Transition of Thoughts

Weaving thoughts into words

Dread: My first solo e-book of short stories

I have always been very observant about whatever happens around us. A lot of my short stories and other forms of micro fiction over the years have always been based on what I have seen and what I feel may happen. The ability of humans to survive all odds and come up trumps is what keeps me going.

Each of the five stories in this e-book is based on my thoughts and experiences of the way humans survive in difficult situations.

There are so many of us who work late at night, don’t we? Haven’t we ever felt nervous on what could happen? A safari sounds like an experience of a lifetime. But what if things go awry? If you are on the way home and suddenly run into a tragedy happening around you, how would you react? Do you just run away? We all wait for that perfect holiday with our family. But what if the perfect holiday turns into a perfect nightmare?

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The ‘other’ pandemic

The 'other' pandemic

The pandemic has upended our lives in more ways than we can imagine. Alongwith the direct impact in terms of fatalities, health concerns, there has also been the indirect impact. People have lost their livelihoods along with savings which took years to build. Children have lost their precious years of school life. Families have been torn apart in more ways than one can imagine.

And to top it off, more and more people are going hungry and facing poverty than ever before. Years of gains in equality and social welfare along with treatment of other diseases has all been lost within a matter of months. As the number of mouths to feed continues to increase, families continue to wonder on what would happen the next moment.

“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things?

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Prosery – Here’s the thing about existing

For the love of nature

For the love of nature

The arboreal vegetation of this country is beautiful with its plethora of natural flora and fauna. The mountains provide the perfect backdrop for some excellent camera shots. And it’s quite perfect that it has been used to build an excellent brand for the country by so many travel bloggers around.

Being amidst nature is known to make so many buoyant including myself. And come to think of it, I had initially been told that it would be a mistake to come here as some tourists had found things to be quite difficult. It instead turned out to be what I would call – a ‘beautiful mistake’.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Arborial, Fandango One Word Challenge: Buoyant, Your Daily Word Prompt: Brand, Sunday Writing Prompt: Beautiful Mistake

Spring’s arrival

Spring's arrival

Spring arrived with mud and a torrent of bad news.

They planned the expedition but unfortunately the weather ended up being a bummer. Considering his dexterity when it came to all things travel, he had organized everything in advance.

He also made sure to convince his best buddies who lived at the front and back of his house along with the solitudinarian. After the great winter freeze, the snow did melt away before spring arrived. But their trip just froze away instead becoming a fodder for so many around them.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Expedition, Fandango One Word Challenge: Dexterity, First Line Friday, Saturday Mix, Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #208

Victory vs Defeat

Victory vs Defeat

I

Defeat is part and

parcel of life and shouldn’t be

an embarrassment

 

II

Victory is all

that matters and defeat is

surely an insult

 

Linking to dVerse Challenge: MTB – Palinode

Note: A palinode is an ode or song that retracts or recants a view or sentiment to what the poet wrote in a previous poem.

100 word fiction: The pile-up

100 word fiction: The pile-up

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

It had just been few minutes since the trailer had swerved to avoid hitting a car from the opposite side and then eventually become stuck due to the load. But the traffic pile-up had begun.

Being one of the main roads in the city, almost everyone had to take it every morning for work. And now with a trailer blocking the entire road, people were stuck in either direction.

Inside the trailer –

“We need to move to the side some way or another.”

“I have called the police for help.”

“I hope they get here before all hell breaks loose.”

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

Linking to Wordless Wednesday

He just left

He just left

As I look back, I

keep wondering whether he

really loved me

 

We started as friends

in school, chit-chatting away

for hours on end

 

He always made it

a point to do what he could

to see others smile

 

He always went out

of his way to impress me

or so I observed

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Journey of a seed to a plant

Journey of a seed to a plant

The journey of a

seed starts from soaking it in

water for sometime

 

The soaked seed needs to

be planted in quality

soil with perfection

 

Moisture, oxygen

and proper temperature

are required to grow

 

The roots appear at

first followed by a small plant

 

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Quadrille #127 – Planting Seeds

Zenith of Disaster

Zenith of Disaster

May didn’t augur well for him. While he was sure that his family was careful, he knew that the precautions followed by those who came home had gone wayward off late. Within days, the covid fatalities rose and as he lay in bed, his thoughts were interrupted as an auger was used to put his wife’s frame on the wall. He laid a lei on her grave next morning wondering how the pandemic had broken their union.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Union, Fandango One Word Challenge: Sure, Your Daily Word Prompt: May, Saturday Mix, Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #207, Stream of Consciousness Saturday

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

Yellow Summer

The sun rays are strong,

Water is a scarce resource

supporting cacti

 

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Open Link #291

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

eXistential Crisis

Existential Crisis

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

They sat on their chairs wondering how it had all become s0 vacant.

“Previously, we used to have so many customers that we didn’t have enough staff to meet their needs. But all that feels so far away. Despite our scrupulous attention to detail when it comes to sanitation, the numbers haven’t increased.”

Existential Crisis

As another day came to an end with a beautiful sunset looking over the sea, they knew that the pandemic had turned their life upside down.

Existential Crisis

In times of lockdowns, their home far away seemed like quite a lonely place to be in.

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

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Scrupulous, Fandango One Word Challenge: Vacant, Photo Challenge #363 , What do you see #79, Wordless Wednesday

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

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