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His Last Recording

Updated: Jul 24

After a group of militants killed innocent civilians, a young, well-trained soldier is recruited to fight alongside veterans to capture the militants.

Through the perspective of this young soldier, “His Last Recording” by Harsha Modukuri discusses the concept of retaliation and shows how retribution sparks more conflicts than providing any resolutions.



This contribution was edited by Sreekar Ayyagari & Tarun Chintam & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.



This flash fiction is available in paperback & ebook.

Cover Photo by Pankaj Tottada

“It is surprisingly dark on the new moon night and I am getting down along with my team from one of the four helicopters to set forth on our mission. The illuminating symbol of an eagle on our shoulders is radiating and our mission is to kill the militants who ambushed and killed at least a dozen civilians- three days ago.

​I am one amongst the troop who set forth on a mission that demands life at its price and coincidentally, this is my first time and I am exactly like a docile lamb amidst the seniors in the troop.

To begin with, it all started a few days ago when a senior commander started recruiting freshers into assault troops. I definitely did not want to be a recruit but sometimes passing your tests gets you noticed. Post recruitment, the first instruction I received was to not tell my family about the mission and hours later, the commander even asked me, ‘Why do you think I recruited you despite an average performance?’

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