Thursday, June 18, 2015



A recent “fan” of my creative writing commented: I like the way you end your stories suddenly with a “twist in the tail”.

The young lady was being polite.

What she wanted to know is: “Why do my stories have abrupt endings?”

Here is the answer:


If you are a writer you will have your own individual writing style. 

I too have my own signature style. 

Many readers have commented that one of the aspects they do not like about my writing style is that my stories always have abrupt endings.

I agree.

I will make a conscious effort to correct this aspect.

But let me tell you how I developed this writing style of having abrupt endings.

I started writing fiction short stories 25 years ago in the early 1990 when I lived in the hills of Girinagar  a beautiful verdant green forest in the back of beyond below the mighty Sinhagad Fort and overlooking the placid blue waters of the Khadakwasla lake near Pune. 

From Monday to Friday  during the daytime  I would be busy with my work. 

But even on those working days  every morning and evening  I took long walks in the hills of Girinagar  thinking interesting thoughts  and by Friday  the plot for my next story would be ready in my mind.  

Then  on Saturday morning  I would start writing the story.

Yes  I did all my creative writing on weekends. 

I would write a short story every weekend in long hand  which my darling wife would then type on her portable typewriter during the week.

(Yes  those were the days of the pen and paper  when you actually wrote with your pen on paper  and later your story had to be typed on a typewriter in the prescribed format) 

Then I would then send my “double-spaced neatly typed story” by snail-mail (by registered post) to magazines which published short fiction like Citadel  a magazine published monthly from Pune for which I was a regular fiction writer  or to the Indian Express for its Thursday literary magazine called Citizen  or to other magazines like Femina, Savvy, Debonair, Caravan, Womens Era etc that carried fiction.  

I preferred to have an atmosphere of solitude to write on weekends.

So  on every Saturday morning  I would drop my wife and kids at the Khadakwasla bus stop  and they would be off to spend the weekend in Pune City with their grannies. 

Then  in my glorious solitude  I would to start writing. 

I love writing  so once I start writing  I transcend into a state of timelessness.

I would write the entire Saturday and Sunday  and time would pass off in a jiffy – as I would be lost to the world  in a state of blissful timelessness.

Suddenly  I would hear the shrill ring of the phone  and I would realize that my two days of creative bliss were over.

It was already Sunday evening  and my wife was calling to tell me she was starting from Pune  and they all would be reaching Khadakwasla bus stop in an hour. 

(The Bus Journey from Pune to Khadakwasla took one hour)

The moment this dreaded phone call came, for me  panic would set in. 

Now  I had just one hour left to finish my story. 

(I had to complete the story I was writing otherwise it would spill over to the next weekend  and I did not want to breach my self-imposed target of one story per week). 

Therefore  I had no choice but to finish off the story with an abrupt ending – coup de grace...!!!  

Maybe this developed into a habit  and old habits die hard.

I will have to change my writing style and I will try my best to see that my stories have more unhurried, relaxed, satisfying, happy endings that leave a pleasant smooth aftertaste. 

But how can I do this? 

Nowadays  I blog. 

And  I try to write a blog a day.

Yes  I write one blog post per day.

I get up early and go for a long morning walk which ends in the park on the banks of the Mula River in Wakad near Pune.

During my morning walk I think interesting thoughts about what I am going to write on that day.

I start writing around 9 AM in the morning after my wife goes to work.

I love writing so much that I lose all sense of time  and sometimes I do not even have lunch.

Suddenly  I realise that it is 4 PM  and I know that my wife would be arriving in an hour.

So I have to quickly finish off whatever I am writing  and post it on my blog.

That is why even my blog posts have abrupt endings.

It seems that I just cannot escape from Abrupt Endings.

Or can I ?

And so – Dear Reader – you will have no choice but to suffer my “twist in the tail” stories...

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