About Anusuya

Namaskar. I’m Anusuya, a teacher interested in learning; youth counsellor and freelance writer. I blog at http://akwrite.blogspot.in/

Of Stoppers and Closures by Anusuya

Prompt: Calculated risk | Word count: 1800 words | Genre: Medical thriller

A gloved hand reached into the bin labeled Batch 101 and picked up a few rubber stoppers. Sampling was underway in the Packing Material Store of Nor Pharmaceuticals. As a leading manufacturer of injectable products, the company took its quality control very seriously and its processes were all designed to leave nothing to chance. As Nor’s Managing Director often pointed out to anyone willing to listen, success in the pharma industry was all about working your way through calculated risk. Continue reading

Question Hour by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt:  Cut the String | Word Count:1000 | Genre: Spiritual??

An expectant hush settled over the crowd as Shivu Bhat walked into the temple. The minute he threw open the doors to the sanctum sanctorum, the temple bells pealed and the ceremonial drums struck up the traditional beat. After hours of waiting, hundreds of thirsty eyes feasted on the divine sight of the Goddess Renukamba.

Decked in a bright red sari, adorned with ornaments of gold and precious stones, covered with layers of garlands of yellow and orange marigold flowers, She waited patiently to receive the worship, and fulfill the prayers of Her devotees.

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The Masterminds by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt: Mastermind(s)   l  Word count: 1000 exactly  l Genre: Coming of age?

Matt slammed the door shut and threw himself onto the only chair in the room. He grabbed his cellphone and scrolled through the notifications. Painstakingly, he read through each and every one of them, forcing his mind to move away from the events of the past few hours. And yet, it kept coming back to him. The way those people sneered at him oh-so-politely, the pitying looks they gave him, a rank outsider. He’d tried the past few months but not anymore. He was done with the group. If his talent was meant to flower, it would have to be some other way.

Rose drummed her fingers on the table, mentally composing what she wanted to say. Would it sound nice that way, or would she sound too pretentious? Was it correct to use that phrase…maybe, she ought to rework that a little…., yes, she’d do it this way. A loud scream interrupted her thoughts. “Mom, where are my skates? And I’m already late! Coach will be really mad at me…come on, Mom, help me a little here. Mooom..what are you doing sitting there when I’m so desperate! You can finish your dreaming after dropping me to class…let’s go, Mom!”

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Gada – The Club by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words exactly | Genre: Slice of Life

Ravi ambled along the pathway that led up to the door of his new house. He still couldn’t bring himself to think of it as ‘home.’ Home meant a place where he had stayed with his parents. But Ma and Baba were no more – they had been killed in a horrible road accident. Chachu, Baba’s younger brother, had brought Ravi to this house to be cared for by Dadi.

Old she may be, his grandmother, but Dadi had a sharp eye. Which is why Ravi pulled down the sleeves of his shirt to cover the bruise that was building on his left upper arm. That big bully in class had cornered Ravi in the playground, grabbing him, trying to have some cheap fun at the new kid’s expense. Thank God the school was closed for the next week, so he wouldn’t have to face the brute very soon, thought Ravi.

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Facing Reality by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt: Coming Undone l  Word Count: 1200 words l Genre: Drama

Smita bit hard on the end of her pencil, and fixed her gaze on some vague point near the bougainvillea tree. She had seen people doing that when trying to concentrate, as if the mere act of looking pointedly at something would provide an answer.

Smita was due to meet Dr. Asha in an hour. But her poem wasn’t ready yet because her mind refused to cooperate. Of course, she could string together a few sentences with the last words rhyming and technically, it would be poetry. And anyway, Dr. Asha never criticized her, so it was okay. Yet, Smita wanted to try and give expression to at least some of the thoughts that felt so beautiful when they moved around her head.

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Home Is Where the Heart Is by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt: Going Home | Word Count: 500 | Genre: Legend

After stumbling for two hours through the dense undergrowth, Captain Kiran finally accepted that he was well and truly lost on his first day in the beautiful mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. He rued his impulsive decision to trek to the army camp instead of waiting for the jeep that was to transport him.

“Veerta aur Vivek,” he chanted aloud, trying to draw strength from the motto of his alma mater, the Indian Military Academy. He knew he had shown no ‘vivek’ or wisdom and was in dire need of ‘veerta’ or courage, to go on.

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If Not for Kalpana….by Anusuya

Prompt: Conversation with my spouse | Word Count: 1200 words | Genre: Psychological fiction

I hurry out to the porch and settle down into my chair for our evening ritual. Rohit looks up at me and smiles. It is a beautiful evening.

We are sitting outside, watching the sun set with a soft, orange glow. There is something about the stillness that sets in with dusk as all of creation prepares to rest for the day. In the small town to which we have recently moved, there isn’t much to do after sundown and we’re not given to socializing either. So we sit watching the sunset in a silence that is only broken by the chirping of the crickets. How loud the silence seems! And to me, that makes everything seem even more intense.

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Cheats Don’t Win by Anusuya

Prompt: New Life | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Mystery

“Group hug,” shouted Dev, grabbing Atul and Jai before walking into the examination hall.

Just two more papers to answer, and then, a new life, thought Atul. Already selected by a top firm during the campus recruitment drive, he didn’t need to worry about looking for a job. He had beaten Dev to it, but his best friend hadn’t seemed to mind because he’d also been placed with another good company, albeit with a smaller pay package.

Two hours after the question papers were distributed, Atul’s pen continued to move furiously, filling up the pages of the answer booklet.

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The Journey by Anusuya

Prompt: The List | Word Count: 1500 words | Genre: Realistic fiction

She scanned the list of applicants who had sent in requests to come to meet Her. Reading through the letters, She reviewed each one’s story and assessed the journey they were on, to make a decision of whether to grant them an audience. There were two letters She found intriguing – from a man and a woman. She paused, pondering over the decision of whether to put their names onto the final list of those She would meet and bless. From the lofty heights of Her shrine located in the majestic Himalayan mountains, Mata Vaishno Devi watched the two subjects who were the object of her curiosity.

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