New Writing Vol. 3

  • Dead Saffron, illustration by Kavisha Dharia

    Dead Saffron

I was baptised with dead saffron and don’t know 
what simple games of your childhood sound like.

  • Chandrakala, illustration by Newman D'Silva

    The Groom and the Dog

    It was the summer before her final year of college when Vaidehi first saw Suresh Babu.
  • Letting Go; illustration by Kavisha Dharia

    Letting Go

    I could roll the window down to let out your scent, your presence that lingers here beside me like all the bad choices I've made.
  • Dolls Are Like People; Illustration by Newman D'Silva

    Dolls Are Like People

    Her joints are stiff, but it’s nothing to worry about. It’s her natural condition.
  • The Hatter's Wife, illustration by Newman D'Silva

    The Hatter’s Wife

    Alice pressed her palm to the cool glass as her husband snipped away at the fabric that would form his fourth hat that week.
  • The Dead End, illustration by Kavisha Dharia

    The Dead End

    Like every other time, I couldn't crawl into your first verse or your second, your bridge or your chorus.
  • Invitation, illustration by Pooja Satish


    Maybe it wasn’t her love that was strange. Maybe it was Grandpa’s.
  • The Last Butterfly, illustration by Ria Rajan

    The Last Butterfly

    When she sipped from the flowers, she would make sure that her wings were stretched out and displayed properly for him.
  • Philip John

    The Girl in the Leopard-Skin Brassiere

    You don’t know me but I have lived a lifetime with you.
  • Sexy, illustration by Osheen Siva


    The man’s voice had reached where his hands couldn’t have.
  • Church Hill, illustration by Osheen Siva

    Church Hill

    Bright lights flash about her, and the city steeps in her lap for an unexpected reunion.
  • Scenes from a Lonely Dinner, illustration by Newman D'Silva

    Scenes from a Lonely Dinner

    One slip is all it takes for this night of loneliness to culminate in a crescendo of muffled moans and suppressed sighs.

The Oracle of Tripe #24

By Chaitanya Modak and Benita Fernando