Mirage    #FridayFotoFiction

Mirage #FridayFotoFiction

Rajiv started the video-calling app.  He looked around to ensure he is alone before he dialed his wife.  Soon Naina’s beautiful face filled up the cell screen. She stared back as if it was unreal.

‘Hey,’ she said shyly,  ‘how are you?’.

‘Missing you Naina,’ he said softly.

‘Amma and Baba are also here,’  she said as they came onto the screen.

Rajiv felt emotional.  He missed them a lot. He wanted to leave this wretched job and go home.  But he imagined their starving existence.  He cannot be selfish, he resolved.

‘Your home is beautiful,’ Naina said, ‘Lovely flowers. How I wish I could come over.’

‘Soon,’ he said but he knew it would be never.

He heard the owners returning from their daily walk.  He disconnected and sneaked to his flat, still panting as he reached his bed at the end of a cramped row of bunk beds.


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16 thoughts on “Mirage #FridayFotoFiction

  1. That’s heartbreaking, Lata. You have expressed his misery as well as longingness to get back home so well. Life is so cruel sometimes, isn’t it!

  2. The harsh realities when the bread winner of the family needs to fend for the family. The family is oblivion of the fact that there are sturggles on the other side, yet he shows no traces of it.

    1. Thanks Ramya. It is a sharp contrast to see these workers homes and the conditions they really live in as a migrant labourer.

    1. Thanks Mayuri. I loved the photo prompt which showed an idyllic home which looked too good to be true. The story was inspired by this thought.

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