The Banished Secret

Prologue “My son,” the words slipped out before she could stop herself. “What?” Gandhari pounced on her. “Arjuna!” Muttered Kunti, trying to cover up her mistake, but her eyes were fixed on the intruder. Gandhari’s maids were whispering in the Queen’s ears, Kunti saw in dismay. “Then why are you looking at that stranger?” Kunti … More The Banished Secret

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The Mansion

Prologue The moon was full. It was the perfect night. He knew this was the night. But just in case something went wrong…. He looked at the package in his hand. “Ram!” His tone was peremptory. The boy came to him. He handed over the package in his hand to the boy. “Take this to … More The Mansion

A Lost Melody

Prologue Mike stepped out of the airport, wondering what awaited him here. It had been almost fifteen years since he had left the country. And he had not bothered to find out what might have been happening here. He had not stayed in touch with anyone. After Annie’s death, when he fled the country, he … More A Lost Melody

My new book

A/N: This is the first chapter of the new novel I’m writing right now. Prologue “I killed my wife,” the voice at the other end of the phone might have been discussing the weather, so matter-of-fact and emotionless was it. On second thoughts, Aftab felt that a discussion of the weather might have been more … More My new book

The Life that Never Was: Part Twenty four and Twenty Five

Bheema opened the door to find Kunti outside. Nakula bolted out of bed as she came in to the room. “What were you two up to?” She demanded, as if they were still children. “Nothing, mother,” said Bheema, pulling her into a hug. “Just trying to sleep. We need to make an early start.” She … More The Life that Never Was: Part Twenty four and Twenty Five

The Life that Never Was: Part Twenty Two and Twenty Three

Bheema heard the laughter from the next room. He could not distinguish whose laughter it was. He looked at Nakula who was also frowning. “Let’s go have a look,” Bheema mouthed. Nakula nodded, the gleam of adventure in his eyes. Nakula opened the door a fraction and saw Krishna going downstairs. He turned to Bheema. … More The Life that Never Was: Part Twenty Two and Twenty Three

Part Nineteen

He went out again after food. The rain did not seem to be letting up, even slightly. It seemed to be strengthening. Thunder rumbled, a deep booming sound that seemed to echo in his very marrow. Lightning streaked across the sky. He sighed. It did not look as if he might be able to continue … More Part Nineteen

The Life that Never Was: Parts Fifteen to Eighteen

“Mother, what’s the matter?” Asked Sahadeva concerned. Kunti shook her head but did not speak. She blinked back her tears. She deserved those words, but Krishna of all people should know that she loved her son. Her circumstances prevented her from acknowledging him, but that did not mean she did not care. “Then why did … More The Life that Never Was: Parts Fifteen to Eighteen