The story ‘Abandoned Bridges’ portrays the painful experiences of a few scholars researching for PhD in the reputed Limnology and Oceanography Research Department of University of Ananthapuri, in their chaotic expedition in the research campus in the e orts of obtaining a PhD, the highest University degree. It also exemplifies how research scholars, capable of joining hands together as a bridge on the road towards the development of the Nation, are abandoned by the existing blemished system in the research and development area of higher education. It illustrates how ‘noble’ scientists exploit the young generation for their own career development and thrust aside them after use. It takes the readers along the research labs to show how research guides exploit their scholars by pilfering their research ‑ findings, how blackmail scholars to quench their sexual desire and if resist how take vengeance to spoil their career. It also satirically portraits the mannerisms and tricks of incompetent guides and the activities of crooked research scholars. Wesley, the central character takes the readers along with him to share his experiences till he becomes one among the Abandoned Bridges.