100 word fiction – The lifeless farm..


The lifeless farm..

The lifeless farm..

PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

“Our lifeless farm is proof that this summer has been the harshest on record. How will we survive? The silo has grains that would last only for a few more days.”

Linda listened in silence as Sam expressed his utter disappointment. Disappointment was slowly turning into nervousness and fear. With consistent rains over the last couple of years, Linda and Sam had a bountiful harvesting season and lots to eat.

But this year, it hadn’t rained one bit. The situation had become so dire that if it didn’t rain soon enough, they would be forced to cut on their meals.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – May – My post no 6 for this month.

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Book Review – RIP


Resurgent Indian Patriots

Resurgent Indian Patriots

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Since his Lashkar series, Mukul Deva has been regarded as one of the best in the military fiction genre in India. And now he comes up with RIP – Resurgent Indian Patriots, another thriller about the endless scandals and corruption which has plagued our nation for years on end. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

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Book Review – The Guardians of the Halahala


The Guardians of the Halahala

The Guardians of the Halahala

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After the exciting thriller ‘The Karachi Deception’, Shatrujeet Nath is back with a completely different genre in the first book of his King Vikramaditya trilogy. From thriller to mythology, that’s quite a big shift in terms of genres, isn’t it? Does it work? Let’s check it out.

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Movie Review – Piku


Piku

Piku

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Starring Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan and Irrfan Khan in lead roles, Piku is directed by Shoojit Sircar. From the time the promos of this one began airing on TV, people have been quite excited seeing the comic and light – hearted nature of this flick. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

Deepika Padukone (Piku) is your everyday young woman who works at an architecture firm  and takes care of her 70 year old dad played by Amitabh Bachchan (Bhaskor). Bhaskor Da has a weak stomach and frequently ends up sitting in the toilet with loose motions. Piku tries to balance her work life with ensuring her father gets his medicines at the right time. Bhaskor convinces Piku for a trip to Kolkata to see their old home and catch up with their relatives. The rest of the flick deals with their journey and how Irrfan Khan (Rana) slowly but surely becomes a part of their lives.

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97 word fiction: The leaking faucet..


The leaking faucet..

The leaking faucet..

PHOTO PROMPT – © Madison Woods

“Why did I have to agree to work in the lab the entire night?” He said to no one in particular.

Though George didn’t believe in ghosts, he felt a bit uneasy thinking that he was the only soul in the entire building that night. As he stepped out of the lab to drink water from the nearby cooler, he heard what sounded like water falling from somewhere. Was it a leaking faucet or something more?

Whatever the case, he kept himself busy and didn’t dare come out of the lab for the rest of the night.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – May – My post no 2 for this month.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Memories


Childhood-Memories

Childhood-Memories

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“Don’t we all count on beautiful memories when in times of distress?” Rahul and I were arguing on being too over dependent on memories for anything and everything in life.

Whether its getting a job or a date; winning a contest or enjoying with friends, memories of all kinds shape our world almost all the time.

They give us the motivation and encouragement on being able to turn around things for the better. What we need is to strive to work even harder to create even sweeter memories for the future.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – May – My post no 1 for this month.

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India vs Malaysia: An experience at Ice Hockey


Team India

Team India

Almost all of us would have realized that India had an Ice Hockey team sometime last month. That is when they cried out for funding through Twitter so that they could make it to the Challenge Cup of Asia Division 1 in Kuwait. The usual questions started to swirl around. Since when did we have an ice hockey team? Are they professional sportsmen? Why spend money on a sport which is not even remotely popular in India? But then, something gave way.

The #ISupportIceHockey hashtag became a trend on Twitter as personalities like Anand Mahindra, Gautam Gambhir, the CEO of Micromax and others chipped in. More than 285 donors from over 52 cities came together to fund their trip to this tournament. #ChakDeBarfPe became a clarion call. The team is made of mostly policemen from the Indo-Tibetan Border police, a few servicemen and civilians. Ice Hockey is quite popular in Shimla and Ladakh. But it suffers from basic problems like lack of availability of protective gear, pucks etc. The only international level rink in India which is situated in Dehradun has been lying closed since 2012.

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The Kidzania Kuwait Experience!


Entrance to Kidzania Kuwait

Entrance to Kidzania Kuwait

I had read a lot about Kidzania before visiting their outlet in Kuwait. Started in 1999 in Mexico City, Kidzania has expanded to 16 cities and more across the world in the space of a few years since they started a franchise model to expand their properties. With more than 31 million guests having visited Kidzania since its opening, it is one of the fastest growing edutainment brands on the planet.

So what’s Kidzania all about? Let’s check it out.

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99 word fiction: In the middle of nowhere..


In the middle of nowhere..

In the middle of nowhere..

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“How can you even stay in such a godforsaken place? You stay here for six months at a stretch every year. Don’t you miss us at all?”

Krystal, George’s daughter had come to her dad’s laboratory located in one of the northernmost regions of the world. She couldn’t take in the fact that her father was never there when she needed him. All he seemed worried about was finding ways to save the earth from destruction.

“You know I am doing this for the benefit of humankind, don’t you?” Saying this, he got busy again much to her chagrin.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – April – My post no 6 for this month.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

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Friendship – Does gender really matter?


Friends with the opposite gender.. Is it possible?

Friends with the opposite gender.. Is it possible?

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From the time we are small, our friends and Bollywood movies all around us teach us that a girl and a boy can never be friends. A lot of parents feel that mixing with the opposite gender can lead to their children losing their way in their studies. And therefore, many prefer their children going to an only-boys or an only-girls school. They feel that with the absence of the opposite gender, their children’s minds wouldn’t wander and they would concentrate completely on their studies. Is that really the case?

Interestingly, from what I have heard from friends who have studied in only-boys schools, their minds wander a lot more into useless activities in classrooms and beyond compared to those who studied in co-ed institutions. The main reason for this is the fact that guys try to be at their best behavior when in the company of the opposite gender.

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