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100 word fiction: The ramshackle house

The ramshackle house

The ramshackle house

Photo Credit – Shamatura Ilya

The sound of the earth shaking was still vivid in his memory. He only had seconds to react and take his family along with himself out to safety. The 6.5 magnitude temblor at 2:57am had jolted the entire city out from it’s slumber.

The continuous aftershocks in the next few days ensured that almost everyone was forced to sleep under the open sky.

On returning back after a couple of weeks, he burst into tears seeing his once beautiful house.

“I spent my entire life’s earning to build this abode only for it to be destroyed by an act of God!”

Linking to #FridayFotoFiction organized by Tina & Mayuri 

Tina Basu

NaBloPoMo November 2016

100 word fiction: The wall..

The wall

The wall

PHOTO PROMPT © Peter Abbey

The wall had been the source of bloodshed and anger between the two nations for years.

It had split families apart on either side.

It had been witness to umpteen deaths, destruction and unprovoked firing resulting in a high number of casualties in different incidents.

The people on either side of the wall had different beliefs, virtues and principles so much so that the two nations were as different as chalk and cheese in their foreign policy matters, economy and global standing.

The Korean wall was successful in splitting the North and South at both a physical and people-to-people level.

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

 

Six word story: Destruction #AtoZChallenge

Destruction

Destruction

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Their life had

turned upside down.

I am participating in the A to Z challenge in April  and the theme I have chosen is Micro-fiction

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100 word fiction: Flight to disaster..

Flight to disaster

Flight to disaster

PHOTO PROMPT © Luther Siler

Their flock had been suddenly attacked by a herd of dogs. Though she flew away almost immediately to escape the danger, she didn’t realize that other dangers lurked in the vicinity.

In the ensuing melee, she was unable to find the way back to her flock, and thus began calling out for help.

But before she could realize what was happening, she hit the side of a building and fell on the ground. Though she did survive, her injuries were survive and without urgent medical support, death was staring at her in the face. Her flight had ended in disaster.

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

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100 word fiction: Flight to disaster..

Flight to disaster

Flight to disaster

PHOTO PROMPT © Luther Siler

Their flock had been suddenly attacked by a herd of dogs. Though she flew away almost immediately to escape the danger, she didn’t realize that other dangers lurked in the vicinity.

In the ensuing melee, she was unable to find the way back to her flock, and thus began calling out for help.

But before she could realize what was happening, she hit the side of a building and fell on the ground. Though she did survive, her injuries were survive and without urgent medical support, death was staring at her in the face. Her flight had ended in disaster.

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

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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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Movie Review – Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

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Directed by Ravi Kumar and starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee among others, ‘Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain’ is a docu-drama which deals with one of the worst industrial disasters in world history – The Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

It’s been 30 years since that night on 2nd December in 1984 in Bhopal. The events of that fateful night have been well documented across many documentaries and articles. But Ravi effectively humanizes the tragedy.

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Flash Fiction – The raging inferno

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The music was at its highest decibel as hundreds of party goers rocked the dance floor to their heart’s content. Being a Saturday Night, the Sanda-Liva nightclub was teeming with people from all walks of life. You could see almost everyone let their hair loose and dance the night away. From Bryan Adams to Ricky Martin, from Lady Gaga to Katy Perry, songs of all kinds were being played by the DJ in the house, much to everyone’s delight.

With its retro interiors and the distinct variety of music played from across the board, Sanda-Liva was famous with people from all around the world. It had literally put the city of Narito on the world dance map.

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26/11 at Taj vs AMRI hospital at Kolkata – How are they similar but different?

When an Indian is reminded about the date – 26/11, all he can think of is terror, bomb blasts, attacks, death, blood, gore, disaster everything that could spoil the happiness of a human being. It is synonymous with one of the worst periods of our times when everyone across the nation especially Mumbai and the Taj had to go through hours of hell. On the other hand, the AMRI hospital tragedy today at Kolkata is another addition to the growing list of incidents which makes you think that human life in this country has no value at all.

But why am I linking the two incidents as different as chalk and cheese? An incident which was the result of a terrorist attack and another which was due to a fire can be related? Am I out of my mind? Is it my opinionated mind at work? Whatever you think, there is a small similarity but a small difference!!

