Sunday, 17 March 2019

Kind Karma

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I'll never do running errands voluntarily for others again,
Because no one appreciates or recognizes my work/pain.
Rather, they feel I'm volunteering as I'll be the one to gain!
I must have ulterior motives to waste my time again & again!

Just because I have helped and supported one person,
Other people- X, Y, Z also demand my time & attention!
My kindness and good-nature goes through examination.
I find myself in an unenviable situation with no solution!
WOW: I'll never do ... again, because...

Friday, 15 March 2019

Just Jazz

He took her to the Club-house.
He still remembered her piano performance for the Club’s Annual Day two decades ago that had made him fall in love with her.
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He considered himself lucky that she had agreed to marry him.

She wanted to play the piano again.
“Make me fall in love again?” he winked!

Her expert fingers got busy with the keys.
“What do you hear?” she questioned while playing her favourite piece.
"Just Jazz”.

She could hear nothing; a deadly car-accident had made her deaf.

He couldn't hear anything; the old piano had lost its sound of music.
PHOTO PROMPT - Anshu Bhojnagarwala
100 Words story for-
Friday Fictioneers , #ThursdayThreads & ABC Wednesday- J.
Isn't it strange how so much changes with time? Do you feel that we do not get to choose what music we want/need to hear? Do share in the comments below.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Post-Marital Grief #writebravely

“I didn’t know that you are such a fool!” the newly-wed bride told her husband.

“Why did you marry me?” he asked.

“They told that you are a king and are very rich! You are neither!” she grieved.

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“You should have talked to me when I had visited your home to see you.”

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Trustworthy Black Coffee #writebravely

She: They called me "Black Coffee" and laughed at me.
"I hear a thousand kind words about me and it makes no difference yet I hear one insult and all confidence shatters." – Rupi Kaur
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Her sister: Why do you consider it as an insult?

She: My skin-colour is dark and I'm skinny, but does it give them the licence to call me "Black Coffee"?

Friday, 8 March 2019

Women's Day Influence #writebravely #celebratewritetribe

"I want a divorce," she said.

“What the heck does that even mean?” he thundered. "No one in our family has ever gone through this."

"Result of your freedom- You allowed her to take up the reporter's job," his mother added.

"Don't forget that I permitted you to work. I taught you how to be a feminist," he reminded her. 
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

12 Points For Responsible Citizens #WorkForBharat #writebravely

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India has always been under threat from enemies. History stands as a testimony how many invaders have plundered our nation over the ages. In the present age, there are many threats to our India’s unity, integrity and peace. With the massive reach of Social Media and technology, there must be judicious use of apps and gadgets. While we are quick to enjoy our freedom and rights, we must not forget our duties, making sure we go through all the check-posts and tunnels on our journey to ensure a safe nation.
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We need to nurture and be nurtured as responsible citizens. Our action and involvement must increase especially when our nation faces crises.
Here is a list of 12 things we as responsible citizens can do every day:

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Free Soul #writebravely #celebratewritetribe

She felt she was different from the rest.
She wanted to do something unique.
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But, they made her dance to their tunes and broke her spirit.

She always wished for serenity and freedom - freedom to think, act, be...

The more they suppressed her, the more her feelings strengthened.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

In Pursuit Of Miracle

“You really want to hire Aakar? Are you crazy?” Medha told her husband and colleague, Manoj.

They were reviewing the job-applicants’ interview-performances.
Medha and Manoj were co-founders of an ad-agency named Miracle.
With the increasing competition, Miracle was not doing as well as they expected it would when they had started three years ago.

“We need a miracle to save Miracle. I’m confident that Aakar can give it the shape we want,” Manoj answered.
This image is via Pexels.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Please Forgive Me

Amar often thought of his friend Zaid.

He wondered where his special childhood friend was.

To his pleasant surprise, he heard a song that Zaid often used to sing.

The rich voice came from across the border.

The song reminded him of their boat-trips in which they were a team.
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Odia TV Shows

What my conversation told me about Odia Channel Packs

We were discussing about TV programmes in our office. We spent most of our waking hours outside home and at office. After we get back home, we look for some relaxation or entertainment while performing the household chores. I was interested to find out which shows and channels our team-members usually watched. That’s when I realized that most of them watched Odia TV shows and found Odia programmes interesting. Zee Sarthak channel is watched by them and their family-members!
Probing further, I inquired, “What is special about this channel’s shows? Why do you watch it?”
I got the following responses:

Talent Shows
Our designer Sasmita said that she likes to watch the talent shows on Zee Sarthak especially the music talent shows for kids.
Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2019 is Sasmita’s favourite as she likes music and kids. 
She watches Sa Re Ga Ma Mega Challenge too.

Serials
Our tailor, Sandhya said that she watches many serials with her family. Zee Sarthak has many family dramas, romantic dramas, etc. It was interesting to be briefed about the stories of some popular drama shows:

Family Dramas

To Pain Mun (I Am For You)
To Pain Mu is an Odia romantic drama TV series showcasing the life of a simple girl named Bhoomi and how she brings her wayward husband to line.

