#AtoZChallenge 2017 – Reflections

It's been over two weeks since the challenge came to an end but unfortunately, I'd been unable to properly respond to all the comments and read other blogs since the last week of April. But I'm back and the next tiny tale will be up as soon as I've finished replying to all the previous … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge 2017 – Reflections

#AtoZChallenge: Zebra crossing (tiny tale #33)

" Mommy, why didn't the car stop? You are supposed to stop your car on a zebra crossing. My teacher said that it's the rule. Everyone should follow the rule, shouldn't they? Then why didn't he follow the rule, mommy? " As usual, the mother had to think for a while before answering her seven-year-old … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Zebra crossing (tiny tale #33)

#AtoZChallenge: You can’t always have what you want.. (tiny tale #32)

"Stop crying. I won't buy you the balloon. You have to learn that you can't always have what you want", the mother told her daughter. "That's true", the orphaned balloon seller thought to himself. Author’s Note: I’m busy preparing for an upcoming exam. (Brushing up on four years worth of engineering subjects is tough!) But I … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: You can’t always have what you want.. (tiny tale #32)

#AtoZChallenge: X? (tiny tale #31)

"Okay. Who can tell me the value of x in this question?", asked the teacher. As her students raced to be the first to solve the problem, the young teacher's memories took her back to the time when she was a student… (A flashback to 20 years before the present day) "Swati, have you been … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: X? (tiny tale #31)

#AtoZChallenge: Without You (tiny tale #30)

Dear glasses, My whole world wouldn't be the same without you, I would be blind without you, I can't go on without you. I need you, with me, always, You are an indispensable part of my life. Yours truly, A bespectacled girl Here are the links to my other #AtoZChallenge tiny tales. Click on any … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Without You (tiny tale #30)

#AtoZChallenge: Victor, not victim (tiny tale #29)

Barely whispered conversations followed her everywhere she went. She was immune to the looks people threw her way. The acid might have damaged her face, But her determination and willpower were stronger than ever. They called her a victim, She called herself a victor who persisted even when the odds were stacked against her. Author’s Note: #StopAcidAttacks. … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Victor, not victim (tiny tale #29)

#AtoZChallenge: Undoing the vanishing act (tiny tale #28)

Things that have seemingly vanished into thin air, magically reappear whenever mom joins the search party. Author’s Note: Now that's a magic trick that I still haven't figured out! After a series of tragic tiny tales, here's one that doesn't end in tragedy! 🙂 Here are the links to my other #AtoZChallenge tiny tales. Click … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Undoing the vanishing act (tiny tale #28)

#AtoZChallenge: Too late (tiny tale #27)

Soiled hands eagerly grabbed the offered food and fed it to their hungry mouths. For the ones who were starving, food came before everything else. © 2017 Shweta Suresh. All rights reserved. Author’s Note:   Don’t Waste Food. Please. This isn’t the first tiny tale I’ve written about this topic. Do read tiny tales Breakfast  and […]

#AtoZChallenge: Starving (tiny tale #26)

Soiled hands eagerly grabbed the offered food and fed their hungry mouths. For the ones who were starving, food came before everything else. Author’s Note: It's heartbreaking, I know. Don't Waste Food. Please. Here are the links to my other #AtoZChallenge tiny tales. Click on any letter to read the corresponding tiny tale. A B … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Starving (tiny tale #26)

#AtoZChallenge: Retail Therapy (tiny tale #25)

Life doesn't play a fair game. There are the good days and the bad days, but some days are just too tough. Luckily for her, when all else failed, retail therapy never failed to work its charm. Author’s Note: When the going gets tough, it was an "all clear" for a shopping spree! But in … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Retail Therapy (tiny tale #25)

#AtoZChallenge: Queue in the cafe (short story #1)

The coffee shop was packed to its full capacity on that Monday morning. The queue that had formed twisted and filled the tiny shop. Ryan came bursting in through the door, his chest heaving with exertion. Breathing heavily and nervously glancing at his watch, he stumbled to a stop in front of Martha who was … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Queue in the cafe (short story #1)

#AtoZChallenge: Picking up pieces (tiny tale #24)

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He bent to pick up the pieces of her that were scattered across the floor. He had been doing it for a while and that day he decided that he couldn't do it anymore. "That's it. I'm going to buy her something to help with the hair fall!", he resolved to himself. Author's Note: I'd my … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Picking up pieces (tiny tale #24)

#AtoZChallenge: One (tiny tale #23)

