. Her words ignited the scary hell I was about to be burnt into.             “Yes ma’am.” I answered gathering my entire strength in a vague voice. My achingly worried gaze, cutting through all the students in the...

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TRICKED

​ The rain trickled down the window pane until it turned into sleet. Colonel Geoffrey sat in his dilapidated VW Polo, staring at the entry gate of his sad little dormitory among the busy streets with full focus. The ash grey London town embraced this liveliness despite the sharp weather. It was cold, but he wasn’t. The haze from his coffee mug created a little cloud on the window. This time there was no escaping...                          Finn blew away the candle and threw...

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The Ambush

He could hear their footsteps approaching him. Fear was the sole emotion ruling his mind at that point of time. In a desperate attempt to hide himself from them, he decided that he had to become a fugitive in his own house. The closet in his room was where he chose to hide himself. He had never realised that fear could also be a powerful motivational force till that moment. The claustrophobic in him was shunned down by the intimidated and terror-stricken part of his mind. He sat in...

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Encounter with my crush

The other day, on a fine, chilly, winter morning, during recess, I was hanging out with my group of favourite bastards in the school lawn. We were having fun insulting each other and staring at pretty girls. The cold morning kept us rubbing our palms together for frictional heat and the sound of shivering teeth added life to the cold when the freezing breeze slapped us hard on the surroundings. It was then I realised all the warmth in my body oozing out, when my eyes rested on the...

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A short story on love - THE BROKEN MELODY

He was every woman’s dream come true! Kind, understanding, loyal, lovable, funny. Sometimes I wondered how I was lucky enough to get him as a husband. I was a teacher and he a musician. He would drop me off to school on his evergreen bike and then come home to compose his music every day. In the evenings, he would pick me up and we would go home and have our evening tea together. We would shop for groceries, stroll around the little park in our neighbourhood, go home and cook dinner....

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A Ghastly Vision

It was 9'o clock in the evening when i decided to return to home from my friend's house after a whole day of watching on movies and eating stuff. I had to take another route rather than the usual one since it's flooded by the drainage water due to a water leak. There's this so called haunted house everyone in our village talks about with some people brushing it off while others believe in a ghost haunting the place. Although being a horror movie fanatic, I generally do not believe...

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Short Story - My Little Mommy

I held her close to me. There was my six year old “mother” peacefully sleeping, with an angelic smile on her face. Well! She was my daughter and I her real mother, but the journey of the last six years with my little one proved otherwise. They were years of misery, years of pain, years of mental and physical abuse. Rosia was the one who had stood strongly beside me.​ Wordsworth had quoted in his poem that Child is the Father of Man and in my case my Rosia was my parent figure too. It was...

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The Poisoned Heart (Part 3)

I hope you have read the previous parts of the story, if not, click here: Part 1: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/the-poisoned-heart-part-1-13-11-2017 Part 2: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/the-poisoned-heart-part-2-13-11-2017 I woke up on Sunday morning with a sense of doom and my heart sunk when Siddharth told me he had some pending work at office. He never worked on Sundays. I nodded my head, he kissed me on my forehead and left. And then it all flashed...

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The Poisoned Heart (Part 2)

I hope you have read the first part of the story, if not, click here: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/the-poisoned-heart-part-1-13-11-2017 The wedding took place a month later. It was a simple ceremony with just a few close friends he considered family. I was still little anxious and my mother’s parting words to me were “Child! All men are bastards. Please be alert and take care of yourself. If you ever feel in your heart that he will cause pain to you ever destroy him before...

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The Poisoned Heart (Part 1)

As I planted my heels upon his so called strong chest, to where his heart lay, my roots found their way through the thick masculinity of his body, into the deepest of his heart… The look on his face was one of disbelief and utter shock mixed with pain. I was right and so was my mother. All men are Bastards... It just took me a long time to realize it. There lay my husband writhing in pain, breathing his last breath. It was just a matter of minutes before the poison I had mixed in...

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Love: A story of everyone

A story about each one of us. We all have experienced love in our lives. It has crossed our path in different ways. Initially everyone say love is very complicated and everyone just try to avoid it. Here I am quoting a story. A story about a girl who fell in love and what all she experienced it.  "One fine day I was just travelling and received a call from an unknown number. He started his introduction giving reference that he had heard about me and so wanted to talk. That was the...

