The tale of the grilled tuna at Full Moon Cafe, Havelock Island

A pensive silence hung around, making the very air around him heavy with discomfort. He looked transfixed into his phone. A memory came flooding back to his mind. It was him at his mother’s funeral. He sat there, thinking about how painful it was. He gulped at his saliva and continued looking at his phone….

The tale of the protein power smoothie @jamjardiner

Every day, she walked down the same road. Caught the same bus. Sat in the same seat. Looked out of the same window. And sighed the same sigh. It was a soulful one. Because every single day, she saw it there. Jamjar Diner, read the board. She had never seen the inside of it. But…

The tale of the waffles @grandmamascafe

Tale teller: @the_ink_decoction If I were to define my life in a sentence, I wouldn’t be able to. Why? Let me tell you why… because I am a big, big woman, and a sentence will not be able to explain my big beautiful existence. I have always been called names. There was a time when I…

The tale of the Turkish delights

My brother pushes the car My heart skips a beat My dad holds my mom Our eyes tear up as they meet They’re ready to let me go I’m not their problem anymore An ornate silence engulfs us as the engine revs My brother winks at me, “don’t trouble him too much,” he says He…

The tale of the Norwegian Smoked Salmon @bigsamsseafood

Being a lawyer was no joke. He spent hours trudging over small matters, making them big. He spent nights burning the midnight oil, one that burned well into the afternoons as well. And as he toiled through the fields of ambition, a little seed of doubt was planted in his wife’s mind. She raised an…

The tale of the banana loaf cake @ohdoughmumbai

The cool breeze ruffled his hair as he sat by the seaside. He looked at her picture staring back at him on his phone. Her golden hair. The sparkle in her eyes. The way she ran alongside him every morning… She was his one true love, always there when he needed her. Her warm cuddles…

The tale of the @godiva chocolate bars

Tale teller: @the_ink_decoction Things had gone wrong. Not just wrong, horribly wrong. She found work lying on the table that had to be done. Yes, the one that was supposed to be submitted today. Yes, the one she had forgotten about. No, not the simple one, the tough one. No, not the one you usually…

The tale of the Norwegian Salmon Fillet by @bigsamsseafood

It was 7:30pm. She scrambled to lay down the dinner on the dining table: A beauteous pan seared Norwegian Salmon fillet topped with spices on a bed of greens and a rainbow of salad together with some thick mayonnaise. Just how he liked it. Once this was done, she breathed a sigh of relief and…

The tale of @brotossf sprouts

The page was as blank as her expression. She looked at it with concentration, trying to force a clever thought to reflect in her words. With no luck. But then, she decided to be herself. And she wrote, “I’ve loved you since we shared that plate of sprouts in school. I would look forward to…

The tale of the elephant falls

If there was something she believed in, it was magic. The world laughed as she glided on imaginary rainbows, picked a fight with the peevish fireflies and befriended mystical, dreamy unicorns to get through this routine called life. Hogwarts still felt like home, even though her letter was late by 20 years. But it was…

The tale of the 3 peppercorn chicken @sucasamumbai

She looked at her partner’s tiffin box. There was a piece of juicy chicken swimming in a thick sauce. He saw her stare at his lunch box and as a reflex action, she looked away, embarrassed for staring at his food. “Is this your first day?” He asked. Shyly, she looked at him for the…