She raced down the keerai patch, ducking under the low-hanging mango tree branch with the heavy green mangoes, the smell of summer briefly intoxicating her. Lifting up her paavaadai around her ankles, Kausalya swerved around the hibiscus bushes and padded through the freshly-watered earth, finally halting at the front steps of the veranda. She stared aghast at the pairs of slippers lined outside-one, two, three pairs-and a pair of men's formal shoes, the kind she had never seen before. Her heart sank. She knew what this meant. Kausalya turned to the east and looked at the horizon, in the direction of the comforting sound of the restless, relentless surge of the sea, the sound that had cradled her since she had been born.
She Writes Story Contest winner: Prarthana Rao
Prarthana Rao is one of twelve winners of the MSN-Random House She Writes a Story Contest', as chosen by our judges. Her story 'Spaces' features in the 'She Writes: A collection of Short Stories' published by Random House India and available at all leading bookstores.
Prarthana Rao was born and raised in Chennai. After her schooling at Bhavan's Rajaji Vidyashram, she completed B.Sc. Visual Communication from Loyola College, followed by a Masters in International Studies from Stella Maris College, securing gold medals in both courses. She has worked as a freelance content and copywriter and has dabbled in acting and scriptwriting as well. She has been writing short stories, poetry, non-fiction, and just about anything since the age of six. Prarthana enjoys music, movies and yes, books.