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Love with a fickle minded girl

It was a sunny day and I was getting bored in my room but I was happy also as my aunt was coming to my home (now you may wonder why is he happy so much for aunt, well you will get to know) with a girl from her home town for her admission in my college. I was waiting and after an hour they came and I was  really excited (you know me well right, lol), so I said ‘pranam’ to my aunt and then turned back and saw her. She was sitting in the next chair (ekdam masum bacha sa) with...

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Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Part 4

I hope you have read the previous parts. If not read them here. Part 1: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/every-rose-has-its-thorn-part-1-10-11-2017 Part 2: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/every-rose-has-its-thorn-part-2-10-11-2017 Part 3: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/every-rose-has-its-thorn-part-3-10-11-2017 The clock rang 1:30 pm and I started from my home. All the thoughts in my head were rushing like hell. He should have told me this in the first place. How could...

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Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Part 3

I hope you have read the previous parts. If not, read it here: Part 1: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/every-rose-has-its-thorn-part-1-10-11-2017 Part 2: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/every-rose-has-its-thorn-part-2-10-11-2017 I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say or how to react. “Take me home” is all I said that night. We didn’t talk on the way. I just opened the door of the car and went straight to my room without even looking back at him even once. I did not...

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Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Part 2

I hope you have read the previous part. If not, read it here: https://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/every-rose-has-its-thorn-part-1-10-11-2017 I decided to not reply to his text immediately, I didn’t receive his calls at once. I constantly told myself to stay away from him so that I could know if it really bothered me and to know what this was. But the more I was trying to stay away, the more I wanted to talk to him, hold his hand, see him and be with him. Saturday arrived and I was still...

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Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Part 1

Vinay, a young businessman owned two hotels in Mumbai. Lean body, tall, chiselled  face with slight beard and a dimple on his left cheek. He was everything a girl desires. Damn hot. On the other side, I was thin built, tall, fair and had long wavy hair. Our marriage was arranged by our elders but he knew me from college which I had no idea of. He was studying finance while I was studying hotel management in the same institute. He told me that he had seen me quite a few times in the...

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AN INCOMPLETE STORY

She accepted my friend request on Facebook and from there the story started. We started chatting in a casual way; introduction and all formalities were done in a few days. I started liking her but I kept my feelings for a couple of days, and one month later, I proposed her on the same chat box. She took her time to give her answer. Finally, I got my answer and it was a 'Yes'. At that time, I felt that I am in out of this world. Sharing each other's mobile numbers was also done and...

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वक्त बुजुर्ग भी होता है ...

बचपन फिर लौट कर नहीं आता।  लेकिन बचपन की यादें मानो साये की तरह  मेरे साथ ही चलती रहती है । आज जब बड़ा हो गया हूँ या लगता है की अब जिम्मेदारियाँ बढ़ने वाली है तो सोचता हूँ की वक्त कितना कुछ बदल देता है । पहले सुबह के उठते थे और शाम को पता नहीं कब खेलते - खेलते सो जाते थे । स्कूल से लौटते ही घर पर आते , खाना खाते और कुछ वक्त भी नहीं गुज़ारते थे की बाहर साथी दोस्त हाथ में बल्ला या विकेट लिए हज़िर हो जाते थे । घर वाले भी बड़े ही आनंद में कहते थे " आ गए तेरे टुरिये " . टुरिये देशी भाषा...

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Wet Awake

It was a pleasant afternoon during my vacation. The weather was good with the clear sky and a cool wind blowing. I was lying on my bed literally doing nothing and occasionally staring at my phone. My younger brother insisted to go out for a ride. It didn’t take much longer for us to decide where to go. My home town being situated amidst the whole of nature always has some place to offer wonderful. Few kilometres away from home was a river, we decided to visit for a swim. ...

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I Will Wait Episode-2

The sun was  setting in the horizon, never had he imagined this occasion will come one day. There was silence everywhere she was there waiting at the other side of the road, the bus was stationary his heart too. There was no one, no one, he had waited and waited for this moment it has finally come today.  Shardha was the most beautiful girl he had ever met, he told to himself. Long hairs with sole curl obstructing her view through the slender and shiny specs with purple...

