The Future that wasn’t – Friday Foto Fiction

IMG_5628Kanhaiya took a deep breath. He had finally snuck in and was living his moment of borrowed glory. The son of a tea vendor, Kanhaiya had grown up with dreams of becoming a corporate hot-shot ever since he had heard President Kalam speak of following your dreams and had excelled in academics. He fiercely guarded his grandiose ideas and his father had looked on him as the only source of pride in his waning years.

When tragedy struck, he had felt the crumbling of a life built only on dreams and the practical necessity of becoming the sole breadwinner of his family. He had often seen the Sun Corp ( where he delivered tea daily) employees complain of the grind. Where Ashok (whose seat Kanhaiya occupied)  found the pinups a profound source of stress, Kanhaiya only saw a future beyond his reach.

A “Hey, you chaiwalla. Get out!” Crashed him back to reality.

Linking up with Tina and Mayuri

Categories: Flash fiction, Friday FotoFiction

20 replies

  1. Awesome story. Who knows how many dreams are crushed like this….very well written Lavanya!!

    Prasanna from Team MocktailMommies

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    • So true. All of us complain so much about the work stress and the problems we face at the workplace. I always wondered how things would look like for someone who only dreams of having what we already do. Thanks for writing in.


  2. The story of an underdog and I am hopeful he will triumph Lav. Loved your take on the prompt

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  3. Everyone has the rights to fulfill his dreams. Nicely written.

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  4. This is a lovely version of the picture prompt. Many dreams are shattered under such dialogues, many wings are cut with the tongue. But I hope somewhere someone gets to live their dreams.

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  5. That is not fair! We have a chaiwalla for a PM, so dreams do come true!
    Well written, Lavanya.
    Thank you for writing for #FridayFotoFiction

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  6. Dreams give wings and insults fire! Now that he is got both, I am sure he will soar new highs in life sooner than later!
    – Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

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  7. That ending was brutal and absolutely on point. Fantastic take, Lavanya

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  8. This is a lovely take on the prompt, Chai walas are ruling! Thanks for linking up with #FridayFotoFiction.

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  9. The life of one unhappy with it, might be a dream to another. Beautiful thought.

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  10. This story breaks my heart. By which i mean this is a great story.

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