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Pakistan’s march towards disaster!!!

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Pakistan – a nation born from India (yeah but till date they have textbooks which say the opposite – India being the son and Pakistan the father…That is as ridiculous as something can get!!). The Indo – Pak rivalry goes back more than 60 years which includes the three wars over Kashmir, numerous terrorist attacks across Kashmir as well as other parts of India by the hundreds of terrorist groups operating there and also continuous incursions by terrorists over the years across the Line of Control.

In all these years, Pakistan didn’t realize what it was making of itself as a nation. Out of more than 60 years of its independence, it has been ruled by the army for a considerable period of time. The struggle for East Pakistan (renamed as Bangladesh) in 1971 was very bitter. They haven’t ever  had a coherent foreign policy with regards to India. While in the front the political leadership had meetings in Tashkent, Agra and all these places saying “Talks are the way forward” and what not, from behind the Army helped push militants across the LOC as well as encourage and fund ISI to plan terrorist attacks across India.

Pakistan had set up the Taliban to fight the Russians in Afghanistan. But little did they realize that this move would come back to haunt them forever. 9/11 – the event that changed the world dramatically made them join the “War on Terror” set in motion by George Bush. Now this is an irony –  the country known to be the hotbed of terrorism with hundreds of terrorist sanctuaries and training schools spread across its vast expanse had joined the “War” to fight these terrorists itself. Its like giving birth to your kids and then killing them on their own.

This move met with resistance as expected all across the Muslim world as well as Pakistan. The terrorists responded with attacks all across Pakistan – Karachi, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore no city was left safe. The attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket Team, Benazir Bhutto, the market in Peshawar, the Islamabad University and hundreds more showed that the terrorists could attack any place at any time as and when they wanted.

FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) which includes South and North Waziristan, Bajaur, Orakzai and other regions is the most impoverished and least literate part of the nation. It is the part of the nation which is practically controlled by the Taliban. They have established the worst rules possible which includes bombing girls schools, a girl not being allowed outside without a male member of the family,  being shot at for adultery etc. It is regarded as the hub of militants where they moved in from Afghanistan after the US air strikes. Even though Pakistan openly says it doesn’t support them, US air strikes are a common sight in Pakistan now-a-days. I personally think it hasn’t served any purpose as has been proved from the amazing increase in terror strikes after the killing of Baitullah Mehsud.

What hurt me personally was the fact was the way the government let them take Swat (its regarded as the Switzerland of Asia). Rather than fighting them or doing something more useful, the government signed an agreement which helped them increase their arms and establish their so called sharia law wherein the woman of the house always had to satisfy the man of the house failing which she could be thrown out , they had no rights and also could be used and thrown as and when wanted.  This agreement helped the Taliban reach till about 160km from Islamabad.

In the midst of all this we forget one thing. The difference with which both India and Pakistan have grown over the last 60 years of independence. India has always had a foreign policy of cooperation and coordination. Its exports, GDP, literacy rate have all grown by leaps and bounds. It is the world’s largest democracy and has great importance and say in world issues.

Pakistan on the other hand has just had a policy of KASHMIR, KASHMIR AND KASHMIR. The only thing it has tried to do since independence is to try and get Kashmir by any way possible be it wars, pushing terrorists across the LOC, encouraging terrorist attacks across India anything. In the midst of this, its inflation has jumped to more than 20%. The stock market has crashed “n” number of times. The people are scared to invest their money in new businesses for the failure of their life. The political, economic and social situation has crumbled completely as the terrorists are literally controlling the country.

Over the last 2 years more than 3200 people have died with 350 in the last two weeks. I feel bad for the normal Pakistani on the road because the situation in Pakistan doesn’t look like it will ever improve as can be seen from the statements and actions of the political leadership even in recent times whether its blaming India for supporting Taliban or for creating trouble in Balochistan. As the operation  “Rah-e-Nijat” (Oh God!!! Who the hell on this earth named it Path To Salvation because I am sure these guys aren’t ever going to get that) continues in Waziristan, attacks continue to kill hundreds. Pakistan has truly but surely reached the brink of a civil war.

Pakistan’s MARCHING towards total disaster and that isn’t good news for India!!!

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