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The Antique Table
He finds a love letter in a table, written 53 years back by a lady and goes in search of the author-but could he find her?
[3,014 words]
Literary Fiction
Sreenivasa Murthy Govindaraju
Retired Bank officer. Written more than one hundred short stories in vernacular magazines in India and two anthologies were published. Visited length and breadth of India and also Malaysia, Singapore and United States and spent quite some time in Las Vegas, which gave an opportunity to write two stories with a back drop of casinos in las Vegas and Kuala Lumpur and also with the back drop of Grand Canyon in US.

[July 2001]
I Am No Exception (Short Stories) A tourist from India on his maiden visit to United States undergoes strange experience at the Grand Canyon. He was unable to swallow the bitterness of it, and perhaps tries to ignore it as illusonary ... [1,838 words] [Suspense]
My Inter-Continental Friend (Short Stories) A tourist's illusion and strange and similar experiences in two continents. [1,828 words] [Suspense]
Neighbour (Short Stories) A retired official who remained as a bachelor attempts to write his auto-biogrphy drawing inspiratin from a girl next door. [2,296 words] [Literary Fiction]
Pilgrimage Of A Parasite (Short Stories) A criminal sentenced to serve a jail term, escapes and flees in search of God and peace, decides to commit suicide but finally refrains… [2,077 words] [Literary Fiction]
The Gangster Prince (Short Stories) An innocent girl who was on her way to her village was the victim of a gang rape. The leader of the rapist gang was getting married and what did she do? [1,664 words] [Literary Fiction]
The Gorgeous Ganges (Short Stories) To fulfill the last wish of an old land lady, who died, the tenant carries her ashes to VARANASI for immersion in the pious river ganges and comes across a 'Sanyasi' in saffron clothes who behaves une... [2,266 words] [Literary Fiction]
The Honest Cheat (Short Stories) He could not meet both ends meet and steals money from his benefactor-but rises high later on in another country and never forgets his benefactor. [2,895 words] [Literary Fiction]
Which Is The Way? (Short Stories) Always in need of money and finally undergoes humiliation under the very nose of his teenage son. [2,246 words] [Literary Fiction]

"An amazing love story with an unusual character. Good writing indeed." -- Kappola Jr, San Jose, US, CL.
"The story is well structured, I liked the analogy between the writer's life and the supposed life of Sabita's former suitor. Stories that span large stretches of time have always appealed to me. However, I was mildly disappointed by the ending, I wanted to know more about Sabina, why she hadn't posted the letter and what had happened to the man who had gone to America. This wouldn't need to be absolutely explicit, it could have been implied or hinted-at, but just having the woman cry doesn't really tell us very much. Something else that occurred to me (getting more far-fetched, I know): suppose the man with the letter arrived just as Sabina's funeral was taking place, and met not Sabina but the man she had been writing to, who had returned from America to attend her burial, never having received the letter...? Okay, now I'm getting silly. I really enjoyed the story. An excellent piece of work." -- David Gardiner, London, England.


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