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Cindered Dreams (VII- Conclusion)

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  [Continued from Cindered Dreams (VI)]     Part Seven:   Momentum picked up on the school’s plans slowly. I was alone now and every time I sat down with our copious notes, I felt devastated afresh. Anu’s words rang in my ears, her advice and arguments wandered desolately in the empty corridors of my aching heart. Yet, I made… Read more »

Cindered Dreams (VI)

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  [Continued from Cindered Dreams (V)]       Part Six:     It sounded sensible, inevitable and so completely RIGHT, it just took my breath away! How absolutely perfect was that…!? In an instant, her dream took root in my heart. It possessed me utterly. I continued to work on my novel, but I knew my heart was not… Read more »

Cindered Dreams (V)

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  [Continued from Cindered Dreams (IV)]     Part Five:   During that night, she told me that when the worst of her misfortune broke upon her unprepared head, she found solace and succor from an unexpected source. In her neighborhood, there lived a retired primary school teacher. All the neighborhood children gathered around her every evening to study. Holiday… Read more »

Cindered Dreams (IV)

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    [Continued from Cindered Dreams (III)]     Part Four:   I realize that my narrative would become hopelessly jumbled if I did not give Her some name. Let me call her Anu. Anu’s father was a drug-addict. Her mother had died of tuberculosis when Anu was fourteen. She was an only child. Her father had sold her eyes… Read more »

Cindered Dreams (III)

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  [Continued from Cindered Dreams (II)]     Part Three:   I had a sister. She was five years younger than me and I doted on her hand and foot. She could twirl me round her little finger, and she knew it. Her death was one of those senseless things you know. One moment she was happily skipping across the… Read more »

Cindered Dreams (II)

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[Continued from Cindered Dreams] Part Two: Tread softly O gentle stranger,  The cinders of my dreams are warm and still alive from the fires that consumed me. Tread softly I beg… Suman’s hands were clammy and she breathed as if she had run a marathon. She shut the diary with a hasty, startled snap. “Coward”, said Sim-sim meditatively. “I am… Read more »

Cindered Dreams

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Part One: Suman sighed happily. The view from her window was neither outstanding nor breathtaking. It was common place yet immensely soothing. She could see a waste tract of land, every millimeter covered with green things poking exuberantly through, joyously asserting their presence. There was a eucalyptus, a couple of ornery old neems and a huge spreading Peepul, home to… Read more »