Team Effort  #FridayFotoFiction

Team Effort #FridayFotoFiction

#FridayFotoFiction
#FridayFotoFiction

 

Jon looked at the crowd waiting to hear him sing and shook his head.  They were as crazy as him. He looked at Nuka sitting in a corner of the stage and smirked.  It was Jon’s idea.  After all,  he was the good looking one.  And Nuka had the voice.  Jon had found him by chance.

They had it all written down in black and tucked away behind a legal cloak.

Nuka stared back at Jon.  Mr. Handsome had got him,  them, till here.

Today,  the world will know the real singer.  Jon will be extinguished.  Nuka leered back.


This post is a part of #FridayFotoFiction being hosted by Tina and Mayuri

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Zero to Hero  #zero

Zero to Hero #zero

mathematics-1660863_1280Zero sat in a corner of the room looking at his cheery mates.  They all looked so purposeful.  They had some value.  Even teeny weeny One looked arrogant.  He looked down his nose to peer at Zero, making him cower.  The thought brought back a fresh set of tears.  Zero sobbed into the shadows.  He was here first.  But that statement is itself contradictory.  When he was nothing,  how can nothing be first?  Maybe these numbers are correct.  he is really nothing.

Something hit Zero.  He looked up to see the regal Nine.  He was holding a set of darts.  Six, his cousin was by his side.  A few numbers younger than Nine but with all the characteristics of Nine but in reverse,  they made a perfect pair.

The only human,  Aryabhatta sat in another corner of the room, unaware of the goings on behind him.  Zero wanted to shout, call him out, fight with him.  But he was nothing.  How could nothing fight with someone?  Another fresh set of tears. Continue reading

Being an Indian woman  #shortstory

Being an Indian woman #shortstory

This is a short story I had written for Women’s Web muse of the month.  They received some fabulous stories and I was not a winner.  But,  I felt the story needs to be told.  So, here it is.  Your comments, love, brickbats, everything is welcome.

The cue was: “For the first time she realized that nothing was permanent in life – friends, circumstances, riches or parental love.” — Tanushree Podder, Nurjahan’s Daughter.  


http-www-pixteller-com-pdata-t-l-501379Sunita stayed awake for a long time that night.    She was unable to sleep.  Her mind refusing to accept what had just happened.

After 5 months of her pregnancy, she had undergone a routine sonography.  She was suspicious when she heard her husband talk to the doctor in whispers.

‘It’s a girl,’ her husband had told her back in the car.  He said it with the saddest expression.

It felt like she was back to her first pregnancy.  Their elder daughter Tanya was four.   When she was born, no one had rejoiced, not even her husband Raj.  Her mother-in-law had wasted no breath in showing her displeasure.  She constantly nagged about the futility of spending money on a girl who will grow up, marry, take their hard earned money as dowry and leave the family. Continue reading

Adventures in a Summer Village : The End

The story so far : 

Ryan and Rex are twins spending their summer in a village.  Playing beside the lake they chance upon an old teapot.  Playfully,  Ryan rubs it.  Out comes a frog and a dwarf named Elmer sprouting quotes.  The frog says the Dwarf Elmer is fake and is ready to grant 3 wishes to the boys when Elmer swats the frog and kills it.  The boys,  though scared,  ask for a palace as their first wish.  They get the palace but it is a miniature palace.   Elmer tells them that he can grant wishes only according to his size.  The boys are upset and feel cheated.  They decide to teach Elmer a lesson.  Their second wish is to have Elmer live in the palace.  Elmer shrinks and becomes tinier than a football.  They make a third wish which was to have Elmer go back to his teapot.  Elmer realises his folly and apologises.  He pleads with them to set him free.  Since, all three wishes are used up,  they modify the last wish which can set Elmer free.   

Links to the previous parts are at the end of this post. 

The story continues : 

The boys walk through a narrow road which has a few houses on either side.

‘That was crazy,  I never trusted that Elmer, ‘ says Ryan.

‘Yeah.  I thought he will hit us or something,’ agrees Rex.

‘I don’t want to ever come back to this village,’ says Ryan.

‘Scared are you?  But he is in a teapot now.  He will not come out.  And no more digging out strange objects.  Promise?’ asks Rex.

‘Yeah .. I promise.   And listen.  Lets not tell Mira aunty about this.  She will surely tell Mom and Dad.’  Rex agrees with Ryan.

They reach Mira’s house which has a neat lawn in the front.  The house is surrounded by old, gnarled trees.  Mira is sitting in the lawn having tea.   She gestures the boys to join her.

‘So, how was the lake?  Did you catch anything?’ she asked.  Continue reading

Adventures in a Summer Village : Back to the beginning

The story so far : 

Ryan and Rex are twins spending their summer in a village.  Playing beside the lake they chance upon an old teapot.  Playfully,  Ryan rubs it.  Out comes a frog and a dwarf named Elmer sprouting quotes.  The frog says the Dwarf Elmer is fake and is ready to grant 3 wishes to the boys when Elmer swats the frog and kills it.  The boys,  though scared,  ask for a palace as their first wish.  They get the palace but it is a miniature palace.   Elmer tells them that he can grant wishes only according to his size.  The boys are upset and feel cheated.  They decide to teach Elmer a lesson.  Their second wish is to have Elmer live in the palace.  Elmer shrinks and becomes tinier than a football.  

Links to the previous parts are at the end of this post. 

The story continues : 

Elmer gets up and removes the dirt from his coat, hands and hair.  He is in murderous rage while the boys are unable to control their laughter.

Finally,  Rex says,  ‘Now,  I think that instead of the palace you should be living in your teapot.’  Hearing this Elmer’s rage gives way to sorrow.   He becomes tinier and is being swept back into the teapot.

Halfway inside the teapot,  Elmer pleads with the boys, ‘I am terribly sorry boys.  I have lived in the teapot for ages.  There is nothing more I cherish than my freedom.  Set me free.’

‘Oh no.. this could be another trick to play on us,’ says Ryan. Continue reading