Broken Light

Do you see her blank eyes, which know but cannot speak because her mind is restricted? Her name is Anuja. She is orange-pink in a world of grey shades. She is twenty-one. She used to be beautiful once, saliva dribbling down her lower lip. Her mother had been alive, and although she never saw eye…

Refuge

The more conscience you’re loaded with, the more painful the journey becomes. Hyenas have a special radar for conscience, because it gives them the means to exploit the ones who possess it. He was a good boy, and he had been visiting the hospital with his sick brother. In his eyes, I saw my own…

Other Side

One day, I was at my happiest. But, the ones who were supposed to be happy about my gleeful state, did not like it so much. For a long time, I lived with the idea that I was meant to be sad, because a child heavily depends on that shitty sense of approval she gets…

Burial

Having abandoned a life of odd striptease, I have finally found the courage to stare square. I have never really spoken about it. I don’t know how men entered my life and I was transformed into shipwreck, aided by their women. Bit by bit, stripping me down, taking pinch after pinch, and laying scratch after…

Depleting Blackness

I looked at my soaked hands at once. It wasn’t rainwater that caused them to be like that, although the tin slate above my head was chattering fearfully and the wind went berserk outside, crying and howling like a woman abandoned by her man. There was a tiny hole on the tin wall through which…

Chaturthya (Fourth Day)

By Pradipta Dutta (copyrights 2017)   Prologue   Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaaram Ekam Unborn, Beyond Imagination, Formless and Absolute Niraanandam Aanandam Advaitam Poornam Beyond Bliss, the Absolute Bliss, Indivisible, Whole Param Nirgunam Nirvishesham Nireeham The Best Among the Best, Attributeless, Obtainable, Desireless Para Brahma Roopam Ganesham Bhajema To That Form I Worship That Is Most Supreme…

Kas – A Woman Of Glass

BY PRADIPTA DUTTA (COPYRIGHTS 2017)   What do I say about Kas? I don’t know what to say, although she’s the type of woman who does not leave you empty – but has you filled with a myriad of emotions and situations – that for the longest of time you cannot fully decipher, it is…

FORBIDDEN

BY PRADIPTA DUTTA (COPYRIGHTS2017) That fateful day – when I was just a teenager who had been badly broken by the tragedies of her life – I met Miriam. I had been badly wounded, in every sense of the word, and my hitherto balance had been lost, at that tender age of 16. As a…

SHEEP OF SHIVA

SHEEP OF SHIVA   BY PRADIPTA DUTTA (COPYRIGHTS2017)   PROLOGUE  “Karpura Gauram Karuna Vataram Sansarasaram Bhujagendraharam Sada Vasantham Hridyaravindhay Bhavambhavaani Sahitam Namami” (He, who is as pure as the whiteness of the Camphor. He, who is all-compassionate. He, who is the Essence of this World He, who has the Serpent around his neck as a…

WITCH OF BAROT

WITCH OF BAROT BY PRADIPTA DUTTA COPYRIGHTS 2017   One day, Beyond all the lies and brokenness,  All moroseness, And the masks that surrounded me, I went into the Forest. I wanted to give myself away to Her. Consumed by animals, thunder or cold – I wanted to offer myself. To Her. Maybe She’d rape…