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ILLUMINATION

by Venky

(PHOTO CREDIT: DALE ROGERSON)

“Mum, why can’t I have just one of them hanging umbrellas, even the smallest one will do”, intoned little Amish tugging at the edge of his mother’s saree.

“No my love, they are not for sale and even if they were, we cannot afford them”, said the 28-year-old Varsha, a daily wage worker employed in a nearby construction conglomerate.

“But there are only 3 of them and 10 umbrellas” Amish screamed. “We need one to keep the rain away. What do they need it for?” Tears flowed down his emaciated cheeks.

“To shield them from the light” said Varsha.

(WORD COUNT: 99)

This story was written as part of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS challenge, more about which may be found HERE

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The credit for the breathtaking photograph goes to Dale Rogerson

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23 comments

Iain Kelly September 19, 2018 - 10:49 am

Nice contrast between the Haves and Have Nots.

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pennygadd51 September 19, 2018 - 5:05 pm

The life of the poor is desperately hard, and you show it well. That’s a killer last line, Venkyninja.

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venkyninja1976 September 20, 2018 - 12:53 am

Thank you so very much!

Regards
Venky

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rochellewisoff September 19, 2018 - 7:33 pm

Dear Venky,

It would be hard to explain this to a small child. I like Varsha’s creative explanation.

Shalom,

Rochelle

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venkyninja1976 September 20, 2018 - 12:52 am

Indeed dear Rochelle. There are unfortunately a plethora of Varshas in a world rife with income and wealth inequalities. Hope things change for the good and swiftly!

Regards
Venky

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Björn Rudberg (brudberg) September 19, 2018 - 7:40 pm

I think this is the first of life’s hard lessons…

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lisarey1990 September 19, 2018 - 9:39 pm

Wonderful contrasts.

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venkyninja1976 September 20, 2018 - 12:50 am

Thanks Much!

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Kalpana Solsi September 20, 2018 - 3:15 am

My heart goes out to little Amish. The answer given by Varsha would not satisfy his innocent mind.

https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2018/09/low-spirits.html

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venkyninja1976 September 20, 2018 - 4:04 am

Yes. Harsh lessons of life.

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Dale September 20, 2018 - 3:19 am

Learning how the world works is no easy task…

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venkyninja1976 September 20, 2018 - 4:05 am

Very true.

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michael1148humphris September 20, 2018 - 4:35 pm

The last sentence was good, I read it as the wealthy being blind to the poor.

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venkyninja1976 September 21, 2018 - 1:08 am

Thanks Much! I wrote with the same interpretation in mind.

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granonine September 20, 2018 - 6:53 pm

Ah, you set that up perfectly. We take a lot for granted, don’t we?

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venkyninja1976 September 21, 2018 - 1:07 am

Unfortunately, we do yes. And it is time to change that in thought, word and deed!

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4963andypop September 20, 2018 - 10:12 pm

Varshna may be poor in money,but she is rich in wisdom. I can hear Amish’s petulant “what do they need them for?” As if need were the determining factor.

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venkyninja1976 September 21, 2018 - 1:06 am

I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you so much for the comments.

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subroto September 21, 2018 - 12:49 am

Varsha may not have the wealth but she sure has wisdom. That last sentence has so many layers of meaning to it. Nice one.

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venkyninja1976 September 21, 2018 - 1:06 am

Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes unfortunately this is the plight that plagues millions of Varshas unbeknownst to the ones wallowing in wealth and luxury.

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James McEwan September 21, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Yes I know, that’s what happens when you employ vampire workers.

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JoHawkTheWriter September 22, 2018 - 6:06 pm

I think you captured the moment when childish innocence begins to yield to reality. Nicely done.

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venkyninja1976 September 23, 2018 - 1:55 am

Thank you so much! I only hope that the time does not come when Amish has to offer a similar explanation to his own children!

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