Lavanya had woken up to the early morning phone call with a start. “Laavu?” Pillai Uncle’s voice had sounded hollow. “It’s about your father”. “Yes?” she breathed into the phone, her heart pounding. “Heart Attack. We couldn’t wait,” Pillai Uncle continued. “We cremated him according to the Hindu rites this afternoon. By the lotus pond. He..he wanted it there”. “Yes,” Lavanya … [Read more...]
Rama Shivakumar is a short story writer who has published her work in numerous literary journals and magazines including, Muse India, Cerebration, Word Masala, Indian Ruminations, Asia Writes, Reading Hour and Pyrta. Her children’s stories have appeared in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s journal, Dimdima. Some of her work has also been featured in the anthology entitled Celebrating India, published in 2012, by Nivasini Publishers. Hailing from Bangalore, Rama now lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and seven year old daughter. She works as a scientist in a biotechnology firm and has participated in workshops at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.