SPF: Tricks of the Trade


Tricks of the Trade

Words 199

“He’s so annoying.”

“Now whom are you moaning about – your boss or husband?”

“Husband.” Sonya huffed.

“Why don’t you dump them both?” Mala asked.

“Are you mad? Where would I get such a cushy job? No doubt my boss is a manipulative, vindictive micromanager but I am well compensated for my pains.”

“Divorce your husband then.”

“My parents would have a heart attack Mala.”

“You should try harder to adjust…”

“What else have I been doing? You won’t understand Mala. You had a love marriage, while I had an arranged marriage.”

“If divorce is not an option, you have to try and make the best of the situation.”


“Why not treat your marriage as just another job?”

“But what about compensation? The returns?”

“If you expect returns from your marriage, you will have to be patient.”


“Marriage is a bit like playing the market. You have to invest, often heavily. There is an ill-defined lock-in period that may last from years to decades before it starts to yield dividends.”

“What if you know the investment is never going to yield anything?”

“Do what I do. Change your own expectations and attitude. Surrender and strive for inner peace.”


Written for Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting the challenge and Ms Forbes for suggesting the photo. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt, click here.

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25 thoughts on “SPF: Tricks of the Trade”

  1. Boss..husband…LOL. Work is a complex game, just as love is a complex game. Sometimes you don’t know who to trust, and it can be so hard to predict where the relationship goes. Changing our expectations and attitudes can be daunting. But if we refuse to take the exit, there really is no other option…and you can only change other’s opinions so much.

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    1. Hi Mabel! Changing attitudes and expectations is tough if not quite impossible. And I realized it only when I tried to change myself 😀 And if I cannot change myself, I really do not have the right to ask or expect the other to change do I? I should lead by example that it is possible. Although there is the risk of that backfiring as well – ‘it’s easy for you, so you change’ 😀 Thanks for reading and chipping in 🙂


      1. Oh I know women can be abusive. I know that one a personal level. Twice over. You would have thought I would have learned the first time haha.

        Every marriage has to be give and take, not give and give / take and take.

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  2. I really enjoyed this…you have a wonderful flare for dialogue and you say so much with so few words….that is a wonderful talent….I am intrigued by these women and curious as to what brought them to this thinking–and place in time. Excellent…thanks for sharing 🙂

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  3. Rarely do people change. We shouldn’t marry expecting to change a person. Hopefully, we can take joy in our children and/or other benefits. Being single can be even worse or just as bad. In cases of physical abuse, though, it’s different. Good writing, Dahlia. Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  4. An investment that is entirely in our hands, ‘apni mutti mein’, unlike the markets…. taking it to whichever direction we want to!! Lovely comparison… points to ponder!!


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