We have received an astounding number of original and imaginative fiction entries for every Juggernaut writing contest. It is no surprise that the Juggernaut Writing Platform, a unique experiment launched this May to bring good writing to us, has been a similar experience.
The Writing Platform allows you to publish your story directly on our website; if our readers like a story, we reach out to the author to commission more work from them.
Story #1: The Last Poisoners of Six
It is on the Writing Platform that we discovered Neeraj Chawla’s The Last Poisoners of Six, set in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. An unusual crime short, it plots an enrapturing, sinister partnership between family pundits and Ayurveda practitioners.
While it seems to be the season for crime writing, it is a genre where the hunt for original, non-formulaic writing is notoriously difficult, especially of the kind that can cram a fascinating plot into Chandni Chowk’s mysterious nooks. That genres like crime and horror are often considered low-brow, perhaps redirects talent away from them. But let’s not forget the that one of the greatest modernist poets, T.S. Eliot, was a big detective fiction fan. Or that horror in cinema today is at the forefront of subverting harmful (and boring) mainstream narratives. Which is why we simply had to lap up Chawla’s story, to present an edited version to our readers (watch out for it in August). We are also looking forward to working on more stories with him.
Story #2: Learning to Swim
Of a completely different mettle is writer Dilsher Dhillon, whose story Learning to Swim on our Writing Platform left us choked with emotion. His story, of a refugee trying to rebuild his broken life in a foreign land, can rekindle forgotten empathies, especially in an era of militarised borders and wall-building insanities. Dilsher’s ability to portray complex human experiences, led us to commission another story from him for our Tuesday Short Story series – a story that examines the crinkles in the framed photographs of a comfortably married couple.
Story #3: Cricket and Chapattis
We also found a rather touching story about finding love post marriage in Srishti Chaudhary’s Cricket and Chapattis. It revolves around how a husband goes against his family for his wife – by helping out in the kitchen so that she can watch cricket. Srishti’s way with words makes her establish an immediate emotional connect with the reader. We have commissioned her to write a series of short love stories for us, starting in August.
We continue to scour our writing platform to find new and untapped voices. And we hope to see your next masterpiece there!