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Monthly Story, January 2023


Image alleksana

Archetype → Everyperson

Rasa → Veeram (वीरं): Heroism. Presiding deity: Indra. Colour: saffron

Śṛṅgāraḥ (शृङ्गारः): Romance, Love, attractiveness. Presiding deity: Vishnu. Colour: light green,



It was 8:10 am; a late start for Sunil. He had just gotten into the shower. Tanya was still in bed. Except for the sound of water splashing off of Sunil’s back, the room was still. Sunil watched Tanya from the shower; she smiled at him, slid his pillow between her legs and turned, tucking herself further into the sheets. Sunil wished he didn’t have to go to work.

Since Sunil started managing The Lewis property, he didn’t go fishing as much. But, he still went out at every daybreak to help his brothers pull their boats in. Every day, that is, until this morning.

Sunil walked out of the shower and stood near the bed looking at the rise and fall of Tanya's body, like mountains and valleys. She had worn just a loose shirt that had fallen off one shapely shoulder. He imagined sinking his mouth into her skin. He was tempted to slide back into the bed with her. The soft cotton sheets had twisted around her, tight around the thighs and falling loose over her calves. Just a while ago, he was there, buried in her. The thought of doing it again was all Sunil could think about.

It was getting late; Sunil tried to focus on what he had to do. If he finished the work now, there would be peace of mind by afternoon. He had to get the mason started on the terra-cotta tiles, make sure the lobby and lounge were tidied, check if the pool had been cleaned and get the new playlist going—although, the mason, the pool boy and the morning shift team really should know what to do themselves. But, Sunil knew better. If he didn’t go out there, the mason would be sipping tea till 10 am and the pool would still have yesterday’s leaves floating across its waters, while his staff would be smiling at guests through the bland space with no music on.

Yet, he remained rooted by the bed watching Tanya.

Her eyes were closed but Sunil knew she was waiting for him. She rolled over a second time revealing herself some more.

Sunil never got to work that day, but he still got peace of mind.


The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.


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