100 word fiction: Hunger pangs


cropped-bugsPHOTO PROMPT – Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

She keenly watched the spider struggle to get hold of the cockroach which it had preyed upon. Seeing this, her mind wandered towards the struggle she had to encounter daily to get hold of the rations thrown by the army from the numerous helicopters circling above them.

Floods had ravaged almost the entire state leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless without food, shelter and clean drinking water. While the government had mobilized emergency services to help the people in need, her family had to fight daily with numerous others to get hold of one wholesome meal to satisfy their hunger.

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

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 15 for this month.

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Five Sentence Fiction: A glimmer of hope


Speeding Motorbike

On the bike..

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Wish he had paid heed to my insistence on wearing the helmet while riding his bike. Instead, all he could think of was racing down the highway like a free bird speeding past all the vehicles and the crowd around.

That love for speeding proved dangerous today as his life along with his bike was almost crushed beyond recognition.

A marathon surgery lasting more than 8 hours has given all of us a glimmer of hope that he would survive. But the next 24 hours are the most crucial ones which can make or break his life.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Glimmer. Read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 14 for this month.

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Pre-Marital Sex: To be or not to be?


Pre-Marital Sex: Yes or No?

Pre-Marital Sex: Yes or No?

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Pre-marital sex is a word which can’t be uttered in many countries for fear of the so called moral brigade. It’s a term which has always been associated with religion, culture, regions, caste, creed and the likes. While people of some religions and regions allow it, there are many countries and many religions which consider it as a sin. But whatever be the case, people are slowly but surely starting to be more open about it.

Our traditional Indian family values which are embedded into our system from the time we are small children are based on the fact that when we marry someone, we should marry him or her for the whole life (or for 7 births as they used to say). We should consider everything from the nature of our partner to the social well-being of the family before making our decision. And then once the decision is made, we should stand by it till the time we are not in this world.

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Peshawar Attack: Lives Lost. Dreams Crushed.


Peshawar Army Public School Attack

Peshawar Army Public School Attack

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Anwar was like every other 16 year old of his age who loved music, movies and spending time on the Internet playing games and surfing on Facebook. A topper in his class, he was full of life and had many friends who loved him for his affable nature and his ability to keep everyone happy. Little did his mom know that when she was making his breakfast today, it would be the last time she would be making something for him. Anwar always hugged her before leaving for school. She couldn’t have even imagined in her wildest dreams that it was the last time she was hugging him.

There were hundreds of Anwar’s today. They were full of life and came to school with happiness and joy lit on their faces. They had heard about terrorists and such attacks in other parts of Pakistan and the world. But for them school was a place to study, make friends and learn the lessons of life. Dressed in neatly ironed uniforms with bags containing books and their lunch boxes, they got out of their buses and walked to the classrooms for another exciting day.

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Driving in India – A nightmare relived everyday


Traffic in India can be a nightmare

Traffic in India can be a nightmare

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More than 1.4 lakh deaths in 2012.

70%  accidents due to drunken driving.

A huge increase in fatalities.

Driving in India can be a big nightmare for each of us every day of our lives. There’s every kind of vehicle be it bikes, cars, trucks, buses, rickshaws and what not jostling for space on the road. Oh how can I forget one more thing? There are people crossing the road as well. And not one but thousands of people cross streets, roads and highways of India every second, every minute and every hour. Add to this, the condition of roads which people have to drive on. And you have a recipe for a disaster waiting to happen.

Someone has truly said that if you can drive carefully and safely in India, you can easily drive in any part of the world. Now that’s saying a lot, isn’t it? So how do we ensure that we are safe on the roads in the country whether we are in the drivers seat or crossing the road as a pedestrian? How do we ensure that driving in India is not a nightmare that we have to face day in and day out?

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Five Sentence Fiction – Bidding Goodbye


Boy kissing little girl

Love

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She had always heard that meeting and bidding goodbye to anyone was part and parcel of life. But she could have never imagined that she would have to bid goodbye to the person she loved the most in this world.

Though she knew that they would meet again sooner rather than later, the fact that there was no precise date or month on the horizon was what made her feel really uneasy.

“Why do you have to leave me and go all the time?”

As they hugged and parted, tears rolled down her eyes while he looked the other way to keep a check on his emotions.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 10 for this month.

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100 word story – The natural dustbin…


Polluted riverPHOTO PROMPT - Copyright – Sandra Crook

“Dad, they have turned this river into a dustbin. From logs of wood to bottles of every shape and size, there is so much waste dumped here.”

“Ronnie, now you know why the environment gets back at us, don’t you?”

As the father and son walked around the banks of the river, Ronnie was shocked to see the destruction humans had brought upon this natural water body.

While his dad had been part of various cleaning campaigns as part of the local NGO, Ronnie had accompanied him for the first time and couldn’t believe his eyes on what he saw.

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

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – December) – My post no 9 for this month.

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Those were the college days..


College Students

These college students are delighted for another day..

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Those numerous walks around the college with friends just so that there was one hour less to spend alone in the hostel room. The  ritual to order an ice tea every-time they crossed the Nescafe bar to quench their thirst in the growing humidity. The sound of the whistle blown by the security guard to indicate that it was past her in-time at hostel and they needed to bid goodbye. The numerous hours spent laughing and enjoying in the canteens, food courts, libraries, classrooms and labs. The times when they escaped out of the campus to watch the latest flicks at the nearby theater for just Rs 20. College life was all this and more.

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In conversation with Olivier Lafont: Actor & Author


Olivier with Warrior

Olivier Lafont with Warrior

You would remember him as Suhas Tandon, the money minded fiance of Kareena Kapoor in the 2009 blockbuster – 3 Idiots. But there’s more to Olivier Sanjay Lafont than just acting. From writing scripts to modelling, he’s done it in all in a career spanning more than a decade.

We have him here for a short tete-a-tete to understand what all goes behind excelling in so many forms of creative expressions.

Aseem: Actor, Writer, Screenplay Writer, Director, Producer, Model, Voice-over Artist – You seem to be doing it all. How do you manage it? Which of these creative hats do you find the most challenging?
Olivier: I’m mainly guided by my passion and interests, so my career evolves fairly organically and effortlessly. To me all these are different aspects of a single passion: storytelling. So they all actually fit together quite naturally in my life.

In the same vein, none is more challenging than the other, really. I just do what’s most interesting to me, and do the best I can at it.

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Five Sentence Fiction: Misplaced Trust


Girl sitting alone at the station

She waited..

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“If we don’t run away tomorrow, my father will get me married to someone else.”

She dreaded the thought of losing him while he didn’t feel it right to marry without parental consent despite their immense love for each other.

They had tried convincing each other’s parents for more than a year without success and so the craziness of it all had made him promise her that they would catch the 10am train the next day and leave the town forever.

But try as he might, he couldn’t bring himself to terms with eloping.

She waited at the station for hours on end but he never came.

Written for Five Sentence Fiction Prompt: Trust. Read the other entries here.

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

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