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PART 2: THE SUICIDAL BOY - AMAVASYA AT DIWALI NIGHT

I hope you all have read my earlier story about suicidal boy. If not, here is the link for the same. http://www.oyewiki.com/fiction/the-suicidal-boy-amavasya-at-diwali-night-18-10-2017 Night five  I have high fever and haven’t eaten for past two days. Mom and dad have gone for some days as my dad’s friend died of tumour. Conclusively I’m alone but not really. I have someone inside me. There is still three weeks left for my school to open. Night six Parents call at...

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THE SUICIDAL BOY : AMAVASYA AT DIWALI NIGHT

 Night one  Amavasya, no Moon day, the night of restless souls those who left their body but still unsatisfied. Densely dark and polluted by the fire crackers, the air is still serene and peaceful. The Diwali night which is called “Amavasya” in Hindi calendar. The time is 3 a.m.  and here on terrace I’m blissfully enjoying my own darkness inside the four portioned heart. I’m a dead soul now with a withering body. I can very well feel the coldness around and...

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Ideological Differences

​ Abhi turn around to look at her & she looks back at him for one second then looks away & then asks "why are you staring at me?” “No... Actually...", Abhi scare to answer her! “Anyway, this is Ishita ". She became the ice- breaker between them. “Myself is Abhishek, you can call me Abhi", Abhi replied to her. "Friends??", Abhi asked to her. "Yes… of course, from now we are friends",   She replied & accepts the friendship. This is...

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What happens if dream comes true about robots? Is it good for society?

Everyone in the world have right to live. The world has completely changed no matter even animals and humans. Now the Earth is ruled by most intelligent species of all living things that is our human race. We dominated the entire living organisms by our intellectual power. We even started exploiting the earth resources and changed the Earths atmosphere eventually. All the living kind has already been suffering due to this cause. And many species and...

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I miss my dog

I was a small child. I was in a school and I love dogs. I want to keep dogs as I am very fond of them. I like the cute puppy face. How innocently they behave. I have told several times to my mom but she always give an excuse saying we live in a rented house, land lord will not allow. Sometimes she says taking care of a dog is not an easy task. You have to take the responsibility, which you can’t rite now. Few more months passed again, I told mom that I want a Golden retriever. They are...

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Roma

Roma was waiting for autorickshaw outside her apartment. Other group of people sitting on benches nearby were gossiping. Gossiping about Roma and her characterlessness. Roma Rai was elder daughter of her parents. Her parents were both government teachers. Apart from Roma,they had two more children, a daughter Rima and a son Rohan. All were studying. Roma was in her graduation final, Rima in first year and Rohan in Std IX. They were happy family together. In her free time, Roma took...

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Who Stands Responsible For Mumbai Stampede?

On 29th September, 2017, the once called 'Giran-gaon' or the "city of mills", the area around Elphinstone Road and Parel stations in central Mumbai filled with the screams of the innocent people. Who is to be blamed for this irrevocable tragedy? Government? Or the people themselves? To understand this, the anatomy of a stampede is the first stage. Elphinstone station has a lone foot bridge opening up to the western side of the station where most offices in the area...

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RADIO IN THE ATTIC

​ In India, we have many religions, along with that we have respective festivals. But, the most favorite festival is Diwali. Diwali is a festival of lights, during which people burn crackers and eat sweets and enjoy time with friends and relatives. College students like me especially wait for this vacation period, when we go home and have delicious sweets and dishes prepared by our moms. After all, mother’s food is the greatest luxury of life. So, unlike every year we did...

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What Did I Achieve In My Life?

“Thank God! I didn’t miss my flight else there was no flight till tomorrow noon.” I exclaimed entering the plane. The flight attendant saw my ticket and guided me to my seat. I put my briefcase in the overhead cabin and loosened my tie taking a sip of my refreshing orange juice. Since, I was the regular passenger of the airlines I was given special privileges. Myself Pradeep Bakshi, owner of Bakshi industries. I am one of the richest Indian businessmen. I have a family, wife with two kids....

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Day Dreaming

There are so many things we wish for, knowing its fiction. Cricket: The other day I was watching India Vs Australia 1st ODI series which was at Chennai.The crowd at Chennai was very cheerful and welcomed Dhoni with a bang. The crowd cheered for Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. An epic moment when Hardik hit 3 sixes and there was happiness all over. Dhoni and Pandya were exchanging some words and I thought I wish we could hear what they talked. I wish if we could hear on...

