FABLE FACTORY | The Daily Star

    I used to feel sad for him. Worried about him for hours and hours when he vanished and wouldn’t return. He went missing for two days once.

  • A Silent Uproar

    She was sitting on her bed, by the window, when she suddenly realised someone was singing. She recognised that song. She turned around and saw her mom folding her favorite green scarf and singing.

  • Dhaka

    We wake up as the sun begins to rise, To a city that once was swarmed with cars,

  • The Parcels

    Disheveled, my hair uncombed,

  • The Taste of Malta Chaa

    Malta chaa literally translates to orange tea. But the very essence of it cannot be felt only by savoring it in street corners.

  • Notre-Dame

    The first time around, I only saw your front façade.

  • Dawn and Diatribe

    The paper I slept on clung to the corner of my mouth. My mouth felt bitter, as if the protagonist in my story had just been betrayed by the love of his life.


    The attempted music floating out of the barbershop was positively ghastly, but I had no choice other than to keep approaching it.

  • Sand by the Sea

    I feel like the sand by the sea Picked up by a little girl.

  • Her Mother’s Grave

    I looked at my watch. It was five past ten in the afternoon. The spring gust was a little shivering. The sound of wind came along with a sound of crunching leaves.

  • No Escape

    The oaks stand in silence, They hide a few Victorian houses.

  • …for our children

    It was a regular Wednesday. I was sitting in an auto-rickshaw, feeling like I was being roasted under the Dhaka sun, waiting for the traffic to get moving.

  • Reunion in a Metropolitan Mess

    The crumbling two storey house is flanked by an apartment building on one side. Just a few days ago, the house on the other side met

  • Black But Beautiful

    She waits in her ebony grace, ever so silently


    The guard has fallen asleep, indicating that finally my chance to escape has come. I stare intently at him to be assured with certainty that he is asleep, as there is no room for mistakes tonight.


    Growing up watching my favourite cartoon characters go to educational institutions and engage in all sorts of cool stuff, made me excited to go to school. I was so not ready for disappointment.

  • Flight

    What if I had a ticket, But not to board a plane,

  • The monster under the bed

    Every day that I wake up, I thank God for the daylight. Because daylight means that he will finally leave and I'll be able to roam around the room freely.

  • Writer's Block

    My pen did not run out of ink. My computer was still working.

  • The one where Jannat sees her namesake

    It took not only one but two crows to herald the arrival of death. As they settled themselves, their talons rough against the cool of the wires shooting out like rail tracks in air from the transformer's crown, the transformer seemed to take great offence.

  • Moon and the Maiden

    Yesterday night, I was watching the sky, The moon was shining, a big golden eye.


    I only wanted to leave, Leave the house behind, The dull winter, the life I knew.

  • The Remnant

    The truth behind the thoughts I find, Lying around in my disarrayed mind,


    She was sitting in a darkened room with music blaring loudly. It was some cheesy romantic song. *Ping*. It was a message notification on Facebook.

  • Ghosts

    When night falls and not a single voice is heard anywhere, I make my way to the room that now stays empty. I do not turn the lights on – oh no, I don't.

  • Beyond This Universe

    Let me ask you – are you familiar? With that kind of happiness that flows down in tears?

  • Suit

    It was no longer crisp and glossy, nor was it pressed to absolute perfection. Its charcoal grey had washed away into a dull, tired version of itself, much like its owner.

  • Faker

    I sense a bit of distrust quite dense, In those big dimples of yours,

  • Episode 24: The Insanity Island

    Thousands of miles away, a TV screen flickered as the silhouette on the sofa seemed to lay asleep, a glass bottle in one hand and a TV program brochure in the other.

  • Unrepentant

    I go on, I walk on, I am unrepentant