PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz JUST MALLING By Neel Anil Panicker Look Mamma, that’s a Shitzu. Oh, how adorable. Is that a he or a she? How old is it? Can I touch her? Take a pix, please. Does she bite? You really pamper her, don’t you. She must be really lucky. I smiled at … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/ff/drabble/100words/31/05/2023


PHOTO PROMPT © Amanda Forestwood LOOKING AHEAD By Neel Anil Panicker A voice from inside goaded her. ‘Don’t give up. Don’t give up when you have come this far.’ Not that she had an easy life so far. A fairy tale marriage that went kaput from Day 1. The very man whom she had reposed … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/drabble/FF/100words/lookingahead/25/5/2023


YET ANOTHER DEATH By Neel Anil Panicker The news came early in the morning. I had just got, lit the stove and made myself a cup of black tea. Sans sugar.  My first in many of the day.Brew in hand, I saunter into the balcony only to notice a crowd gathered outside the flat opposite … Continue reading neelwrites/nonfiction/death/23/02/2023


ALL AT SEA By Neel Anil Panicker She peaked back over her shoulder to check that the coast was clear. Not one soul caught her eye. At this hour of the day, a few minutes just after dawn, the beach, usually choc a bloc with picknickers, city sighters, bird watchers and other general no busybodies … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/storystarter/20/05/2023


© Liz Young WHAT’S COOKING! By Neel Anil Panicker ‘Relationships are like onions. Just when you feel you have gotten to the bottom of it, out pops out another layer.’ Rajat pondered over the declarative tone adopted by his best buddy, Arijit. After an indeterminate pause, Rajat, his voice affecting the requisite gravity the situation … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/drabble/FF/18/05/2023


Photo Challenge #464 SUNSHINE GIRL By Neel Anil Panicker EIGHT hours, nineteen minutes and five seconds!That’s all it took for Gayatri to experience bliss!That’s all the time it had taken for the 47 year old to crawl out of the cesspool of madness and negativity that had been her life for the past over two … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/photochallenge/17/05/2023


IN TWO MINDS By Neel Anil Panicker Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the… Nope, Frost wasn’t of any assistance in this instance. In matters of love and marriage and happiness, Adah was an hapless deer caught in front of the headlights. The 29 year gold medallist Chartered Accountant and one of … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/sss/flush/15/05/2023


THE BLANK PAGE By Neel Anil Panicker The blank page was her lifeline. For her everything went into a black page.The day she saw her mother dragged by the hair, pulled violently into the bathroom, and the hapless woman’s gut wrenching cries thereafter. The day her school bus whizzed past her as she stood at … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/13/05/2023


SPARE ME YOUR KINDNESS By Neel Anil Panicker It’s too painful. The loss of a loved one. Especially, someone who wasn’t to die so young. Don’t tell me you know how it feels.Because, you don’t know.Don’t tell me that such is life. Don’t tell me that you know of someone who also had a similar … Continue reading neelwrites/nonfiction/life/sorrow/11/05/2023