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Pawan Hegde

Written by Pawan Hegde who loves tinkering with code. If you want to know more about him, maybe you should visit his website

Zero-sum (Part I)

July 05, 2017 • ☕️ 3 min read

Freida Dantas stepped out of the queue to look around. The machine wasn’t that far from here–only a few hundred more. She looked behind…

You

April 16, 2017 • ☕️ 2 min read

I see you lying on the bed and I want to scream out to you. But I know it won’t reach. I feel like giving up. I see your body on the bed but…

X023

March 13, 2017 • ☕️ 2 min read

Sheena Zavheri was in the bathroom touching up her make-up when she heard the muffled explosion of a gunshot from the corridor. She…

Wait

January 27, 2017 • ☕️ 1 min read

“Babe…” called Tarun slumped into the sofa staring into his mobile. “Babe?” “Yes, babu,” came the reply from the other room. “We’re getting…

Visitors

January 08, 2017 • ☕️ 1 min read

It was almost nine and the house was still in a disarray. ‘Could’ve at least informed me she’d be late,’ Sudeep thought as he collected…

Under the covers

November 01, 2016 • ☕️ 1 min read

The blaring primetime television would almost drown out his arguing parents, but a harsh sound or two would still invade his bedroom through…

Television

November 01, 2016 • ☕️ 1 min read

Travesty of primetime news was on television again. The reporter walked frantically towards an old mud house. “We are on our way to the home…

Spontaneity

May 22, 2016 • ☕️ 5 min read

The rain stopped as suddenly as it had begun—typical Konkan weather! Raj folded his old patched-up umbrella and boarded the train. “Hi. Can…

Raincoat

May 14, 2016 • ☕️ 1 min read

A little kid, not older than ten, goes stoically through the raincoat-stock of another shop. His parents stand a little away, admiring the…

Quilt

April 20, 2015 • ☕️ 1 min read

There once was a queen, pretty and wise. Her husband was a king, just and nice. They ruled over a land far far away where faces were bright…

Parkinson's Law

April 18, 2015 • ☕️ 1 min read

The administration on the planet of Zolgian was in shambles. An independent council of elders was convened and tasked with overhauling the…

Prize

April 18, 2015 • ☕️ 1 min read

The final match of the national junior level chess championship had just concluded and the prize distribution ceremony had just commenced…

Peatoozee: A short warning

April 18, 2015 • ☕️ 1 min read

Many bloggers I know are participating in the A to Z challenge, wherein every day in Aprilbarring Sundays, bloggers pick up one letter of…

Inteqaam

March 30, 2015 • ☕️ 1 min read

In 2022, after intense negotiations, the Indian and Pakistani governments agreed to hold a referendum in Jammu & Kashmir. Armies on both…

Repentance

November 26, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

It was late at night but she was still in the kitchen. The knife cut away rhythmically, punctuating the eerie silence of their bungalow…

General Flight Safety

November 17, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“For a moment there, I thought we were toast! That manoeuvre around the storm was truly inspired.” “We are not destined to die here, Danial…

An Interview

October 02, 2014 • ☕️☕️ 11 min read

It was a surprisingly cold November morning. A thick layer of fog had settled down on the streets of Delhi, mellowing down every colour and…

Darkness

September 07, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“C’mon Jenna, don’t be stupid. Spirits are parasitic entities: not some magical unicorns. They don’t have any supernatural powers,” he said…

A Dish Best Served Cold

August 23, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“You have no idea how long I’ve waited for this opportunity,” he said, moving closer cautiously, with a smirk on his face. “I’ve lain…

Farewell Letter

August 16, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Dear John, I hope this letter finds you in good health. All of us here at the office are well and in high spirits. John, as much as I…

Being the good guy

August 09, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“And?” “And… It’s apparently not good etiquette to tell your girlfriend that her sister is sexy.” Varun kept away the bouquet and felt his…

Rock Bottom

August 09, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

He spread his hands and felt the wind against his wet face. The soft morning breeze grew faster and faster until it was a gale trying to…

The Dentist

June 13, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Not a single patient had visited the clinic since morning. clunk… clunk… clunk… She lazily struck the scalpel on the tray as she waited…

Of a Prolific Sketcher

June 08, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

The big red drawing book slapped through air and fell flat onto the table. It was visibly embarrassed by the way it had landed with its…

Dissent (II) : Whispering Wires

June 08, 2014 • ☕️ 2 min read

Read the first part of this story here: Dissent(I) : Vanguard Jotteau woke up startled by the sudden explosion of sound in his headphones…