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Those 2 Judgemental years in Kota

​ As everyone is born in this world with some ambitions and a zeal to do something different and exceptional. He was also one among them. Being a bright student during his school days especially in mathematics. FinalIy he decided to choose a path that leads to his career. Yes! He choosed to move ahead for the preparations of India's most prestigious exam "IIT JEE". His mom dad always supported his decison. ​ He moved to Kota i.e. India's biggest educational hub,well known...

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The tantalising task

I opened the door and quietly sneaked in. As expected, he was peacefully asleep. Earlier that day, when I had put forward my name to execute the task, in front of the other 3 members, the deafening silence I got in response had made it clear about how little they thought of my ability to execute it. Furthermore, I was aware that the undertaking required the stealth of a cat and as they told me, that was what I lacked. But I knew that time leaped in my favour. The fact that he would be...

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Fear and Loathing

Smoke filled room...a wall full of posters...a dim light...’comfortably numb’ playing in the background...a teasing guitar riff from David Gilmour...you are in heaven! Close your eyes... listen... just listen... you can hear the sound... a melody from the violin... like in the movie... whats the name...shit!..in..in..in the mood for Love...oh yeah! Behind the huge compound there is an alley. Small houses stretched on both of its sides. After walking a few yards, you come across a red...

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I Will Wait Episode-1

It all started with his new transfer, on a typical wintry morning with light breezes of sunshine and hazy clouds at the horizon. There were these usual group of crowds of daily passengers pushing  their way through the congested bus to get a ticket. And when finally satisfied with the current amount of passenger load  Animesh,  signalled the driver with typically loud taps on the bus' body. With a loud honk the bus started. Then there was from a distant side of road a girl...

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I am Rose, a Red Rose

I am also a flower like other flowers but these poets and lovers made me a symbol of love. I just simply grew up by nature like any other flower but my red color made me special. I have so many other colors like yellow, white etc. but those are not any icon except my red one. May be my red color have something which helps people to express their love. When a person falls in love with another person then one of them propose other by using me. I have the beauty which can make other happy....

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Unusual Truths : A tale of everyday absurd

​ Mal opened the window to the street. Usual rustling on the street, nothing out of place. He would step out at midday to roam around, pick someone up from the station, help out at his father's hardware store, but mostly roam around. Today, however he had to paste posters on the walls of the community centre. The zone counselor Nitin was running for Municipal elections, poster pasting was the easiest thing in town to earn a quick buck. He collected his stash from a campaign...

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The offended republic - A New Nation in Making

​ Let’s take a tour of ‘The offended Republic’ (an imaginary nation of course), where people’s sentiments are hurt at a speed rivaling that of a bullet train. It’s a large, old country full of cultural and social heritage. People take pride in their cultural and social structure. It really is awesome barring a few laid back, discriminatory and illogical ones. But hey, we got them from our ancestors much like wheel and fire. It’s our heritage after all. The only criterion for...

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Is Time Travel Possible??

​ (Image Source) An American CIA agent,Edward Snowden had hacked the highly classified document belongs to NASA and posted in the Internet. And it contains a video about 1947, knowing that an alien spaceship has crash-landed in New Mexico, USA  American military reached the place. There in that space ship they found three aliens alive. They captured that aliens and named them as EBE1,EBE2,EBE3. EBE means Extraterrestrial Biological Entities. (Image Source) During...

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We Were Like Gods Once

​ (Image Source) Arjun lit up a cigarette and the first whiff of smoke was enough to jolt Rama’s olfactory and bring him back from a stream of an ongoing thought. Arjun looked at him and offered him a puff. “It is one of those new flavored ones. Seems they are popular these days.” Rama shook his head and let his back rest on a marble bench in this park in the middle of the city, the only object, which over the years had managed to amass a divine benevolence of their posterior....

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Everything Went Wrong!!!

As he was doing that, I looked up at the afternoon sun and wondered if there was anything else that was going to go wrong.   I am currently visiting my father in Saudi Arabia and this is the story of what happened on Tuesday, 27 th June, two days after Eid. Before I begin, there’s a little backstory required. My family consists of me and my parents. My father had moved in to a new apartment whose landlord had recently changed and my father didn’t get time to get his lease...

