© A Mixed Bag


By Neel Anil Panicker

Though well past sleep time, the questions keep flowing.

“Papa, will dinosaurs live again?”

‘No dear, the dead don’t come back,’ I say and turn off the lights.

An hour later, once Aarav finally slides into dreamland, Nina too goes to bed as she has an early morning shift, and anyways, sleep for her is an hourly indulgence thanks to the three-year-old’s metronomic wailings.

I amble to the other room and flick on the TV. A minister accused of gang raping his minor help thrusts his scruffy face and shouts, “Opposition parties want to destroy my clean image”.

The PM’s words the day he was sworn in ricochet off my benumbed brains, “I promise a corruption and crime-free governance”

“Maybe, this ape’s not heard of rape”.

Disgustedly, I flick channels.

A guy in a suit is holding something. In clipped English, he elucidates, “Guess what! Tech nostalgia is back. In this IPhone age of swishes and swooshes and swipes and taps, the 140 character Nokia 3310 is making a comeback.”

“Fauxtalgia”, I mutter and surf.

A man in a flaming orange tie harangues,“Walls…Immigration…Muslims…Terror…“

Exasperated, I slam the TV shut and slide into bed muttering, “Son, you’re right.

Dinosaurs are back”.

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Sunday Photo Fiction -February 19th 2017

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18 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/SPF/200words/19/02/2017

  1. I heard about the 3310 a couple of days ago and think it’s Nokia attempting to revitalise a sinking ship. Unfortunately Apple and Android have taken the market now. There is no room for the outdated. A pity the same thing can’t be said for people in orange ties, or ministers who rape.

    Good story.

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    1. Yes, I grabbed that bit of news about Nokia trying to make a comeback and used that as my peg to hang my theme which is that dinosaurs are in the mind and hence can never go extinct as along as human beings display bigotry and hatred and vile towards others.
      Thank you for your appreciation.

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  2. A subtle comment on how some dinosaurs have always been around, in one form or another.

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  3. I didn’t see it coming, but it was strong when it did. Good job.

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    1. Thanks Kecia. I am glad the ending had you hooked.

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  4. Terrific piece, Neel, great imagery and powerful message.

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    1. Oh! thank you so much. Your words of appreciation are invaluable, Ceayr.


  5. Excellent use of the prompt to comment on modern day dinosaurs. Well done Neel.

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    1. Thank you for the appreciation, Lian

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  6. But those aren’t the type of dinosaurs I want to come back.

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    1. Yes James, but unfortunately that’s what we see around us nowadays.


  7. Very well done! Yes, we thought the dinosaurs were extinct but they’re still with us.

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    1. Very sad also. Thanks Sascha for your appreciation.


  8. mandibelle16

    Haha Neel. I agree well written tale and a relevant and sadly truthful last line. Corruption everywhere, I don’t think they have more than T-Rex brains if that 🙂

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    1. Yeah, that’s what this world has come to, or rather, hurtling back into. Thanks Mandi.

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  9. Very well conceived and penned Neel – although I suspect many a dinosaur (Dino fan) would protest at the insult 😉

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    1. The metaphorical dinos must go. Thanks Dahlia for your lovely appreciation.

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