Nov/Dec 2020 • Vol. XLII No. 6 Fiction |

Twenty Years Ago

Let me at the start say that Nishi Singh is a healthy woman. She was healthier still, body and mind, at the time of the alleged murder and haunting some twenty years ago. She had been married for almost two years then and had stopped working as sports mistress at an all-girls’ school the year before. Her Amazonian field hockey girls, midway through a double-leg calf raise, intoned her words — A healthy body leaves no space for an idle mind. Such was her following. Yet it is true, there’s really no point in denying it since the facts will be made public that at the time of the strange train journey she had been housebound for over six months. Her husband, Captain Bhrigu Nath Singh, was gravely ill, and she had been caring for him on her own in a gloomy house, in a hill station in the Himalayas. Winter in a dry climate will do the trick, the family physician had advised. There were the usual visits from a local doctor and nurse who came and went, but the minute-to-minute fe

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Misha Rai is the 2018-2020 Kenyon Review Fellow in Prose. Her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill, has been awarded a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Dana Award in the novel category, and the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. She has also been a 2016-2017 Edward H. and Mary C. Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University and the recipient of the 2015 George M. Harper Award. Her prose has appeared in a number of journals. She was born in Sonipat, Haryana, and brought up in India.

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