Sunday Photo Fiction – April 7, 2019

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Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr


“Sign here”. 

The engineer looked at the sheaf of papers that the Municipal Council official had thrust at him.

A slightly perplexed expression formed on his otherwise sanguine face.

“What’s this? This file was never so heavy. It’s stuffed with papers. Never seen so many in my entire almost two score career. What’s the fuss…after all it is just a bridge.”

The Council official met him in the eye and answered, without batting an eye, “Exactly, that’s why. That’s why it is time for some far reaching changes. Changes that would ensure that this mindset of ‘after all it’s just a bridge’ that you and others of your ilk carry changes. And changes for the better. The powers that be have finally decided to take the bull by the horns and eviscerate all forms of malpractices and disembowel all corrupt practices.”

Though more than taken aback by the brute bluntness of the senior official’s  barrage and rabid denouncement of corruption, the engineer still decided to put up a fight.

“But, still, what does it have to do with me? After all I…”

The Council representative volleyed back, his voice dripping in sarcasm

“After all it’s just a minor matter that of the seventeen bridges that you’ve built in the past two years, as many as thirteen of them collapsed within six months.  The reason: substandard use of construction material including nepotism in the awarding of labour contracts. Your signature on these documents will sound your death knell. Henceforth, you can no longer exculpate yourself for rendering of services not upto the mark”.

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4 thoughts on “neelwrites/flash/fiction/shortstory/SPF/07/04/2019

  1. Neat exposé of corrupt practices, Neel, all too prevalent in our world

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  2. Abhijit Ray

    Engineer is caught. Did he not pay cut to the officer? Or the officer suddenly had a change of heart?

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  3. Caught in the act so it seems. Wouldn’t it be great if all public officials were held to a high standard. Nicely done Neel

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  4. That would be wondwrful but then it is very utopian. Thanks


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