A ‘very short novel’

I’ve written long fiction. I’ve written short fiction. I’ve even written some flash fiction. So, when I got a mail from Peter Griffin at Forbes India, asking if I’d like to contribute microfiction for a post on the Forbes India blog, I jumped at the idea.

Microfiction, for the uninitiated (which included me till last week) is fiction that can fit into the number of characters (140, to be precise – spaces included) of a tweet. A tough challenge, actually, but it turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable. This is what I came up with:

Snooping about, he overheard a deadly plot being hatched. Was caught – and defenestrated. Eavesdropped, so to say.

There are nine other stories, in very varied styles and moods, from other authors, a number of whom (Manjul Bajaj, Amitava Kumar, Manjula Padmanabhan, and Anita Roy among them) I’ve already read, and admire immensely. Click here to read the rest of the post. Enjoy!

And, a post script. If you want to read longer fiction, my next two books are soon to be released. Mughal detective Muzaffar Jang reappears in Engraved in Stone, a mystery novel set in Agra; and my first set of contemporary short stories, My Lawfully Wedded Husband and Other Stories, features dark humour – sometimes more dark than humorous, sometimes the other way round. Keep an eye on this blog for updates.

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