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Short Stories

Here are some of my latest short stories. You can view the complete collection here.

    • It started off with an itch. Timon was waiting for the train when he felt it under his thigh. Despite repeatedly scratching it, the itch kept coming back. He was on the train when it had spread to his buttocks and thighs. By night, it became …

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    • I was playing a game of charades with my friends when it came to my turn. I held the card up close and read the word in my mind. “Funny” Now.. how am I supposed to act out funny? As I wondered, I stood up and …

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    • “You cannot question everything. Some things are better left not questioned,” the teacher said to the student. It was the usual Saturday morning Hindu class where Murugan is usually sent to when his parents take the class as an opportunity and excuse to leave the seven-year-old …

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    • “The 320 Hz frequency, Hindus call it Om and some Pranava, majority call it God, few refer to it as the Source, the ancients call it the Great Spirit. It is the default frequency inherent in every form, shape, colour, size, and energy in the Cosmos, …

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    • “Cosmos?” Cosmos’ teacher asked, frowning awkwardly. It was the first day of school and teachers conducted the standard-operating procedure of calling out students’ names to remember them – or atleast try for some. Seven-year-old Cosmos looks up from his desk amid a backdrop of his classmates …

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    • With his camera bag slung over his left shoulder, Sudir Awang positioned the three children met at a residential area in Kepong to take a photo while pretending to watch the Prime Minister tabling the year’s budget. Since the ruling party has a stake in The …

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    • “Hey, you heard the news ah?” Rafidah, the senior features reporter for The Malaysian Tribune said as she walked casually over to Gayathri’s desk. “What news?” Gayathri looked up from her computer and remarked sarcastically, “I get all kinds of news and write them too. Which …

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    • Maria De Souza, the 25-year-old only female but gutsy crime reporter for The Malaysian Tribune, was about to pack her bags and head out of the office at sharp 5pm when the crime-desk editor, Mr Samuel Hernandez, called out to her. “Not so fast, Maria,” he …

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    • “It’s like I’m spiralling downwards, into a deep dark rabbit hole.” Rajiv, the “problematic” student as the teachers labelled him, said to Mr Ahmad. The 16-year-old was crying in the classroom alone by himself. He had scored another F for his Mathematics test and had another scuffle …

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    • Teddy held on to my arms as he guided me through the path least travelled by many. “You sure we’re going the right way?” I asked as Teddy, the plush sized pudgy looking bear made out of cotton and velour tugged at my right hand. “I …

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    • “Because at the end of life – lights out! You’ll hear a voice.” The 27-year-old seated before us said, a cup of tea on the table, a cigarette in hand, as the five of us listened intently. “And the voice says..” He mimics someone whispering in …

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    • The evening breeze blew on Radhika’s soft wet skin, sending shivers to her body as she emerged from the Yamuna river with her Gopika friends. All five sat by the secluded river bank – a secret spot only known to these beautiful women – combed their …

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