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The clock had barely struck six, when Raghu returned home. Sinking into sofa, he dumped laptop bag by his side with much anguish.

‘Something not right. Performance pressure can be killing’, thought Appa*, as he winded up game of solitaire.

“Coffee?”, asked Appa, patting Raghu’s mop.

Piping hot filter coffee, failed to cheer up Raghu as he dispassionately gulped it.

“Lets play tic-tac-toe. You loved playing it in younger days” mentioned Appa, to strike a conversation.

Appa drew grid and asked “X or O?”

With no response from Raghu, Appa took the lead.

“Cross for you, goes well with your mood”, he joked.

In less than a minute, Appa drew a line completing the sequence of O’s.

“Life is a game, Raghu. Know how to win it. It will throw challenges to you. Treat them as opportunities to gauge your strength. Circumstances will push you in corner. It’s time to assess your resourcefulness to find the ways out. You may think that it’s nadir. Assure yourself, this too shall pass”, concluded Appa in comforting tone.

*Appa means Father in Southern India and elder brother in Maharashtra, India
Word Count: 175
Linking this post to Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers – 175th Challenge by PricelessJoy. 
Thank you Yarn Spinner for this week’s photo prompt.


Priceless Joy · July 24, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Appa sounds like a very wise father (brother)! Great story!

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 9:29 am

    With age comes the wisdom, I believe. Thanks PJ for visiting and commenting.

sukrisblog · July 24, 2018 at 7:19 pm

It is how we learn life lessons from a childhood game.

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    True that Sudha. Unknowingly we learn a lot from simple games. Thanks dear.

michael1148humphris · July 25, 2018 at 4:17 am

I enjoyed this story. Hope you don’t mind me asking did you mean [barely instead of barley] and [piping instead of peeping]

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Thank you so much Michael for pointing out the mistakes. Poor proof reading on my part needs to be addressed…
    Thanks for visiting.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · July 25, 2018 at 7:31 am

You have nicely woven the prompt in the story. Games can teach us a lot of things. That’s why we encourage kids to play games.

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Agree you Anshu. Games teach many lessons subtly.
    Thanks for visiting and commenting dear.

Sajid Akhter · July 25, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Hi Anagha,

Life surely is like a game with ups and down and twists and turns. We should stay positive and be focus. I guess life without challenges will become boring. So a bit a hurdles here and there is nice to cross and celebrate.

Thanks for this motivating post. Have a good day. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Totally agree you. Life without challenges is so plain and insipid. What matters most is the perspective of looking at it? It could a break event or a make event… choice rests with us.
    Thanks for visiting Sajid and sharing your thoughts.

Reema D'souza · July 25, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Sometimes little games have so much to teach us. Life has its challenges that we must learn to face. Enjoyed reading this.

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks Reema

Mayuri6 · July 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm

Appa has taught me too, through your story, Anagha. A beautiful thought and so much wisdom written so well. Love your stories Anagha.

    Anagha Yatin · July 25, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you Mayuri.

priyareflects · July 25, 2018 at 11:41 pm

Wise words. I always admire you for the wisdom that you cleverly impart through your character.

    Anagha Yatin · July 26, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Thank you for appreciation Priya.

Corinne Rodrigues · July 26, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Appa’s words are priceless!
I love tic-tac-toe! 😉

    Anagha Yatin · July 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Lets play one Corinne! Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Sonia Chatterjee · July 26, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Such a beautiful post. Appa indeed knows how to handle the difficultt situations in life.

    Anagha Yatin · July 26, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Sonia

Rupali · July 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Great message Anagha.

    Anagha Yatin · July 26, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks Rupali

neerajme · July 26, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Sure,life gives challenges and we will have to face them and sometime everyone needs a reassuring appa.

motivating one!

    Anagha Yatin · July 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you Neeraj

Bhagyashree · July 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm

I liked this take the best. ?

Bhagyashree · July 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm

I liked this take the best

    Anagha Yatin · July 27, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Thanks Bhagyashree

Sachin Baikar · July 26, 2018 at 10:35 pm

Motivational post, very well written ? Anagha.
Thanks for sharing ?

    Anagha Yatin · July 27, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Thanks Sachin. There is at least one Appa in everyone’s life whose wisdom helps us sail the storms of life, isnt it?

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · July 27, 2018 at 3:24 am

interesting story telling with beautiful wordings

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · July 27, 2018 at 8:34 am

A potential positive message through this post.
Nicely penned.

    Anagha Yatin · July 27, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Thanks Jyotirmoy

Roy S · July 27, 2018 at 10:31 am

Childhood defines the learning curve for us. Well written.

Kate @ everywhere and nowhere · July 29, 2018 at 12:35 am

very wise words ?

abhibishnu · July 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Interesting use of the game of tic-tac-toe in tacling life issues.
Innovative 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks Abhimanshu

Bhavna Saurabh Sharma · July 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm

leaving our mobiles aside and if we try playing those childhood games again , I think we will learn a lot. This was amazing.

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