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HERE I AM and other stories-11. Supermom Syndrome

HERE I AM and other stories 11. Supermom Syndrome Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Sujatha Gopal ‘id Anuradha stop the Wheel of Time like the mythical Sumathi who stopped the sun?’ mused Surya Rao. He sat up in bed in anxiety. ‘The Wheel of Time hasn’t stopped; Anuradha has,’ mocked the clock, chiming nine. Anuradha […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-9 Nameless

HERE I AM and other stories 9. Nameless Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: R. Srivatsan and Sreelakshmi Manklets and tiny gold drop earrings. She looks at them, ‘ alachmi sits on the threshold, holding silver her eyes brimming with tears. She has been sitting like this for six months. The madam in whose house she […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-8 Equations

HERE I AM and other stories 8. Equations Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Raj Karamchedu How she laughed when I stood behind the camera and made crazy faces! Bachi uncle grabbed that laughter and turned the whole house into a festival of lights. Placing the sparkle of that laughter on the picture of the Niagara […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-7 Here I Am

HERE I AM and other stories 7. Here I Am Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Rigobertha Prabhatha I fell in love with my face when I saw it in the mirror before going across the river. I was bursting with excitement, my heart full of the desires of life and youthful exuberance. With three colourful […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-6 Go-dhooli

HERE I AM and other stories 6. Go-dhooli Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Vadrewu Panduranga Rao One Sunday afternoon, caught in a drizzle and stepping into our house, I noticed father and mother feverishly busy in the kitchen, cooking and arguing with each other. The debate did not concern cuisine – it was about our […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-5 Father

HERE I AM and other stories 5. Father Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: C.L.L. Jayaprada Dark clouds were gathering over the sinking sun with strong summer gales, hail and dust. Every last Sunday of the month, Amma and her friend Dr Meherunnisa used to visit the elderly in the old age home, to buy things […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-4 City of Spells and City of Charms (Part-2)

HERE I AM and other stories 4. City of Spells and City of Charms (Part-2) Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Lakshmi Gudipati One morning, Anasuya was resting on her bed by the window with her daughter’s childhood slate on her chest and her eyes half-closed. Her husband was about to step out to go to […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-4 City of Spells and City of Charms (Part-1)

HERE I AM and other stories 4. City of Spells and City of Charms (Part-1) Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Lakshmi Gudipati I seek to uncover treasured sculptures among ancient ruins. I enrich the soil around the once mighty, hacked remains of trees, hoping desperately for new saplings to sprout from the roots. My daughter […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-3 A Prince and a Princess

HERE I AM and other stories 3. A Prince and a Princess Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: C.L.L. Jayaprada Vasantha laughed loudly, chatting with Aruna who was in the USA, the song from the music system at her side virtually shaking the earth. Vasundhara came into the room, yelling, ‘I’ve been calling you for the […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-2 Damayanti’s Daughter (Part-2)

HERE I AM and other stories 2. Damayanti’s Daughter (Part-2) Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Sashi Kumar Anuradha ma’am was reading aloud ‘The Forsaken Merman’ written by Mathew Arnold: Call once yet In a voice that she will know: ‘Margaret! Margaret!’ (Call once more) to a mother’s ear; Children’s voices should be dear Children’s voices, […]

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HERE I AM and other stories-1 The Thieving Cat

HERE I AM and other stories 1. The Thieving Cat Telugu Original: P.Sathyavathi English Translation: Sashi Kumar Keen to reach home before the scheduled power cut, Seetaratnam took a shared auto to her bus stop. She got down from the bus and hurried to her house all out of breath. Her spirits lifted on seeing her […]

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