Bubble

I walk inhaling the morning fragrance through a mask, after a long time.  A child sprints past me, blowing bubbles from a glass. She is not wearing a mask. Somehow, I wish she had stopped to smile at me, or exchange some childish banter. I look back, but she has not noticed my presence. Maybe …

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Over the Top

The prompt reminds me of a female client in the bank where I worked. She was related to a big industrialist family. They prospered with support from the uncles by way of lucrative employment, business opportunities and generous monthly allowances. She would walk in pompously, and plonk her designer handbag on the table. Her ample …

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Foodies

“Tell me what will you like to eat. I don’t get Indian food habits. Some of you are non-vegetarian, but won’t have pork and beef. Some call themselves eggetarians - no meat. There are fishetarians too - no meat, but all seafood is fine….” I’m amused at his exasperation, and decide to instigate him further. …

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The Witches Garden

"Turn around, and your expression will tell me the story." "Promise you won't scream...." the voice sounds different. Turn around she does, and I don't scream. I'm mesmerised into silence by her beauty. I know I'll key in my credit card number next, and buy what I can't afford. The manner in which witches are …

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Brightest in the Class

“I really don’t know where I stand today. I quit jobs because I couldn’t tolerate all those specimens - manipulative or psychopath or womaniser or backstabbing bosses. A good boss remains a pipe dream, as I’ve now quit the corporate world for good.” “Do you regret doing whatever you did, Sandra?” “Not really. It could …

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People who?

Inbound flights were allowed even after the Covid outbreak in China. The economy is going downhill, and the stimulus package does not land in bank accounts of citizens. Two banks failed. One was rescued from disaster. A mutual fund closed down its schemes. A finance company has cheated citizens in a chit fund scheme, and …

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