Jwain No.1 (Son-in-law No.1)
Jwain No. 1 is an Odia drama TV show about a businessman, who strives to better the relationship between his wife and his proud mother-in-law.

Mu Bi Ardhangini (Even I Am Wife)
Mu Bi Ardhangini is an Odia romantic drama TV show. The protagonist is a widower, guilt-ridden and latching on to the memories of his late wife. A young girl who is in love with the man in spite of the age difference wants to see him happy at any cost.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

India And Science

Our great and ancient motherland, India, and her great scientists and inventors have many contributions to the world. Every Indian must know about our country and be proud. 
Do you know that India has gifted the world "zero" too? What would science be without zero?
Listed below are a dozen of India's scientific gifts:
1. Father of Astronomy : Aryabhatta ; work : Aryabhattiyam 
2. Fathers of Surgery : Charaka and Sushruta ; works : Samhitas 
3. Father of Anatomy: Patanjali ; work: Yogasutra 
4. Father of Yoga : Patanjali ; work : Yogasutra 
5. Father of Economics : Chanakya ; work: Arthashastra 
6. Father of Atomic Theory : Rishi Kanada ; Work : Kanada sutras 
7. Father of Architecture : Vishwakarma ; work : Suryasiddantika 
8. Father of Aero Dynamics : Mayasura ; work : Vastu Darpana 
9. Father of Medicine : Dhanvanthri  - Ayurveda 
10. Father of Calculus: Bhaskara II ; work : Lilavati 
11. Father of Warfare and Weaponry: Parashurama ; works : Kalaripayatu, Sulba Sutras 
12. Father of Sexual Anatomy : Vatsyayana ; work: Kamasutra 
WOW: India And Science

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Fishy Voiceless Love-Story


The prince did not recognize me.

He had forgotten our love-affair.
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I screamed, "Don't you remember me? I am your Ariel..."

But, there were no words…

There was a new girl in his life, who was going to be his wife.

But, he had promised to marry me.

If I had held my tongue...

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

High-handed

It was amazing to see little Lina solving complex sums...
All the more as her parents were uneducated migrants.

Lina was born when they arrived in New Mexico for construction work.
A big market had been razed and a skyscraper was getting built in its place.

PHOTO PROMPT - Jean L. Hays

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Smart Charger For Smartphone

In today’s tech world, smartphones and gadgets play a major role and are extensively used.
However, these power-hungry devices consume electrical energy and their batteries need to be charged. Smartphone-batteries use more power when all the advanced features like GPS, Wi-Fi etc are turned on. By turning off these features and using the Power-Saving Mode, best usage of smartphone is not possible.
Solution of a 'charger that automatically disconnects itself' can be available in future phones. I often wish the batteries of gadgets were intelligent enough to ensure wireless charging from a variety of available power-sources viz. solar energy, wind energy etc. I do believe that this will be a distant reality with inductive/solar charging for gadgets (in which the gadgets get their required charge from surrounding power-sources). Phone-chargers will then not be needed! 

WOW: Someone Really Needs To Design A Better…

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Great Gift

Rosy toiled to maintain her rose garden.
She had won many flower-show awards.
“Please give me 6 roses” her neighbor Dev begged her.
PHOTO PROMPT - Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Rosy’s roses were very beautiful and famous.
But, Rosy hardly sold them for money.
It had to be for a noble cause or someone’s need or to barter.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

True Soldier

No strings attached,
You offer your help.
Motherland comes first,
"Service before self".

"Service and loyalty",
Duty and dedication,
Sacrifice and valour,
Love for your nation.
WOW: True Soldier
You can stand or crouch
At a stretch for hours.
You must be a superman,
With amazing powers.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The Familiar Face

She was starting a new life in a new city.
She had moved into a building.
Still in the process of getting settled, she felt unsettled.

She always felt she was being watched.
She decided to capture faces in her memory.
PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Zero Tolerance For Misinformation

I could have kept mum just like the rest,
And allowed the liars to win the 'contest'.
They called it a 'war'; stooped low & went far.
They said- 'Everything is fair in love & war'.
I could have used my time for my personal gain,
Not 'waste' my resources & go through pain...
WOW: Blog Using The Words Could, Should & Would

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Night Of Bonfire

She had adequately warned Niki.
She thought Niki had broken off with that married bloke.

Then, Niki’s wedding had been fixed.
Niki projected a squeaky clean and happy persona.

She was heartbroken to discover remnants of what Niki had forgotten to clean...
The steamy personal chats and images told a different tale.
What was going on right behind her back could jeopardise Niki’s upcoming marriage.
That married man could use all the evidence to blackmail...
PHOTO PROMPT © Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Endangered

He pulled her near.
Embracing her, he asked, “It starts with one word. What’s it?”
With her eyes closed, she replied, “Excitement?”
He tightened his grip.

Friday, 1 February 2019

The Red-Hot Show

The invaders were very happy with their conquest.
As though all the violation they had indulged in was not enough, they expected the captured and ravaged princesses to dance in skimpy dresses and entertain them.
They impatiently waited for the red-hot show to start.
PHOTO PROMPT - Renee Heath
The sky acquired a fiery reddish tinge.
There was a sudden storm.

