The Building was still Unfinished by Bogdan Dragos

They will never finish the building It would stay in its skeletal form forever because the government is corrupt but then they all are so it wasn’t the grandest tragedy of the world It was a fun place for the kids A place where they pretended to be monkeys and did parkour and whatnot A…

Justine Henin’s Backhand: Music of the Spheres by David Linebarger

I watch Justine in slow motion, the transfer of weight from back to front foot, the coiling uncoiling of the legs the hips the shoulders the core. (Is it true she did a thousand sit ups a day?) Justine’s one-handed backhand, “the most beautiful shot in tennis” (John McEnroe). If all life could be as…

Just an Illusion by Bogdan Dragos

like it’s been painted a million times, the room seemed smaller narrower suffocating. The window too small, the door too sturdy, ceiling too low and the generator of the illusion stood across from her on the bed He’s been around for a year and six months Result of her first and surely last non-aborted pregnancy…

All Dogs Go to Heaven by Brenda Colbath

The noisy intersection was filled with people hurrying and ignoring fellow travelers. They were abruptly yanked from their reverie when they heard the screech of brakes and a sickening thud! The victim’s scream was mercifully short! Onlookers froze in horror at the sight of the victim crumpled under the bus. “Oh, my God, he just…

Three 100 Words Stories by Patricia Furstenberg

INSPIRATION: SPIDER-MAN THE FABLE It was all he could think of. The Spider-Man suit in the Masquerade Rental Shop. Mom retreated two steps at its musty scent and asked for a prince’s cape. And a crown studded with jewels. Lice-free, guaranteed, and 50% off. He’d won Best Costume at Dress-up Day, thanks to Mom who…

Savages by Bogdan Dragos

Wasn’t the best house for a five-year-old It was just a small room above the bar his mother worked in and it was open until late at night and he couldn’t sleep because of the noise He imagined savages going at each other, fighting to the death, and then laughing in celebration of victory and…

Of Air Returned by Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys

i. I burned my soul to ash but the pain paled in comparison to the terror that struck my heart like a match, anticipating her arrival and the tirade she would carry in tow. An unwarranted fear, as she was calm when she saw what I had done. Calm and nurturing. Soothing my pain with…

Kissed So Hard by Bogdan Dragos

“Have you ever kissed a lover so hard you chipped a tooth?” she asked with a grin that revealed more than one chipped tooth He shook his head. “No, and I really don’t intend to.” Well, that’s what you get for hitting on a girl you meet in the yard of the local asylum. But…

Colonial Driving Rules Dumped by Kulveer Singh

New Rules Issued and Patented By notifying the ‘Hindian Driving Rules – 2021′, the Government of Hindia took a landmark decision aimed at strengthening conventional Hindian driving techniques and maintaining Hindian leadership in road accidents. Shri Godigiri, Road Transport Minister of Hindia, said today at the notification ceremony that “Hindia is a global leader in road…

Whittled Down by the Steam by Chitra Gopalakrishnan

“Let me go,” I command my younger brother Subbu, “at eighteen, I know what I want and what I don’t.”  My voice rasps and echoes in my ears. Even though my uncordial words make his ten-year-old eyes widen with nervousness and bewilderment, I continue. Perhaps as I intend them more for me than for him….

Space & The City by Anand R Raghavan

In a city magically reclaimed from the anarchic sea, a constant search for space defines its people. Three out of every five families in Mumbai live in single room homes. Tightly packed across slums or around chawl courtyards that pepper the landscape of the city. The lines between private and public are blurred in these…

Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead by Bogdan Dragos

The old lady kept coming by the hospital to assure the medics that it’ll be okay “He’s a true fighter,” she said. “I know he’ll make it. He has won the battle with drugs twice in the past. He’ll make it this time as well. I know it. I feel it. I believe in him.”…

WordPress and I – A Marriage Made in Heaven by Don Matthews

I love our union, WordPress (Must not forget cap P) I find it so exciting wordpress and poet me Shit…forgot the P…and W Learning code? I’m past it (Remember Don cap P) I would be more than hopeless Word Press come marry me Shit…there’s no space Take me with your hidden code Make all my…

Close To Even by Edward N. McConnell

John Halston watched as the man counted out the bills and laid them on his desk. “You’re short. That’s two thousand five hundred. The retainer is three thousand,” he said. “I can get more but, right now, it’s all I got. My boy’s in trouble. Only you can help.” His son was busted for selling…

Those Shimmering Tides by Shobana Gomes

Those shimmering tides bring back memories, Of some past, reminiscent of a bygone era when time stands still, An everlasting. I have stepped on pebbles small and large, Tread on sun-dried leaves, Sidestepped tracks that sea-crabs built, Walked soundless on a cradled beach, Barefoot – silkiness adorning my tender feet. Those shimmering tides, though exultant,…

Welcome to MasticadoresIndia!

A very warm welcome to MasticadoresIndia. We begin a new journey. May it never end. As we bid goodbye to August and September beckons us forward, I would like to wish you all a wonderful change of season. There’s much magic in the air.  Can you feel it? Well, I can see it and have…