Finding my friend #Wow

Anil read the post on WordPress called #Wow Hello.   He thought about his wife Usha whose date of birth is Oct 28.  He called out to her, “Usha,  what was the name of your first friend when you were a kid?”  “Oh come on! How many times I have told you.  It’s ‘Lata’ ‘Lata’ ‘Lata'” shot back Usha looking up from her novel.  You could never catch Usha without her novel or the newspaper.

“And you said her birthday is in September?”, Anil persisted.  “Yes dear.  Hers is Sept 28 and mine October, same date.  Now let me read my novel in peace.  It’s almost the end of the book”.

Usha would never read anything on the internet.  She felt they were alien creatures.  There is no smell or character when reading on a computer.  That is another reason she has never had a Facebook account or any social media presence.  She preferred to use Anil’s Facebook account to check up on their family and relatives living across the globe.

Usha shut the novel as she finished it.  There she sat with a smile on her lovely face, still thinking about the story.  She asked  “So, why are you asking me about Lata now?”

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The race of life

silhouetted-figure-and-tree-1008861How long before I put my head to a soft pillow and sleep? How many more years before, I get a complete, undisturbed long sleep?

I started working at age 13 after I lost my family to war. I am 63 now. What has changed? What did I achieve?

I have been working hard to make ends meet. At 13, it was survival from one day to the other. At 63, it is survival one week to the other. That is all that has changed. No family, no friends. Achievements include getting off the road into a ‘sleeping bed’ which I call home. ‘Sleeping bed’ is the bed I have rented that I can use for 6 hours till the next occupant of the bed comes in.

There is no more strength in my body, no will in my soul to achieve anything to win this greatest endurance race of life. I am looking up to the almighty for solace.

(160 words)


This post is part of Friday Flash Fiction of 140-160 words.

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