My Wow Gadgets

If I could invent a gadget, I'd try to invent-
A gadget that would help me detect lies.
No one can take me for a ride any more!
Thanks to my gadget, I'd be so much wise!

Need a gadget that has the answers I need!
Like where are our car keys or that book?
To know the location of my bag or dress,
My gadget's face is all I need to look!
WOW: Invent A Gadget. What Would It Do?

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Dazzling Darling


Jai thought of his first love every moment.
Two decades ago, it was a cold night when he had handed over his sweater to keep her warm.
She looked dazzling in pink.
He had sketched her face on his wall.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Wordista Creativa

She thought she knew all the words,
She felt she deserved all the awards.
The proud queen proclaimed another title for self-
'WORDISTA CREATIVA'- her latest book on shelf.

When her subjects didn't have any money,
She felt they could afford milk and honey!
And of course they could buy all what she wrote,
Her books were bestsellers; that's what she thought.

The poor public was busy trying to be savvinomical;
What 'Wordista Creativa' was doing was comical.
She wrote on multiple topics that she felt were vital-
The content had nothing to do with the book-title!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Car In The Cyclone

She was driving their car.
There was a sudden cyclone that air-lifted their car and crashed it in the middle of nowhere.
PHOTO PROMPT - Ted Strutz
To her relief, both she and her daughter were safe in the car.
But, there were strange creatures in front.
Her daughter was screaming.
“I need you to stay quiet and out of sight”, she whispered to her daughter.

Some aliens were emerging from underground.
What if the aliens started firing?
Photo- Arif Ikhwani 

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Rasagola Mahotsab

I open our fridge, and luckily there are Rasagolas in store!
When the Rasagola stock gets over, the shops have more!
Hurshi Sahoo's Rasagolas, Jatni, Odisha
Whenever we have visitors viz. when my uncles come,
They bring pots full of Rasagolas that are always welcome!

Rasagola is undoubtedly the object of my affection.
With the sweetness of Rasagolas, life is great fun!
Pattachitra depicting Niladri Bije and Rasagola (this art is on my Kurta)

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Back With Interest

Her home was going to be auctioned.

It was snowing heavily.

She recollected a similar severe winter night some years ago.
A young soldier had sought refuge.
He had been badly wounded.

She had nursed him with care, using up the duct tape.
PHOTO PROMPT Dale Rogerson

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Pipli Applique Work


I love colourful wall-hangings and lampshades. 
Whenever there are events in Odisha, we get to spot such bright decorations that enhance the beauty.
These are Pipli Applique Work.

Friday, 11 January 2019

SHARE- My Word Of 2019 #WOTY

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If I have to pick a 'word of the year' #WOTY for me,
The word SHARE as my #WOTY2019 it'll rightly be.
"Sharing is caring" and sharing is great.
Sharing adds more to everyone's plate and fate.

The sun shares its light without discrimination.
Nature shares much to our gratification.
Sharing by learning lessons from teachers big and small.
Sharing means bliss and blessings for one and all.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Another Try


“Will you marry me?” he asked her for the second time.

“I have equal number of chits stating ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ in this jar consisting of 100 chits. You pick out 50 chits and we will count the number. My decision Yes/No will be based on the majority chits you pick…”
PHOTO PROMPT - Priya Bajpal
The last time he had asked the same question, she had set a different challenge.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

I C U

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In this smart technology age, who does not want a Smart Home

Can we have a home where we know what exactly is going on inside or outside or else what had happened a couple of hours or days earlier?

Smart Camera can help in this regard. 
With smart camera, one can say "I C U" i.e. "I See You" and one may avoid getting admitted in the ICU i.e. Intensive Care Unit.

Let me illustrate with the examples of the following three real cases:

Case-1- The Case of the Missing Gas-Cylinder
We had an extra gas-cylinder that was kept in the ground-floor of our home.
One fine day, we realized that it had disappeared.
This was a clear case of theft.
Who had stolen it? 
There was not even one eye-witness who could share any whodunit detail...

Case-2- The Case of the Missing Mobile Phone
An employee of the office next door arrived about half an hour before the office reopened.
He kept his brand new mobile phone on his desk and went to wash his face.
When he returned, his mobile was no longer there.
This was a clear case of theft.
Who had stolen it? 
There was not even one eye-witness who could share any whodunit detail...

Case-3- The Case of the Gold Chain Snatching
I was watering the plants on the patch I have adopted outside our home.
I felt a hand near my neck.
I turned back to find a stranger already had my gold chain in his hand.
He had a sharp weapon with which he attacked me and slashed my arm.
The cut was from top till my wrist. (The marks still remain).
He then ran to a bike nearby, in which his accomplice was waiting, and they sped off.
This was a clear case of theft.
Who had stolen it? 
Except me, there was not even one eye-witness who could share any whodunit detail...

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Zapped

She was in love with him.
He was fair, tall and handsome.

Perhaps he loved her too.
He gazed at her and guarded her.
He was her zenith.
Pic Prompt: Russel Gayer
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