The End of Wars: Chapter-10

The End of Wars: Chapter-10

Chapter: 10 Pappu was our opening striker. Pappu was a fair tall boy with grey eyes. His first hit, a dashing one, scored five points for us. As he scaled the distance with his stick, the boys and girls gathered around the playground made boisterous shouts. I knew how everyone hated Hamsa, and wanted us […]

The End of Wars: (a novel) Chapter-9

The End of Wars: (a novel) Chapter-9

Chapter-9 It all began with a game – a game called Kuttiyum Kolum (Shorter and longer stick game), played in olden days by the children in rural areas. Slightly, it resembled cricket. Instead of bat, they used a stick of about two and a half feet long, and in place of ball a stick of […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter-8

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter-8

Chapter – 8 That was the story of the first day. Soon, Thankam, the teacher, won my admiration by her tact and love. She captured our minds with colourful fables and interesting riddles. Slowly, I began to like going to school. I made friends with my fellow students. Charlie, Venu, Raghu and Ramani, the twins, […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter – 7

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter – 7

Chapter – 7 Mother’s house was half a mile away from our home. Grandmother and three aunts lived in a three-roomed hut. Mother, being the eldest, was the first to get married. Aunts took me to my maternal home often, when I had a brother born to me. Joseph, my younger brother, was born when I […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter-6

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter-6

Chapter -6 I was not ever thus. I had tender feelings when I was my mother’s child. I had felt compassion for the poor in my childhood, and I have even felt grief when I saw the suffering ones. Who can condemn me as totally inhuman? Mother was compassionate to the destitute and outcasts. She […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter – 5

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter – 5

Chapter – 5 Mother had three sisters and a brother. The brother, who is my uncle, was a rare visitor to my island, for he often travelled to northern hill-lands, where he, along with many others, cut down trees from the forests and sold the logs in some faraway markets. And whenever he came, he […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter 4

Chapter: 4 Father had a shop near the market. Cargo from the town beyond the river reached our island through huge country boats. The boats, carrying commodities, reached the market through inlets leading to the interiors of the island. An inlet took the commodities to my father’s shop. Father used to go to the town every […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter-3

 Chapter- 3 There are some memories we would love keeping close to our soul for ever. We revisit them and cling to them when we are painfully alone, for they offer us solace. They embalm our wounded soul. Memories about my mother, though very brief, are of that kind indeed. A little scrap of green […]

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter 2

The End of Wars (a novel) Chapter 2

Chapter – 2 “Uncle, do you feel pain on your knees? Should I give another doze of sedation?” It was the brown-eyed nurse again. Suddenly I stretched down my right hand and felt my knees. There were no legs beneath! Both were removed! I felt like crying. The legs pained indeed. But, the pain within […]

The End of Wars (a novel)

The End of Wars (a novel)

By Abhilash Fraizer   Chapter: 1 Everything was dark and hazy…nothing could be seen. Gunshots roared across the smog-invaded valley of Ladakh. Someone yelled there and someone moaned here… occasional thunder of battle tanks rocked the valley…Sounds of shout, shoot and panic all over… I lay on my back, on some rock or so…in the […]