“How foolish you can be? Don’t you know basic maths? We bought it for 100 and you gave it away for 80…!!”
He banged both the hands on the table…poor flower vase..!!
She started picking scattered glass pieces of the flower vase.
“How dare you to ignore me and act as if nothing happened..!”
She stopped and stood drooping! She did not know what to do.
Her brain was benumbed!
“… At least you should know we run this business not for charity. There are 3 to 4 families depending on the profit of this! Stupid..”
His anguish and helplessness were mounting on 80 – 100 !!
She kept the stupidity on her face!!
Her mind was wandering and perplexed on maths of profit and loss. After all it is just 20!
Does it really affect us? But for that boy and family……?
She opened the drawer again….still the boy’s sweat on those coins..!
“Even if you count 100 times, it will be 80 only”
Simon shouted impulsively!!
She quickly closed the drawer; stood drooped!
Simon’s face was still red! She was expecting a slap any moment!
“Hello anyone? Excuse me..!”
Someone at the shop!
She was about to move…But he stopped her forcefully.
“You should not come, be here. I will handle the customer”
Simon went to the customer abruptly…
“Sir, do you have coins for 100”
“No, no coins, please go” Simon was in the same flow!
“Oh ok…I wanted to buy that, which is 70, but only have 100. It’s alright, will get from the next shop”
“Oh no! I have 30 change!”
“It’s fine, let me try the next shop….!”
The customer walked away quickly.
He was shocked!
70, 40 and profit of 30…! He banged his head! Again loss…; loss of 30 and 40! He stared at that antique piece helplessly..!
She called the customer running behind him…
“Sir, it was a new arrival and we have an offer of 10% discount”
She packed the item for 63.
63 40 and profit of 23…! He was happy with the new maths of profit and loss!
She stood drooped…
“…still how can you sell it for 80??'” He could not come out of the old profit and loss, yet!
“Rita Rita, I sold it for 120!!”
The boy sounded like a big loudspeaker!
She quickly went to the boy! The boy was jumping with ecstasy….
“…see Rita….I got 120….120…..”
He was floating…and showing the money up high!!
“Rita, I need only 10 for my family today, take this 30 and total I pay 110 for it. But, but, you are giving me this job everyday!! I can, I can sell it…, I can sell…!”
He was gasping, hopeful and confident!
Rita looked at Simon…! Simon was just coming out of his delusion..!
His eyes were deeply in quest!
She looked at the boy’s blue sparkling eyes…the whole sky there!!
She took 20 from the boy and kept a side all the calculations of profit and loss for tomorrow, and…then started picking the remains of the flower vase!
pic : created in inkscape manually
“Oh Mama, I want to wear a colour dress”
“You cannot wear colour dress to school dear, only uniform. It is pressed and kept on the bed. Go wear”
“Please Mama, just for today….!”
“No, Isha, you cannot. Get ready fast!”
Though disappointed, Isha settled for the uniform. She knew, there was no other choice!
She wondered, why everyday this boring ash coloured stripes, monotonous tie, shabby skirt! Everywhere you look, it is the same boring colours….no variety, no colours! She wanted the school to be colourful!
She decided to ask her class teacher. She almost forgot what she prepared to ask once she saw the teacher! She only remembered the scary stories about the teacher. But ‘colourful school’ forced her to go anyways! She loved colours so much!
“Hi Isha, good afternoon. Have you had your lunch?”
Both the teacher and Isha were perplexed.
“Ok, Isha, don’t worry…go ahead”
Finally Isha decided and grabbed the courage from staircase rail:
“Ma’am, can I wear a colour dress? At least one day in a week?”
She finished in a jiffy!!!
Isha was looking at her muddy school shoe!
“We do not want kids to come in clothes based on their wealth!! That will make the school colourful, but, more disappointments in kids and also unwanted competition and comparison. That is one key reason for uniforms in schools….”
Teacher started the ‘class’!
“…Your family is rich and you can come in fancy clothes. But how about Annie, who is from a very poor family? Such kids will feel sad when they see rich kids coming in expensive colourful dresses. We don’t want to hurt them. So everyone should come in the uniform!” Teacher was emphatic!