Dissent(I) : Vanguard

June 04, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Jotteau put on the headphones, turned up the volume, put his feet on the messy table and laid back in the chair, listlessly petting his…

Blind Date

May 28, 2014 • ☕️ 4 min read

“Make me one more,” Mohit said to the bartender drowsily putting down the glass on the table. It was almost closing time on a Friday night…

College Reunion

May 28, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Raghav sat gravely on the steps of his alma mater. “I wish you were here, Shireen. We promised each other that,” he said, staring at the…

Ebullience

May 22, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

A serene mist hung low over the mountain. Green grass blades kissed the tiny droplets of water and drooped low by their weight - purified by…

Bugger Fixing

May 11, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Aatish dragged his feet to the coffee room. Steam, Milk, Tea, Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte… Latte. Sugar. Two full spoons of it. He was…

Mother's Day Five Sentence Fictions

May 10, 2014 • ☕️ 2 min read

Preggers Harold came running like a wild man, a pregnancy test stick in his hand, shouting at the top of his voice, “We’re gonna have a baby…

The New Bride

May 10, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“Mom, there is someone I want you to meet soon,” he said sitting down. “She’s very intelligent and pretty and everyone loves her too. They…

Reflection

May 08, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Rustum Patel was a rational man beset by an irrational malady. He was a perfectly healthy centenarian by all means, except that he was born…

A letter to my son

May 03, 2014 • ☕️ 2 min read

Dear Son, How are you? How are Sanjana and the kids? I hope you all are happy and healthy. Shani isn’t giving any more trouble, is he? Don’t…

Flash

April 26, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

The minister entered the room, smiling. She was dressed elegantly for the press-meet. He smiled clumsily on seeing her, even as he adjusted…

Melody

April 25, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

A dying father brought the brothers back in the same room on a smoky Diwali night. Vikram sat curled up in a corner, while Atul and his wife…

Lights Out: Conversations Aboard the Last Train

April 20, 2014 • ☕️ 5 min read

It was past midnight, but the warm humid air felt suffocating and uneasy. Pranjal adjusted a bit, but the sweltering seat still did not…

Sorry for Convention Rocking

April 12, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

As the curtain opened, the punk band receded into a collective stupor. The curious crowd was decades older than they had anticipated. Their…

Dreaming of Her

April 06, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“Every time?” “Every freaking time!” “And are you sure you don’t want to see her in your dreams ever again?” “I mean.. Yea. I mean. Not…

How not to meet your girlfriend's parents

April 05, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

“So how did it go?” “Terrible!” “Why yaar? Your dad started with his war stories again?” “I wish!” “Vinay did something stupid, isn’t it…

A Tale of Sorcery

April 03, 2014 • ☕️ 3 min read

“Jay loved magic. So, when he got the tickets to the magic show, I couldn’t refuse. He was so excited about it. “Sleight of hand, optical…

Exam Room Romance

March 30, 2014 • ☕️ 3 min read

I reach the exam centre five minutes late. My bicycle got punctured. Papa lectured me all the way to the centre. I get checked by the police…

Spoons and Forks

March 21, 2014 • ☕️ 4 min read

Growing up was not easy for the young Luke Forkstein. Everyday he would return home with a scratch or a dent. He got picked on lot by the…

Politics

March 16, 2014 • ☕️ 3 min read

“Yes?” “Sir, Mr. Tiwari is here. Should I send him in?” “Hmmm… Okay. Send him in” Moments later, the door opened, and a middle-aged man…

Freaky Night

March 14, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

It was dark. He was sitting listlessly on the sofa, waiting for his wife to prepare the bed. Oil lamps flickered in the palatial room. She…

The First Drink

February 22, 2014 • ☕️ 1 min read

Two little boys moved around furtively in their father’s study room. The curtains were drawn and they moved around in the moonlight filtered…

Magic

November 29, 2013 • ☕️ 2 min read

“She’s coming. She’s coming!” , Vikram yelled, as he scampered down, and squatted behind the park bench. His comb was now working at full…

Sayantani

November 23, 2013 • ☕️ 2 min read

Madhumita was perched on her favourite rocking chair, leisurely reading a murder mystery, when her phone vibrated. She absent-mindedly…

Kindness of Strangers

November 17, 2013 • ☕️ 5 min read

There was a feeble metal clang of a stone hitting an electricity pole<. It was pitch dark except for the streetlights. Shyam slowly rose his…

To Spot a Tiger

November 03, 2013 • ☕️ 2 min read

“It’s a male tiger”, said the guide. “How do you know that?”, he asked. “The paw prints are square. It’s a big one too.” One of the tourists…