Amidst thunderous applause Kali walked up to the dais to receive her award from the President of India. Not just a wife and mother, she was a woman of substance – of the likes of Madame Curie. Pride and exultation filled her as she surveyed her family cheering and clapping until their throats and hands were sore.
“Wonderful groundbreaking work Madam,” the interviewer gushed. “You are truly an inspiration for all women and we are extremely proud of you.”
“Thank you.” Kali said modestly.
“Tell us Madam who was your inspiration on this long and difficult journey in a male dominated field?”
“My inspiration?” Kali laughed. “Everyone!”
“That’s interesting. Could you elaborate please?”
“I was named Kali because I was dark. I was also given other names because I was fat and short.” Kali shrugged. “Rejected by suitors and reviled by society I turned to my first love, academics.” Kali smiled. “So here I am.”
“What about your husband?”
“He’s been a pillar of strength all throughout. He took care of home and children while I slaved away in the laboratory…”
“How long does it take to make a cup of tea?” A querulous voice demanded.
“Coming.” Kali switched off the gas.
Written (after a long time!) for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Susan for hosting the challenge and Anurag for the awesome photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.
“Sir if you could kindly help?” He bowed obsequiously.
“Yes?” The Dean removed his spectacles.
“Please admit my son into your medical college. He missed the cut off list by just a few marks.”
The Dean pulled a file. “More than twenty marks.”
“I can arrange government funding,” He bargained. “Unlimited.”
“But seats are limited.”
“I’m sure you can work it out.”
The Dean scanned the list of candidates. “So many girls. Why do they want to be doctors? Their place is at home.”
“Perhaps their marks could be shuffled?”
“Perhaps.” The Dean closed the file. “Kindly arrange fund transfer.”
Osoreirimasu: Thank you in Japanese when you want to acknowledge the trouble that someone has gone to for you. Inspired by thisnews article
Written for the Friday Fictioneers – a story in 100 words or less. Thank you Rochelle for hosting this challenge and Ronda Del Boccio for the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt please click here.
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“And that is your first mistake. I am not ‘all girls’. Besides I am allergic to flowers.
“I am sorry. Next time I will get chocolates.”
“Chocolates are very fattening. They give me a migraine too.
“Umm so what should I get?”
“Why should you get something for me? What do you want in return?
“Me? Nothing. I was just…”
“Why are you so suspicious?”
“Because no one ever does anything just like that?”
“You are such a cynic.”
“Yeah so? Got a problem with that? I didn’t ask you to stay.”
“Fine I am leaving.”
“I heard that. And just for that I am not leaving.”
“You were looking for an excuse weren’t you? Why do you put up with me?”
“I also wonder. You are one the most annoying persons I have met.”
“I did warn you that I am a very difficult person.”
“One whom I cannot live without.”
“What do you know?”
“Let’s go shopping.”
“Shopping? I don’t much care…”
“I don’t need shoes.”
“Well maybe I could just look at them.”
Written for FFfAW challenge – a story in 175 words or less (I confess to overshooting the mark this week to 194 words 😦 ). Thanks to Priceless Joy for hosting this challenge and Yinglan for the beautiful photo. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.