My story ‘Gardening’ in eFiction India magazine

eFiction India magazine May 2014 coverThe May 2014 issue (Vol.02 Issue. 08) of eFiction India magazine describes their theme as follows: “This month’s issue is all about celebrating our flaws and giving them a shape that makes them truly flaw(e)some.”

Flawed indeed, is the central character in my story titled ‘Gardening‘ that appears in this issue. I was happy to receive the following feedback from the editorial staff on my submission:

One of our favourite submissions this month. An immensely novel plot that begins rather quaintly and then ends with a delightfully unnerving twist. Beautiful use of imagery and colour.”

Some people in my close circle who read it, however, did not like it. Perhaps the story is flawed, too. Anyway, I’m always thankful for negative feedback and I would like to encourage readers to openly provide it. The story begins very early one morning with the arrival of a twelve-year-old girl, Suzie, at the doorstep of her neighbor Ms. Anderson who is already up at dawn to pursue her passion for gardening. “Ms. Anderson, have you seen my cat?” Suzie asks her.

Read on to find out what happens next. Here is the online PDF version of the magazine:, containing an enjoyable collection of engaging stories by my fellow contributors.

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(Screenshot) Partial contents of eFiction India magazine, May 2014 issue


About Dancing Fingers Singing Keypad

This blogger is someone whose fingers itch to dance, coaxing the keypad to sing. For years, I kept saying that writing for me was a mere hobby. And then, just like the lead characters of a typical romantic movie it finally dawned upon me just how much I love this form of art and how I simply cannot live without it. And then we lived happily ever after ... or tried to, for isn't there the following saying? “Writing is torture. Not writing is torture. The only thing that feels good is having written." Originally from India, I reside in California, USA with my husband and little daughter and work as a software engineer. (I’ve got to be practical, the aforementioned love of my life doesn’t pay for food yet and it doesn’t hurt that I enjoy computer programming.) With the title loosely inspired by the Oscar-winning Chinese film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“, this blog, “Dancing Fingers, Singing Keypad” welcomes viewers …err… readers to savor the performances of its “characters”.
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11 Responses to My story ‘Gardening’ in eFiction India magazine

  1. Nikhil says:

    Refreshingly novel and innovative indeed!
    Although, I wonder if burying a dead animal makes one ‘flawed’, because if not for a well nurtured tree or plant, wild grass will very grow on the same land… and in case of your character, the motivation for gardening was to escape and cure her depression, rather than bury dead cats…
    Yet, full marks for the plot! I like your style of writing … go slow and easy in the beginning and leave no time for the reader to prepare for the grand yet creepily subtle reveal in the end!

    • True, burying a dead animal is not inherently wrong but hiding the death and purposeful burial of a beloved pet from its worried owner for one’s own obsession is morbid.
      Thanks a lot for your appreciation for my writing and for your encouraging words about the plot 🙂

  2. BackseatBond says:

    delicious .. just like Ms. Anderson’s hot chocolate. nice style of writing!

  3. ANooP says:

    Beautifully written. Just perfect. Loved it 🙂 Hope I will also write short stories like you do someday:)


  4. Even for people like me, like the protagonist, gardening is an escape from the madness of the world! Congratulations!

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