A peak-summer, blistering hot morning of the plains. Rusted ceiling fans of the stone walled, nondescript government office whirled and made grudging, grinding sound. The flesh and bones behind the desks with their heads buried in discolored files went on with their rigmarole in characteristic lackadaisical way. The air smelled melancholic.

As he entered, he moved mechanically towards the table in the right corner.

Clearing his throat, he stood waiting for the head behind the table to rise and acknowledge his arrival.

“Masterji, again?”, bounced the question laced with irritation from across the table.

“Any progress?”

“You are a Science teacher, aren’t you?”

“Was. Now more than a year that I’ve retired”

“You still remember the laws of motion”

“I do. But what’s it…?”

“For something to move, force is needed. Something like that, some law of motion?”

“Yes but I’m not clear”

“Masterji, you have to give to get. Not other way round”, he air quoted leaning back on his chair. “Grease them to slide smoothly”, he said suggestively by scratching his palm.

Masterji shook his head woefully as his pursuit of getting his pension file cleared from the Education Department, again met with the dead end of the corruption.

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Word Count: 200
Prompt Used: You have to give to get. Not other way round.
Linking this post to #WoWe Week2 by Mayuri and Rashi


Categories: FictionShort Story


Jyotirmoy Sarkar · June 25, 2019 at 8:52 pm

A very common incident used to take place earlier in a profound way…so far i have heard and watched in the Bengali movies during my childhood days.

    Anagha Yatin · June 25, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    The reel world borrows a lot from the real life, isnt it Jyotirmoy? Thanks for visiting and sharing your thought on the tale.

rashimital · June 25, 2019 at 10:51 pm

It’s deeply heartwrenching. There are so many people going through this situations. Pains my heart that at such age they have to run around to ask and get what’s their right. You’ve penned it so beautifully. The emotions, the struggle feels so real. Thanks for writing in, Anagha. I love reading your work. Apologies we declared the winner before you linked. We should perhaps move to declaring winner on wednesday than Tuesday. Will talk to Mayuri about this. Thanks again. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · June 26, 2019 at 5:34 am

    Corruption is a stigma to our society. It turns nasty when we find genuine people being troubled by it. Pension seekers are one such who face this demon at the age when they should be relaxing and enjoying the fruit of their life time labour.
    Thanks Rashi for resonating with my thought, my tale.
    Now for declaring the winner. Please do not apologize. The rules are rules and you are following them. And most important, I have enjoyed writing on the prompts of #WoWe so far which itself is none less than winning!
    Much love to you and Mayuri for conducting #WoWe.

Apeksha Rao · June 26, 2019 at 8:52 am

I could picture this in my mind – the greasy civil servant and the upright school teacher. Very well written!

    Anagha Yatin · June 26, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Thanks Apeksha for visiting and for kind words that lifted my spirit.

Corinne Rodrigues · June 26, 2019 at 10:46 am

You set this up very well, Anagha. Such a sad reality!

    Anagha Yatin · June 26, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Sad to core, Corinne. Thanks for visiting.

Unishta · June 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm

A true story that seems to play out in every walk of life…….

Mayuri Nidigallu · June 26, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Your words conjured up the picture of this painful reality for me, Anagha. Glad you used the prompt to shine light on this ugly reality. Thank you for writing for #WoWe

Rajlakshmi · June 27, 2019 at 6:24 pm

This story immediately reminded me of an incident that my dad was talking about. It is so hard to get things done without bringing. Almost impossible. Wonderful storytelling. Loved the way you described the office.

magiceye · July 5, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Sad but true.

    Anagha Yatin · July 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    How I wish, in near future such a reality would be a distant past.
    Thanks Deepak for visiting and sharing your thought on the story.

Sachin Baikar · July 7, 2019 at 11:16 pm

Heart touching one. Very well written post, Anagha. Nice to see back with your short stories.

    Anagha Yatin · July 8, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Thanks Sachin for a heartwarming comment. Glad to see you back at my blog. A lot for me to catch up on your posts and I am sure, I will take that up soon.

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