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A Monster & An Angel

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

To live life watching the ones you love being abused is a horrible state of existence. There are times when individuals are helpless, and it is their strength that’s missing & there are times when it is their fear that fails them.

“A Monster & An Angel” by Harsha Modukuri tells the story of Avantika’s family being abused by their father until one fortunate night, after which life is back to normal.



This contribution is edited by Sreekar Ayyagari & illustrated by Nisha Yadav.



This flash fiction is available in paperback & ebook.

Illustrated by Nisha Yadav

Unlike her mother, Avantika stole his luck by coming into his life. Drinking and tormenting her mother were the pastimes of her father. The latter might have given him enough lifetime pleasure, but drinking has taken a greater toll on their lives. Probably his life too.

Avantika grew up seeing and experiencing the pain of her mother. A ‘mother’ in a conservative society should not get a divorce as the children will suffer. Little did she know that destiny had the same plans for her.

Avantika’s father’s death was the greatest relief to her. Though demonic it may sound, it led her life to happy shores, at least for her few years. Her little brother never had the privilege to experience his father’s love. He always thought drinking killed his father, pushing his family to the roads until their grandparents took them in. And after that, life was good, more than reasonable in fact. His mother never cried, and his sister seemed cheerful every day.

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