Saturday, April 09, 2016


I have been noticing him. Once chirpy and playful, he had lost the zeal to survive. Life couldn't have been crueler.

Tune back to the 80s. He ruled the roost in every household, field, school and office. Children used to hang on to his strong arm, and he cried in joy. He was respected and loved everywhere, a messiah to all.

And then came inventions. Doomsday.

Electric motors and water tanks annexed his empire. His fall from grace was swift, and before he could shed tears, they had dried.

The hand-pump was now left to rue his fate, alone.

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

My A to Z April Challenge Themes Over The Years

PS: I was running short of ideas for this one. I was initially thinking of hammer, hat and the likes, but couldn't zero in on an appropriate plot. Thankfully, my wife came to my rescue and suggested me this particular topic. 

It's always a blessing when your partner is a creative mind herself.


  1. Tears dry on their own ... even for Mr. Handpump guy ...

  2. I know this guy...I had relatives in Chennai and those days he was the only reliable means of water!

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

  3. I actually felt bad for the hand pump. And the PS is so cute :)

  4. awesome personification there...when you can create a sad feeling for the hand pump.

  5. This made me remember the hand pump in my village..and how during a time it was the king that ruled :) Kudos to the idea....


  6. It could sound sad, but I still live with my hand-pump :) Touching story, now I feel more to my hand-pump.

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