Lost and Found by Haoyan Do

Lana always thought that she had lost Bala forever. Even before high school graduation, she knew the gap between her and Bala was so huge that it’d be impossible that they would be together again. For one thing, Bala’s parents were against their relationship. For another, Bala, after going out with Lana in 10th grade,…

Colourblind by Britta Benson

So what exactly are you meant to do, when you wish to spruce up your home a little – and let’s be frank here right from the start! All I intended to do was to paint a few walls, pick a new rug, perhaps a few scatter cushions, nothing major, just a cheap and cheerful…

Meeting Turns to Crap by Don Matthews

(true story in my hometown Adelaide) The staffers were all gathered Round each other, seating When suddenly they heard above A sound, a sudden creaking Very soon they all began To look up, and start mumbling When the creaking sound above them Turned to quite loud rumbling Suddenly the ceiling Above them gave away And…

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….

There Were Only Two People in Isolation

(A short story in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation into English by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm) I was at her doorstep on a Sunday morning, an estate at the end of a fading colourless dirt road leading into town. Completely dissipated was the mist, leaving the enormous courtyard frozen in an eerie icy chill….

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…

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…