The Dancer (#AtoZChallenge)

This is my 9th attempt at the month-long blogging challenge, Blogging from A to Z. I’ve completed it 5 times so far. My theme this year is 7 Sentence Fiction, and the word I’m using for D is Dancer.

Dancer AtoZ2018

The Dancer

She was lazily flipping channels on the TV when she saw it. It had been years, but watching an old performance from the renowned dancer brought back memories of her own arangettam.

“Enough of dance, it’s time to get you married, Ambili,” her mother had said, and that had been the end of that. She argued for a while, and then gave in to her mother’s wishes.

The next day, when she entered her bedroom, she noticed a delicately wrapped gift on the bedside table. The moment she took it in her hands, she knew what it was.

“It’s never too late to be the dancer you wanted to be,” said the note from Sree, her husband, as the chilanka fell unwrapped onto her bed.


chilanka: a dancer’s anklets; arangettam: a classical dancer’s debut on-stage performance.

Liked this? Maybe you can read some of my earlier posts: Stories | for A to Z 2018.

(Β© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
4th April, 2018)


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.

34 thoughts on “The Dancer (#AtoZChallenge)”

    • I hope so too, Sreedeep. πŸ™‚ She has the support of her husband, and an interest that hasn’t waned over the years. So she could go for it. πŸ˜€

  1. There is no age to follow your passion. I learned Bharatnatyam for 6 years back in school days, it brought back memories. A support from the soulmate means the world to everyone.

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