“….so the uniform is free? we paid 2000/- rupees for my uniform…..then…how…” Isha kept her thoughts to herself!
She was walking back to her classroom….
“colour…..colour….!!” She got shocked.. The school is becoming colourful!
Wow….Red, Yellow….!!! The school is becoming colourful!!
Isha ran to Annie in the corridor!!
“Hey Annie…how come you are in a colour dress??? You are really lucky to wear a colour dress!!! Though it is a cheaper quality, they are colourful….!!! How did your mom allow you to wear it? You know, we are supposed to wear the uniform everyday……”
Isha could not hide her excitement, rather ecstasy…so she continued..
“…you are really looking colourful and bright Annie….you are lucky!! But, how did you manage!!!”
“Isha, I am changing my school..” Annie’s voice was very soft and husky.
“Why?” Isha became more anxious…!
“She is moving to the school near to our home.” Annie’s Mom was with her.
Though Isha had more questions, the class teacher intervened!
“See Ms Rose, Annie is very good in academics. That does not mean that you can shift her without paying the school fee for this year!”
“Tea…cher….please…please help us. We are unable to manage the fee, books, uniform, shoes and all…with just my daily earning….If her papa was there….” Annie’s mom was not crying, but her eyes were filled….
“Even if I tell them, there is no use. School has its own rule! If you can pay the last term fee, you can complete this year and go.”
Teacher was providing some practical possibilities very intelligently!
Annie’s Mom could not talk much. Now she was crying!
Isha could not understand much. But, she realized that Annie and Mom are not really happy!
“You can talk with office staff and let me know. I will try to help!” Finally the teacher found an escape route!
Annie and Mom came back from the office very quickly.
“No, tea..cher..No. They are not willing..! They don’t allow us to go or to write exams, without paying the full fee!! She will lose one full academic year teacher…please….” Annie’s Mom was helpless!
“If the office says a big no…I cannot do much…”
Teacher managed very well.
Annie and Mom were disappointed and started going back…
“Annie….” Isha called her.
Annie turned back.
Isha looked at her red shirt and yellow skirt. It was bright and colourful.
Isha was very excited to know and she finally asked!
“In the new school, can you wear colourful dresses?”
“Yes, everyday…” Annie smiled.
Annie slowly walked away with her Mom…
Isha’s mind was full of a colourful school….
Why the gate is not opened? It is only 20 minutes left!!
He bent his fingers restlessly.
The clock was so lazy. His heart was over-clocking. Dripping sweat!
“Uncle, are you ok?”The little pretty girl was staring at him.
“Am….i am…..oo k…”
“You are sweating Uncle! Don’t be tensed!”
“Am….i am…..oo k…”
“Close your eyes and look at that beautiful sky”
“Wha…..t…? Close the eyes…? and look at the beauty of the sky…? that too inside the airport….?”He could not resist airing his valid doubt!
“Granny used to tell me whenever I feel sad…That is what I do. It works!”
“m…” He just did respond!
Actually, uncle, if you close your eyes..you can see anything right?”
He looked at her innocence!
He could reply so lightly and it lightened her already bright pebbly eyes…!He obliged Granny’s advice!
He closed his eyes!
…Pinky’s nose and hands are attached with narrow white tubes; Life tubes! The colorful display was blinking above her head. Yes, blinking fast! Pinky looks so white in that white hospital dress and bedsheets! No one around?!
“Aravind, I am there, Don’t worry..!” Diya! Yes, she cannot leave Pinky.Diya will be with her always…around; Life holding strength!!
He could touch Pinky’s tired fingers…He sat near her!She is sleeping, yet singing her favorite rhyme!
He looked at her nose again….then looked up…wow, the sky is so beautiful….deep and infinite! Sparkling Diya, among the stars….caressing Pinky!!
Sweat disappeared; clock and heart running normally.
He was not sleeping, but he fled!
“Uncle, the gate is opened! Let’s go!”
“Oh, yeah, the gate is opened!”
“Thank you, Granny…!”
He bowed to her!
She smiled, waved her hands, and ran towards her Granny!
The flight was ready to take everyone to the destination!
