Beyond profit

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Sarah Potter

The beggar stood before a glass fronted show room. He knocked timidly a few times but there was no response.

Finally, he walked away thinking – ‘I always got a coin here – the seth* attended to the beggars before servicing his customers. There was no glass wall – the seth used to sit just at the entrance with a bowl full of coins and used to give a coin to all who asked (albeit absently) while attending to his customers. He must have passed away. May he reside in the highest heaven.

His shoes were too big to fill.’

Words  <100
*A colloquial term used to address a rich businessman

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

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Nobody said eat cake …..

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Kelvin M. Knight

A government guest-house at New-Delhi in 1965.

I returned around 4.00 pm. I was tired and hungry (having missed my lunch). I reached the dining hall – only to find the doors padlocked.

The then PM (LB Shastri), in view of chronic food shortage had urged people to voluntarily give up one meal a week so that food saved could be distributed to those with severe need. The PM and his family followed it before appealing to the country. The request had overwhelming response – even restaurants and eateries downed the shutters on Monday evenings.

I observed ‘Shastri-vrat’ that day. 

Words ~ 97
Shastri-Vrat – vow to miss one meal/ week

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Who comes here ……

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PHOTO PROMPT © Danny Bowman

Jehangir succeeded Akbar the Mughal emperor in the 16th century. As Akbar was opposed to this, Jehangir stripped all his (Akbar’s) advisors of honor and jailed them including Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana his own tutor.

It so happened that a close friend approached Rahim for help in prison. Rahim expressed his inability in view of his circumstances. However, on insistence he advised him to visit the Raja-of-Chitrakoot and recite following couplet …..

The King of Awadh resides in Chitrakoot (thus comparing him to Lord-Ram and also referring to Ram’s exile in Chitrakoot).

Those who fall on bad times come to this land.

Words ~ 101
The actual couplet (doha) is –
Chitrakoot me basat hai Rahiman Awadh-naresh,
Jaa  par vipdaa aat hai wo aaye is desh!

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Then & Now

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PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bulltot

Once the tykhana (basement) here was full of women bandaging torn limbs, dressing stinking wounds and soothing dying children – they cringed at whine of bullets and crash of cannonballs striking their besieged shelter.

Summer was followed by torrential rains that brought outbreaks of typhoid, cholera, malaria and dysentery. Death stalked the 3500 residents (1800 civilians) for 141 days. This was at the East-India-Company’s Residency at Lucknow in North-India during the so called Seepoy-Mutiny (1857). Finally 24 Victoria Crosses were awarded to the rescuing British forces.

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2017

Ghosts are still encountered yet the lawns are favorite haunt of lovebirds.

Words ~ 99

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Son et lumière

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT© Jan Wayne Fields

Dom was a truly neutral person. He was neither negative nor positive – yet he was not a killjoy. Obviously he was not considered the life of a party. He would rather observe than be in the midst of a party.

It was therefore, surprising to find him at the sound and light show – Epiphany.

The viewers were enthusiastic in their praise. Dom just smiled to himself and quoted Saxe ‘so oft in theologic wars, the disputants rail on in utter ignorance of what each other mean and prate about an elephant that not one of them has seen’.

Words ~ 101

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Suppressed trauma

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Jay entered the bathroom and stared at the malnourished ragamuffin in the mirror. Lethargy overpowered him but with strong resolve he started the extremely laborious task of brushing his teeth.

Depression had devoured his youth and each day its clutch on him grew stronger. Lately even routine chores like eating, washing, dusting, etc had become a heavy burden.

The first nightmare had occurred soon after he had shifted to this flat. It was always the same – he was locked up in the bathroom and the tap dripped. It pounded his head incessantly.

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The open window is so inviting.

Words ~ 99
Childhood of more than one million children is marred by trauma each year in the United States alone. These children are at a risk of developing depression in their adulthood.

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Indestructible

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT© CEAyr

Kumbhkaran the brother of demon Ravan is known  for his extremely large size, huge appetite and his capability to sleep. He used to sleep for six months, get up eat his fill and go back to sleep for next six months.

Once the meal was not to his liking and in great anger he chopped of the head of his chef and then felt extreme remorse as he was a distant cousin who shared his gargantuan physique.  He ensured that his cousin’s head could not be destroyed by any means.

The chef’s body was cremated and the head fossilized with time.

Words ~ 101
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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.