Copyright – Claire Fuller
“I spent my life in this garage repairing cars from the Toyota’s to the Rolls Royce’s. People of all kinds flocked here because of my quality of service and on-time delivery.”
Mathew looked on and reminisced the days gone by. But as soon as his thoughts came back to the present, his happiness gave away to anger. He had kept this business going on the basis of hard-work and honesty.
But his son who was far away from such ideals had spent all the hard earned money and even sold off the garage to fund his drugs, drinks and girls.
Written for the photo prompt and you can read other entries here.
“You are just a good-for-nothing fellow who eats, sleeps and watches TV all day along without a care in the world”
He was used to hearing his mother like this since the time he had recovered from the near-death experience two years back which had resulted in him being bed-ridden, and this coupled with his father’s death was like a double whammy for his mother who knew that she would have to work doubly hard so that she and her son could survive and she could also pay for his medical bills.
Saying this, she left the house in a huff and only after reaching the office, she took out the note her son had kept at the door.
“Mom! I know that I haven’t been a good son and not done anything to make you proud.
But I just want to say that I love you very much and I truly understand the hard-work, irritation and frustration you go through everyday of your life just to see me happy.”
Written for Five Sentence Fiction’s Prompt: Irritation
There are more than 200 million people in India who sleep hungry everyday. Over 7000 Indians die of hunger day in and day out. More than 30% of the children born in India are underweight and a huge percentage of them and their mothers are anaemic as well. Add stunted growth and being wasted to their illnesses and you know the kind of danger you are looking at. These are staggering numbers (Source: http://www.bhookh.com/hunger_facts.php) for a country that prides itself in being one of the fastest growing economies on the planet.
So why are the numbers so high?
One of the primary reasons is the fact that for a huge percentage of the population which survives on less than $2 a day, having one meal is difficult let alone getting all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals required by the body. For such families, eating is just about trying to survive as the days go by. It’s such a different world far from the ones we live in surrounded by malls, multiplexes and the best international fast food joints.
Someone has truly said that each of us has a child hidden somewhere in us. This child comes out in various instances whether its during our emotional times with our loved ones, the times when we are successful or fail in our endeavours, the times when we want to feel loved and cared for and the likes. Moreover along with this our childhood also comes to the fore when we talk about bedtime stories and nursery rhymes.
From bedtime stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood to the nursery rhymes like London Bridge is Falling Down and Humpty Dumpty, there was so much which shaped our childhood. These stories and rhymes helped us dream. They helped us imagine and visualize a world which didn’t exist in reality. They gave wings to our thoughts and took us on a never before thought of trip around the world.
Salil Desai is an author and filmmaker who has published two novels and a couple of short stories. ‘Killing Ashish Karve’ was first published as ‘The Body in the Backseat’ in 2011. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
The blurb goes like this -
Senior Inspector Saralkar is back at his desk after spending a rather annoying week at a ‘Secrets of Living’ course, especially for police officers and he is itching for some action now. Luckily, an exciting new case turns up right away!
The body of Ashish Karve, a local businessman has been found in the back seat of his car. To PSI Motkar, Saralkar’s diminutive assistant, it seems to be a straightforward case of suicide. But Saralkar’s sharp mind is agog with the dark possibility of murder.
As the case unfolds Saralkar finds enough motives for people, be it Ashish’s business partner, his wife, his brother, his friend, his brother-in-law or even strangers to want to do away with him!
Is the senior inspector becoming too fanciful in his imagination or is he on the right track in assuming that Ashish was killed? Delve into this deliciously thrilling whodunit and walk along with Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar as they set out to sift the truth from lies and half truths.
‘The Madras Mangler’ is Usha Narayanan’s first novel. Having done a Masters Degree in English Literature, worked in various roles throughout her career and also done a creative writing course, she has finally taken to writing a novel. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
The blurb goes like this -
Five pretty girls from around the country, enjoying college life in Chennai, chasing their own dreams. Until a psychopath comes to town, killing girls and dumping their bodies in the rivers. The killer is smart, dangerous and very angry. Just like Vir Pradyumna, ace criminologist from New York, who is fighting his own demons from the past. Ruthless politicians, bumbling cops, beer barons and cyber criminals run amuck. The killer snatches a girl whom Vir has sworn to protect. A Hollywood action crew and the crowds at the India-Australia cricket one-dayer get sucked into the relentless buildup to a nail-biting climax. Will Vir be in time to stop the maniac and save the girl?
Open defecation is a huge problem in the developing world. But in India, this problem has reached alarming levels. From diseases & conditions like typhoid, malaria, measles, cholera and others to rapes and sexual assaults on women, open defecation is impacting our society in a big way. More than 600 million people (about half our population) defecate openly in India every day. So why is this the case? Let’s check it out.