Global cooling

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson
Jack came home hoping to enjoy the snow. He found the snow but his parents were acting strange. They were irritable (much more than they normally were), depressed (contrary to their normal euphoric-state), unable to sleep (generally they slept for 70hrs/week) & lackadaisical (what happened to their OCD?).
His father seemed to live in the wash room – contrary to his earlier constipated avatar.  His easygoing mother was unexpectedly aggressive about the dinner menu.
Jack took them to the family-physician for a checkup.
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Jack –  …………….
Doctor – Seems like – Winter-over syndrome? Found in researchers who live through winters at poles.
Words ~ 101
PS – Needless to say both of them were referred to  appropriate experts.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

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Modaks

Prompt  ….

Thank you Lavanya  for this week’s prompt.
Bablu wanted to eat modaks (sweet dumplings) but he knew his mother would  make them only for Bappa (Lord Ganesh).
Now, Bablu had a real urge for modaks and the Bappa had just departed a month back and would come back only after eleven months. It was so bad, so sad and so,  so, so …….  he  just wanted to sit down and howl.
‘I am too old to howl for Modaks’, Bablu thought. I should find Bappa and bring him home so that Ma shall make modaks for him.
He went out and looked for Bappa in his lawn as he was not allowed to go out alone. As the sun was setting,  Bholu his elder brother came back from his cricket practice with the trophy that was his for a day to keep.
Bablu saw the trophy and thanked Bappa, ‘Now Ma shall have to make Modaks’.
Words ~ 149
Modak is believed to be Lord-Ganesh’s favourite food, and hence he is also known as Modakapriya, someone who likes modak.

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Liberated

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © JS Brand
The grand old dame looked glum. The owners were contemplating renovation of the old hotel as the tsunami warning was issued. All were advised to vacate the area within 24 hours.
Boats and ships were dispatched to salvage the most expensive items in the hotel by the owners.
The silver-ware, old wines from the cellar, electronic goods, including the new red tuk-tuk were loaded and stored in a safe place.
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The massive tidal waves of the tsunami overturned an old silver-urn and its contents were dispersed.
Finally Henry could let go and start anew.
Words ~ 95
 Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Shamrock

Prompt  …

Thank you Yinglan  for this week’s prompt.
Once there was a field of clover here. It was full of the normal three-leaf variety. People passing through the road would stop and look for the lucky four-leaf clover in the midst of all those three-leaf clovers. They wanted to place it in the pages of a book and dream of happy moments. They forgot that  the three-leaf clovers also represent happiness.
One night a monkish-mendicant took shelter in the nearby barn. Next morning the farmer’s son fed him and suspecting that the mendicant too had looked for the four-leaf clover questioned him.
The mendicant told him, ‘I have no need for one as my father has a field full of those and I have opted to live without it.
Why?
‘My father belittled all my achievements saying – I was born lucky. One day I got so fed up that I tore out the luck-leaf from my clover-charm and walked out. Since then I live on faith, hope and love.’
Words ~ 161

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Mutant

Native to South America in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, Carnotaurus was a fearsome predator that measured around twenty-five feet long. Its arms were more or less vestigial, but its razor-sharp teeth more than compensated for this deficiency. The razor-tailed Carnotaurus was a mutant that has left behind few fossils and as such is yet to be discovered.

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
The razor-tailed Carnotaurus had passed to greener pastures this way
A muscle in its tail (caudofemoralis) was attached by a tendon to the upper leg bones. As this fearsome beast moved forward – its tail swished laterally because of the double attachment of this muscle. The faster the beast moved the faster its tail swished. The mutation had resulted in the dinosaur being completely covered with thick armor consisting of razor-sharp oval plates of bone.
Its passage resulted in cut-tree slices.
Few billion years later one of our ancestors found these slices and the wheel was discovered.
Words ~ 99

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Music of Light

This prompt reminded me of an earlier post which I share here ………..
 The Seventh Transformation
There was just the whirring of planets – OM and it was unadulterated love ,,,,,, it was sound. Sound was one.
The Sound flickered and there was light – it was two;
The light faded and there was life ,,, it was three.
The life paused and there was shape, it was four;
The shape divided and there was space ,,, it was five.
The space shifted and there was time ,,, it was six.
The time made a count and there was number. The number was seven.
The Earth was the seventh heaven.

Now for the current prompt …….

Prompt  …

Thank you Goroyboy  for this week’s prompt.
Many of you would be familiar with the legend of Tansen and Rag* Dipak.
Tansen was a great musician and one of the jewels of the Mughal Court.  The Mughla King Akbar wanted Tansen to play Raga Deepak or the raga of light. The effect was such that all the lamps in the courtyard lit up themselves when Tansen played this rag.
It is described in the legend that when Tansen played that particular piece of music his body became so hot that he had to sit in the nearby river to cool himself.  It is, however, hardly known as to how he practiced for this art. His teacher – Haridas a great saint and musician used to sit with a piece of camphor in his hand and ask Tansen to play. When he got the notes right the camphor would ignite. The low flash point of camphor  (54 degrees Celsius) was just right for such training.
It is by practicing with camphor that Tansen achieved mastery of rag-dipak.
Words <175
*A raga consists of at least five musical notes, and each raga provides the musician with a musical framework within which to improvise.
PS – While all characters in this tale are real; the use of camphor for practice/teaching of rag-dipak is fiction that I dreamt up for this prompt.
 

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Anger

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Dr Jain wanted his son (Shubh) to study medicine and take over his successful practice. Unfortunately, Shubh had other interests. He had been consistently denied admission to medical-schools. It was a 24×7 discussion at the Jain household.

One day the good Dr decided to be firm and locked Shubh in his room with instructions to study. The young lad wanted to go out and sat brooding and getting angrier. He started hyperventilating and felt as if he was going to suffocate in this room.

He wished the heavy study-table would sail through the wall and liberate him.

It did.

Words ~ 99
PS – Dr Jain is currently searching for a parapsychologist who can mentor Shubh to control his supernatural powers.
Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.