The Obsession (#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 O is Obsession.

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The Obsession

Shilpa looked at the clock. Five minutes till they arrived. Taking a deep breath, she looked around the house.

“Everything looks good,” she told herself, just as she heard the door open.

Pranav led them into the living room, and like she always did, she smiled and touched their feet.

“Namaste, mummy-ji,” she greeted, confident that nothing would go wrong.

“Your bindi is off-center,” replied her mother-in-law, proving her wrong yet again.

bindi: a decorative mark worn in the middle of the forehead by Indian women. | namaste: a respectful greeting.

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

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
17th 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.

10 thoughts on “The Obsession (#AtoZChallenge)”

  1. Waah! Reading my name in the beginning of the tale made me jump! And, then the next line – taking a deep breath she looked around the house – this is just what I do, too, when someone’s to visit me! Poor girl, though, she should have checked her reflection in the mirror, na! One can never keep everyone happy all the time — that’s the lesson Shilpa needs to learn. The Shilpa in your story, as well as the Shilpa reading it! 😛
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  2. Shilpa took so much effort at keeping the house spicy and span that she forgot to have one last at herself in the mirror. And mummyji caught it. She should learn to ignore the senior lady.

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