Subha Manoj

While I Was Away

Subha Manoj

The washroom akka

She sat outside the toilet. Everyday. All the time, till the school got over. She stood up only when a student or a teacher told her that the tissue papers were over or the soap needed to be refilled. Otherwise, Read more…


A Little Universe Called A Daughter

‘Let’s sit and chat Mama, make some tea I want to tell you something, ‘ she says to me I wish to ask, ‘How do you always have a universe to talk about?’ Then I see her twinkling eyes and Read more…


A cup of kadak chai

As if the cold winds blowing angrily in this particular evening was not enough, a distinct yet subtle coldness prevailed amongst the two sisters. Neither of them knew what to speak, or whether to speak to each other. A year Read more…


The Jacket And The Hat

The sun was slowly peeking through the light grey clouds. It seemed as if the weather was on a mission. The sun and the cloud were its weapons. Together, they seemed innocent and calm. That was the evilness of it Read more…


Between you and me

Maria looked around her. Every object in her home seemed to mock her. We are all one, barring you. Go find someone of your kind, they seemed to say. Maria kept her mouth on the pillow and pushed it towards Read more…


A nobody

Amrita shut her eyes for a while. She asked her driver to play Robert Miles. Her heart was racing and she could feel a tremor in her hands. She felt emptiness crawling through her stomach, almost gagging her throat. The Read more…