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RAMARAO Garimella

Moving forward.

By RAMARAO Garimella / October 12, 2020

  Moving forward. I heard this expression often when my wife of forty-six years left for her heavenly abode. Most of my friends and well-wishers, I had plenty in those days, asked me to move forward. I nodded my head and thanked them for their kind advice, but did not know what I should do…

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Love Jihad.

By RAMARAO Garimella / September 13, 2020

Syed and Gayatri didn’t mean to fall in love, but it happened. Love doesn’t look at logic or backgrounds, and least of all, religion. Gayatri was from a conventional South Indian family that went to a temple every Saturday. Syed bought goats for his family every Eid. That said it all. Their paths would never…

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Quantum Weirdness.

By RAMARAO Garimella / August 17, 2020

 Quantum weirdness.  John shot up from the bed and sat on the edge transfixed. He didn’t know what hit him and why he felt the shock. He closed his eyes and tried to figure out what made him leave the lovemaking halfway just as his wife was coming to.  When he opened his eyes after…

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A garden that never grew.

By RAMARAO Garimella / August 12, 2020

“I’m Raju, and one day I’ll be the king.” Laxmi heard her brother as he bent his head and stepped into the hut. Sitting down, he opened the packet carefully as if it were a treasure. As she gaped at the contents, Raju declared,” here is rice and chicken curry. A special treat for my…

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Reservation

By RAMARAO Garimella / July 19, 2020

The spacious auditorium bedecked with festoons and filled to the brim wore a festive look. The stage with a red velvet backdrop, a table full of trophies in the center, and a lectern of highly polished teak wood with the crest beside it suggested a bride before the marriage ceremony. Valmiki dressed in tight jeans,…

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My journey as a writer.

By RAMARAO Garimella / July 6, 2020

I have written many reports during my service in the Navy, and my seniors have appreciated them. Once, when the Eastern Naval Command brought out a bulletin, the editor wanted to include a short story to provide comic relief. The editor thought my piece would need clearance of the Admiral since it poked fun at…

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Death of My Brother.

By RAMARAO Garimella / July 3, 2020

Death is always painful, but the end of a sibling is the worst type of cut and wreaks havoc on the body and the psyche. When I heard of the demise of my elder brother, I felt a sharp pain as if someone had severed one of my limbs. I stood transfixed, struggling to withstand…

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Two Spades

By RAMARAO Garimella / July 2, 2020

“Three No Trumps,” Pat said, and I passed. I was sure the contract would fail unless the diamond broke. As expected, they did not break, and we went three down. “Don’t break your heart over diamonds,” Pat said and stood. Alan added up the score and asked our team to fork out ten grand. Patricia…

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Space

By RAMARAO Garimella / July 2, 2020

A couple was sitting in the cafe when I walked in. As the light was low, I did not know who those people were until the woman turned around, and I noticed it was my wife. She surprised me as she told me earlier in the morning, she would be in a village twenty miles…

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