Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by Susan Spaulding, who has taken over this great weekly prompt from my old friend Al Forbes.
This week’s photo is once again provided by the lady herself
The general idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in the picture (below).
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.


Photo Credit: Susan Spaulding


By Neel Anil Panicker

Professor Encyclopedia aka Ranjeet Sarkar (the former was the name his innumerable students had honoured him with) was in his elements, yet again.

“Insight strikes when knowledge takes a backseat”, said the wild eyed gangly bespactacled silvery haired Professor while intensely peering out, his crater like bulbous eyes boring deep into the visages of his pupils.

As the students shuffled their feet under the tables and hands pressed onto knees,  despair writ large on their innocent faces.

Seated in the backseat Andrew began repenting the moment he had signed in for Philosophy classes.

Ever since, all his nights were being spent making long lonely calls to his mother

pleading with her to change his stream, to extricate him from the daily torture he underwent. (‘Mamma, I’m even ready to take up Science, also Maths, but please not this!’)

Unmindful, the old man continued, “You see, this beautiful world, its people, their love, the air we breathe, the trees, the pebbles, even this damn persistent cough that I have___ all this, or any of this could act as a trigger, help unlock the steel doors behind which reside human creativity. You never know when and how gems of wisdom will fall in your lap. It’s called serendipity, my dear”.

‘So, what’s your advice, Sir?’, a voice loaded with despair sprang from the back.

“A daily walk in the park, my dear. That would suffice”.

The class over, all Andrew could do was sigh and wonder, ‘It’s not a walk in the park___this acquisition of wisdom’.

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8 thoughts on “neelwrites/sundayphotofiction/flash/fiction/shortstory/21/01/2019

  1. Abhijit Ray

    Andrew may be relieved that he will get to walk in the park, I think Prof. is right when he said when knowledge takes a backseat, insight strikes.

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  2. The advice is good, although I don’t think it belongs in a Philosophy class!

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  3. It does originate in a Philosopghy class but winds it way into real life


  4. Poor Andrew, hopefully hindsight will be kinder..

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  5. “…..his crater like bulbous eyes boring deep into the visages of his pupils”this line reminded me of one of my college professors. He was a terror in our eyes back then. I understand that the teacher was imparting wisdom but somehow Andrew’s problem resonates with many -he was in the wrong class, studying the wrong subject

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    1. Hmmm…how true…A lot of use relate to such characters…Thanks Piyali that you could see what I wanted to be seen.

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