PHOTO PROMPT @ A. Noni Mouse DIMMING LIGHTS By Neel Anil Panicker “Abhi, we must shift house. I somehow don’t quite like it.” Abhishek looked over his laptop at Bhavna who stood at the kitchen entrance and beckoned him. “But Bhavi, we’ve just shifted. And if remember correctly, you were going ga ga over … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/FF/100words/09/07/20


  STAYING AFLOAT By Neel Anil Panicker Swayam turned his eyes around the  swirling waters, felt the fast moving stream sweep everything under his wobbly feet, and knew his options were limited—float or drown. At that instant, his thoughts meandered towards all those he loved—his parents Jimmy  and Sylvie; his siblings Pixie, Itsy, and Bitsy, … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/09/07/20


FLATTERING TO DECEIVE By Neel Anil Panicker The offer was something too good to be given the miss: a fat cat salary, plus, a share of the profits. Add to that a chauffeur driven top end model car, liberal travelling  no questions asked allowances, annual junkets and a five day limited hours work week. The … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/07/08/20


ANOTHER ‘GOD’ FAILS By Neel Anil Panicker It took all of seven years three months and two days for the halo to fade away. Until that moment, he was God—the omnipotent, omniscient ruler of others’ destinies, the one who feet millions bent down and paid obeisance, the Osho—the Supreme One—the one who God himself had … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/07/07/20


DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE By Neel Anil Panicker “So, this is it, your secret bunker, your hideout, your deep down dungeon, the cave that you have dug into the earth to escape from the toxic air that floats in the air, the one place hidden some fifty feet deep inside the innards of earth that … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/shortstory/06/07/20


ART OF CONNECTING By Neel Anil Panicker Take your seat, stay calm, close your eyes, maintain zero bodily movement, and chant with the crowd___om shanti om. Do this____day in, day out. “How long?” Now, that’s an absolute wrong question to ask. Let me explain. It’s a process___one with no timelines. Success comes guaranteed to only … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/spf/05/07/20


sorted smiling shoulder  ascend descend  hope despair NOT SO FREE By Neel Anil Panicker “What’s it called Mamma,”? The four year old tugged at Esther’s feet as the crowd of eveningers slipped by. The little one’s father, Joel, who was a step ahead, turned around to answer. Uncle Alfred, ever persuasive and patriotic, beat his … Continue reading neelwritesww/flash/fiction/shortstory/04/07/20


THE ESCAPE By Neel Anil Panicker The open sky stretched from sand to horizon  and the riders advanced on the oasis. It was the fourth day since the band of ten had hit the road, leaving behind their village, now near abandoned, with only a few stray dogs and the few odd decrepit too unwilling, … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/03/07/20


LEAVING DEATH’S DOORS By Neel Anil Panicker Imagine living the new normal: a world in which every breath you take may be your last; where every road you take, each single turn could land you in a hot spot___a potential dead end where lives are lived more in fear than in elation,x where laughter and … Continue reading neelwrites/TLT/flash/shortstory/02/07/20