‘The Map of Bihar and Other Stories’

Published by Circaidy Gregory Press, 15th June 2019, with endorsements by writer Farrukh Dhondy and Cathy Galvin, writer and founder of the Sunday Times Short Story Award and The Word Factory. ISBN 978-1-910841-51-8. Available from the publisher:


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The Trouble with Mangoes

Vikram, Julie and their teenage son make their first trip to India together to visit Vikram’s family. Nobody can quite fathom the etiquette of this situation though, and when an old man turns up outside the family home and sits there endlessly, this triggers all kinds of cultural collisions and misunderstandings. Published by the Indian Review. This is a free read!!

Political Events Have Taken a Turn

In Scotland’s capital city, Lyndsey is at an emotional low, as she struggles to keep her relationship with her dissolute boyfriend, Den, going. The something happens that has the potential to change their lives. Meanwhile, round the corner, events that have significance for the nation are unfolding. What connection might there be between these events? This story appears in the anthology, ‘The Sorcery of Smog’, published by Earlyworks Press.

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A look-out sits guarding the beach in a resort on Goa’s extensive and idyllic coastline. The contrast between the affluence of the unruly and self-indulgent tourists and his own impoverished situation begins to make itself felt.  To divert himself, he plays computer games on his cell phone. As the heat rises, events begin to spiral out of control, until he is faced with a difficult moral choice he cannot avoid.

Miss Mango Slice.
Aum sutra!

This story appears online in three Indian literary journals: Out of Print literary magazine, the Indian Review and Joao Roque. You can find it here. This is a free read!


The Wrong Question

People from all over the world are gathering at an ashram in India to celebrate the birthday of their elderly guru. Each one is seeks some great transformative experience, which they hope the guru can endow. But the guru is having problems of his own. This story was first published in the Bombay Review. This is a free read!

The Menace at the Gate

It’s the 1980s. Punjab, India. Tensions are running high. Not just because of the impending monsoon, but because of the escalating unrest between Sikhs and Hindus. Meanwhile, teenager Anju, cooped up in her parents’ house and desperate for escape, has her own preoccupations…

Online publication in the ‘Bombay Literary Magazine’. This is a free read!