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My Sweet Little Rose

This is a story I would like to tell you about a little girl - cute, innocent, loving and caring - just like any five year old would be.  Let us call her Rose - because she was as pretty and attractive as a rose.  She would always be with a smile on her face.  She was the pet in the family and the favorite of all her teachers in school. It was on a Sunday morning.  All the family members had to go out.  For some reason they could not take her with them.  The house was a big one and...

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My Favourite Bench

I was standing at the station waiting with my family next to me. They were telling me something that I could not understand or is it that I did not want to understand? I think there was something wrong. They had got some wrong information. I was just standing there. Very still.  Then they made me sit on the bench at the platform. My favorite bench. I would come here and sit everyday for the past thirteen years. But wait…. I liked this bench because I got a lot of privacy here. Even...

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A Daughter's Journey

The bell rang causing a wave of children to exit the iron gates of the school. In the huge commotion that followed, Salim stood at the opposite side of the road, searching for Aisha. He saw his daughter come running towards the junction with a wide grin. He gestured her to stay right where she was as the road was particularly busy at this time of the day. He had also just witnessed an accident at another crossing just ten kilometers from the school. As he crossed the road, he held out...

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The Nightmare of a Spy

 They had found out. The truth, truth who I was. A spy. It was over. I saw my end coming. Anything I could do was to wait, wait for my death. A small mistake that was about to end my life. "Tie him up", commanded their boss. I was tied by my hands and legs and one of them pushed me on my knees. The pain of fear had dominated over physical pain. I couldn't feel my knees bumping on the ground hard. ​ He pointed a gun on my forehead. The boss, was just eager to kill...

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The Heroes

Disclaimer: All people mentioned in this story do bear resemblance to people who are living around me. It was chaos as people were screaming and running around. Prashant Rathore was pinned down by a steel beam. Azhar and Shriniwas were nowhere around. Rathore tried to move, but without any success. He was unable to comprehend what had happened just now. Five minutes ago, he was in a mall with his friends looking for someone and now he was injured and covered in rubble and feeling...

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At 20, I lost my birthday

​ (Image Source) We were all sitting in the cafeteria and my friends were preparing for the birthday night on how to torture me up and not to be kind enough but the birthday is a nightmare for the college students. At half past nine, I received a call from my father that my grandpa is in operation theatre in a hospital, a flashback of memories just started rolling on my mind and I said immediately “I am coming on the next bus.” I realised that my father needs me more than anyone....

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The Oblivious Sight

My friend John was a bespectacled boy with glasses so thick he looked like he was wearing goggles. I always thought that he wore it for fashion, keeping in mind his odd sense of fashion such as wearing a coat with pajamas, a banyan with trousers, a furry sweater and trousers in summer, that too on occasions like weddings, ceremonies etc. I never knew that he was so near sighted until now.  ​ (Image Source) One day, I invited him for a football match with a couple of my friends. As...

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The Unheard Heart - The miracle story of man's pregnant wife and father both suffering in hospital

​ There I am, at midnight sitting in between three unconscious souls, distinct from the world. Unsure of what’s happening, I try to regain my senses and doctors were still preparing for the operation. Nurses running around the corridor, I learned and saw two rooms with the beeping sound of equipment. One step backward, I sat there in between closing eyes with a flashback of memories. The Muse of my heart, any clichés can’t explain my love for beloved. It’s the early sunrise now,...

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Anajam-e-ishq | A Short Poem

​ Khwaisho ko anjaam de kar bhi me royi hu.. Use bewafa keh k bhi me royi hu.. Raato ki neend ko karvato me badal k.. Tanha khud ko rakh k me royi hu... Ye gum tanhayi dard aur yaado Ke saye hai.. Ye sab tohfe mene usse hi paaye hai.. Meri galti thi usse wafa rakhna.. Jitne dil se mohabbat ki mene wahi tha mera gunehgar hona...!!...

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The Departure - An Unusual Story between a Truck Driver and her Daughter

As I left my bed early into the dawn, my morning walks began with the fresh air of nature. In the empty road, the only sounds breaking the silence were that of my footsteps. Every day, an old man with a back slightly hunched and was slowly moving ahead clutching his walking stick. There were merely a few people around as I continued my walk; there was a tall brawny truck driver with a long beard, sitting in the corner of the tea shop and scribbling pieces of paper, his pale eyes...

