Goya’s painting ‘Saturn Devouring his Son’ is one of the most fascinating works of visual art of all time. Depicting a monstrous deity devouring his own child, the painting has puzzled art critics and historians for decades, as to the inspiration behind it, the conception that Goya wanted to portray, and the horror that its creation and final form inspires. This creative writing piece tries to explore these three through a fictitious series of journal entries by Goya, bringing together his relationship with his son, the prevalent political conditions in Spain and Goya’s own subjectivity.

Saturn Devouring his Son

19th April, 1820

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I recently watched the movie Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese, and starring Robert De Niro. Having watched Joker twice while it was still in the theaters, this movie had been on my to-watch list since then, courtesy of several friends suggesting it. It is an American psychological thriller/drama that follows the story of Travis Bickle, a disturbed Vietnam war veteran, who takes up a job as a taxi driver to occupy himself, and events in his life that follow.

The movie has received massive hype for its direction, acting performances, plotline, and social commentary. Set in an immoral and…


It was 6 AM. The Watchmaker’s day was about to begin. One of his own, perfectly fashioned clocks rang shrilly to announce the arrival of a new day. He began to get out of bed, slipping into his familiar shoes and shaking off the cobwebs that the devious, dancing spider that was age, weaved in his body, mind and thoughts. Just like his creations, The Watchmaker got right into his clockwork routine. Relieving himself, he woke up Eliza, his wife, at exactly 6:30. At 6:45, a hot mug of milk was present on his table, along with 2 of the…


Kirk lived in interesting times. The millennials were at last changing their ways. The zombies that moved through shopping malls, buying things that wouldn’t give them happiness for more than 2 days, the pills-popping, self-anesthetized junkies flipping TV without even seeing it, bored out of their wits, fighting to stay conscious, had been replaced by the primal animal that had been lying dormant inside humans for too long — savage, violent, delighting in gore. Violence and crime had become a way of life, of entertainment, of making a living in more ways than one.

Kirk was a writer, specializing in…

Karan Trichal

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