Thursday, April 15, 2021

2021: Blogging A-Z Challenge: Covid Craziness: M


Mangesh, come on! There’s hardly any margin in film distribution these days,” said Tyagi.

“Rate’s fixed. Pay me 20, I’ll get the decision reversed.”  

The new law mandating theatre owners to allow patrons to bring in outside food into the theaters was hitting revenues hard, especially considering how on-premise eatables were exorbitantly priced. It was time to bring back control into the hands of film distributors and theatre owners. Basically, show-time.

“Fine. 20. Get it done.”

That night however, in an unexpected decision, the government enforced an indefinite Covid-19 lockdown across the state, and their plans went up in smoke.

Note: Hari, thank you for the picture prompt suggestion for today's post! This 100-word micro-fiction is written for the Covid Crazies 2021 Edition of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The entire list of 2021 posts can be accessed here

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

2021: Blogging A-Z Challenge: Covid Craziness: L

 

Pic Credit: Getty images for BBC

Let it go, Shilpi. Sometimes we women should learn to ignore.”

I feel myself tearing up, unable to speak.

“He’s not all that bad, right? It’s just bad timing.”

I look up at her, disbelieving, begging for her to understand. Unfazed, she continues.  

“It’s difficult for them, being cooped up at home all the time. Lockdown has made it tougher for them.”

“What about me?” I want to scream, but no words come out.

“It will be fine, you’ll see. Just stay out of his way, you’ll be OK.”

The smoldering red welts on my back know there’s no escape.  

Note: The lockdown that brought several families closer together giving them the much overdue time together, also reared its ugly side at the other end. An epidemic in its own, complaints of domestic violence throughout India and the world soared during the pandemic. More here. This 100-word micro-fiction is written for the Covid Crazies 2021 Edition of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The entire list of 2021 posts can be accessed here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021: Blogging A-Z Challenge: Covid Craziness: K

Keep that phone aside when I am talking to you,”

“Why don’t you understand? I am happy and successful, doing what I like.”

“And what about marriage?”

“What about it? Why the urgency?”

“Oh dear God. I curse this lockdown. If not for this, you would still have been working in that stable job.”

“Which I despised. From the core of my being. Thanks to lockdown and remote working, I could finally start my own pet-care venture. What’s not to love?”

“But you …”

“No buts.”

“This isn’t a normal job.”

“Never wanted one.”'

“Hey, don’t you walk away …”

Note: This 100-word micro-fiction written ENTIRELY using dialogues ONLY and gender-independent on both roles, has been penned for the Covid Crazies 2021 Edition of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The entire list of 2021 posts can be accessed here.

Monday, April 12, 2021

2021: Blogging A-Z Challenge: Covid Craziness: J

 

Pic Credit: Cloverfield Fandom

Juoron yoerie muelban. FALKRIF.”

The automaton reversed direction, mechanically gliding back to the cockpit. The 1200-tonne amalgamation of steel and corboroxizone, gyrated 12 degrees northward, changing direction mid-flight, re-charting their course away from Earth.

 “That was genius, Gramps,” exclaimed 7-year old Sonspoa, 83 years later.

 “We did what we had to do, champ. The virus spread. Millions passed. Lockdown was imperative. It was painful. But infra-red concentrations thinned. The only way to make ourselves invisible to the Alverki invasion.”

 “Aww, you were a hero, Gramps,” crooned a blissfully ignorant Sonspoa, unaware of the destruction history had left in its wake.

Note: This is the first time I have ever attempted something around these lines and I must say this is totally out of my comfort zone! This 100-word micro-fiction is written for the Covid Crazies 2021 Edition of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The entire list of 2021 posts can be accessed here.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

2021: Blogging A-Z Challenge: Covid Craziness: I

Pic Credit: The Indian Express

In here Doctor, NOW.” Operating surgeon Dr. Filatov said, his deep baritone firm and commanding, leaving no room for argument.

The intern’s eyes took in the other doctors and nurses in the OT focusing on the task at hand, sensing the urgency palpably visible under the surface. Around them, the fire continued to spread. Plastering on the roof started to wilt and he could see hot embers wafting down.

“We have enough Covid deaths already, Doctor. We do not need more because we couldn’t do our jobs right.”

The intern met his gaze in awe, and silently returned to suturing.

Note: This 100-word micro-fiction is inspired by a recent news article about a team of heroes - doctors in Russia who continued to operate on a heart patient even as the hospital was on fire. You can read the news article here. The scene depicted above is fictional though and written for the Covid Crazies 2021 Edition of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. The entire list of 2021 posts can be accessed here.
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