Revisiting London 1952

In this upside down, inside out and the other way round world, truth is often stranger than fiction.  In the Great Smog of 1952, the city of London was brought to a standstill by a dense blanket of toxic smog that reduced visibility to a few feet. A re-occurrence in 2017 …….

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Patient numbers have more than tripled at Patel-Chest Institute since the smallest and poisonous particles in air increased to 27 times higher than recommended. Similar conditions prevail in many parts of North India.

The long term effects (CVDs/cancers, etc) will be noticed many years later – doctors predict. Statistical projections indicate a general shortening of life by several days to several weeks if these conditions continue for 10 days.

With the elections in many states round the corner the government is under extreme pressure to improve the environment.

Fire trucks and water cannons are being used to eliminate toxic-dust from air.

Words ~ 100

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.



After the conquest

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll
The ancient ghost fled the burning warehouse. Fire is truly unbiased and devours all without bias. It watched the fire rage as the fire-tenders fought to control it.
The fire could not have occurred in my times – he thought. We had curfew then.
The bastard ruled that all light and fires were to be put off (or covered) with the ring of the church-bell just after sunset. It helped prevent fire accidents and kept the people away from mischief. Also, the   Normans felt safe amidst all the Saxons.
Alas If I did not have such a lust for revenge.
Words ~ 99

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


An inside tale

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford
 A film studio in Bombay


A mob shoot is in progress. Suddenly a lady (a daily wager, extra) in the mob falls down in a disheveled state.


Another film is being shot and the same lady is playing the female lead role.


The director was attracted to her as he watched the rough cuts. He noticed that she was wearing a bloomie’s that had been recently introduced. He investigated and found that she had been learning performing arts at Julliard’s but had to come back.

She played lead role in many hit Hindi-films of 1980s. She is …..

Words ~ 100
PS – In 1973, the store wanted to stamp the Bloomingdale’s name on panties to launch an intimate apparel promotion; they chose the company nickname as a nod to the young, trendy crowd, and the “Bloomie’s” logo was born.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


Sim sim

Prompt  ….
PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Ann Hall

The Gods toss a coin each time a new one is born in the family of Nabobs-of-Tanakpur. Heads – the madness-gene is omitted (a more virulent version of Elizabeth Kolbert’s* madness-gene). The coin flipped tales when Nabob Ameeruddin ( Full name >30 words) was born.

The Nabob was offered an extremely high price for his collection of vases but he refused. The irked agent asked him the price at which he would sell.

5m US$ each!

What is so special about them?

They are full of gold mohurs. These vases belong to the original cache of Ali Baba.

Words <100
*The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (chapter 12) by Elizabeth Kolbert.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


Holiday pics

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

~ Robert Frost.

Prompt  ….
PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

A painting is worth 1000 words. However, what is edited out of a photograph could well be much more.

The Pandeys were loading their holiday photos on whatsapp. Their 11 year old daughter (pichkoo) was watching them. As they opened the prompt pic in gallery – Pichkoo quipped in ‘Daddy, Daddy’

Yes, Honey!

Where are those monster mosquitoes in the pic?


And where is that large waste dump?


And the bad smell?

Photographs are visual darling.

OK, will you be telling your friends that I suffered with fever for a week after the visit to that river?

Words ~ 99
PS – This is fiction. No disrespect is intended to this particular prompt.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


The shelter

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Jung met Freud in 1907 and the two men talked for 14 hours. Jung being younger learned more about Freud’s theories of the unconscious.  They corresponded extensively.  At one point they were great friends and shared many of the same theories.

However, Jung soon (1913) opted to leave the claustrophobic shadow of Freud and developed many new theories and disagreements with Freud.

Beyond the history of psychology the take home message is – humans and a host of organisms find shelter under a great tree – but nothing achieves its full potential.  Ponder on it Ahish, and the Professor walked out.

Words ~ 100
 Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.


The lone mynah

I do not know when this 16th century British rhyme (One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told) about magpies was adopted as a superstition for common mynahs in India. The Indian version is  – one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a letter, four for a toy.

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Douglas M. MacIlroy

Mynahs pair for life – yet this lone one infested my home to my great trepidation.  It would chirp, croak, squawk, whistle and growl till I got up and fed it. It was an unlucky period and I blamed it on the lone mynah.

Later, the bird would perch on the kitchen window waiting for a scrap. Unfortunately it mimed my mother to chastise my wife from time to time – Do not forget the heeng*. My mother invariably laughed aloud.

It was just luck and agility that saved the mynah. No wonder it is also called kalahpriya** in Sanskrit.

Words ~ 99
*Heeng ~ asfoedita
**Kalahpriya ~ One who loves discord.

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.