Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meethi



"What's your name?" I asked the little girl sitting by the roadside, selling flowers, wearied in the oppressive summer heat.

"Meethi," she replied, her voice barely audible.

"That's a sweet name," I smiled, and handed her the packet of books. As a social worker, I had always advocated the need for education of poor children. Distributing books had thus become an essential  part of my mission.

She took the packet and ran towards the other children standing nearby. I gaped in shock as they tore the pages and gobbled away in delight.

Perhaps, poverty craves food more than education.


This 99 word fiction is shared with Blogging from A to Z April Challenge - M.



32 comments:

  1. It's true Amrit ....thanks for bringing out social issues in your write ups . I am glad

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  2. The bitter pill of reality is hard to swallow. Poverty is a cruel teacher.

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  3. Reality bites. A hungry mind cannot read.

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    1. Yes ... a hungry mind will need food first :-(

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  4. :( This depressed me a little bit

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  5. Are you in social sector, details please.

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    1. Hunhhh... then participate in the corporate social responsibility projects of your IT major ! I am good at free advices.

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  6. Thats really very insightful and a very different thought...
    And thought provoking...

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  7. Ahhhh very disturbing to say the least. Its a sad state of affairs though.

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    1. That's how reality is at times :-(

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  8. Reality for too many. *another a to z blogger

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  9. I love the idea of 99 word fiction :) That's one I might have to try!

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    1. Sure ... would love to read yours :-)

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  10. That was moving! :(

    You can really make us happy or sad in just 99 words.

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  11. Maslow's hierarchy of needs proved in just 99 words!

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  12. Oh man, the ending shocked me ..

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  13. God, that was dark! How do you manage this in 99 words???

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    1. I find it difficult to write more ... so try winding them up soon :-p

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  14. Gobbling up paper as food is sad. I wish they had rather made boats out of them.

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    1. But can boats satisfy their hunger?

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