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.


It looked like a hurricane had been through Aisha’s bedroom.

Books were scattered, clothes and papers strewn across the floor.

The girl was kneeling in front of the bookshelf, panicked and perspiring.

“Mummy, where is it? My lucky pen, where is it?” she screamed as her mother entered.

The pen had been her lucky charm, her best friend’s Nayana’s last gift before she had moved out of the country. Aisha was sure she had kept the pen in her drawer after the annual exams.

“I thought we’d get you a Parker pen this year,” her mother replied, as Aisha fell on her bed, crying, “so I gave it to Zia aunty’s junk sale.”

Like last 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 10, the word chosen by us was ~Junk~.

(© 11th April 2015)


Poetry & writing 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.

40 thoughts on “Junk?”

  1. Ha ha happened to me many a times. My mother once gave my diary to the Radhiwala when I was a teenager. So many lost memories 🙁

  2. Poor girl! Lucky or not, but once we make our opinion on something, then its difficult to let go of it. So all her future failures will be blamed on the lack of her lucky pen!
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    • Yeah. I used to do that when I was a child too. I don’t think all her future failures would be blamed, but at least some would be on the loss of that lucky charm. Thanks, Swathi.
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  3. It would have been really heartbreaking for Aisha.. Best friend’s gift carelessly given away.. Touching tale.. and as usual brilliant. So simple and yet so powerfully narrated!!
    (Shrikant recently posted… Jewellery)My Profile

  4. What a poignant tale. Familiarity is so comforting, even with something as insignificant as a pen especially if it holds happy memories. Vinay, I thank you most sincerely for visiting so many of my stories in one go! I so appreciate it, and of course your kind words.
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  5. I am the sentimental kind and have with me tons of knick knacks that are considered to be junk by my mom. Esp my pile of diaries. I quit my diary writing habit but i still dont feel like throwing the old ones away :p

    I make sure the precious stuff are safely hidden away though. I am scared of my mom’s cleaning sprees :p

    Nice story Leo 🙂

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