© A Mixed Bag
THE DINOSAURS ARE BACK
By Neel Anil Panicker
Though well past sleep time, the questions keep flowing.
“Papa, will dinosaurs live again?”
‘No dear, the dead don’t come back,’ I say and turn off the lights.
An hour later, once Aarav finally slides into dreamland, Nina too goes to bed as she has an early morning shift, and anyways, sleep for her is an hourly indulgence thanks to the three-year-old’s metronomic wailings.
I amble to the other room and flick on the TV. A minister accused of gang raping his minor help thrusts his scruffy face and shouts, “Opposition parties want to destroy my clean image”.
The PM’s words the day he was sworn in ricochet off my benumbed brains, “I promise a corruption and crime-free governance”
“Maybe, this ape’s not heard of rape”.
Disgustedly, I flick channels.
A guy in a suit is holding something. In clipped English, he elucidates, “Guess what! Tech nostalgia is back. In this IPhone age of swishes and swooshes and swipes and taps, the 140 character Nokia 3310 is making a comeback.”
“Fauxtalgia”, I mutter and surf.
A man in a flaming orange tie harangues,“Walls…Immigration…Muslims…Terror…“
Exasperated, I slam the TV shut and slide into bed muttering, “Son, you’re right.
Dinosaurs are back”.
(c)neelanilpanicker2017 # fiction # short story #SUNDAYPHOTOFICTION # 200 words
Written for https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/sunday-photo-fiction-february-19th-2017/
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