A NAME BY ANY OTHER NAME (Genre:Realistic Fiction) By Neel Anil Panicker She’s the antithesis of a politician. Well read, articulate, with an accent to boot. Quiet__it’s the modifier that best describes her. That ways Atishi, her first name, is a total mismatch. My pigdin reservoir of Hindi (or is that Urdu?) tells me … Continue reading neelwrites/anamebyanyothername/FRidayFictioneers/realisticfiction/shortstory/india/politics/29/08/2018


THE ABYSS  (genre/realistic fiction) PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior By Neel Anil Panicker His is a nihilist’s indulgence. An ode to a life gone horribly wrong. Can he ever right it? Undo all the wrongs? Wake up from his lethal drug-cum-alcohol-cum-sex-cum rock ‘n’ roll slumber? Get his tottering life back on the rails? He swipes away … Continue reading neelwrites/theabyss/fridayfictioneers/shortstory/flash/16/08/2018


A LIFE! By Neel Anil Panicker The outside life beckons me. From inside I watch with more than a tinge of sadness as the grassy outgrowth changes into a golden brown, sometimes becomes a curious blend of magenta tinged red and near faded brown. At times, it’s sheer yellow, especially in the early mornings when … Continue reading neelwrites/alife/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/shortstory/100words/08/08/2018


Friday Fictioneers 3 August 2018 FENCING AROUND © Sandra Crooks By Neel Anil Panicker ‘You’re a fence sitter, always have been.’ Thomas reads aloud the morning newspaper’s front page headline__“Temple or Mosque? SC prefers Status Quo”. Heena stares at her husband’s poker face of two score years. The sight’s enough of an irritation for her … Continue reading neelwrites/fencingaround/flash/shortstory/fridayfictioneers/100words/02/08/2018


MEANDERINGS… PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz 😀 (Thanks, Ted) By Neel Anil Panicker It’s a fixed routine,  come rain, come shine, every night, around  eightish__there they’re, taking their customary stroll around the park, the faces glowing bright  under the glare of the strobe lights. ‘Three Musketeers’, that’s what I call them__the woman, slightly older; the men, much younger__their … Continue reading neelwrites/meanderings/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/shortstory/110words/25/07/2018


TIME TO KILL PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson By Neel Anil Panicker The sun is a bright red orb. It’s a beautiful day no doubt. I’m passing by Mrs Miller’s. She’s the one who lives two blocks from where I’m put up. I spot her, Rumble, the Golden Retriever that’s permanently stationed near the huge wrought … Continue reading neelwrites/timetokill/fridayfictioneers/shortstory/flash/18/07/2018


THE BONDAGE PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young By Neel Anil Panicker A caged bird. That’s what he was, that’s what he felt like. It had been so, was always so…ever since the surgery, ever since he’d lost contact with sanity. They came, his family, or whatever was left of it; the visits a formality__infrequent, whistle … Continue reading neelwrites/thebondage/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/100words/11/07/2018


MOVING ON  PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll By Neel Anil Panicker  It’s over. I’m done…done with you. I don’t need you. Not anymore. ‘You sure?’ you ask. “Dead sure”, I say. Dead sure ‘coz I’m done with taking insults__the poison dipped barbs, the not so veiled innuendos that come my way every single time I … Continue reading neelwrites/movingon/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/100words/05/07/2018


MIND’S A MAZE (GENRE: Realistic Riction) PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays By Neel Anil Panicker Her mind’s aching with sepia toned memories; memories that get dimmer by the hour. ‘Cancer, of any type, is slow poison. It kills you; slowly, breath by breath.’ This is someone’s memoir she read.  They batter her already battered … Continue reading neelwrites/minds’amaze/realisticfiction/flash/fridayfictioneers/100words/13/06/2018


A MURDER IN THE CHURCH By Neel Anil Panicker Inspector Sharma’s hawk eyes scanned the high domed  pearl white Victorian archways of St. Thomas Church. Men, women and children, some young enough to be held in their mothers’ arms,  seated all around him in benches, in two rows and six long columns that extended all … Continue reading neelwrites/amurderinthechurch/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/inspectorsharmacrimeseries/100words/06/06/2018