Amazon Kindle Singles (formerly Day One Literary Journal)
This story was originally published in Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.
Amita and Girish, an Indian couple living in California, are on their third attempt to have a baby. Desperate to make it to full term, Amita convinces her husband to visit their local Hindu temple. But she can’t persuade him to pay for a blessed golden amulet or to let the oily salesman of a priest conduct the protective puja ceremony. Unable to reconcile her deep-seated Eastern values with her husband’s evolving Western sensibilities, she decides to go through with the ceremony without his knowledge.
Now a secret lives within their marriage. And when Girish uncovers it, the consequences could propel their relationship into a tailspin that no one can undo.