WPS: An Embellished Tale

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Photo from Google Maps

An Embellished Tale

Words 152

 “Tell us a story Granny,” the children clamored.

“Hmm, okay. Long ago, a learned sadhu lived in the jungle. People came from near and far away villages to hear him speak of religion and spirituality.”

“Granny…” Lily whined but Molly shushed her.

“One day, Nag, the snake heard the Sadhu’s talk on brotherly love and nonviolence. Moved, Nag vowed to renounce his deadly habit.”

“Oh!” exclaimed Lilly.

“Slowly the villagers got to know of Nag’s saintly nature. They teased and provoked him with sticks and stones.”

“How mean.”

“The half-dead Nag accused the Sadhu of teaching wrong things.”

“What did the Sadhu say?”

I told you to shun violence but did I tell you not to raise your hood?”

“Then?” Molly prodded.

“Nag began to hiss. Scared, the villagers avoided him. Sadhu and Nag became friends and they lived happily ever after.”

Granny twinkled and pointed to the photo on the wall.

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 A/N: This is one of my favorite childhood tales – I just embellished it to fit the photo which was irresistible and mesmerizing. If you look carefully, the right one is Nag and the left one is the monk with his staff 😉

Written for What Pegman Saw – a story in 150 words or less.  Thanks to K. Rawson for hosting the challenge and Google Maps for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.

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Just 4 Fun # 56

Hello! Didn’t the week just fly by? But of course it is festival season – Durga Puja Dusshera Diwali… Oh the list is too long and by the end of it my weighing scale would probably crash out 😦  😉

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How true is that! But then again…

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So anyone with a flat tummy and enjoying life – come on make yourself heard! Up next is a slideshow with a glimpse of a typical veggie market, particularly in small towns in India

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Notice anything special about it? This is from a display in a Puja Pandal at Siliguri all made of clay, including the vegetables. Amazing isnt it?

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And now for something really fresh off the oven! Above is a vegetable instruction list handed by the lady of the house to her hubby as he went out to do some shopping 😀 Hilarious and educative – I too didnt know so much! And now the mystery about why women in India fast and pray for not only the long life of their husbands but also that they have the same husband in their next life as well. They have invested a lot into this one guy and who wants another novice in the next life 😀

In case anyone needs decoding : Methi : Fenugreek; Bhindi: Ladyfinger or okra; Mirchi: Green chilly; Palak: Indian spinach; Bhajiwala: Vegetable seller

Hope you found something that you enjoyed – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit. Btw if you are in the mood for some more fun visit Pradita’s hilarious collection of silly questions 😀

 

 

War Zone

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The summer Sun blazed down with an unbearable intensity.

The air shimmered and Mother Earth sizzled.

The trees stood tall, proud defiant and unbowed.

They had never bent and never would.

She alone submitted.

Perhaps He would be happy.

Perhaps He would relent.

She would do whatever it took.

For this wasn’t just about her.

There were others fighting a losing battle.

It wasn’t much.

Yet for the scorched traveler, her shade was heaven.

Just as not all those who wander are lost, not all those who yield are weak.

Linked to Becca’s Sunday Trees – 306 and the WPC – Layered

CFFC: A Peek into my E-files

Hola all you beautiful people! How was your week? Great I hope 🙂 This week, Cee has a special (more than usual [which is like really a lot you know]) fun foto challenge – she wants Es. At least two. Now if only I had a photo of Cee 😉 Or maybe I could get creative and use a screenshot of her blog…would that do Cee? Oh well until she replies, let me see what I can excavate from my archives 😉

Here goes…

Sculptor

This one is from the streets of Delhi. A sculpture by Devi Prasad Roy representing Gandhi’s Dandi March of 1930 which sparked the beginning of the nonviolent civil disobedience movement in colonial India.

LawnA lush green lawn with a fountain in the middle. There are lots of trees too and oh they are green too 😉

FieldThe generous tree offers to share her colors with the lackluster lawn (thanks Ruma for the photo 🙂

BuidlingA green hatted building 😀

SteepGoing down the steep flight stairs is my lil sister loaded with shopping bags. I was busy clicking pics you see 😉 Psst would you care to see the loot?

ElegantElegant don’t you think?

SareeA A pink and green saree

BheemChota Bheem – part of my gift to her. Another story for another day 😉

ElenaWe didn’t buy this doll but we did buy a doll. Why didn’t I include that here? Oh but Khushi didn’t fit into the challenge you see, Elena did. She has beautiful eyes (eyelashes too) and sports a range of colors, white red pink yellow and green!

It time for Elena and me to say goodbye – have a super weekend 🙂

Cheers!

Worse Than Death

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Worse than Death

 Words 100

The perfect night for ghosts, he thought as he trudged into the darkness.

The winds shrieked and swirled about him ruffling the white sheet draped around his shoulders like a cape. He clutched it closer.

Why the hell did I agree to this dare?

Scare ghosts with a sheet? Sheesh.

Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa* over the rattle of the shutters, he stepped inside.

What could he take as proof?

“Mammaaa!”

Was that a…ghost?

“What are you doing here?” He asked the girl from down the street.

“Hiding.”

“Here? Aren’t you afraid of ghosts?”

“Ghosts can only kill you.”

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* Hanuman Chalisa is considered to be one of the most powerful mantras to overcome obstacles and remove fear especially of ghosts and black magic.

Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting the challenge and Sarah Potter for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.

 

SPF: Taking the Highway

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Photo (c) John Robinson

Taking the Highway

Words 199

 Lata put away the dinner things and looked over to Tumul, her husband of three decades. As usual, he was blowing smoke rings.

“Why do you insist on smoking?” Lata burst out. “The doctor…”

“I’m not smoking dammit! Can’t you see I am practicing for the smoke rings competition?” He coughed. “This year I will beat that insufferable Ghosh…”

“But at what cost?”

“Death is inevitable.” He lit another cigarette. “May as well do something great before then.”

“Why choose something so destructive? Why not do some charity…?”

“Reserve the lecture for your students.” He snapped. “Go away and leave me alone!”

A smoky heart floated across to her.

“As you wish.” She dragged out a packed suitcase.

He blew another ring that slipped down over her head to encircle her throat.

“I’m sorry Tumul,” her voice cracked, “But I cannot sit and watch you kill yourself…”

“Don’t be a fool Lata.” He rasped. “I’ll stop once I win…”

“What if you don’t win? What if you fail?”

“Real failure is not in failing but in not trying.” He intoned.

“It is also failure not to know when to stop trying.” She swallowed. “I’m done being a failure.”

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

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Just 4 Fun # 55

Hello folks! It’s fun time again but first a bit of gyan 😉

 

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Now that we have that sorted, how about some pearls of wisdom from students 😉

Geography
Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: What is a planet?
A: A body of earth surrounded by sky.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Clearly the student is itching for a fight 😀

Anyway, I heard docs are beginning to lay down conditions for patients?

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Could very well be true, psst so many times I too didn’t go to the doctor because I know just as much as he/she does 😉

Einstein

Sometimes the best way to get everybody on the same page at home is to switch off the wifi 😀 Almost magically one by one the heads poke out of their cubbyholes…Ah well I am not complaining – I would probably be the first one out 😉

Anyway, care to go for a drive? In the original SUV?

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Well, what do you think? Okay one more for the road – my personal favorite 🙂

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Amazing isn’t it?

Hope you found something that you enjoyed – none of which are mine by the way. I received all of them as forwards/shares and am just keeping the fun going.

Have a super week and don’t forget to have some fun as well 🙂

And do let me know your favorite – or better still post your own and leave me a link I will be along in just a bit.