Thirty Seconds Tales #17: Something Broken

A four-year-old says to his babysitter – ‘What is cloaked?’ ‘Covered.’ ‘Then what is clocked?’ ‘Something to do with time, or achieving something. Please, not now. I’m trying to find my phone. I don’t know where I put it… Did you see my phone?’ He doesn’t answer. After a while. ‘What is croaked?’ ‘Aargh! Can…

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Thirty Seconds Tales #15 : Ripped Off

She wore the best from her wardrobe that night. The Manish Malhotra lacy sari with gold brocade detailing on the blouse, brought out the bronze in her skin so that she looked like an Aztec goddess. There were Swarovski’s on her feet and pure Temple jewelry on her ears, but that heavy Ganesha pendant stole…

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Her Happy Family

It’s a fact that we crave what we don’t have, but we care naught for what we have in hand. Like the young ones impatient to run out of the gates of her daughter’s High School, who wanted nothing more than to give up the confines of the school and their homes and burst out…

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The Addict

2.49 AM I am not doing it! No, no noooooo, I’m not. I’m stronger than that. I can’t let something screw me over so bad that it decides how my day goes by. NO! That’s inhuman, degrading, vile….. Arrrghhh! I need some water. *a few gulps down* 2.50 AM Why, God why?! Why did you…

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Thirty Seconds Tales #14: Men vs. Women

“G! Fetch me those hot pink curtains. I need to hang them here over this window.” G, the obedient husband, goes over to the other room, grabs the curtains and hands them to his wife, P. P gives him a look. “What?” G exclaims. He is confused. “These aren’t the hot pink ones! These are…

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Thirty Seconds Tales #13: The Knock

Knock, knock… “Who’s there at this time?” He looked at the clock groggily. It showed five minutes to 12. Almost midnight. He climbed down his bed carefully and slipped his feet into the cold rubber chappals. This was a small village. Everyone knew everyone. If there were an outsider coming at this hour, the village…

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Thirty Seconds Tale #11: Boo-Boo

“Eat carefully! Don’t let the food drop on your clothes, okay, or Mumma will be very upset with you”, she scolded her toddler, and when she took her own spoonful to her mouth, it slipped and plopped right on her own clothes. “Haw, Mumma made a boo-boo!” Copyright Β©2017 Pradita Kapahi. All rights reserved.

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