New York in shades of black and white
Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Abstract in Black
PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson
“Wasn’t this the liveliest place in town? There were so many times that we have seen couples waiting outside just to get a seat.”
When Alan and Roy had met in university, they would have laughed if someone would have said that they would co-own a restaurant many years down the line. But here they were, running one of the most successful eateries in the area.
But things had changed within weeks. The customers had disappeared. Home delivery wasn’t even half as successful as dining in. Most of the employees had been furloughed.
“Times can change fast.” Roy lamented wistfully.
Where the calm sea meets the shore,
Where the rocky mountains rise in unison,
Where the summers bring heat & humidity
While the winters bring much needed rain and cool winds,
Where hospitality of the people knows no bounds,
Where natural and historical beauty has been maintained hand in hand with modernity,
Where the road trips rank up there with some of the best in the world,
Where sipping Qahwa with dates is considered a delight,
Where olden traditions and modernity blend seamlessly,
Oman is where beauty has an address.
Linking to dVerse challenge: take me with you
As soon as he had finished twelfth grade, he had left to pursue his graduation in the hallowed halls of Stanford University. While his parents knew that they would miss him after all these years, they also understood that it was important for their son to achieve his dreams and fulfill his ambitions.
While initially he was regular in his calls and messages, their interactions started to reduce as the months went by. Suffering from a chronic medical condition, his mom’s health started to get worse as she kept yearning for her son to come back.
But when he finally came, it was too little too late.
Though he was literally on the top of Africa, he felt a certain sense of loneliness seeing the vast tracts of emptiness all around.
He loved exploring the world and had visited more than 120 countries. While he did encounter many strangers on such trips who eventually became friends, he had started to feel the need for a travel companion.
And now as he sat on Mount Kilimanjaro, he couldn’t help but wonder how different life would have been if he had instead taken up the software job he rejected in favour of this one. Had he made the right decision?
They felt that they had assembled their best ever squad for a World Cup. In the past, it was a case of so near yet so far as they performed really well until stumbling at the final hurdle. But this time, things seemed different as they had won almost everything leading up to the tournament.
Linking t0 Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC)
He had always been a stickler for accuracy in anything he did whether it was his personal or professional life. While his managers were happy with his attention to detail, he always risked irritating his colleagues. They blamed him for their managers making them go the extra mile as well.
When he finally got married, he always made sure that everything was done to perfection. He never liked mediocrity and he expected his wife to follow the same.
While his colleagues were forced to tolerate him, his wife couldn’t take it beyond a point and decided that enough was enough.
Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Stickler
She knew that her business was down for the count,
As the amount of fabric at her house had increased manifold,
With the lockdown shutting down businesses everywhere,
She lay in bed wondering what could she do to survive,
But she got an idea which was to change her life,
She directed her factory staff to come back from leave,
They were scared to come back and little did they know on what awaited them,
But they also knew that without a regular income, life would be even harder,
And so as they joined in, they were given a crash course in making face masks and PPE suits,
While they were stunned, they thought that this may save their jobs for sometime,
Within weeks she had turned her business upside down.