Guest Post – DAMYANTI!!

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SORRY!!! This was supposed to go up at midnight, but I don’t know from military time. Lucky I woke up early!

If you don’t know who Damyanti Biswas is, I’m extremely pleased to introduce you to her. She’s the most amazing writer I know.

We only “met” last April during Arlee Bird‘s A-to-Z Challenge, during which participants were to post to their blogs every day. Damyanti responded to the challenge by writing a piece of flash fiction. Every. Day.

Her work was so wonderful, the entire world (or at least the part of it lucky enough to be reading her blog) encouraged her to turn the posts into a book. She did that, and she’s here today to talk about it.

And she brought me a birthday present! Best. Present. EVER!

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First of all, let me thank Marian for having me on her blog. She’s been a kind friend, and has always supported my attempts at flash fiction, and so today I’ll write another one for her. This piece could also be considered an excerpt from my novel WIP which I’m writing with a few of the characters I created in my collection A to Z Stories of Life and Death.

So here goes:



His right arm is a little longer than the other. Not so much that it affects his grip on my waist, but enough that he wears full-sleeved shirts all the time. His latest girlfriend, that curly-haired, over-the-hill slut, finds it cute that he is shy about his gangly arms, but that’s because she hasn’t yet seen him naked, which is good for her. He always takes her in the dark, with me or one my sisters watching by the bedside.

No woman would step near his heart, we make sure of that. After all these years with him I’m not sure he has a heart, the way he opens women up. He tells us we make him do it, that it is our edges that push him over the edge. But I, Churi, am steel, as are all my sisters. I’m cold, heavy, sharp, gleaming–I do not like blood, it stains my body. I’d rather be a paperweight, a bunch of bracelets, a pot or pan, part of a column that holds up a building, anything but a weapon.

But that is what I am, a weapon. Sometimes I feel, especially when that woman is around me, that I have Intention. That his mind has flown into my veins and not retreated entirely, and the coolness of my metal now seeks the warmth of her blood. That his mind would remember itself, and call upon me to draw a choker of rubies on her throat. Maybe as I lie watching them tonight. It is, after all, only a matter of time.


If this piece makes you curious about my work, check out A to Z Stories of Life and Death. Churi and her owner do not feature in it, but some of their victims do.

To give you an idea about the book, here’s the blurb:

Twenty-six A to Z stories, based on the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, question our moral compass: How do you judge a teacher toying with the sexuality of her teenaged student? A boy who decides to murder his mother? What thoughts rage inside a pedophile serial killer before he shoots himself? They challenge the concepts of beauty, truth, and morality, by revealing the face of the other side.

The stories focus on a crucial juncture when a character’s life changes, for the better or worse, because of a choice or decision. Some of the characters in the stories confront death, others talk about life with its quirks and whimsies. Each voice, ranging in age from a six-year-old to a centenarian, has its own riveting story to tell. Together, this collection of stories at over 12000 words attempts to prove that when it comes to stories, depth can sometimes replace length and breadth.

Thanks once again to Marian and  to all of you who’re reading this post.  I’m here to answer any comments and questions!


  Writer Bio: Damyanti lives more in her head than in this world, adores her husband, and loves her pet fish and plants. She is an established writer for magazines and journals. Her short fiction has been published in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Muse India and in print anthologies by Marshall Cavendish, Monsoon Books, and MPH publications. Her book, A to Z Stories of Life and Death, is available for download at  Kindle, Smashwords, Nook and Diesel.

Twitter: damyantig



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Thank you, thank you, thank you!

WRITING PROMPT: Write a paragraph from the point of view of an object.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Guest Post – DAMYANTI!!

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    Marian Allen

    September 26, 2011 at 8:09am

    Damyanti, my most sincere apologies for not having this up when I intended to. I woke up in the middle of the night (here) realizing I’d set the scheduling wrong. I also made the correction you asked me to in the first line.

    Thank you again, a million times, for appearing here and for the wonderful story!


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  2. theliteraryshack

    September 26, 2011 at 9:07am

    What an intriguing piece by Damyanti! Kudos! I simply loved how the prose carried a poetic quality at its heart.

    Great one 🙂

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  3. damyanti

    September 26, 2011 at 9:36am

    Happy Birthday, Marian! 😀 Muaaaaah and best wishes!!!

    Thanks theliteraryshack, appreciate your kind words!

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  4. J.L. Campbell

    September 26, 2011 at 11:18am

    Hi, Marian.

    It’s good to be here.

    Damyanti, man you have a way with words. Really liked this line and the way you personify this inanimate object. == > That his mind would remember itself, and call upon me to draw a choker of rubies on her throat.
    Really intense piece of writing. Well done!

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  5. damyanti

    September 26, 2011 at 10:36pm

    Thanks Joy and Alex, you guys are always very kind!

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  6. J.C. Martin

    September 27, 2011 at 4:52am

    Liek all your other flash pieces, this one was vivid and intriguing. So chilling to write from the PoV of a knife. Well done!

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  7. damyanti

    September 27, 2011 at 5:00am

    My new WIP will have long swaths from the POV of Churi…am still writing it in fits and starts and making structural decisions 🙂

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  8. Enid Wilson

    September 27, 2011 at 7:37am

    Damyanti, very intriguing excerpt and book. Congratulations!

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  9. damyanti

    September 28, 2011 at 9:42am

    Thanks Enid, hoping to finish the books soon! 🙂

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  10. Charles Gulotta

    September 28, 2011 at 10:23am

    “…depth can sometimes replace length and breadth…”

    That is exactly the thought I have every time I read one of your stories, Damyanti. And this one is no exception. What you can do with a handful of well-chosen words and some vivid images is stunning.

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  11. damyanti

    September 28, 2011 at 9:38pm

    Thanks, Charles, as usual you very kind and generous with your comments :).

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