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PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Roger Bultot

Copyright-Roger Bultot

I shall soon die as mineral to be reborn as a vegetable ……… perhaps as a human in few thousand or hundreds of years.

Maybe not …… if the recyclers take me away; then I shall remain a mineral for some more time.

Patience – time will reveal.

Then one day, a homeless couple came and their eyes lighted up. They took shelter within my rusting body.

Time the great-magus intervened. They started selling bun-kebabs and soon transformed me into a mobile food van.

I am blessed to be a small wheel in this cosmic machine.

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


The spooky series!

Prompt ~

Lyssa Medana


Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain – Friedrich Schiller


The horrible nightmare is finally over – the Indian cricket team lost against English men in last three test matches of the recently concluded test-series. India started off well, as they won the second test quite easily. But after that India was never in the contest. England overtook the Indians in all the department of the game. What went wrong in England for the Indian team?

The people of this world can be divided in to those who like cricket and those who do not like cricket. For the group that enjoys cricket – it is the end all. Over the years, many of these passed on to other realms – but their fervor for cricket did not diminish even in the spirit world.

Not to digress from the 2014 test series, some of the disgruntled cricket fans of England had an argument with the Indian fans in the spirit world. Like all squabbles – it boiled down to an argument of who was stronger the Indian or the English ghosts. The matter was to be resolved by a competition that comprised a demonstration that their teams could win in-spite of their spooking.

The spooks were evenly matched in the first test and it ended in a draw. The spooking at Langham’s proved to be the English teams undoing at Lords during the second match. The ghosts of Indian fans were ahead by 1 – zero.

As usually happens, the providence interfered in form of match-fixers. The betting overlords learned of this and hired some real tantriks (experts of Indian brand of black magic) to achieve their ends. These experts outsourced the whole operation to some professional demons from the spirit world. The demons spooked the English spooks out of the equation with the result that Cook and his team played without distraction in the last three matches while Dhoni’s men had to contend with Indian spooks bent upon proving their spooking powers over the English spooks.

The Indian spooks did not haunt them in their hotel-rooms. They did it on the ground. They were not out to frighten their heroes so they just turned them in to butterfingers and cursed them with diplopia.

If English cricket team can lose one test because of ghosts, why Indian team cannot lose three because of ghosts?

After all India with its billions would also have ghosts in hundreds – if not in thousands.

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The Sunday Yarn ~ The fourth one.

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73 08 August 17th 2014


Mizaru, covering his eyes, sees no evil. Kikazaru, covering his ears, hears no evil. Iwazaru, covering his mouth, speaks no evil. Together the three embody the proverbial principle to “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.” The guide explained to Dom.

‘Where is the fourth one’? Dom asked.

The guide did not comprehend.

‘Where is the fourth one’? Dom asked again.

‘What fourth one?’

‘The  one who was their teacher’.

‘I know of no fourth one, sir’.

‘The one who left …… ‘

‘Left for where’, the guide asked.

‘He left to become the King’s advisor’.

‘Who was he, sir’? The guide enquired.

‘He was Konazaru, the teacher of Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru,’.

‘I never knew this – and what did he advise the king?’ The guide asked.

‘Admit no EVIL’.

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Sunday Photo Fiction

Thanks Al for the lovely prompt.

Dom (pronounced as Ohm with a D) is a childhood friend. He has idiosyncratic ideas that are often hilarious and occasionally baffling. To read other posts about him click on the link below.

A white rose!

Prompt ~

Image courtesy of the British Library and taken from page 115 of ‘A round of days described in original poems by some of our most celebrated poets, and in pictures by eminent artists engraved by the Brothers Dalziel’


Her dreams were erotic. He was the object of her fantasies.

Soon it was apparent to him and he presented her with a white rose – a token of early marriage. It also symbolized truth, reverence and loyalty. It said,”I am worthy of you.”

Accepting the rose she thought – why not a red one?

Reading her thoughts he said, ‘a red rose is tainted with the blood of the nightingale; you want a red one – this one has my blood on it’.

She examined the rose and found a little red spot on it. Her passion was reciprocated.

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Rejected …

Prompt ~

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright - Jan Wayne Fields

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields


Striving for a Healthy World
Corporate Social Responsibility Cell – Pan Global Organization of Chemical Manufacturers

                                                                                                            Aug 13, 1974

Ref – Your manuscript entitled – ‘Obesogenic Properties of Environmental Chemical’.

Dear Sir,
The reviewers have rejected your claim that overweight/obesity is caused by several types of chemical pollutants. Hence, the above submission has not been found suitable for publication in International journal of Obesity Research.

The detailed comments of Dr J H Hue, DSc., Chief R & D, Glochems and Sir Edward Shen, FRS, Executive Director, Word Chemicals, are enclosed for your perusal.



PP Persfield
Executive Editor

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


Sir Eat-one!

Prompt ~  

Image courtesy of the Wiki collection of Commons Image
There it was, hidden in alphabetical order ~ Rita Holt


My muse has deserted me – I hope it is just a temporary sulk. The chair reminds me of political scurry to get a ministry or the game of musical-chair I am forced to participate in the annual sports day at my son’s school. On concentrating harder the tales of ‘singhasan battisee’ haunt me.

The two prompts together make me imagine the alphabets jumping from one chair to other like very young children who have never sat on upholstered box-spring chairs.

At my wits end I sought Dom’s help.

I – Who is Rita Holt, Dom?
D –  Ask Google Baba.
I – Google Baba is also not sure.
D – Well what did she do?
I – Seems she found something hidden in the alphabet.
D – She may very well have.
I – What could she be referring to?
D– Occasionally unpronounceable vowels hide themselves in alphabets (scratches his day-old-growth on his chin).
I – That is not very helpful.
D – Highly qualified people with petty achievements and large egos hide their real names between English alphabets.
I – That is also very well known. I thought you will be able to give some real clue.
D – In an extraordinary discovery, a British academic claims to have uncovered a series of secret messages hidden in the Plato’s writings.*
I – That is true for most of the ancient texts. Some or the other academic has found hidden messages and meanings in all text that is historic or prehistoric.
D – The spies have done an excellent job of hiding messages in alphabetical texts.
I – It is still very ambiguous and is not of much use to me.
D – What exactly are you looking for?
I – An idea for a story hidden in the alphabet & sitting on an ornate chair.
D – Oh you looking for ETAON RISHD
I – Rashid Who?
D – Eat-one and now don’t ask why not two! (He walked away).

* …….

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Dom (pronounced as Ohm with a D) is a childhood friend. He has idiosyncratic ideas that are often hilarious and occasionally baffling. To read other posts about him click on the link below.