neelwrites/bigdreams,biggerrealities/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/shorttstory/100words/07/03/2018

BIG DREAMS, BIGGER REALITIES

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By Neel Anil Panicker

The first decade of his life, Mukund had only one dream: to live in a house with a toilet. His memories of this ramshackle period of his childhood were all about being rudely woken up by mother, and then hurriedly being rushed outside. There he would squat in the rat infested open fields alongside his brothers.

By that time he turned 25, his dream had grown_ a villa by the sea.

Before he hit 40, he was mulling buying the 1,441 room 17th century Schonbrunn Palace.

At ten billion dollars, it was loose change for the ‘Steel King’ of India.

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9 March 2018

35 thoughts on “neelwrites/bigdreams,biggerrealities/fridayfictioneers/flashfiction/shorttstory/100words/07/03/2018

  1. So, he got his toilet! A golden one I bet.

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  2. Dear Neel,

    No doubt he has hundreds of toilets and servants to keep them sparkling. Love this rags to riches piece. 😀

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Sure, that’s what he would be doing. Thanks a ton for your appreciation, Rochelle.

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  3. Another Slumdog Millionaire.
    Well done, Neel.

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  4. Rags to riches stories always leave me thinking, why didn’t he spend some of his money on cleaning up the rat infested fields he’d left behind? But that’s just human nature, isn’t it?

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    1. He is one among the many who don’t look back once they have made it. Just human nature, i agree, Jane.

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      1. Just think of the good they could do for the people they come from!

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  5. Giant oaks from little acorns grow. So it is with wealth… and toilets.

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  6. I like the way you describe his increasing expectations of life. We all have a tendency to do that, don’t we?

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  7. Well done, Neil. Rags to riches for sure.

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  8. I love a story that builds like this one, Neel – veey enjoyable.

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  9. Now he has more toilets than he will ever need. I hope he appreciates where he has come from.

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  10. Dale

    Aim big, work hard and you may be able to achieve pretty much anything!

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  11. ‘Steal king’ more likely, the way skeletons are coming out of every businessman’s cupboards.

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  12. Mike

    Such a driven character, one has to wonder if he had time to relax. If not perhaps someone could interview him and write up his memoirs

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  13. Did he marry of his daughter from the ‘Versailles palace’ ?
    Great take Neel.

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  14. That’s far too many rooms for me, but I suppose he’s entitled to buy what he likes.

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  15. Moon

    Great story and writing, Neel. Really liked the last line about the ten billion dollars being loose change for him.🙂

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  16. A fascinating story. Still, I find myself curious about him now. No doubt the money and toilets made him more comfortable, but did they make him happy? Nicely done.

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    1. Maybe, i really don’t know but i would like to believe so. Thanks a lot, Jan.

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  17. Wonderful to see someone able to move from toiletless to having any number of them in huge houses. A good rags to riches story.

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  18. He has come a long way. Good for him.

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