NO TOYS FOR BOYS By Neel Anil Panicker “It’s an improvised flour and rice mill on wheels,” said fifteen year old Vivek. “It’s my Christmas gift from Santa Claus,” yelled little Ishan, eight years junior to his brother. Their mother, who passed them by as she ducked under one of the low ceiling match box … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/shortstory/21/01/2020


  IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID! By Neel Anil Panicker “Dynamic? my foot”, lashed out Inder. “And why not,?” countered Lakshmi before adding, “hasn’t he travelled the world, shaken hands with world leaders, looked them in the eye, and told them in no uncertain terms that no more messing with us and that India means business”?. … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/20/01/2020


OLD WINE, NEW BOTTLE By Neel Anil Panicker “Let’s begin anew”, Harish pleaded. Sara locked eyes with the guy she’d been dating for three years; found what she was searching for. She said, “I’m ready. You aren’t. It’s over”. There’s nothing  anew                good old fascist agenda politics of … Continue reading neelwrites/poem/haibun/20/01/2020


TO KILL A HUMAN BEING By Neel Anil Panicker ‘You are my sunshine.’ There was a time, not too distant in the past, when the above lines meant the world to Rhea. Not anymore. Not ever. Three months, twelve days, and seven hours was all it took for the illusion to shatter. For her world, … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/19/01/2020


  SARA’S REVENGE By Neel Anil Panicker The scroll of the screen continued long after she closed her eyes. For a long time she did nothing, simply sat there in the cold dampness of the basement, her mind in limbo, her senses benumbed, just unable to register anything, make any sense of what was happening … Continue reading neelwrites/flash/firstlinefriday/fiction/shortstory/18/01/2020