The Zero

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. This year, I’m planning to do short pieces of fiction (not a series), or a poem based on a word with that letter.


I got zero.

It didn’t hurt. There were reasons for that score.

I told them. They didn’t accept.

My reasons became just excuses.

They put me into tuitions.

I got zero.

It didn’t hurt. There were reasons for that score.

They gave me zero chances to rectify it.

They didn’t believe in me.

That hurt.


To write 26 days in a month on a theme, a moral support is quite useful I feel. This year, I’m taking the challenge along with my friend Bhavya. We’re writing on the same themes each day, and giving each other the themes on alternate days. Day 26, the word chosen by me was ZERO.


(30th April 2014)

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Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

26 thoughts on “The Zero

    • It’s kind of pressuring, yes. I know that. It’s just a little belief that is needed. Continuous failure perhaps is not an option, and no child would like that either, but first failure being treated as a devastation kind of takes the wind out of the sails, Jb.

  1. I wonder when parents will realize how little an impact academic scores have on how contented you are with your life.

    Your stories have been a delight to read Leo. Congratulations of completing the challenge. Do stay in touch… if you will. Otherwise, otherwise. 🙂

    • It might still be a while before that realization I think 🙂 But I hope it happens.

      Your posts have been a delight to read as well, Dagny (and I’ll catch up on them soon) 🙂 There’s no otherwise… I’ve been rapt by your posts, and some have indeed been serene 😉 I’ll be back there soon!

  2. That usually happens but I am lucky in this case… My father always supported me with all his believe in me and that’s why I improved and I am still improving 🙂
    When there is no one to believe in us, a great flow of discouragement shoves us back!

    Within so short you said something great, Kudos Dearo! 😀

  3. One should listen.. and especially as a parent to their children!
    its so important..

    nicely expressed Leo
    And congratulations on successfully completing the challenge! 🙂

    • Yes. Very important, Pixie 🙂 A little trust would go a long way. Some things, yes, it’d be good to panic, but not when there is a chance for redemption.

      Happt to have finished the challenge 😀

  4. oh come on ! why bother about the results . For me, I write for my soul. I never care about the results ..moreover ups and downs are part of life.. You are a very good writer and I enjoy reading your posts 🙂 so all smiles from one of your fan today for the effort you did in competing 🙂 🙂 I hope that it would make your day 😉 cheers!!

  5. Having worked with kids, I know how much of a reality this is. Parents just can’t let go of their aspirations to know what the kid wants.

    One of your gems, this one.

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