Idea and ideal

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young
The sales VP of a large pharmaceutical company reported a decline in sales to the company board.
‘Please specify the deficiency areas.’ The chairman asked.
Diabetes and high blood-pressure drugs, sir.
Thank Avicenna. This is easily solved.
Who is he?
He was a Persian polymath and diagnosed diseases by abnormal pulse rates. I shall call the chiefs of various related agencies and get them to lower the normal values for blood-sugar and blood-pressure in their diagnostic guidelines.
And the doctors shall not object?
They are caged and gagged.
A million more consuming our drugs regularly will do wonders for us, Sir.
Words ~ 101

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

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Men in my life

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll
There were three men in my life.
I am 50 years old and in these fifty years I and others like me have transformed 1.7m people living in 34 countries from disabled to differently-abled. Very recently I was exhibited at the UN headquarters.
I was invented by a traditional craftsman Master-Ji* in association with Dr PK Sethi an orthopedic surgeon. Dr Sethi introduced me to the world and won the Ramon-Magsaysay Award.
DR Mehta** visualized my importance when he saw people wait for me during his physiotherapy sessions and ensured increased production for my kind.
I am the Jaipur-foot.
Words ~ 99
PS – Before the invention of Jaipur-foot, artificial limbs were of the solid-ankle-cushion-heel variety, fashioned for wearing shoes and sitting on chairs. It has been universally commended for being the most efficient, cost-effective, and user-friendly artificial prosthesis. It costs only $30 in India.
*Pandit Ram Chandra Sharma
**Ex Dy Governor Reserve Bank of India

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

Music and Moksha

Moksha is the transcendent state attained when one overcomes the cycle of birth & rebirth as a result of one’s karma.
Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Ragahav had led a virtuous life. On his 60th birthday, he decided to strive for Moksha. He started looking for a mentor who could guide him on his quest. He met a number of wise men in his search. Finally he was directed to a wise man in a remote Himalayan village.
The man questioned – You wish for Moksha?
Yes sir!
Not possible.
Why?
You have no music in your soul. You have to come back a few more times before you qualify for union with the divine.
Words ~ 89

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

The ghost

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria
Tim had returned from the famous ghost tour of Venice as the sun was rising. He was still wondering about the truth of the fantastic tales he had heard when he espied the barge unloading its ware from the window. He detected a ghostly figure lurching among the crates.
Meanwhile the waiter brought his breakfast ….
Tim addressed the waiter – Come here and tell me if you can see the ghost among the crates on that barge?
The waiter smiled and informed – He is the supervisor of the covert China-made Murano glass trade in Venice, Sir!
Words ~ 97

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

Global hunger

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Jean L. Hays
Living in a post scarcity society, we often forget that a billion people struggle to get enough to eat.  No wonder those surviving in the endless swamps of Zambia dread hunger.
Choolwe gets up at dawn and starts to unravel a large mosquito net. These pesticide impregnated bed nets are widely considered a magic bullet against malaria by experts – a cheap and effective way to prevent half a million deaths. Though free they are seldom used.
These nets are sewn together and used as sieve to drag the bottom of the swamp ponds for edible life forms and an occasional frog.
Words ~ 101

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM. 

 

Coy

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot
Dom is fond of the word – ‘why’.
During a visit to the Met he observed placards that gave a quick glimpse into the stories behind  the centuries-old paintings and sculptures.
Ahead we found the sculptures of Praxiteles and the paintings of Titian, Manet and Degas  depicting the nameless and infamous women  –  mythic figures like Venus and Salome to very real ladies like Madame X and Grace Elliott. Unfortunately the details given are at best sketchy.
Dom examined it and unable to find the requisite information, he  turned to me and asked – tell me why not ?
Words ~ 97

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

 

Of borders and strife

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer
Peace following ceasefire is here for another month or so. The skirmishes shall restart soon. The border-residents aspire to escape the nightly dance of death and destruction.  The old man lives very near the line-of-control of two countries eternally at war.
They requested for construction of civilian bunkers for safety of those who are reluctant to leave their land and heritage.  Unfortunately time is too slow for those who wait.  Regular loss of family members is like the shards of glass embedded in their flesh – the pain never abates.
The old man decided to act and started constructing a bunker.
Words ~ 100

Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.