Friday, 3 August 2018

The Rose Bouquet



When the doorbell rang at 2 PM, Ashima wanted to ignore it. She wasn’t interested in entertaining friends who often turned up unannounced and overstayed their welcome. She had realized that she had become a “close friend” to many since she acquired her fully furnished 2BHK. The friendly infringement round the clock was becoming extremely uncomfortable and tiring for her. So her first reaction to the unannounced guest at the door was not unfair. She wanted to send a message. But by the third bell, she realized this “friend” probably did not understand the subtle message and needed a stronger to-the-face message. With a resolve to set things straight, she opened the door. Only to find that there was nobody there. With a sigh of relief, Ashima stepped back inside to close the door and go back to her book. Just then she saw it, a large bouquet of red roses lying near her door. She picked it up and came inside.

There was a card in it which read, “See you at 6. Be ready!”, with a smiley face drawn on it. But there was no name. Ashima was used to receiving red roses but that was before she became friends with Raghav. Though they hadn’t announced their commitment, everybody assumed it. They were always seen together. Even in a group, Ashima and Raghav had a special bonding. However, they had never gone on date. It was always with a group of friends. But everyone knew it was just a matter of time.

Red roses on a friendship date meant very special to Ashima. She had mentioned very often that friendship is the foundation of love and that she would like to be proposed on a friendship day instead of Valentine’s Day or even her birthday. She hadn’t thought Raghav took any notice of that but it seems she was wrong. He had obviously noted that. Now Ashima hoped that he remembered the other things also.


She hoped he knew that The Eyry was her favourite café in the town. She had had the best of times with her friends and Raghav there. She smiled at the memory of her posing as an Egyptian queen on the huge leather chair near the window. She thought of her friends laughing hysterically when she tried to reach up and read the books glued to the ceiling above that chair. It was only Raghav who was allowed to share her Browniccino. She laughed out loud when she thought of the time they had suggested at the reception to have serial numbers on the menu card because the names of the items were too tricky to pronounce. Ashima glanced at the watch and came out of her reverie. It was 4:30 already. 

This was going to be her first date. She loved spending time with Raghav and this was the first time they were going to be alone. She stood before the wardrobe thinking what to wear with a soft smile spread on her lips. And the door-bell rang again. Not another “close friend”, Ashima thought as she went to open the door.

“Madam, did you get the rose bouquet I had left here?”, asked a young delivery boy at the door. “Yes, I got it, Thank you”. Ashima politely replied. “Madam, actually that delivery was for the apartment on the 6th floor. I got confused and left it here. Can I have it back?” the delivery boy continued apologetically and Ashima felt waking up with a jolt from a sweet dream. 



This post is a part of the #FriendshipGoals contest by The Eyry Cafe in association with the Kaffeinated Konversations





Friday, 6 July 2018

A Child's Play #100WordStory




Thump, thump, thump....there was somebody dribbling the basketball outside. "Rohan, come. Lets play", he shouted standing at the gate of Rohan's house. Nobody came out. He went to Akshay's house. "Akshay, please come out. There is no one else to play with. I am so bored." No response there too. He went to so many houses but no one came out. After all, no parent would let his child respond to this creepy voice and go out at 3:00 AM. So he played alone. Every day since that terrible accident killed him while playing on the same street.

Originally published on Momspresso.com under the #100WordStory prompt.
 

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Book Fairies are here!!

Pic Courtesy-https://ibelieveinbookfairies.com/


Do you believe in fairies? If not, your opinion is about to change today. Because some fairies are all set to bestow the “Book magic” on Indore. If you are at Café O2 De La Ville today, look out for free books dropped by book fairies.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sponsors and Partners - Coffee with Authors and Artists



"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

When Kaffeinated Konversations started its journey a couple of years back, there weren’t many who realized that community would grow at this pace. A thought of having an event about books or literature seemed too far-fetched then. But that did not deter them. Like-minded people came together and the community grew. People started noticing and joining in various forms. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

