Today was Ugadi, the Kannada New Year. It was a day to dine on the sweetest of jaggeries, a day to decorate one’s door with neem and mango leaves.
It was a day to paint the porch with rangoli patterns and stench the halls with incense. It was a day of importance for anyone who was Kannadiga. For Mother, it was a day to pray.
GIRAR: A GLOBAL STORY
Ten years. 365 cultures. The idea of a mother and father, taking the time to accept their son for who he is.
Each month Girar will be releasing stories set all across Planet Earth. From Pyongyang to Zambia, from Honolulu to Turkmenistan. The stories are written to replicate the time and date they are set in, so if you get a notification to your email telling you a story is taking place, read it as if it's something really happening, right now.
For just 1.5 dollars a month or 10 dollars a year, join Mother, Father, and Son, three archetypes who take on the shape of 365 global cultures. Each installment is like a short story in a new part of the world. Each installment also how three these unique minds change, and adapt and grow to our 21st century's changes.
Fire blazes, all around her. There is the parched smell of singeing skin. The smell itself overwhelms all other sensations. Mother is blinded, Mother is deafened, the strength of Mother’s muscles are abated. She cannot walk, she cannot crawl, she cannot feel. Anything, except for being overwhelmed. Mother is still in all black. The metal mask she wears over her mouth feels to be melting onto her lips. She feels the boils all over, she feels the burning. Her skin charred, her body bereft of anything, the emotion of falling tears over her cheeks, she asks one question and one question only.
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Kiran Bhat brings an unparalleled set of experiences from travels across the world to his writing, making the settings of his stories real and visceral.
News Editor at NRI Pulse
Kiran Bhat's Girar is a fine and nuanced exploration of the things that bind people - human behavior, emotions and relationships, which, surpassing time and boundaries tend to remain the same. Richly drawing from his own travels across the globe, Bhat delves deep into the native imagery of food, dialect, and setting even as he treads the path less traveled, paving fresh paths to publishing in a globalized era.