The Man Who Stood On One Leg

The Man Who Stood On One Leg

His name was Ananda, and Ananda means satisfaction and bliss. (Jan 27, 2019 16:57:43)


Two crabs

  Jan 19, 2019 11:33:57
Mrs Nam felt her son Teo’s forehead. It was still red hot. Her little son had been in a light coma since early morning. He cried without opening his eyes. His face was crimson, his lips dry. He was breathing heavy and quick.  

Little Dung

  Dec 23, 2018 14:37:02
Little Dung was very slim with a small face. Her big black eyes appeared bright. Each time Mum caught a glimpse of that brightness, she whispered into my ears, "It seems to me that your daddy’s staring at me." 

16 sq.m

  Dec 01, 2018 17:26:36
Although the rainy season had not yet arrived, the heavens were stingily concealing the sun behind an overcast sky. Early in the morning, the two rows of trees on the streets swayed lazily in the breeze. 

A jackpot winner

  Nov 10, 2018 11:56:39
For all of their lives, Ba and Bay, two young men of the same village, had only one dream: winning the national lottery jackpot. Within their budget, they tried to save money so that every three days they could buy a lottery ticket from a wandering vendor while having a few cups of coffee or tea at Miss Hau’s refreshment stall. 

Spring thunderstorm

  Nov 04, 2018 11:48:28
One day before the wedding, he knocked at the door of his bride’s apartment to ask her a question. She screamed "No!" He turned away, and fifteen minutes later, he returned with a shaved head. In spite of what she had said to him, he was not wearing a groom’s suit. She burst out crying and wiped the tears. 

Curtain fig wharf

  Oct 14, 2018 15:10:04
Nguyen hesitantly stopped his bike at the three-way crossroads. Long Thanh Village looked so different now. Nguyen looked around for the haggardness of more than 20 years before, but couldn’t find any trace of it. 

The living temple

  Oct 06, 2018 17:32:59
I had a reputation for being lucky in love. When I was a boy, Mum often remarked, "You’ve got an angelic smile." I thought differently: every child was an angel to his or her mother. Oddly enough, later my darling told me the same.  

A new day

  Sep 30, 2018 14:11:07
He was finally released from jail. He was not too tired to turn his head back to have a last look at the gate of the prison.  

The white jasmine flowers

  Sep 15, 2018 11:35:57
I was a tutor to Stephano, a middle-aged Italian man, lazy and stubborn, with dark blue eyes. 

A lost old apricot tree

  Sep 03, 2018 11:17:58
She came from France to visit her homeland and spoke Vietnamese as well as the Vietnamese at home. I was a tour guide. Her requirements were not the same as the others’. She could talk about places of interest and food in Hue much better than I could. 

Pilgrims Crossing Me River

  Aug 19, 2018 16:34:30
After an early dinner, I washed up then went to bed. Yet, I was unable to sleep straight away. I tossed and turned on bed for a long while like I was sick. Whenever I returned to my native village I felt as if I had taken ill. Strangely enough, leaving the place I returned to normal again. I kept this a secret because I was afraid it would make my mother worried. “Why does my summer vacation last so long?” I asked myself. 

A race

  Aug 18, 2018 11:41:17
Thuy stopped reading the newspaper as I walked into the room and stretched myself out on the bed.  

O Moi blossoms bitterly opened

  Aug 12, 2018 11:07:58
Sunset light slanted down on the O Moi Creek in a dark, rosy colour, together with the loud sounds of wild birds and the nursery rhymes of the kids at play under the O Moi foliage at the entrance to the little canal stung the heart deeply. 

Crossing the street alone

  Jul 22, 2018 16:13:26
“So your aunt and I will be gone for a few weeks. You’ll take care of the shop. In the evening Van will be home and review the day’s trade. Don’t worry about business.