Photo: Mobile shot in Dec 2019
She was so excited, surprised and so happy to see the lovely nest on the lamp shade at her balcony. That too with 3 cute little eggs!
The day used to be so boring, once he leaves to office. New place, new people and new chapter in life. Flying away from home was not easy, but leaving him alone was tougher!
Now the day is like a gripping suspense drama! Because the eggs are 3 cute little babies now!! Mom is so caring and at times she doesn’t care me at all….
She became more pleasant and engaged. She felt the nature, home, mom and…!
Papa left us!
She gazed the nest!
Feeding Babies..so carefully! It must be Papa bird!
She was eager to fly back! But he tied her. She felt stranded and crippled!
She gazed the nest through the days..! Babies, mama and papa all fled; the nest remained; empty with full of stories, dreams, hopes ..and…!
She hugged him, nibbled his ears, and whispered…”Yummy cutlets and a hot tea..ok?”
Photo: Shot at my balcony a while ago!
He always kept the conversation to the minimum with her or avoid it completely;though her ‘style’ attracted many for long conversations!
“Why girls do like this?” Somehow, Arun could not like her…, rather, her attire, boasting & bossy attitude! He likes girls to be simple; does not like over-makeup; does not like too many unwanted and big ornaments! (Don’t worry, he is from the old school!)
It was a new year eve! He could not avoid the get-together night; though he tried all possible excuses..!!! … and happened to sit across her, he felt really uncomfortable.
Chat, drink and food, went on….!
Now it’s family discussion.. It was her turn…!! Oh…need to listen her boasting now…
He cursed his decision to join the dinner!!. He was not keen and pretended to be too focused on food!
“Friends, i am from… and from a village…! When I was very small, we lost our father. I used to go with mom to do household work to earn & take care of our family of 4 kids.
He traveled to her village with her…..!! He was still eating…”something!”
“…and finally I got this job, sisters are settled, mom is happy & doing very well, stays along with me. Friends, you know, life is actually beautiful..like me!!!…” She paused.
He looked at her; saw her eyes welled up; then sparkled…!
Fireworks and skylanterns..; it was about to strike 12…;
Feet thumping music around!
He wished her softly…”Happy New Year Neena….”
The bird was glowing vividly. As pretty as a sunrise!
Have you seen a sunrise recently? Yeah, the sunrise is equally pretty like twilight!
Hope you have experienced, recently, the beautiful setting sun, at a calm beach waving you with ‘silent’ waves!
He could not resist as the story shook him with its strong gist.
He travelled to beach;sat..;and immersed in the sandscape*. Waves were silent.
Lazily lied down and he gazed the setting sun.
“Oh, never before….”
He intensely grabbed a scoop of cool sand, then cradled to his chest…!
“Oh never before” …!
He slept. Nature continued to weave a nest for him.
He dreamt the bird story. He dreamt the vivid sunrise!
So be it!
He woke up into lucid horizon. The disappearing sun was appearing eloquently…!
He broke into ecstasy!
So be it!
The bird story ends.
Oh, it’s 9! He has to get ready to go to office!
Usual ending of a very usual story!
*sandscape: like landscape!
God was on a spree of laugh, excitement, and cracking jokes through out….!
Some joined him….
Some learnt to smile seeing it!
Some people tried in vain; and; many did not see it; so many didn’t even know!
Flight just landed. People were all hurrying to grab their thingies!
The little boy was still on his spree!!
zeptory: A new word created for a very very small story, but sows a thought provoking seed!
Zepto means 10−21
Beautiful temple; so tall and variety of different God statues in different costumes and postures carved at every feet. Every row, there were so many…
Hey Jerry, how many god statues are there?
Jerry just looked and replied at once: 35!
Wow, so fast…! Are you sure? Is it 34 or 35?
Tom really wanted to test Jerry! 😉
34. Immediately Jerry answered.
Papa looked at Tom and Jerry! Both were looking at each other and smiling…!
Papa was really confused 35 or 34?! He could count more than 50 and then stopped….
This time Tom and Jerry were looking at papa and laughing! They loudly asked 50 or 49??
