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He made them proud..

He made them proud..

He had only seen poverty. While his father was a daily wage labourer, his mother worked from house to house washing dishes. But despite their struggles, they tried to ensure that they could educate him so that he had a better life. They always felt that – In their dreams they sleep with the moon.

As luck would have it, their son got a scholarship. Post his education, within the first year of joining an MNC, he made sure that his parents were out of the misery they had lived in. He had made them proud after all. While others did a lot of yada, yada, yada about taking care of parents, he made sure he actually did.

When he was a child he couldn’t ever dream of having a debit card. But now he was making sure that anyone could access the banking system.

Linking to dVerse Challenge – Prosery Monday: Moonbeams and Moon Dreams, Ragtag Daily Prompt: Yada, Yada, Yada, Fandango One Word Challenge: Only, Your Daily Word Prompt: Proud and Sunday Writing Prompt: Cards



As the droplets of water hit his face, he

gained consciousness only to moan about

the way poverty had destroyed his well-being

as he didn’t have a place called home nor food

to feed his family of four who had seen

a hell lot of suffering over the years.

Linking to dVerse Poetics: Back to Life

I have chosen the character from

Leslies Norris’s “Elegy for an old Man found Dead on a Hill”

“Under the hill, and among the dropping fir-cones,
Dressed for death the old man lay alone
With his cap over one eye and one white hand
As white as a muffler, flung among the fern-roots

Six Word Story: Penniless #AtoZChallenge

Six Word Story: Penniless

He had become

penniless within weeks.

I am taking the A to Z Challenge 2020 with Blogchatter and my theme is Microfiction

100 word fiction: Obscurity #AtoZChallenge

100 words: Obscurity

He had come to the city with dreams in his eyes of earning enough. While he hoped that this would get his family out of poverty, life had other plans.

He was promised the moon but what he finally got was peanuts. Moreover, his work was so back-breaking that he cried himself to sleep day in and day out.

But the thought of getting embarrassed by his friends and family and the determination to ensure his family stays happy was enough for him to stay on.

As the days passed by, he felt that his life was sliding into obscurity.

Linking to Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

I am taking the A to Z Challenge 2020 with Blogchatter and my theme is Microfiction

100 word fiction: Her love for crystals..

The crystals of her dreams..

The crystals of her dreams..


“Why don’t you sell all these showpieces? As it is, we are struggling with our lives. This is the least you can do.”

Laura, the youngest member of the Davis family loved making small showpieces out of crystals from the time she was a teenager. Though they weren’t really well off, Nick, her father always ensured that his daughter had all the tools to keep her hobby going.

Over the years, she had made showpieces of varied shapes, sizes and colours. It was just a hobby until the day Nick’s business crashed and he was forced to file for bankruptcy.

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Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – August – My post no 12 for this month.

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Five Sentence Fiction: A day in the life of a rag picker

A day in the life of a ragpicker

A day in the life of a ragpicker


“Sir! Though our life would seem like torture to you, this is all I have seen growing in a society which didn’t have any luxury so to speak of.”

Since the last 20 years, Mohan’s daily routine centered around picking up the refuse from the nearby localities and selling it off to individuals who could recycle it into useful materials. Though initially, he rarely got the right price from the individuals, he had learnt the tricks of the trade over a period of time.

Life was always a challenge as the money was just enough to help them live a hand to mouth existence. But then, times had changed and today he had a filmmaker at his doorstep who had begun penning the story for a documentary to show the lives of ragpickers like Mohan to rest of the world.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 23 for this month.

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100 word fiction: The tunnel

The tunnel

The tunnel

PHOTO PROMPT © Stephen Baum

“With the monsoons coming in, we need to move back our dwelling inside the tunnel. Otherwise, the rains will destroy our lives.”

The Kumar’s had lived for years on the footpath running across the city’s busiest street. While Ram and his children begged at the nearby traffic signal, his wife – Kanti went from door to door doing the cleaning and the dishes.

Over the years, their life had come under danger both from drivers who ran over footpath dwellers as well as the unrelenting rain. And this is where the tunnel under the newly built flyover came to their rescue.

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

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 12 for this month.

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The fight for food – How can we make a difference?

Food Security in IndiaSource:

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: 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.

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Outraging – Has it become a fashion statement?


The dictionary defines outrage as a kind of emotion which is related to anger aroused by degradation of moral and societal norms. But who defines outrage? What are the causes which result in people outraging left, right and center? Most of you would say that it’s the beliefs and values people have which define what’s morally correct and morally wrong for them. But is it the only thing? Do people outrage just for the heck of it? Has outraging become a fashion statement? Let’s check it out.

The Delhi gangrape incident last year resulted in protests across the nation. Every Tom, Dick & Harry had a view about what should be done. From reforming the rapists as Rahul Bose had mentioned to chemical castration; people were frustrated, angry and ready to do their bit to save the country from such beasts. Or so it seemed. Yes, many were genuinely frustrated and angry. But to think of it, there many who were just commenting for the sake of commenting. Whether using social media or posting blog posts, during conversations over tea or making bold statements, people were outraging as if this meant so much to them.

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Guest Blog Post – Growing Gun Culture on College Campuses


As noted in an earlier post, guns are inseparable from American culture. As the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobby rallies its pro-gun followers, it’s easier now than ever before for an average citizen to purchase a lethal weapon. This is a very problematic and disturbing trend in America, one that has reached new heights as more and more states now permit universities to allow students and professors to carry concealed handguns on campus.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, five states permit students by law to carry concealed guns on public college campuses, an increase of four states over the past two years. The push to allow guns on campus was sparked after a 2007 Virginia campus shooting. Those in favor of carrying weapons on campus cite that they want safer campuses, which allow students to protect themselves.

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