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Short Story: Set In A Different Time And Space

Fiction/Sci-Fi Short Story

Short Story: Set In A Different Time And Space

‘Caste was to be annihilated. But you cannot do that for as long as people were being born unequal,’ writes Amulya B. in her riveting short story, ‘What Do I Call You, Again?’

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The crescent-shaped boat, which rocks back and forth, reminds me of the crib I used to sleep in as a baby. The wood smells of something ancient, but familiar. I can hear the river expanding into the crevices of the boat with her liquid tentacles. Falling asleep would be easy, if I let myself.

Amma would swing the crib in perfect intervals—as if she had made the math to find the exact frequency for a baby like me to fall asleep— humming to the same old tune, lulling me into a deep slumber. The crib stayed in my room, long after I outgrew it. That wooden beauty! Handmade by my insomniac father. The result of his midnight foraging. Even its presence next to me guaranteed a good night’s sleep. Had I asked my father why he wouldn’t make one of these magic cribs for himself, he would have caved and told me the truth. That was my father – deceivingly strong, foolishly naïve.

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