Accuracy is a relative myth for a happy life! Keep Smiling! 🙂
A Tom&Jerry Story! (Tom: A 13yr boy; Jerry: A 6yr boy – they are growing 😉
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The truck was stinking and moving very slow. Daily, he wishes not to continue this job from tomorrow; in vain! He was so ardent to get a smartphone, and wants to use it smartly!
Though he could not answer what is really smartness with a smartphone, at least, he thought, with WhatsApp, earphone music make him smart.
So…counting days and money!
The day has come, faster than expected; thanks to his hard work and determination.
He became smart with the smartphone; the world became a rectangle!
After a few months, he stopped using his smartphone…
Broken rectangle became so wide and vast.., with a lot of experiences!
photo: google free-licensed
Younger Brother was really hesitant to come for the family event.
“Bro, she will be alone if I come. Moreover, there aren’t many houses or neighbours nearby. I am a bit worried. Please excuse…” He was anxious about his wife.
Elder gave enough confidence and “logical & practical” reasoning.
“Hey, she is not a kid and can manage alone. Moreover, our workers are there, right? Don’t worry. Your presence is very important for the event.”
Finally younger came!
“Ho, she will be alone! Without me she cannot manage anything. Also, she is not very close to neighbouring families in the apartment! I can’t leave her alone bro.” Elder brother was really tensed about his wife.
Younger brother recollected, but did not remind. He thought, realization cannot be forced!
Let us pause for a while, especially before giving a “logical & practical” reasoning! Each situation can be subtle and deep for others, beyond our reasoning!
He walked fast. He could not find anything interesting. He just wanted to get out! He just rushed.
“Papa, did you read the quote of Captain Vikram Batra?” Elder son anxiously asked him.
“What is so special about it?” He asked his son.
“It moved me, Papa!” His son looked serious and pointed to a poster.
His son’s face pushed him to read it!
“Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or
I will come back wrapped in it,
but I will be back for sure.”
– Capt. Vikram Batra.
He looked at his son. His face was still illuminating!!
Captain Vikram Batra, PVC (9 September 1974 – 7 July 1999) was an officer of the Indian Army, posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. He led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history. He was often referred to as ‘’Sher Shah’’ (“Lion King”) in the intercepted messages of the Pakistan Army.
Courtesy: wiki. Details: Capt. Vikram Batra wiki page.
This story note is derived based on our visit to Lalbagh Botanical Garden for Flower Show 2018.
Please visit Lalbagh Botanical Garden for “208th Lalbagh Flower show ” during August 4th to August 15. This year, flower show is dedicated to Indian armed forces. The theme for this year is ‘Sevege Guvravarpane’ (showcase the freedom fighters), & has been chosen to inculcate patriotism and inspire children. (News)
He sat on the floor, behind the cargo carriage. He did not want to be seen hiding!
“Next train….?” He was just anxious to see it entering the station!
She sat on the floor, beside her daughter’s body! She did not want to be seen crying!
“My kids…..?” She was just anxious seeing her remaining two kids!
“Yes!” The train entered the station. He got into a hiding corner.
“Finally..!” She blinked to see her tender face. She grasped to kiss!
The train continued on its journey. He did not know where to! He just wanted to escape!
Her body was carried away. She knew where to! She grabbed the crying kids tightly. All three felt secure!!
People dispersed. Someone told someone: “She is a mom, she will live for those two kids, even if he ran away!”
Photo courtesy: Google Free license.
He kept his silence for his father’s question…
“Did your mom claim hers?”
Waves continued strongly…
Why did I shout mine?!
“Last 5 years I have been working hard and taking care of you! Don’t you see?
Now I came by flight, only to see you! Don’t you understand??”
He continued to look at her still eyes…still sparkling…!
He kept his silence!
“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” -Abraham Lincoln
Pic: Google free licenced
He was out for the usual morning walk.
He was enjoying the walk, morning and the ‘beginning’!
The usual walking path was unusually amazing today.
He saw new trees, it’s flowers and tender leaves;
He saw new birds, it’s vivid colours and smooth feathers;
He listened to new songs in the air;
He enjoyed the miraculous fragrance of the earth…;
He got new energy from the soothing rays of the sun!
Wow, it’s a new year day!
Wow, a refreshing start!