A mark. Just one mark. That was all that stood between him and his dream college. Here are the links to my other #AtoZChallenge tiny tales. Click on any letter to read the corresponding tiny tale. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Please don't … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: One (tiny tale #23)

#AtoZChallenge: No place like home (tiny tale #21)

She travelled far and wide, explored the world, going wherever her heart led her. She experienced the different cultures, took in all the beautiful sights her journey presented, tasted the different cuisines, and interacted with a multitude of people all over the globe. Though she loved to travel and explore new places, She often thought … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: No place like home (tiny tale #21)

#AtoZChallenge: Missing you (tiny tale #20)

This has been the longest I've been away from you I miss being near you, I long to hear your chiming voice. Time seems to pass excruciatingly slow, Every passing moment makes me think of you, I'm missing you like crazy, It makes me wonder if you'll be waiting for me... With missed calls, texts, … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Missing you (tiny tale #20)

#AtoZChallenge: Love of her life! (tiny tale #19)

She had grown up listening to fairy tales, Disney reinforced her belief in true love and happily-ever-afters. Then life happened, And she turned into a true cynic. She never believed in love at first fight, She raised her eyebrows and made no attempts to hide her scorn. Ironically, she met the love of her life … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Love of her life! (tiny tale #19)

#AtoZChallenge: Killing spree (tiny tale #18)

With the grace and poise of an experienced hunter, she unleashed the weapon of her choice on her victims. Her victims fell to the ground one by one, until none remained. Satisfied, she put down her weapon and took a quick look at the fallen victims... at the heap of dead mosquitoes spread across the … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Killing spree (tiny tale #18)

#AtoZChallenge: Journey (tiny tale #17)

They started their journey as one, Poured down in different directions, Only to meet once again as they hit the ground. That's the beauty of raindrops. Here are the links to my other #AtoZChallenge tiny tales. Click on any letter to read the corresponding tiny tale. A B C D E F G H I … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Journey (tiny tale #17)

#AtoZChallenge: If only… (tiny tale #16)

It was love at first sight, They were so perfect for each other, It was almost as if they were the last two missing pieces of a puzzle. But there was a catch, She was real and he wasn't. “If only fictional characters were real,” she thought wistfully, as she finished reading the book. Author’s … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: If only… (tiny tale #16)

#AtoZChallenge: Hot! (tiny tale #15)

Aditi: "Omg. Hot, hot, hot. That's so hot. What the hell did you do!?" Her entire group of friends bursts into laughter. When they had calmed down relatively, Pooja decided to speak up "Whoops. I should have warned you, but then again that would have taken the fun out of the birthday prank. That would … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Hot! (tiny tale #15)

#AtoZChallenge: Google to the rescue (tiny tale #14)

She opened Google and typed in all the words that she could remember, She took a deep breath and hit search. As the search results pulled up the song that she was searching for, She found the latest addition to her playlist. Author's Note: Am I the only one who types in all the words … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Google to the rescue (tiny tale #14)

#AtoZChallenge: Fate (tiny tale #13)

He emerged from the gutters, smiling to himself. Fishing out the 100 rupee note was worth getting his only shirt covered in dirt. Fate had led him to his first square meal in two days. Author’s Note: I have said this once, I'll say it again - #NeverWasteFood On a lighter note, do check this … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Fate (tiny tale #13)

#AtoZChallenge: Everything and yet nothing (tiny tale #12)

She was a manager, chef, chief adviser, secretary & organizer to three, graceful hostess, party planner and much more. Yet when asked what she did for a living, all she could say was, "I don't have one". Author's Note: I dedicate this post to all stay-at-home parents, most importantly to my mother. I believe they … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Everything and yet nothing (tiny tale #12)

#AtoZChallenge: Distance (tiny tale #11)

The distance between their hearts widened, one harsh word at a time. By the time realization struck, they were miles apart. Author's Note:  That was quite tragic, I know! I'm sorry. Earlier I used to hate tragic tales too. You can read my rant (as to why many critically acclaimed works are tragic) here. But recently … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Distance (tiny tale #11)

#AtoZChallenge: Consequences (tiny tale #10)

The leaves rustled against the window pane. A chill ran down her spine. Her fears kept her awake, Unable to be lulled into sleep Each time she was lured in by sleep, She woke up with a start. Watching horror came with nightly consequences. Author’s Note:  This is more like a confession actually: I avoid … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: Consequences (tiny tale #10)