Category: Soul Tales

A Ganga River Tale

They had been seeing her since the last many months. The little girl would appear unexpectedly on the banks of the river Ganga, which was a favourite play area for many children in the small pilgrim town. She would play with them happily for… Continue Reading “A Ganga River Tale”

The Magical Search

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper – W. B. Yeats The ship had not approached land for almost 25 days, and the sight of the island raised the hopes of the sailors and Captain Barnos… Continue Reading “The Magical Search”

Temple of Nature

The river meandered through an inlet, cordoning it into a secluded hidden area. The dense foliage converting the vicinity into a world of green, as sunlight streaked in through the leaves from the surrounding trees. The water was also an exotic fluid carpet dotted… Continue Reading “Temple of Nature”

A Tale of the Afterlife

The tribe of Yohans took great pride in their traditions as most indigenous communities do. They lived in an interior segment of North East India and preferred seclusion from the other hill tribes in the region. One of the reasons for this has been… Continue Reading “A Tale of the Afterlife”

The True Mirror

Sanofa was a being of the magical realm – wispy creations of God, sometimes seen, but mostly invisible to human eyes even though they are all around – hidden among the leaves, mosses, feathers and clouds. Sanofa was the odd one, she never really… Continue Reading “The True Mirror”

Under the Peepal Tree

She sat there all day long, under the massive Peepal tree (sacred fig) next to a tributary of Gomti river. The children would go and sit around her, trying to catch her glance. She would smile at them sometimes and often make some signs.… Continue Reading “Under the Peepal Tree”

The Elixir: An Atlantean Tale

Shahan’s heart skipped a beat as the ground beneath her feet trembled. This has been happening since the last 12 days. She made her way quickly to the Elixir Temple. She was one among the 15 Shikas who were serving at the temple from… Continue Reading “The Elixir: An Atlantean Tale”

Bonds Beyond Death

The heritage homestay by the sea was seldom occupied. Most guests who came here were either not able to cross the state borders before nightfall or had to make a halt due to an emergency. Johanpal, the owner, did not actually care much as… Continue Reading “Bonds Beyond Death”

Eternal Play

The priest closed the doors that led to the inner sanctum of the temple, and went home. The silence of the night was only disturbed by the distant barking of street dogs. The temple, one of the most famous in southern India, was known… Continue Reading “Eternal Play”

The Hibiscus Garland

Praneja came from a family of priests, who took great pride in their vocation. Since five generations the eldest male member of her family had been the head priest of the temple sanctuary in the northern fringe of the forest near Rajgriha, the ancient… Continue Reading “The Hibiscus Garland”