#AtoZChallenge 2017 – B is for Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder

Ayan was frantically searching every inch of the room when Tina walked in.

“What are you looking for?” she asked her husband.

“My watch. I can’t find it anywhere. I remember keeping it on the table last night.”

In his anxiety, Ayan didn’t notice the smile on Tina’s face.

“I’ve a gift for you,” she said, showing him the packet she was hiding behind her back.

“You’ve had that old silver strap watch since so many years. It has lost its color, its shine, its beauty. It’s your birthday today, your first one after our marriage. So I took that away and bought you a new one.”

Ayan opened the packet to find a new gold watch. She smiled seeing the beauty of the new watch, gave him a hug and went out of the room.

He stood there, unable to speak, remembering the birthday twenty years back when his father had given him the old watch.

My theme for this April is something I call ON SHORT NOTICE. The topic for the letter B is Beauty lies in the Eyes of the Beholder as suggested by Sneha, in the previous post, and Beauty as suggested by Radhika, Christie and Moonie as well. I request you, my readers, to suggest a word with C that might inspire my post for C. I’ll choose one from the options I get, and write on that. I won’t choose the same reader for successive days. Thanks in advance!

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
3rd April, 2017)


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.

58 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge 2017 – B is for Beauty Lies in the Eyes of the Beholder”

  1. “B for Beauty” – Is it in the topic or the beauty of emotions covered in your writing! Super impressed Vinu. Equally amazed that you wrote it spontaneously on a suggested topic.

    Keep Impressing and Keep writing..

    My topic suggestion for C is Companion or Care

    • Glad that the short notice fiction worked out, Janie. 🙂 Perhaps the villain in this tale is just the circumstances. It happens. Maybe he can try to get the old watch back too.

      Glad the writing impressed. Companion or Care? Sounds nice. Let’s see what the others suggest. 🙂

    • Yes. Tricky. 🙂 I hope he gets the old one back too. No portrayal of bad or good here, Tina. 😀 It’s just the perspective of beauty. She was thinking of him, and his reasons for the old watch’s pricelessness are valid too.

  2. Wish he wore the one gifted by his Dad! He can always convince his wife. Loved the story!
    My choice for C will be Cold-blooded murderer ?
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    • She has only taken it away. Maybe she still has it and will give it to him once he tells of its importance. Alle? 🙂

      Glad you loved the story, Shalzzz. Cold Blooded Murderer? Feeling dark, are we? 😉

    • A valid wondering, SSJ. 🙂 I imagined that they were recently married, with the birthday coming soon after, before he could explain the importance. I think that that didn’t come through in the post. (Good catch. Something I can work on in the next fiction I write.)

  3. Oh no! Things others do to make us happy but end up hurting us 🙁
    Well written!
    How about C for creativity?
    Btw – this is a unique way of taking up the challenge. Good luck and I’ll come back for your stories.
    (Parul recently posted… B for Being you #AtoZChallenge)My Profile

    • Yes. That happens at times, Parul. Part of life. Glad you felt it well written. 🙂

      Unique way, perhaps. Extremely challenging already though. Hehehe. 😀

  4. He never told her the history behind the watch?? He should have 😀 I like this concept of your blog where you want people to suggest topics…It becomes like a contest where you want your suggestion to be chosen and hence attracts people to the comments section…Brilliant Idea there 🙂 …. My suggestion for C- Cocoon

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    • He might have. I imagined it to be early into their marriage, and the excitement to get him something was overwhelming. 🙂

      Glad you liked the theme, Jaish. It helps when I get a topic out of the blue that inspires, but it’s challenging to write on short notice too. 😀

  5. I can relate to Ayan for being a little shocked and perhaps disappointed that Tina replaced something he loved with something new. But this is the moment perhaps that he should realize we keep creating memories all our life and sometimes for the new ones , the older ones need to go.

    My suggestion for C is Charisma . I love that word 🙂 will come back to see if it inspired you.
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  6. Such a beautiful story… and I am loving your theme… crowdsourcing your next topic.! You have really taken the challenge to the next level…. awesome!

  7. Sometimes the best of intentions can produce the opposite effect to that which was intended. We’ve probably all been there, on one side or the other.
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    • Yes. Memories do matter to the value of the object, Vidya. 🙂 I imagine they’ve only recently been married, so would have not told her yet. But the girl might not have sold it or such. He might find it after the initial shock.

  8. Yeah!! i am so glad you chose my idea and never knew something so beautiful could come out of it. Beautifully written and great concept!!
    I wonder how you are managing the impromptu posts.. must be fun and exciting 🙂
    Happy Blogging!!

    • Thank you for the idea, and am glad that what came of it was beautiful. 🙂 It was fun and exciting for sure, SS, but difficult to maintain with some personal travels and problems later on in the month.

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