Saturday 1 February 2014

Flash Fiction 2014 Longlist, Shivangi Narayan

Sleeping With Strangers

Sharma aunty said the boy is settled in the US, earns in six figures but is as traditional as ever. That was his selling point! Indians going to America for work or education stopped being novel in 1992. Novelty was now in preserving culture. Can you see the other way when a mélange of sex, drugs and rock and roll is thrown at you? 

The parents of the would-be-groom seemed pleased with the setting. Varsha was dressed in a banarasi saree. There were four types of sweets on the table and a Ganpati statue on the side of the sofa. Varsha’s eyes were fixed on Rohan’s mom’s feet. 

"Come on Rohan, Varsha talk to each other, get to know each other,” the mother said. Looking at everyone, she added, “The couple's compatibility is most important to us. Finally, they only have to live with each other.”

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