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Commandments of India 21st Century

a dream called life

angry-2030006_1280Dear human being,
Be born, study, earn, marry, parent.
Be born, study, earn, marry, parent.
Be born, study, earn….

Dress differently but not absurdly,
Talk kindly but practice self-centeredness,
Question theories and not the system,
Preach objectivity and be subjectively interested.

Dear Student,
There’s a pattern, pretend to break it.
But never break it in real
as this pattern is comfort zone in disguise.
Only an incapable person breaks patterns,
comes out of comfort zone and feels zoned out.
Be zoned in and participate in the system.
After all, why question it when it benefits you.

Dear daughter,
Claim to be a feminist yet
never sit ‘inappropriately’.
Be chirpy and not loud.
Be promising and not generous.
Be hot to guys,
Be beautiful to elders,
But never be ‘sassy’, never be ‘you’.
A 25+ unmarried girl is of no use.
Make the most out of your youth.
You are a…

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The Train

Ann Cavitt Fisher

Train compartment,Copyright habrda / 123RF Stock Photo

Life, love, and death on a trip from Amsterdam to Paris.

The train picked up speed as it left the station in a little town not far from Amsterdam. We passed so close to a row of houses I felt I could touch them, all neat, all the same. Lace curtains hung in each window, and a dusting of the recent snow still held on the roofs.

The sun’s rays sparkled on the window, refracting light into the cabin of the train. It was cold. I pulled my coat from the seat next to me onto my lap to stop the draft on my legs. My gothic architecture book lay open to the chapter on St. Denis. Reading in French seemed more difficult than usual, and I found myself going over the same paragraph again.

When the cabin door opened with a jarring SNAP, I gave a rabbit-like start as a man stepped into the compartment…

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