The funeral

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Ram nam satya hai. Satya bolo mukta hai.*

I went out in the street to pay my homage and was surprised to find the crowd in a mood of riotous revelry.

I inquired and was informed that they were taking out a funeral-procession of the telephone instrument in the local booth that had been dead since many months in spite of many complaints. The funeral was being taken out as protest to draw the attention of relevant authorities.

The credit for improvement in telecommunication system of India in late 1980s is largely attributed to Sam Pitroda.

Words  <100

*The name of Ram is TRUTH and salvation lies in TRUTH. This is a common chant of people during a funeral procession in North India.


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.



Prompt  ….

Thank you Louise for this week’s prompt.

Joe had collected the eggs and was maneuvering his boat for the return trip. He heard a voice  ……

“We have been here on this Earth for the last 210 million years. We had a family of more than 210 species. Now we are just seven. We live for 80 to 180 years and inhabit all the larger seas except those at the poles. We live in the seas and come to land for laying eggs and always to the same place where we were born. We have been eating and surviving on your poisonous waste for centuries.

Long time ago a land cousin of ours won a race, but today we are losing out because of people like you.

Go back and return those eggs to the croc’s nest. They are not safe for you to eat and shall not make you a Casanova. Moreover, these eggs are tagged with a marker and if you take them – you shall soon be in jail.”

Joe returned the turtle-eggs and never came back.

Words <175

Thank you Priceless Joy


Devil’s Residence

This is an abridged version of an earlier post (if interested check the tags).

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Kent Bonham
Dom – Where does God live?
Friend#1 –  In the wide cosmos beyond this planet.
Dom – Where does the devil live?
Friend#2 – On this planet!
Dom – Where on this Earth?
Friend#2 – He is fairly ubiquitous.
Dom – That may be true but he specifically haunts the steering wheels. As soon as a human lays his hands on the steering wheel – he gets the surge of power that infuses a sense of being all- powerful.
Friend#1 – Explain?
Dom – Review road traffic accident statistics, harsh traffic and licensing rules and examine the newspaper-archives for road-rage crimes – all your doubts shall soon dispel.
Words < 100

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


The Hidden Stairs

Myths, folklore and things that speak in symbols can be interpreted in so many ways. Often the actual image is clear enough but the interpretation is infinitely blurred, a sort of enormous rainbow of every possible color you can imagine. ~ Diana Wynne Jones (British writer of fantasy novels).
Prompt  ….

Thank you J.S. Brand for our photo prompt!

Nobody knows when and why the staircase was built. However, it was hidden in a dense forest and people outside had no knowledge of its existence.  Deep inside the forest, nearly 2000 people lived in 10-12 villages. Till very recently they had no contact with the outside world and could meet their needs through their skills and knowledge – garnered over many thousand years.  They attribute their good luck to the fertility shaft –  the official staff of the tribal chief.  It was a just sturdy living branch of some tree and its circumference was wreathed by glistening green leaves; new twigs sprouted from its brownish golden bark.

A few years ago a team of archeo-ethnobotanists reached this valley. They especially investigated  the fertility shaft and called it a living branch of Kalp-taru*.  One day a helicopter picked them up and they vanished along with the fertility shaft.

Soon the forest withered away and the stairway provides an easy access to the villages to many exploiters.

Words <175
*Kalpa-taru is a wish-fulfilling divine tree in Hindu mythology. It is mentioned in Sanskrit literature from the earliest sources. It is also a popular theme in Jain cosmology and Buddhism.

Thank you Priceless Joy


Cassandra’s descendant

Prompt  ….


Peter came from a family of diviners. He saw her for the first time at a formal dinner and recognized her as the one whose portrait rested along the so-called Lycurgus Cup in his attic. He knew that she was the spirit that would lead him to his true destiny.

Peter courted her; and they were soon married.  Within a short time he was advising world leaders.

Unfortunately his in-laws were unhappy as they felt that their daughter had lost her spirit post-marriage. However, her portrait glowed with life and the cup glittered with her incandescence in the attic.

Words ~99
The exercise of true magic does not require any ceremonies or conjurations, or the making of circles or signs; it requires neither benedictions nor maledictions in words, neither verbal blessings nor curses; it only requires a strong faith in the omnipotent power of all good, that can accomplish everything if it acts through a human mind being in harmony with it, and without which nothing useful can be accomplished. ~ Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim aka Paracelsus


Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


Close call

Prompt  ….

Thank you Grand-Sud for our photo prompt!

He had cracked the safe in the apartment below and his colleagues had swiped the contents in a trash bag. The alarm had gone off as they were locking the front door. They had switched off the alarm using a newly developed soft-ware.  Obviously it needed some fine tuning. They decided to relinquish the planned exit route and opted for the roof-top and act as the situation developed.

Jim jumped down to the adjoining roof – easily crossing a 1.5 m chasm. Kim also made it. He was the last in the line and he could see the alert alarm response team on the road below. He was on the verge of taking the dive when he noticed one of the team-member scanning the roof.

Years of experience kicked in and he shouted to the team-leader – ‘Another bloody VIP visit?’

‘No, this is about a heist in one of the apartments.’ And they walked on.

Words  ~ 154

Thank you Priceless Joy




Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Claire Sheldon

One day Prof Clipper, a renowned physicist, got locked out of his office. A student accompanying him offered to fetch the duplicate key, but the Prof gestured otherwise. He searched his pockets and brought out a couple of twisted paper-clips. Next he inserted them in the lock and fiddled with the lock. There was a click and the lock opened.

The student was amazed and asked – How many paper-clips did you use to make that lock-pick?

Prof – Two

Student – So what did you do with the rest in the glass?

Prof – I used them to model 3D quantum structures.

Words ~ 99

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.