The Characters

Silhouette: The Narrator

This story has six main characters. I am one of them.

I am a shapeshifter, currently disguised as Hope. I have that weakness for positivity in spring. I do not like to talk about myself a lot, so I tell other folks’ stories. I will tell you about them now.

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Translator’s Foreword

October 22, 2020

Bangalore does not change in autumn; seasons are mere calendar distinctions in this city. The Vidhana Soudha still overlooks Cubbon Park and a regular throng still scurries to and fro on MG Road. I sit miles above the city, up here in the pervasive Namma Metro, crisscrossing over the streets as if I had been raised on my heels and set to roll. The city, sometimes a blur, sometimes a rhythmic stutter of mask-peppered rooftops, is spread out below us. Ayush sits beside me unchanged; like always, his gestures narrate a grand story as we roar past open skies.

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