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Arranged Marriage

She was sitting on her beautifully decorated bed on her first night. Extremely anxious and depressed and thinking about the next happening moments and how to react for the same as she was not ready for all those things. She took out her diary and wrote on it “I marry to a stranger” . ​ (Image Source) After some passing time, her husband entered into the room and their eyes meets, he understood that his newly bride is quite uncomfortable, so he counciled him and made her relax...

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Meenakshi! The Trip... | A Horror Story

This is strictly a work of fiction and Miss Bhattacharya is alive and well, sort of. If you see her roaming around Jabalpur, Varanasi or even Mars then she is the real person, except of course the Mars one. Enjoy! Around 300 Km east of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh lies the beautiful city of Jabalpur. It is also called The Marble City of India. At an elevation of 412 m from the mean sea level, the city has a rich history right from the Mauryan empire around 322 BC...

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Two By Four

It was November 19th 2015. Meenakshi Bhattacharya was finally at Anushree Medical college. She was excited because she was finally going to study medicine. "Ah! Finally first step towards making my dream come true." she thought to herself. Meenakshi's family accompanied her to the hostel and after a tearful farewell left her. She was excited and sad at the same instant. She tried to console herself that she has come away from home to achieve something in her life. A part of her was...

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Suspense Story: Missing Part 2

The awaited sequel to Missing is finally here.  Till now we know that our talented detective Meenakshi has unlocked the two phones and Aman is lying in a hospital. Meenakshi searched the phone for contents. It didn't have anything surprising. It seemed just an ordinary cellphone. After a bit of fiddling with it Meenu noticed something unusual. It had been used to upload some thing on Google drive the same day. The question was who used it. This wasn't tough for her to know and...

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Suspense Story: MISSING PART 1

"Have you noticed the headlines in today's news paper?" she asked the world's most talented detective. "No, I was busy doing my experiment on the order of Lactobacillus growth and I found that they don't really follow the first order kinetics." was the reply. "I mean how could you miss the mystery" she said with an astonishing look. "Look here it is" she handed over the papers. 24th December, 2014,...

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The Forbidden Mansion

It happened in 2004, my mother had an operation and the doctor suggested us to move away from the city for a couple of months as it was the month May, me and my sister Harshita were having summer vacation. My family decided to move away from the city. We came to the village of Prayag near Allahabad. In this remote village we rented an old Haveli which belonged to a landlord in its best days. It just fitted our needs as the nearest settlement was about 10 minutes’ walk from it. The reason...

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The Unexpected Call

The last rays of sun faded away as I sat in my office after my day's work. Everything around me seemed to be quiet as the construction going around my office came to a halt. I decided to wait till 7:00 pm if someone comes to seek my help. During these 10 years as a consultant I came across many clients with many problems which ranged from common day to day matters to some bizarre stuff. I was glad that I was able to help them. I experienced a kind of joy in helping people. It was almost 7:00...

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Haunting at Galgotias University

I recently heard that the hostel Room No.  666 of my hostel supposedly has a poltergeist.  As per the rumours. An engineering student committed suicide in that room after failing the exams.  They say he was forced by his parents to study engineering. This event occurred almost three years ago. He used the curtains to hang himself from the fan after slitting his wrist and leaving a message on the wall. It read "My body might die but my soul won't be free until I take...

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The Chase!

As he stared into the mirror, he felt a stranger stare back at him. A stranger who looked just like him but his eyes were all judgmental. " I bet you think you're pretty clever, don't you boy?" Was the mirror really talking to him? Or was he hearing his own repressed voice ? Or maybe a song stuck in his head... and the mirror sang, "Flying on your motorcycle Watching all the ground beneath you drop Kill yourself for recognition Kill yourself to never ever stop You broke...

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The Shadows

I woke with a searing pain in my head, my temple throbbing to an unbearable extent. My eyelids felt heavy and I wasn't able to open them. My thoughts were confused to the limit of my sanity. The moment I opened my eyes, I shut them back with pain so unbearable it made my headache as a mosquitoes bite. The light felt like it was trying to pierce my eyes. I was dripped in water and droplets were continuously falling from above. I cried in vain with all my might “Help”. “Is anyone there?”...

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