Sunday Photo Fiction – July 30th 2017

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207 07 July 30th 2017


By Neel Anil Panicker



Barring a single square mattress neatly laid out in the centre of the third floor mid-sized corner room there is just about no evidence to suggest that this room is the most important of all the 14 rooms including one large conference hall that together comprise what the outside world knows as Sumer Manzil.

Unmindful of the slow crawl of his henchmen and the occasional booming of distant motor engines or even the blare of the loudspeakers that resonate the soft yet soul stirring entreaties of the maulvi from the nearby Jama Masjid invoking the faithful to say their morning prayers, the man of the house is on his knees, his head bowed, his hands raised high into the darkened conical ceilings, his usually sprightly mind lost in deep contemplation, paying obeisance to the Almighty.

After what seems like an eternity, the man, clad in a natural black flowing sherwani, opens his eyes, raises himself to his full six foot tall glory and walks up to a lone stand.

There his piercing kohl lined eyes, eyes that a highly decorated police officer once described in his autobiography as that “of a crazed wild buffalo__spotted black and with tiny white balls wedged into its insides__”,  gazed at the mummified head, its face, a tangled squishy mass, exquisitely embalmed and glistening with the after effects of fresh, hottened oil, deep holes staring out of the eye sockets.

After a few minutes, he whispered into the empty shell, “The world knows I take good care of my enemies.”

And then he quickly strode out of the room and stepped into his world, the grisly world of Afzal Bhai aka Fred, the fearsome mafia don of Old Delhi.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction #dangerouslove #partthreeofdangerouslove #fiction#294words

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20 thoughts on “neelwrites/sundayphotofiction/#03ofdangerouslove/30/07/2017

  1. The azan has done nothing to tame the ferocious Don.
    Hope Al knows with what dangers he is flirting.
    waiting for one more in continuation, Neel.

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    1. Let us hope Al manages to match up to the Don’s ferocity. Or idoes he know something else, a trick up his sleeve that we aren’t aware of? We need to just wait and watch. Thanks a gazillion for following me on this fascinating discovery. Your insightful feedback and ‘hints’ are so very much appreciated and looked forward to, Kalps.

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  2. Ominous character, Neel. I like the kohl eyes. Vivid.

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  3. Yes, a religious nutter, the worst kind.

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    1. The very worst kind. Thanks for the appreciation Ceayr.


  4. Like the way you are continuing the story across various flash fiction challenges, Neel. This one is the best of the lot, with the deadly antagonist being introduced. Waiting for more now.

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    1. I am so glad you are following this ongoing series. I appreciate your interest and honest praise for my series. Thanks a lot, Varad.

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  5. Wow. Now that is a terrifying man. Love the powerful imagery of this one.

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    1. Thanks a lot for the appreciation.

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  6. Full of life and sinister at the same time. Well done.

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  7. michael1148humphris

    He sounds a frightful individual – fighter me thats for sure. Keep writing.

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  8. This is gruesome.
    I had to smile. I’ve never written the word “henchmen” until this piece and then I saw that you did too. What is it about that head that says: henchmen?
    Good story, Neel!

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    1. I read yours too and noticed the same and commented as well.

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  9. Oh I like that. Defintely not someone to cross. Good story Neel.

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    1. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

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  10. mandibelle16

    Wow frightening. You feel sorry for this repulsive head especially if the guts soul is somehow still trapped there. Even if the mummified head was a bad guy, I do not think his 6ft friend in black is any better. Great write Neal.

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    1. Yes, he is evil incarnate, this antagonist Afzal Bhai. I am glad you felt the same. Thanks Mandi.

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