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


PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehudah WRONG TURN By Neel Anil Panicker The trio had hopped onto a car and headed out of the city; an impromptu weekend escape into the hills. Saransh, the youngest of the trio, a month short of his fifteenth birthday, was the one to spot the jinx. It started with Lijo. Superstitious … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/01/07/20


GIVING IT BACK By Neel Anil Panicker “How would you stave off the attack,” posed Priya as she sat down next to Rashmi in the back garden of the former’s beach side home. “I don’t know but I guess I have no option but to fight him back, have I?” The two girls stated into … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/30/06/20


Rita’s Den By Neel Anil Panicker It was her ‘retreat’. Her own personal space, someplace she could go and hide from life’s mundanities. A quiet oasis, her own private abode where she could get lost in a world far away from the humdrum of daily hackneyed existence. Rita’s Den (that’s what she eponymously called it) … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/spf/29/06/20


Secrets Of A Silvery Night By Neel Anil Panicker “Who would have ever thought that beneath these sand dunes someone would have hidden 300 crores! exclaimed the man in uniform as he guided a group of young men out of the watery patch towards the dry mound of earth. Chacko turned his gaze away from … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/28/06/20


THE UNKNOWN ARTIST By Neel Anil Panicker Restful—that’s what he felt after every ‘project’. Then, he would put a cigarette to his lips, and lighting it, take a long drag inside, the slow exhalation through the nostrils, bringing him intense joy and relaxation, reflected in the way his bulbous eyes behind rimmed glasses shone bright, … Continue reading neelwrites/shortstory/taleweaver/27/06/20


A Lesson From Above By Neel Anil Panicker ‘How true when they say a picture is worth a thousand words,’ blurted Old Ekanta as the couple went around the Red Dot Square. His wife of over half a decade half looked at her husband, a puzzled expression on her heavily lined face. “What picture, what … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/26/06/20


BEWARE: DANGER EVERYWHERE! By Neel Anil Panicker Mind your breath, mind your steps, mind who you touch, mind what you touch, mind your head, mind your hands, mind your nose, mind this, mind that…mind…mind…mind…!!! “Gaaawd! what apocalyptic, dystopian times are we living in?, cried out 22 year old Seema Bharghava. As the beautiful computer engineer, … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/25/06/20


DIETARY DIKTATS IN CORONA TIMES By Neel Anil Panicker Ronald’s eyes devoured the food stall; its stack of deep red apples, perfectly round watermelons and oranges just enough for him to start salivating  his pet terrier when it were on heat. He didn’t wait a second and picked up them all and scampered back to … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/24/06/20