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Life couldn’t have been more beautiful. Smooth road, fast car, and wind on my face. I smiled contentedly as I looked ahead with expectations. A train chugged along to my left. I glanced at it lazily and then I saw her. Our eyes met for a fraction of a second maybe. Tired eyes, vacant stare, shrunken face. Defeated? Exhausted? I wondered before I looked away in disdain or was it indifference? Parallel worlds. They will never meet. We will never…

But our worlds did meet. Not only did they meet, but intersected too, and in a cruel twist of fate I found myself on the same train, with tired eyes, vacant stare, shrunken face. Defeated. Exhausted.  And then I saw her to my right. She was looking ahead, smiling contentedly. Smooth road, fast car, and wind on her face. To my horror, she turned slowly to look at my way. Our eyes met. There was no disdain or indifference in her eyes, only an understanding and a prayer for me. I looked away just as I had, that day, when we saw each other for the first time. I had looked away, back then with disdain and distaste. I looked away again but now with shame.


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She is a Doctor by profession , working in Delhi. Loves traveling, mind games and playing with words… And also the chief-co brewer of GingerChai. She is the chief brewer of some of the interesting categories you see in GingerChai. Follow @manishalsam

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    1. mani

      Well it was enough for what I wanted to put forth. And its more an abstract rather than a fiction. There was one such type in Jeffrey Archer’s short story collection (not that I am saying this one compares to it, it cant) He is my simply great

  1. Ambi

    Didn’t understand a thingy… this is one massage my brain can do without.

    Mani, help this dim wit out… what was this about?

  2. mani

    dear Ambi. This is nothing to do with dim wit or full wit, but just a metaphor-ish note, an abstract ,symbolic thingy. In our course/journey of life we often act callously knowingly or unknowingly towards the unfortunate ones, but situations can reverse too

      1. mani

        it means dont act superior, disdainful or self righteous to some one who is having a misfortune, things can reverse (as fate spares none)and you might find yourself at the recieving end instead. n i hope this time you understood or else I give up 🙂 n stop writing totally 😀

        1. Ambi


          You could have posted just that, now couldn’t you!?

          And trying to make me an excuse to stop writing… nice try!!


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