Vanish* (verb) A cruel trick that life plays on you when you accidentally misplace your glasses and you have to grope around blindly while squinting to improve your vision because you are blind without your glasses! The disturbing phenomena where things seem to disappear only to be found instantaneously when someone other than you start … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: V is for Vanish
Umbrella (noun) An object that has the potential to protect you from rain (and sun!), but ironically the day you forget to carry it ends up being the rainiest of days! Did you know that the basic umbrella was invented nearly 4000 years ago and that initially it was only used by nobility and royalty? … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: U is for Umbrella
Grandma had always adamantly maintained that she had gone on a solo trip to Paris. But no one believed her, in the absence of any evidence. She would tell anyone who cared to listen that she had taken a beautiful shot of The Eiffel Tower. Though it was taken from quite a distance, it offered … Continue reading tiny tale #68: Lost evidence
Touchscreen (noun) A fragile manmade contraption that can take a while to respond when you are in a hurry but responds to your slightest touch when you don't want it to and can give you a heart-break if your tempered glass protector isn't strong enough! That can lead to really embarrassing moments at times! As … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: T is for Touchscreen
Salt (noun) A very basic ingredient that can make or break any dish; one of the reasons why you have to taste your food multiple times while cooking to know that you have got it right. Cooking for one comes with its own set of challenges. Yesterday morning, I made egg bhurji. I had made … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: S is for Salt
Germs (noun) A word that can scare people into doing anything just to get rid of it; a microorganism that is no match for soap and water. This is day #15 of the lockdown here in India. Hope you and your family are safe and well. Stay safe. Take care. Also linking up with Linda's … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: G is for Germs
Family (noun) The people who will stick with you (like toffee, I daresay!) through thick and thin, and have your back at all times (unless, of course, if you have tested positive for COVID-19, in which case they'll have to maintain social distancing) This is day #14 of the lockdown here in India. Family is … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: F is for Family
Envy (noun) The feeling you get when you go through your Instagram feed and wonder why you seem to lack the artistic/culinary/photography/miscellaneous skills that the majority of the population has chosen to unleash at the same time! This is day #13 of the lockdown here in India. Wherever you are, I hope you are safe … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: E is for Envy
Dust (noun) A "harmless" thing (only when compared to COVID-19!) that can make humans sneeze and cough, and can cause them to be viewed as a source of great threat. (that is, until the throat swabs come back negative, hopefully!) I hope this one brought a smile to your face. This is day #11 of … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge One-liner: D is for Dust
The elevator stopped on the thirteenth floor with a lurch. Thanks to the built-in safety feature, the elevator had stopped at the nearest floor when the power went off.Just a few minutes ago, Nia had received a call from a very panicked Grandma Agnes.Grandma had misplaced her glasses. Again!Nia rushed to her grandma's apartment. Good … Continue reading tiny tale #65: Nia and her forgetful grandma
Amy wasn't much of cook unless microwaving stuff counted. That day, she decided to surprise her mom by making tea! Amy made the tea all by herself and poured it into her mom's favorite china teapot. Too late, she realized that scalding hot tea could hurt teapots too! (48 words) This post was written in … Continue reading tiny tale #58: When Amy made tea!
Life had stuck her in a wheelchair. But Grandma Agnes didn't let it hold her back! Bake-sales, potlucks, garage sales, birthday bashes - you name it! She always made an appearance. So, imagine her excitement when her grandson Ron gifted her a remote-controlled wheelchair. She sped through the block in her new chair, thrilled to … Continue reading tiny tale #57: Grandma Agnes’ wheelchair!
Aman: It's a raven. Rohith: No, it's a crow. What even makes you think it's a raven? A: Crows always travel in groups, ergo, it's not a crow. R: Well, ravens mostly travel in pairs. So how come your raven isn't? A: It's not my raven. Wait, so you agree that it's a raven? R: … Continue reading short story #8: Crow vs Raven…
"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)