Short Story: Big Daddy’s Chair


Well, this is a short story. Do read.

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By Abha Iyengar

Big Daddy always sat on the big reclining chair with its long arms opened, his legs splayed across the arms, wide. He was a short man, but big and sturdy, and somehow his thick, muscular, hairy legs across those long arms seemed just right. At least to my thirteen-year-old eyes, for I had seen him reclined in this position, chewing his tobacco and scratching his chest, which, surprisingly, had no hair, ever since I was a child.

I noticed these things, because I have always been observant since my childhood, and this has stood me in good stead and in bad stead, depending on the situation. Like when I noticed how extra low my aunt would bend to light Big Daddy’s fire, exposing her breasts, which, compared to my mother’s non-existent ones, would attract anyone’s attention, and Big Daddy’s eyes were always drawn there. Aunt did little to…

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About Abha Iyengar

Abha Iyengar is an award winning, internationally published poet, author, essayist and a creative writing mentor. Her work has appeared in Muse India, The Four Quarters Magazine, Kritya, Cha-An Asian Literary Journal, Bewildering Stories, Arabesques Review, In Litro:India and others. She is a Kota Press Poetry Anthology Contest winner. Her haiku won her the 2nd Prize in Life Positive. Her story, The High Stool, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her stories have been selected for A Rainbow Feast: New Asian Short Stories, The Asian Writer, Crime Scene Asia Vol.1 and The Unisun-Reliance Time Out anthologies. She has received the Lavanya Sankaran Writing Fellowship for 2009-2010. She also received the Mariner Award 2010. She was Featured Poet at Poetry with Prakriti, 2010. She has been honoured with the BTB Literary Award 2012 for Best Fiction in a New Genre. Her poems have appeared in The Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry. Her poem was long-listed in the RaedLeaf Poetry Contest 2013. Her micro-fiction has won several contests. She was among the top 15 finalists at Flash Mob 2013, an international flash fiction event. Her short fiction, The Marshlands, was short listed in the DNA-Out of Print short story contest 2016, and her story A Different Kind of Burning was shortlisted in the Strands International Short Story Contest 2017. Her poem-film, Parwaaz, has won a Special Jury prize in Patras, Greece. Her published works include Yearnings (poetry collection), Flash Bites (flash fiction), Shrayan (fantasy novel), Many Fish to Fry (novel), and The Gourd Seller and Other Stories (short story collection). She dabbles in street photography, digital art and writes poems in Hindustani as well. Her website: www.abhaiyengar.com She blogs at www.abhaencounter.blogspot.in and ankahi-abha.blogspot.in
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