It’s been a busy few months since I last blogged, and I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been long-listed, short-listed, and featured (as well as forthcoming) in three anthologies.
It felt special when I received the anthology Things left and found by the side of the road from Bath Flash Fiction Award on my birthday last December. My story A Bicycle was in the short-list of 20 from around 1000 entries they’d received.
Reflex Fiction prize long-listed my story Older Brother in their 2019 contest. You can access the story here. This is my second long-list with Reflex Fiction. My first long-listed story A Crib (2018 contest; story here) will feature in their upcoming anthology The Real Jazz Baby.
Lastly, I was thrilled when my micro story The cleaning lady was my first love made it on to the short-list of 22 from the hundreds of micros the organizer had received. And looking at how the countdown happened, I was placed fourth. You can access the story here.
Hope you’ll find time to read these stories. Thanks a lot.
It’s been a busy few months since I wrote my last blog post. I was away from blogging and had focused on writing and submitting. I’m glad to share some of the acceptances and publications. Please click on the links below to read the stories. Hope you like them.
My long listed story A Crib was published on Reflex Fiction in the last week of August.
Balroop is one of my favorite writers, and it was an honor to review her captivating work. She has an endearing writing style that mesmerizes and connects, and her peace-based worldview is inspiring. The book gave me several connect-with-self moments. Such is the power of her writing!
I kindled a copy yesterday because I want to read it again. It’s a prized possession.
See her blog post below for more details:
Timeless Echoes is just a click away now. Click on the link to download it and hear the echoes that would reverberate around you, reminding you of lost opportunities, repressed desires, cherished moments and hope that shimmers through clouds.
Half of what we say are lies although they might be considered true, but truth with one’s self is an accepted bundle of lies except for those rare moments of self-realization. These lines right at the start of Timeless Echoes, ‘Each moment is precious, we try to cage it within our heart, where it perches in perfect rampart, embalmed by memories,’ reveal how this book is a healer, promising to lay bare the ills of the soul as it soothes, cleanses, and nurtures; instilling in us a will to learn and live without fear, and a will to not hurt others: ‘Why can’t our hearts feel the hurt we hurl at others?’
Balroop’s new book is a steadfast repudiation of those ills that we painfully hide under the covers of our flesh to present the polished exterior as truth. This magnetic collection of poems highlights our precious human lives with all their varied emotions and imposing relations: the lives often blinded by the strictures of the self-made duplicity, an excessively common phenomenon. ‘Listen to your heart, my friend. It knows you well,’ she writes.
I treasure these ‘forgetting fragile facets of love, facade of fading memories, echoes of dwindling love, is all I have now, yet love echoes refuse to subside’ believing that love echoes are soul-launched signals, ready to hug our pretenses to forge a divine assimilation because the struggle has always been with the self that we excommunicate to build up a wall, which obscures the travails plaguing the core. And finding a path to the core is the cure since there’s no villainy in the soul.
As Balroop proclaims ‘love is such a strange emotion, it gives less, it claims more…the facade of love is so delusive,’ I concur how our infirmities require urgent banishment, more pressing now than ever. And once I’ve made peace with the self, ‘the dark corridors are like meadows, they glow with my presence.’ Yes, without an iota of my own falsehoods plaguing me. –Mahesh Nair
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Two other updates:
My kid won two gold medals in a Martial Arts tournament. The theme was be a buddy, not a bully. How relevant to our times, and to Timeless Echoes.
I am long-listed for Reflex Fiction prize. Getting long-listed is like winning since it’s a tough competition. Most of the other longlistees are flash fiction experts, so it’s great to be placed among them. All the longlistees will feature in a print anthology that’ll come out early next year. It’s a win-win accomplishment. Thanks.