Cashless life’s a mess

By Neel Anil Panicker

Outside the banks the lines just got longer. It seems both men and machines have gone crazy.

Inside the cubicle-sized ATM kiosk, the forty-something guard Gobind Mishra feels the imprint of a boot on his posterior. His ears are assailed by a stream of filthy abuses.

Another night has slipped by.

Another cash-less day has broken out.

The forty-something guard knows what that means: no food for his wife and two children for the third straight day.

An hour later he walks across to ‘Patriots Diner’.

The offer of “Work available__no money, only food”, is too tempting to refuse.


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

7 thoughts on “neelwritesblog/fiction/100wordstory/21/12/2016

  1. The cash-less chaos I have heard about… I hope he can get some food for his family for the work as well.

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    1. Yes, that’s the hope, for sure. The situation for some is grim, to say the least. Thanks Bjorn.


  2. Another great write, and very topical. Well done.

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    1. Yes, that’s the unfortunate reality that some of us are facing here in India due to the utterly mismanaged demonetisation drive. Thanks Kelly for your appreciation. It means a lot.

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  3. Dear Neel,

    Sad tale with a little hope at the end. Well done.



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  4. Yes sad indeed. Hope things for those affected turn around. Thanks Rochelle for your appreciation. It means a lot.


  5. Sometimes it just comes down to that… working to be able to continue working. Well done.


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