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With its battered tin roof it looks like an old warehouse that has been abandoned. The windows aren’t broken and the concrete walls look rough. What story does this old shell of a building with its brick chimney tell you? Can you tell the rest of us in 100 words? 


PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

By Neel Anil Panicker

The agent couldn’t believe his ears.

‘Thirty thousand, full cash, upfront, fifty year lease’

Who the hell pays this kind of money, any money for that matter, for a hell hole such as this.

He opened his mouth to say something but the young man had already trooped inside.

Moss covered peeled off walls, half darkened oblong rooms, bombed out windows and doors__ that’s what ordinary mortals saw.

Instead, Raj Ahuja envisioned rows and rows of automatic sewing machines around which busied dozens of cheery workers carving out intricate soft leather toys.

He saw the birth of his industrial empire.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #FF #flashfiction #100words

20 thoughts on “neelwrites/it’swhatyousee/FF/flashfiction/100words/29/09/2017

  1. ahhhhh – very inspiring – vision is there and let the remodel begin

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  2. So long as he does it properly and doesn’t exploit the workers – that would be a man with a proper vision. Nice one.

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  3. I like what you left unsaid ….. reminds on of the many disasters that have been reported from many developing economies. Very well done.


  4. Dear Neel,

    Some see despair and ruin while others see opportunity. Good for Raj Ahuja. I hope things work out for him. Nicely done.




    1. Thanks a lot, dear Rochelle. Your appreciation is much appreciated.


  5. Well written and optimistic. While it remains to be seen just how he’ll run his empire, we owe a lot to people of vision.
    I stumbled over the “carving out.” Sewing machine operators would “assemble” but they aren’t usually the ones doing the cutting out.


  6. It’s only the dreamer that can see the dream. Entrepreneurship is a lonely path.


  7. Here’s to success for the dreamer 🙂


  8. Ah! Glad you saw positivity and growth in the abandoned building.


  9. You need vision to succeed. I hope it’s matched by shrewdness – I can’t help feeling he should have bargained harder with the agent!

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    1. Time will tell how good a deal it was. Thanks Penny.

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  10. I really love the last three paragraphs. Very original approach.

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    1. Thanks a lot. It was very sweet of you to say that, Marley. i really appreciate such genuine feedback.

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  11. A man who can see the possibilities – and hopefully the responsibilities that lie ahead. Nicely done, Neel.

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  12. Vision indeed! I hope he’s as good to his workers as he imagines 🙂

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  13. You need to see potential not just obstacles… that’s how people move forward

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