Within moments, he went far from the starting point with a list of new year resolutions!
The day, trees, birds, air, earth and sun just continued, didn’t know about the new year!
He remembered his friend’s words: ‘Heaven starts within; Everyday, every moment!’
“Wow! Nice tea!” He smiled at his wife. She joined.
He saw a scintillating happiness in her eyes!
pic: New year morning shot!
Jerry: “Papa, where is that wing?”
Papa: “Which wing? What for?”
Jerry: “That butterfly wing, which we got near our sunflower plant..”
Papa: “It would have been swept away!”
Jerry: “What? I kept it near the sofa. I want it!!”
He ran out and started searching…Papa joined, though he did not know what’s happening!
Jerry: “Hey Papa, got it, got it!!”
He was in ecstasy!
Papa: “Oh, you want it for artwork in school…”
Jerry: “No! I want the other parts of this butterfly also. It will work, It will work!!”
He was so confident. He was observing that butterfly wing eagerly.
Papa: ” What will work?”
Jerry: “Come on Papa! You don’t know? We need to get other parts and join. It will fly again!”
Papa was at sea!
Papa: “Jerry, the butterfly is dead. Even if you join the parts, a dead butterfly cannot fly!”
Jerry: “Yes, if you simply join the parts, it will not work! But, if you get the correct parts, and fit it correctly, it will fly!”
Papa: “…actually it was dead…..” (He could not complete!)
Jerry: “…..that butterfly cannot die! I will get the remaining parts and join them. I will show you how it can fly again….!”
Papa failed to convince him. His conviction was so strong!
There was a cocoon beginning to show below the sunflower leaf!
Yes, the butterfly cannot die!
pic: Shot@home, the same Jerry’s butterfly wing! 😉
A Tom&Jerry Story! (Tom: A 12yr boy; Jerry: A 5yr boy)
Luckily the car is in workshop!
So…a cool evening, a nice walk with papa and mama; Tom and Jerry were enjoying the walk in the green and the bright red sun above!
Tom was walking with Mama, Jerry and Papa were running ahead and playing!
But, at times, technology is a nuisance – papa got a call – his friend!
As usual, papa walked the talk!
Jerry: “….papa….enough..” (He pinched Papa!)
Papa stared at Jerry!
Jerry felt sad, so as papa! Papa decided to wind up.
Papa:”…ok Joy…will meet you tommorrow…ok, good night!”
Papa usually uses good night at the end with close friends just for fun.
But, ‘good night’ during the evening is not fun for Jerry….
Jerry (with all his English knowledge and looking at papa very seriously!): “…papa…what makes you to say ‘good night’, when it is ‘good morning’?….”
Papa looked at Jerry, Jerry continued his serious look. He was waiting for papa’s answer!
Papa: “…what? good morning…? let me check with mama and Tom…”
Papa ran towards mama and tom. Jerry followed.
Papa: “…someone is thinking evening is morning!…”
Jerry: “…someone is thinking now with all the light is good night!!..”
Tom started with science and facts….Mama sensed a long class on earth, sun and solar system!!! Mama quickly intervened…;)
Mama: “….both are right!!!”
“…What????” Papa, Tom and Jerry shouted together! 😉
Mama will have some magic like this always!!
“…For my jerry, when the light is there it is morning…so its ok and correct. For Papa, he says it for fun!…”
Tom could not tolerate the wrong postulates against scientific facts!
Papa:”…hey Tom, now you join me for a short run…let Jerry be with Mama…”
Papa came up with that offer at the right time….! Science class postponed! 😉
Tom joined Papa; Jerry with Mama continued the walk!
Papa saw one very old condemned van on the roadside.
Papa became spiritual (all of sudden!) 😉
Papa: “Tom, do you know what is life?”
Tom got shocked! What happened to Papa!
Tom: “…Papa, are you ok…you want water….?”
Tom:”…ok…ok….tell me what is life?”
Papa:”Life is like this van! Once it was new, people drove it carefully with a lot of love…Later it carried many people, so many places and made people happy. Later, it started losing breath to carry people ….and slowly, it became old and useless! Finally….none wants to take care and dumped here. Now it’s engine is lost, no tyres, all the wiring is stolen, no seats, and only the rusted shell remains!
