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Sudarshan Purohit

Gauri’s Story By Sudarshan Purohit

[Note 1: The following story is an extract from a larger work, tentatively entitled Agni Rakshasa, that Sudarshan is working on.] [Note 2: The word dev, used in the following story to refer to ghosts and captive spirits, is a colloquialism used by…

Science Fiction in India: Why Isn’t There Any? by Sudarshan Purohit

Literary traditions in India are probably more evolved and widespread than any of the western countries. By Literary traditions, I don’t mean only the recent trend towards English writing, but also the huge bodies of Hindi, national and regional language…

Schrödinger’s Diary by Sudarshan Purohit

Neither of us knew till the end who exactly had taken the diary. It was a fact, though, that both Drish and I believed we had it. Certainly the diary was a great gift. Gupta Uncle knew us well, and…

Hathoda: The Soap Opera By Sudarshan Purohit

As the short, fat, middle-aged man walked into the office for the second time that week, Pulkit groaned. Mr. Patel was the worst kind of visitor to handle – driven by zeal, determined that he was in the right, convinced…

Turning Visible By Sudarshan Purohit

(With apologies to Prawaal Raman, Ram Gopal Verma, and the rest of the Gayab crew) All girls said it, but she had been the only one who actually did it, Usha thought, a little sourly. Whatever her friends had said about considering the character of the…

Hathoda: Results Day By Sudarshan Purohit

I was really scared as Social Studies ended, and the Maths period began. Mrs. Jayanthi is never lenient with the marks, and I knew I’d done at least three problems wrong in my maths test. Most of my friends thought…

Hathoda: The Robbery By Sudarshan Purohit

It was Harry’s idea to use the Hathoda crisis to loot the bank and get away with it. They’d been announcing for months that the Hathoda was potentially radioactive, and it would probably release strange gases into the atmosphere. When…

Hathoda (The Hammer) By Sudarshan Purohit

Grandpa always tells the funniest stories. Like when he used to tell me about the ‘Air-o-planes’ they had in the old days. They used them to go from place to place. Grandpa says they used to be the fastest way…