MAN WITH NO COUNTRY  (150 words)

By Neel Anil Panicker

It is a war scene outside Buffalo Niagara International Airport this Thursday afternoon.

My name is Zan Win. The last I came here was a month ago, in December. My two sons were joining us from Myanmar.

I‘ve been standing here for six hours. The placard in my hand screams ‘Silence is Betrayal.’

The sky above is one feisty insignia.

The one to my left reads, ‘No Muslim Ban’.

I turn my eyes towards its owner. Tall and heavily built, the man’s sporting a mane of delightfully unkept hair that has branched out to cover his sagging jaw line, almost eclipsing his upper neck.

He notices me noticing him, stops his war cry, and favours me with a kindly smile.

“Where are you from”?

‘Iran,’ he replies, quickly adding, “resettled Iranian immigrant”.

I am too. But, now I wonder, what that means.




Today, Pegman visits Buffalo, NY.  This location was suggested by Prior.

Feel free to stroll around using the Google street view and grab any picture you choose to include in your post.

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6 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/whatpegmansaw/150words/30/01/2017

  1. What does it mean indeed? Great piece Neel and an important one. Well done.

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    1. God! what has happened to this world. Someone’s gone insane. Was very disturbed and hence the write. Glad you appreciated it, Lain.

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  2. Dear Neel,

    There seems to be a major breakdown of communication as to what that really means. Good piece.



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    1. Absolute breakdown, I must say. Am so glad you appreciated where it came from, Rochelle.


  3. Neel, thank you for telling this story. So very moving.


  4. A very topical write and very well told Neel.


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