1. 1. Strange feeling
The lone beggar boy outside temple was startled at the continuous tinkle of coins in his bowl. Some generous man, he gratefully thought. There were 20 coins. Elated he crossed the road and put one coin in each bowl of the beggars squatting outside the church. Strange feeling, he felt, in giving instead of receiving.
2. 2. What did I tell you?
Alzheimer is in my family line. I keep it at bay by playing constantly Sudoku, Mahjong and mind games Strangely very few come to me to chat in my crowded colony. My daughter forgets my morning coffee and when reminded says I had already drunk. What did I tell you? You seem to be forgetting.
3. 3. Strange kid
I gave to the boy 20 rupee note for 18 rupees for tender coconut.
Returning two rupees taken from adjacent blind woman’s bowl, he said,” I am no beggar to take extra.”
Strange kid! “Who is she?”
“But she seems begging?”
“What if? She is blind and begs while I am physically fit.”
4. 4. The company
It was raining heavily and I was looking for shelter.
A man stood drenching outside a desolate house.
“Afraid of getting in? Seems haunted. We can keep company,” I said extending my hand.
Shaken by icy grip, I froze in fear as I saw in lightning flash his eerie smile on his hollow cavernous mouth
5. 5. Threat call
Fix your funeral for tonight
What crap? Who are you?
You squealed. Boss did not like your article.
You know, you ungrateful wretch,
I did not write any. Who is your target?
I am telephone mechanic at junction box. What number you want?
Sorry wrong number.
6. The invention
I met in bazaar my scientist friend. He was ecstatic.
“You seem very happy.”
“Yes, no more thirst for humans. I have found a pill.”
“Awesome!! Is it affordable?”
“Dirt cheap. Waiting for patent. I will become stinking rich!
“Production commenced. Commercial in two months.”
The Bisleri water bottle in his hand seemed odd.