Rejected Tea

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by Dawn Miller. Thank you Dawn.

The young couple walked in after they missed the regular bus from the city hospital. They appeared to be engrossed in a personal discussion on some major issue. For appearances sake they ordered tea which was served in paper glasses by a surly old man. The tea remained untouched as they continued with their arguments.

The man at the counter (perhaps the owner) called the old waiter and handed a paper slip – ‘Bill for Table # 16. They have rested their bums over two teas for more than an hour – get them moving.’

The old waiter took the slip and approached the particular table.

He heard the woman say, ‘families are like fudge – mostly sweet with few nuts’ and the young woman took out the six and put it back upside down.

The man smiled and ordered a double mango-fudge with no nuts. ‘OK, lets start a family – I cannot reverse the 19th amendment.’

Words  < 175

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Shortcut to riches

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan.

Seshachalem forest in South India is the world’s primary source of red sandalwood. It is a lucrative commodity that sells for a fortune in China and Japan. In spite of regular raids and encounters – smuggling and illegal trade of sandalwood continues to flourish in this area.

Further south, Veerappan in his 40 years of terror killed over 2000 elephants in exchange of over 88,000 pounds of ivory and 10,000 tons of sandalwood. This is besides $22m in blood money from kidnapping and allied activities. Unfortunately even after 15 years of his death the smuggling and illegal cutting of sandalwood trees has not stopped.

The outskirts of the adjoining city has developed in to a rich suburb where it is not unusual to see cart loads of sandalwood parked in front of the houses of rich waiting to be towed to their final destination.

Words ~ 145

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The shoe rule

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PHOTO PROMPT © Magaly Guerrero

PHOTO PROMPT © Magaly Guerrero

In the first half of 19th century, 45 boys from Hindu College of Calcutta dressed in traditional  white muslin and English shoes walked in shyly to receive their prizes for performing well in English from Lord Auckland – the then Governor General of India.

Unused to such shoes they walked slowly and cautiously.

Indians were only allowed in the Government house hall without any footwear by the order of his predecessor. However, Lord Auckland had made this event an exception to the existing practice.

Words ~ 83

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

The Anniversary

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Aron warmed a Totino’s Pizza (bread crusted with cheesy intentions), poured a glass of Urban Platter (red wine salad dressing) and sat down on the floor for his dinner. He looked at the watch he had gifted to Betty and nostalgia flooded his throat – it tasted like bile.

He sat reminiscing the last time he had such a meal.  He had lived on similar food for a year …… till Betty decided to walk out of his life exactly a year ago.

The anniversary should be a factual reminder of those days ….. he thought.

Words <100

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Home

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Thank you Maria for this week’s photo prompt.

The river flowed through the valley, fed by many waterfalls from the rocky hills. It was a spectacular sight. He had found thousands of planets that looked like Earth – but he had not found Earth. Many of these supported life, but much of it was primitive with no civilizations.

Failure filled his mind. This too had looked like Earth from a distance. The search was so hopeless, but the promise of home had kept him motivated.

‘You are a new ethereal being – something unexpected. I look forward to your progress with much hope’. The dense mass of ether had informed him when he had suddenly found himself shapeless and confused wandering in the milky-way. ‘However, to achieve your full potential you need to find a human body to live.

Go forth and find your true powers’.
Words ~147

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Finally ….

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jellico’s Stationhouse

The GES-2060 following the Asthma-pandemic of 2058 resolved that WE DO NOT NEED AND CANNOT AFFORD AUTOMOBILES AND GASOLINE ENGINES. WE ALSO REALIZE THAT WE SHOULD ONLY USE GREEN ENERGY SOURCES. Hence all countries on this planet can use only solar, wind or renewable energy-sources.

Due to extreme interdependence and a rejuvenated UNO all countries had to follow the resolution in letter and spirit.

All fossil-fuels and nuclear-energy units were closed down.

The prompt-picture was devised by the UNO as an icon for potentially unsafe sites that had produced non-green energy. The surviving population avoided these sites like plague.

Words ~ 100
GES~Global Environmental Summit

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Cursed

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This tree stands at a bend in the narrow road deep in Satpura hills in central India. A foot-track by the tree leads to the village down below. It is a shortcut to the village but hardly used. The villagers avoid it as many have seen a corpse hanging upside down on the upper branches. Others have seen a royal horseman fetching the corpse and still others have seen the corpse flying back to its perch laughing raucously.
Such tales have come down to us from ancient Sanskrit literature and is a part of popular stories. Comic strips and TV serials have been made around this theme. However nobody claims them to be true and even a tentative authorship is not known.
A wise man from the village believes that the old tree was the author of these stories in one of its human incarnations and was cursed by a sage for telling him lies.
Hope none of us meet that particular sage.
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