And the Stars Descend- Guests of TIP 2018


Come 28 & 29 April, Indore will host a mesmerizing celebration of literature and art. As readers, writers, authors, bloggers, and artists of various art forms come together to engage, enjoy and absorb from the synergies of creativity, a new chapter will be added to the literary legacy of the city. Indore will once again, play host to some renowned authors who will come to be a part of this exciting event, Coffee with Authors and Artists by Kaffeinated Konversations in association with JustStoryTeller.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

There's more to Indore than just food - The Immersive Project- Literature, Art & all things creative


As the temperature soar this summer, the people of Indore take respite in their air-cooled homes and offices with ice-creams and chilled mango shakes. But a particular group of people can be seen running around from one part of the city to another with diaries and planners in their hands. The scorching sun does not deter them. Neither does the opinion of many people who think that Indore prefers food festivals over literature. Crazy, over-enthusiastic , just another start up looking for quick fame are some of the labels they have braved in the last few months when they announced “Coffee with Authors and Artists”, an exclusive event woven around all things art and literature.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

In the name of #BookLove- Happy Birthday Kaffeinated Konversations




If you like reading, you will probably agree with me that it isn’t a very social hobby. You can’t read in a party or a social gathering after all, can you? Given a choice, we would like to stay in our rooms for days at a stretch with a book(s) to keep us company. We are often ridiculed for being anti-social or even crazy. Nobody understands the joy of reading and the whims of a bibliophile. Except the equally crazy people who think there is a parallel, even better, world in books. Like the folks of Kaffeinated Konversations, the book club of Indore. 

Monday, 12 March 2018

Caution: Feminist Post Ahead



And one more International Women’s Day (and week) gone by! We did our bit. Shared our enthusiasm on the social media. Tagged the women we thought deserved a special mention. Used the word “empowerment” at least 25 times. Did some men-bashing while the men stood by and let us be. It was rightfully “our” day afterall. Had a blast in the evening with our girl gang. Or were pampered by the domestic men folk by a home-made treat and some respite from the mundane chores. Made best use of the offers and discounts showered upon us thoughtfully(?) by brands. Ooohh! What a day it was. So now that we are done feeling special, let’s get back to being real.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Genie in a capsule - Vitamin E #Evion



When in 20s, your skin has a shining glow that hardly needs any makeup. Your hair is healthy and vibrant. But when you cross the age-mark of 30, natural deterioration of cells starts and its first signs are visible on your skin and hair. As you close towards 40s, the signs become prominent. I was no different to this rule of nature. 

Monday, 18 December 2017

Guest post for Novemberschild #BlogLove



Those who blog have their reasons to do it. Some like to write and share their work, some like to help and guide people by sharing their expertize. Some also say that it is therapeutic. For a few others, it is about making money. However, one reason that is common to all of them is that blogging connects you to wonderful people from across the world. Even if you haven't met them in person, they become a part of your blogging life. You help out each other when you are stuck and they pull you out. You take inspiration from each other and celebrate the milestones together. 

Friday, 27 October 2017

Headlines #FotoFiction

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Newspaper – #FridayFotoFiction Oct 27- Nov 1 Flash Fiction Writing

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Life Lessons #GrandParentsDay #LoveJatao


I am yet to meet somebody who does not think fondly of their grandparents. Some were fortunate to be cared and nurtured by their grandparents, while some wish they could have had them for a longer period. There are also a few who have seen theirs only in pictures. But there is always something special about the love of grandparents.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Harmony

The Piano – #FridayFotoFiction Sep 1-6 Flash Fiction Writing

88 black and white keys find a way to live harmoniously. You and I couldn’t find a single melody to resonate in our hearts. Each time we struck a wrong cord, the harsh music reverberated through our dying love. There couldn’t have been a melody in the vengeful notes we were writing for each other. There couldn’t have been harmony in the soul-less music that echoed endlessly. Isn't it amusing how lifeless keys can produce melodies but two living souls could not find any music in their hearts?



This fiction is inspired by the photo prompt and written for
#FridayFotoFiction Sep 1-6 Flash Fiction hosted by 

Tina Basu


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