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5.Monster — by Amritorupa Kanjilal (Drama)

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Amritorupa Kanjilal

Kuhu wonders if her father was really a monster. Searching for his monsterhood after his death, she unveils a lot of secrets. 
Here’s an excerpt from the story: 
It should have felt like desecration, her presence in the apartment of a dead stranger, but it felt more like a task. Not merely emptying out the fridge or making sure the windows were closed, but the need to feel loss. She knew nothing about the man she had seen being swallowed by a giant box of fire just a few hours ago, except that he had once been a famous writer, and that her mother had hated him as much as she had hated the cancer that had eaten away her innards with precipitancy…
…On her 11th birthday, her mother had told her that her father would never be coming to see her again. Frightened by the ringing unfamiliarity of the word ‘never’, she had asked why. “Because he is a monster”, Ma had snapped.
Monster, at that age, meant a huge hairy thing that possibly had horns and ate children, and generally left one alone if the lights were on. Baba had an excessive amount of hair on his back, but Kuhu couldn’t imagine him eating children. She had been alone with him for hours, and had always returned whole.
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Amritorupa Kanjilal says she collects weird people. All we know is she’s a great book critic and writer. 
Check out her Blog, Facebook and Twitter

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131 Comments

  1. Intriguing… Fathers? hairy monsters? Mosters Inc? the BFG? This teaser makes my mind in too many directions. Want to know more!
    My vote for this one!

  2. The excerpt suggests the story is in keeping with amritorupa's hobby of collecting weird people..undoubtedly weird..kuhu, her mom and the monster father..cant wait to read the full story..my vote for this one!

  3. Monster has certainly tickled my curiosity to know more – now! I am sure the story will be as dramatic and intriguing as the teaser above. We all have our demons and I would certainly like to know how Kuhu will set hers to rest or will she? I vote for this.

  4. Please give us more of this story. MY vote to the author. She deserves it, what with piquing our suspense and all.

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