We are also like that…when we came, we showered happiness around. People cared us with a lot of love and affection. Later we grow and take responsibilities to care others and also enjoy happiness from newcomers. We make things for others, in that run…we forget the reality of old age! Finally, we also become a burden for others….then….then…”
Papa did not want to push that much….He simply stopped and asked Tom…
Papa:”…ok….by the way…did you understand anything…?”
Papa:”Then tell me….what is life?…”
Papa became a teacher! 😉
Tom gave a very calm look to Papa and said…
Tom: “…New, Medium, Old!”
Papa cannot get anything more enlightening! He smiled, Tom also smiled!
Yards behind…Mama and Jerry were still playing, laughing and enjoying the red sun!
pic: shot on mobile
Find more Tom&Jerry stories:
“You started de-evolving..”, “…a bulb flying on its own!”, if moon does not go at all…?, Mama, you eat everything! , Tom punched Jerry’s Stomach, Moon moves with me only…, Papa, It’s dark outside! , Why are we eating GOD?!, Eureka! What a find! , പത്തനംതിട്ടയിൽ പത്തു …
(Before the rain) Earth: “You touch me; the lava in me cools; a breeze caress my soul! Hey rain, your fingers are magically divine! I am thirsty and my cracked lips are longing for your droplets! Effuse your mystical power, infuse in me!”
Melted Rain’s heart: “How fast, How strong I can…Earth should not cry anymore!”
(During the flood) Earth: “You ripped through….my lips are torn apart, strong chest shattered, breath stifled….
I can’t, I can’t anymore…
Please go back! Please go back to your senses and reality!!
Because….you don’t understand YOU…, and me!”
Rain: “Yes…., Let me go back….I am going back…! But I realize the truth – I cannot avoid a comeback! DO YOU?”
A Tom&Jerry Story! (Tom: A 12yr boy; Jerry: A 5yr boy)
It was really a tiring day, but so much of fun they had!
Tom, Jerry, Mama and Papa came back from a day outing.
Jerry slept by the time they reached.
(So, no role for him in this ‘Tom&Jerry’ story? Just wait and see!)
After a quick body-wash, they sat for tea/snacks.
Papa: “The day was so good and we enjoyed a lot!”
Tom: “I had fun skating and playing with Jerry…”
Mama: “Very crowded, though!”
Jerry: <Hey, he is sleeping!>
Mama got hot garlic bread!
Tom and Papa love it! (Esp when they are really hungry like this! 🙂
Bread vanished in a jiffy! Papa still hungry!
He found some lovely tiny bananas. He started 1, 2, 3….
Papa: “These bananas are so yummy, though it is so tiny!”
Mama: “It will be a good exercise for your hand, eating so much!”
Tom: “Oops, was it a joke? Forgot to laugh” (Told very seriously!)
(He ran! Mama was too tired to chase and finished it with a stare!)
“Hey, it moved! Really moved”…..
All three looked each other. No. Not from them!
“Moved. It moved. I win!!”
Oh! Jerry is dreaming!
All three ran to bed. “Boys” and “girl” won’t allow Jerry to dream! 😉
Anyways, quickly Jerry moved on in dream silently! He is smart!!
Papa continued…4, 5….! (Back to work! :))
Papa: “These days -I don’t know why – I am liking these bananas a lot!”
Mama: “You don’t know??…even I don’t know!!!”
Mama quickly looked at Tom. Lucky! No counter from him this time!
Papa and Tom were showing serious faces to each other! 😉
Tom: “Eureka ….Eureka….I know the reason!”
Tom: “I think you started de-evolving to a monkey! So you started liking bananas more!”
Tom vanished; Papa vanished behind; Laughter rang; Jerry out of the dream!!
pic: google free licensed.
Find more Tom&Jerry stories:
“…a bulb flying on its own!”, if moon does not go at all…?, Mama, you eat everything! , Tom punched Jerry’s Stomach, Moon moves with me only…, Papa, It’s dark outside! , Why are we eating GOD?!, Eureka! What a find! , പത്തനംതിട്ടയിൽ പത്തു …