#AtoZChallenge 2017 – K for Karma

Laya hadn’t seen Raagesh in over ten years before today. But if it wasn’t for the resume he had given her, she might not have recognized him. The man in front of her didn’t feel like the confident, charming Raagesh she had been friends with in college. The brown eyes had lost the smile they usually had. Even his voice earlier had betrayed a lack of belief.

As she went through the questions for the interview, his answers were on the money. She hadn’t doubted that ability. He had been one of the highest ranked in the college.

“Thank you, Mr. Das,” she said, keeping to the formal tone expected of her from the other interviewers beside her. “I think I can speak for my colleagues and say we’re impressed with your technical ability. When can you join?”

She saw that old smile return to his eyes, as he thanked the team for their decision. The market had been hard on even the best that year. The loss of his old job had been hard on him.

“I haven’t forgotten how you helped me to not give up on myself back in college,” she thought, now giving him the chance he truly deserved.

My theme for this April is something I call ON SHORT NOTICE. The topic for the letter K is Karma, suggested by Dhivya, in the previous post. I request you, my readers, to suggest a word with L that might inspire my post for L. 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,
13th 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.

10 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge 2017 – K for Karma”

  1. I can totally relate to the characters in the story…I’m like Laya too in noticing the smile in the eye first…Davies fan remember? “Lips can enrich the smile that her eyes began” ?

    A good take on Karma..Loved it Vinu ..My suggestion for L would be Love, luck, luxury and of course Lion ?

  2. Karma, indeed. And I feel it transcends one-on-one links. Sometimes someone from a community shows gratitude for an act of kindness from years before, finding his/ her purpose in that.

    • It does transcend one on one links too, yes. 🙂 But it’s good when karma comes back in a good way rather than a bad way (which is usually more prominently portrayed or thought of). Thank you, Lalita.

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