F is for Forecasts #atozchallenge

For F,  I am repeating my story from last year.  It was a good one and I couldn’t come up with anything better.  Enjoy the story!



‘Dia, are you going to your mom’s place this week?’ asked Sameer looking up from the newspaper.   F

‘No, why do you ask?’ asked Dia.  She was relaxing on the bed with a book.

‘The forecast says, “This will be a peaceful week.”’ said Sameer laughing.

Dia threw a pillow at him.

‘Now that you said it, I will surely go to mom’s place.  It’s been almost a month since I met her,’ said Dia perking up. 

‘So, the forecast is true,’ continued Sameer.

‘Nah,  don’t believe them.  I am sure it’s a program like those computer horoscopes.  Just put in a few random words, gargle, and spit it out.  Put some flowery adjectives, and the forecast is ready.  ’

‘Really?  What about the star and planet positions?  It cannot be a program.’

‘Sameer, check your own forecast for the past few months.  You will see the pattern.  Aaaaand, I am off to see my mom, thanks to the forecast.’



***This has been written for the A to Z Challenge 2016. My theme is A to Z in the life of Dia and Sameer, a geek and non-geek couple.  Short stories on their approach to daily life.  Do you know people like them?  Do share the stories with me. ***

23 thoughts on “F is for Forecasts #atozchallenge

  1. Call me crazy but sometimes forecasts for me are so true that its creepy.
    I have had fights on days that it was predicted , got promotions on days that proclaimed professional success…
    but I guess for Dia .. it doesn’t matter if they are recycled.. whatever works, works right?

  2. Ha ha Lata. Don’t depend too much on Bejan Daruwala – at least not the one that appears in the papers. Each time it was late in reaching us we’d shuffle up the old ones and let them go to print. But I’m glad this one worked out well for both Dia and Sameer.

  3. We believe the forecasts when they are favorable 🙂 I used to religiously read my horoscope in the Sunday Times but after a few Sundays, I realized it was not at all accurate…now I write my own forecast and make my own luck 🙂

  4. I believe they do recycle these predictions for the week! Sometimes they even repeat it a little too closely, so it is easy to tell 😀 Interesting post, Lata!

  5. I too have heard about newspapers recycling forecasts (from an editor!!). Practically, you will find the same sentences repeated word-to-word in other signs in some papers. Try it! Matching forecasts for marriage is a big joke according to me – based on my experience. Some use it as a reason to say ‘no’ while others take it the extreme – rejecting good matches just for some star or nadi..
    I wonder what if things stay peaceful with Dia and Sameer! 😉

  6. Forecasts are best not coming true. At least our sanity & dedication to keep trying stays intact 🙂
    Another fabulous episode this is.

    1. It is true Mithila. As a newbie, I had pranked someone by changing the contents of the horoscope. I was in the IT team and the factory people came to know we had the software for printing horoscopes. It was an avalanche for printed horoscopes. We had to delete the program.

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