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  • I liked the way in which you conveyed the overall message of your story, Bhavna. There were so many small lessons in the way the doctor and Anand’s parents reacted to the events. However, I must admit that at the beginning, I wondered if you were doing a spoof on the hype created by some self-appointed gurus in the world. As the story progressed…[Read more]

  • Thank you, Anthea!

  • Brilliant, Sudha! I just loved the way you took a dig at all that’s wrong in the cosmetic industry and the marketing world and social media and social justice warriors and managed to sneak in a rap on academics and book publishing industry too in a mere 1200 words! You’re really gifted with a flair for subtle sarcasm. I loved this story – great…[Read more]

  • This is a very moving story, Naila. I liked the scenes you painted of the siblings and the unspoken affection they share – especially the social media post that Umer had missed seeing. There’s so much story that you managed to convey in just 1200 words. Well-done!

  • I never saw that end coming, Catherine! You had me worried about Ciara getting into trouble, so it was a relief. You had me laughing at your accurate description of these self-styled gurus who dish out pithy statements based on common sense but make it sound like some great revelation. Great theme for the prompt!

  • This is a wonderful story, Kaiser! I loved the way you set up the scenes and paced the story, leading us gently towards the inevitable end. Although the reader can guess that the MC is dead, the process of how he discovers it for himself is beautifully conveyed. And the theme of your story is something that totally resonates with the principles my…[Read more]

  • Thank you, Bhavna! I wanted to show how the human interactions we share with people in our daily life are so relevant to our well-being although we may not often realize it.I’m glad you liked the story.

  • Thank you, Sudha, for the nice description of “Quiet peacefulness” and your kind appreciation of the story and its theme. I’m glad you caught that vibe. If only we had more accepting souls like Rama, the world would be a calmer place πŸ™‚

  • Indeed, Nelia, that’s such a true observation for so many women. Thank you for your kind words, and I’m happy to hear you loved the story!

  • Thank you, Catherine. I had other complicated story ideas before I settled on this one that was simple enough to fit into 1200 words. I’m happy that you liked it.

  • Thank you, Kaiser for the kind words. Ah, the garland thing…it’s a practice of mine – that is, if we have got a pooja done at a temple, and they give us a garland from the Lord, or a very long string of flowers, we obviously cannot offer it again to the murti of God in our house, nor can you just discard it right away. So I hang it at the front…[Read more]

  • Note: Didi means “Elder sister” and is a generic way of addressing an older woman in the Hindi language spoken in India.

  • Walking With My Friend by Anusuya Kashi

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    β€œRama, I won’t be joining you on our morning walks from tomorrow,” said Shalini on the phone. Was that a note of diffidence that made her sound different today […]

    • Note: Didi means “Elder sister” and is a generic way of addressing an older woman in the Hindi language spoken in India.

    • What a sweet little story. Getting over-hyped for new things is something we can all relate to. And Rama’s internal monologues are the everyday thoughts we all have.
      I’m fascinated by the garland thing. Is that a real practice that people do? Do they get garlands from temple to put at homes?
      Thanks for the wonderful story Anusuya.

      • Thank you, Kaiser for the kind words. Ah, the garland thing…it’s a practice of mine – that is, if we have got a pooja done at a temple, and they give us a garland from the Lord, or a very long string of flowers, we obviously cannot offer it again to the murti of God in our house, nor can you just discard it right away. So I hang it at the front door till the flowers are fresh to get the benefit of the vibrations the garland may have absorbed from the temple idol during the pooja. I’m not sure if other people follow this practice, though πŸ™‚

    • Oh, I loved this. From the cultural references to the old friendship, this story is fluid and beautifully told. Brilliant use of the prompt hyped. How we get caught up in the newest and shiniest when simplest is often best, good for the body and soul.Wonderful.

      • Thank you, Catherine. I had other complicated story ideas before I settled on this one that was simple enough to fit into 1200 words. I’m happy that you liked it.

    • Hello Anusuya!
      I loved your story. ❤
      Loved the picture that you painted of morning walk..
      It actually is the highlight of the day for many women who are otherwise busy doing house chores or worrying about family members.
      Great work!

    • Hi Anusuya,
      I liked this slice of life piece. At first I wasnt sure whether Rama really likes Shalini because it seemed that Shalini lived with a certain amount of denial and numerous “blind spots”. But we see that Rama is a good friend who sees past her friends’ flaws and accepts them as human. Without Shalini, she also learns how much people around her were used to their routine, which you described so well.
      I enjoyed the quiet peacefulness of this story.

      • Thank you, Sudha, for the nice description of “Quiet peacefulness” and your kind appreciation of the story and its theme. I’m glad you caught that vibe. If only we had more accepting souls like Rama, the world would be a calmer place πŸ™‚

    • Hi Anusuya. I could relate so easily to this piece. I love how you wove Rama’s inter-actions with her friend, the friend’s daughter, the temple priest, the vegetable vendor…to help us understand her personality. You have captured the routines of everyday life so well. Thank you.

      • Thank you, Bhavna! I wanted to show how the human interactions we share with people in our daily life are so relevant to our well-being although we may not often realize it.I’m glad you liked the story.

    • What a delightful read. Both characters were well-rounded and the tale your told, I think, many will relate to! Well done.

    • Love this one. It could be anyone’s story with so many fitness centers mushrooming around. The little insights into their characters and lives were icing on the cake. Your stories are always a delight to read. πŸ™‚

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  • I enjoyed reading your story, Athina. I understand from your comments that it’s part of a series, but it worked well as a stand alone piece too. You built up the tension well and the cliffhanger ending is done perfectly.

  • An intriguing premise you chose, Srivalli! Your story hooked me from the very beginning and although I sensed what was to happen, there was a kind of horrific fascination your words created that had me racing to the very end to know how it would end. Good work with such a low word count.

  • Thank you, Srivalli! Yes, indeed, I’m feeling better and back to my usual self.

  • Thank you so much, Athina for reading and leaving your kind words!

  • Thank you, Michael, for the upvote. Yes, I too think that one word change would make it easier for folks to understand my intent. I didn’t give much thought to this world of souls but yes, in my Hindu religion, there are several planes to which souls progress based on the spiritual level they attain.

  • Thank you, Catherine. I’m glad to hear that the theme resonated with you.

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