LOVE’S SWEET MUSIC    By Neel Anil Panicker “It’s lovely, isn’t it?” Albert turned around. His eyes were twinkling brighter than the brightest star. ‘Mesmerizing and tantalizing are the words for me, darling!’ A little taken aback by the response, Violet prodded further, “But I thought you hated music, Al?” ‘Hated? Well, that’s too strong … Continue reading neelwrites/love’ssweetmusic/FOWC/ThreeThingsChallenge/flash/fiction/301words/04/09/2018


Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #188 Hosted by the brilliant NEKNEERAJ at STAGE CRAFT   By Neel Anil Panicker They were a perfect couple. She, the danseuse, grace personified, beauty ala divine, the initiator of a million eclectic moves. He, pianist par excellence, the music maker, symphonist; the one who wove magic with his fingers, her guru-cum-interlocutor. There … Continue reading neelwrites/


Hosted by the wondrously charming Rochelle at WILTED FLOWERS PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Ann Hall By Neel Anil Panicker The entire mantelpiece was chock-a-block with vases in myriad shapes, sizes and colours. One in particular caught his attention. Inspector Sharma’s fingers skirted past the bud, cylinder and cube shaped ones to finally rest on the … Continue reading neelwrites/wiltedflowers/fridayfictioneers/shortstory/inspectorsharmacrimeseries/fiction/100words/01/11/2017


A Home On Song Photo prompt provided by Louise with The Storyteller’s Abode. Thank you Louise! By Neel Anil Panicker “That’s my girl.” Mohan was ecstatic. And why woudn’t he? It was not everyday that one’s four-year-old gets to recite an entire poem at her school’s Annual Day. He watched her roll her eyes and … Continue reading neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFfaW/161words/29/03/2017


PULLING THE RIGHT STRINGS (173 words) This week’s photo prompt is provided by Sunayana MoiPensieve. Thank you for our photo prompt! By Neel Anil Panicker  “Get out of my house, you wastrel.” Never before did a father’s parting words sound more harsh. Abhijeet slept off the cold, wintry night on the roadside kerb; his guitar … Continue reading neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFaW/175words/21/03/2017


  STRUMMING AWAY THE BLUES By Neel Anil Panicker “Justin wants to be one of those greats”. ‘Greats! As in Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, right?’ “Not exactly. His idols are … err…slightly different.” ‘How different can they be?’ “They are from the world of music.” ‘Ah! not surprising. All he does is strum that stupid … Continue reading neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFfPP/200words/08/02/2017


HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES By Neel Anil Panicker word count: 100 ”Do you need to play that again”, I whispered. She looked up, luminous eyes faking hurt. “It hides this beautiful head of yours”. “I play the cello for you”, she replied. She lifted my fingers and lowered them into the keys. “A, D, G, … Continue reading neelwrites/fridayfioctioneers/hittingthehighnotes/16/11/2016