BRIGHT AS LIGHT By Neel Anil Panicker Father, I feel lost, of no use. My life has turned pitch dark and shorn of all light. “That’s not the case, my son. There’s light at the end of the tunnel?” Father, but I see no tunnel, no light? Where is it? “Son, you are mistaken. Look … Continue reading neelwrites/brightaslight/FFfAW/shortstory/175words/30/01/2018


 OM BABA’S WISDOM By Neel Anil Panicker Om Baba watched nee studied her, his eyes, a demon’s, red and bulging out of their sockets as they bored into hers, lasciviously running through every inch of her voluptuous figure. “My lord, what more can I do. Haven’t I done enough already. Can’t you see that I … Continue reading neelwrites/ombaba’swisdom/fiction/spf/flash/200words/31/12/2017


FFfAW Challenge-Week of October 31, 2017 Hosted by Priceless Joy at THE ‘KEEPER’ By Neel Anil Panicker She isn’t much; just four raised oblong stone slabs; the edges, pointed and jutting out into the skies. Half hidden behind the majestic branches of a huge peepal tree in a forested outgrowth in the village periphery, what she … Continue reading neelwrites/thekeeper/FFfAW/flash/fiction/shorstory/172words/05/11/2017


FFfAW Challenge-Week of September 12, 2017 Hosted  by PJ at WHAT’S WITH THE FLOWERS   By Neel Anil Panicker It’s been over twenty hours and Shivam hasn’t moved a limb. Seated on a lone garden chair abutting the ICU, he is oblivious to the world, his eyes, stony eyed and transfixed, stares expectedly at the pot … Continue reading neelwrites/what’swiththeflowers/FFfAW/fiction/shortstory/167words/13/09/2017


EID MUBARAK By Neel Anil Panicker Oh! what a frightening spectre When a child wants to be a beef inspector Believes he is more powerful than the district collector. Oh! what a frightening spectre, I can’t even wish my friend Iqbal ‘Eid Mubarak’ Afraid someone will brand me a traitor. Oh! what a frightening spectre … Continue reading neelwritesblog/triolet#2/eidmubarak/13/09/2016

ELEPHANTINE TEMPLE OF FAITH By Neel Anil Panicker Places of worship are attractive to eternal optimists. It took all of three weeks and an ardous personal pilgrimage which extended to all of ten temples, eight mosques, six gurudwaras, three churches, and a couple of Parsi temples and even the odd Jewish synagogue for Raghav to … Continue reading

A Pilgrim’s Progress- Around Haji Ali Dargah By Neel Anil Panicker Raghav felt a tug and turned around to find sickly fingers pulling at the edges of his shirt sleeves. The free hand, twiggy to the bones, were clutching a half broken yellowed plastic bowl with more holes in it than the dirty pock marked … Continue reading

FREEDOM IN CHAINS By Neel Anil Panicker Please have some faith, allow me to choose my faith, or, not to follow any faith. I have no problem with Hinduism. After all it is an ism__ a noble way of life indeed. And I like to be known by my deed. But I have every problem … Continue reading