Wednesday, 9 November 2022

The Storm Shall Pass

There was a severe thunder-storm.

The day seemed like night.

There was no electricity.

She could barely see anything.

Photo Prompt- Dale Rogerson

The tree in the backyard crashed on her cottage.

There was dust everywhere.

Strong winds were on her face.

She fainted...


"Now, slowly open your eyes..."

Thursday, 3 November 2022

The Dream Car

Everyone in their neighbourhood owned a car. 

Little Eva too owned one- a small old toy-car.

Eva always dreamt of cars.

But, they were so poor…

Even if they did get a car, paying for the fuel would be a challenge.

Eva’s dream car just used air as fuel!

While others built "castles in the air", Eva built cars in the air!

Photo Prompt- Brenda Cox

Wednesday, 12 October 2022

I Am Beautiful

 “You want to become an actress! Have you seen your face in the mirror?

She remembered the production-house’s casting-agent’s jeering words.

How he mocked her!

I am beautiful the way I'm”, she assured herself.


She read the first draft of the book she had written.

It was titled- “I Am Beautiful”.

It was a self-help book.

In fact, it was actually a “note to self” book she had penned for herself.

You Are The Reason Of My Smile

It was an important meeting.

He was engrossed in the presentation.

He had forgotten that he had to pick-up his son from kindergarten...

When he realized, it was already late.

He rushed to the kindergarten.


His wife used to pick-up earlier.

He went running inside.

His son wasn’t in the waiting-room...


A frantic search...

Image: Roger Bultot

Friday, 7 October 2022

Vote For Odisha Rasagola and GI Tags in GIR Poll

India has a rich cultural heritage.

Each state has regional specialties.

There are many traditional products and local goods associated under various categories-

1. Agricultural 

2. Food Stuffs 

3. Handicrafts

4. Manufactured

5. Natural 

India has many registered "Geographical Indications" - GIs under the above five categories.

India has hundreds of registered GIs.

All these products are unique and special.

Some products are famous, others are yet to be known.

CGPDTM- Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs & Trade Marks is conducting a Public Poll:
"Most liked Geographical Indication of India".

This is under the DPIIT- Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India.

All can participate & select their choice under the given 5 categories.

Wednesday, 5 October 2022

The Lunch Date

It was a bright sunny day.

He was driving fast to be on time for the lunch-meeting scheduled in the neighbouring city.

After he had reached the outskirts of his city, he got a call that the client had rescheduled the meet to the following weekend.

He stopped his car and decided to check out the new restaurant that had opened in that area.

The place looked great.

Image: David Steward

He made a mental note to get his wife there the following day for a lunch-date.

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Let There Be Light

"These lamps are exquisite!" 

Lisa admired the old lamps that she found in the attic.

"These were used by your grandparents. They didn’t have electricity in those days..." Lisa's mother answered.

Lisa's face lit up! 

"Could we please have lamp-light dinner tonight, mother?" Lisa proposed.

"First, let’s check if these are still functional", her mother said.

Photo Prompt- Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Don't Call Me Mausi- Kareena Kapoor's Character In K3G Movie

Today happens to be actress Kareena Kapoor Khan's birthday.

Recently, I re-watched her two decades old superhit Hindi movie- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum’  (K3G).

K3G was one of the early movies in her illustrious career. 

Kareena Kapoor's performance in this blockbuster emotional family-drama by Dharma Productions is memorable.

She plays an ultra-modern, glamorous and smart college-going girl- Pooja or Poo, who lives in London with her sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and relative.

Poo does not like to be addressed as "Mausi".

The following are two scenes from K3G movie:

Scene I- Poo's conversation with her school-going nephew, Krish, in her introduction scene:

That Precious Bicycle

Raju was visiting the village fair after ages.

There were many shops selling interesting fare.

Raju's eyes fell on a bicycle.

It had many precious memories.

Photo Prompt - Alicia Jamtaas

Containing his excitement, he asked the price. 

The shop-owner quoted an exorbitant amount.

Friday, 2 September 2022

How A Son India Got Mother Arrested And Saved A Tribal Woman

EVIL WOMAN Seema Patra, TRIBAL WOMAN Sunita, & SON INDIA Ayushman

We were/are rejoicing that a highly-qualified, experienced, and competent “Tribal Woman”, Droupadi Murmu Madam, has now been elected as our nation’s President, (More in my posts- Vocal For Local - President Droupadi Murmu, President Droupadi Murmu - Tribal Woman and More,  Droupadi Murmu – Much More Than Her Tribal Woman Identity).

But, it is shocking to see the gross treatment meted out to another tribal woman, a domestic help named Sunita.

The former’s struggles and accomplishments are awe-inspiring; the latter’s experiences are numbingly jaw-dropping.

While so many citizens hailed and celebrated Murmu Madam’s selection and election, many voices express their stern condemnation to Sunita’s ordeal caused by her employer, Seema Patra.

Who is Seema Patra?

Jharkhand's ex-IAS officer's wife and BJP ex-politician - State Convener, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Jharkhand BJP (She has been suspended by the party now).

“Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” - a seemingly strong woman, who supposedly stands up for the causes of women, correct?

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