As kids we are all story tellers. From the micro-fiction called "fibs' to our forays into non-existent realms of exploits and thrills, our imagination runs amok to encompass it all. Gradually, we begin to wear masks of adulthood and extinguish those fires that transformed ordinary situations and people into extra-ordinary ones.
Fortunately there are those among us in whom the cinders have stayed alive and are ignited by real life incidents into interesting stories. A character in Vempalle Shariff's "A Point of Nails" says, "Stories don't hang separately anywhere. They lie in our chats and in our lives."
According to Lawrence Block the short story "...is perforce a labour of love in today's literary world; there's precious little incentive to write one." Yet, there are those who toil on.
This issue brings us the labour of love of Anirudh Kala, Dr Sunil Sharma, Madhulika Ghose, Prashila Naik and K L Chowdhury along with that of Vempalle Shariff. Relish the inviting fruit of this labour letting the stories appeal to each of us in their own way as they make us reflect upon the conditions, characters and situations they underscore.