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Tri-colour waved with elegance atop the snow-clad mountain. Smile descended on his face conquering the bleeding wounds. The waving flag transported him to a faraway land by river side…

 

“Why do we have a tri-colour on our ship father?”, quizzed the little boy while walking on the jetty.

“For I am proud to be Indian”, came a reply.

“Why should we be proud of it?”

“Because it’s our motherland, our mother”, said the man walking behind, with a limp.

Jumping on to ship’s deck boy checked, “Have you given anything back to your mother?”

The man stopped in his way. “Right leg. Lost it in the war. You know that”

“What should I be giving her?”

“Yourself, will you?”, checked the father.

Without any hesitation he replied, “I will”

 

Lying motionless, breathing heavily, he smiled and uttered, one last time, “I did. Jai Hind” The valley echoed it with pride!


Word Count: 150

The waving flag, stood prominently when I was pondering over the prompt this week. It pushed the ship and the serene waters way back, to catch my attention. Before I could know, I had this story ready in my mind.  Probably because the spirit of patriotism lies deep rooted in our sub conscious.

At the same time, my attention was drawn to the fact that don’t we owe a lot to all the martyrs, the soldiers, the brave hearts who lay their lives to protect our freedom and security? But, in return, what do we offer them? We take their services for granted. We enjoy the sense of security at the cost of their lives. We fight to have separate flags for states, for special status, for issues that are detrimental to the growth of our country. All this while they face  the harsh weather conditions bravely to  secure our boundaries.

Lets pause for a moment and introspect our choices before we think or act on matters of national interest and pride. This is the least we can offer..

I am taking part in the #FridayFotoFiction – Weekly Flash Fiction Writing Challenge hosted byTina and Mayuri


30 Comments

Bellybytes · March 18, 2018 at 3:00 am

Got goosebumps Anagha

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Me too when I conceived the idea Sunita. At times I wonder as to why do we get goosebumps when we hear/sing national anthem or say catch a glimpse of waving Tri-colour! Have you also experienced the same?

sukrisblog · March 18, 2018 at 10:31 am

That was an eye opener .. we are all so glued to our own selfish thoughts nobody seems to take time off to think about nation or

    sukrisblog · March 18, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Or anyone else

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Indeed we are selfish! We expect everything from the mother, motherland and when demands are not fulfilled, we grudge. Thanks Sudha for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

mahekg · March 18, 2018 at 10:32 am

True there are people who are protecting us 24 × 7 so we fight over communal issues, disrespect their love, ignore our country and surroundings. I think we should have a common goal a progressive country.

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Thats a beautiful thought Manisha…having a common goal of progress! Thanks for visiting and putting up a valuable point to ponder, act upon.

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · March 18, 2018 at 2:07 pm

with emotions beautiful lines

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for dropping by and appreciations Pushpendraji.

Vasantha · March 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Feeling proud to read your story. I too think the same way as you think about our soldiers. We should respect them for their dedicated services.

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    So glad to know that! The thread of pride about our Motherland, about our soldiers runs deep for most of us, isnt it Vasantha. Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

mohanmekap · March 18, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Wonderful short story.

    Anagha Yatin · March 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for visiting and appreciating. Glad that you liked it.

manustu · March 18, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Nice…

Sapna Dhyani · March 18, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Such a beautiful story you weaved Anagha, and in limited number of words. Just loved it. Bravo!

    Anagha Yatin · March 21, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you so much Sapna for dropping by and appreciating my efforts.

pratikshya2 · March 19, 2018 at 7:45 am

Really liked it. Children are so impressionable. Patriotic thoughts and storied as these..always make me teary eyed.

    Anagha Yatin · March 19, 2018 at 9:04 am

    So true Pratikshya and same with me too! Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

knightofsteel · March 19, 2018 at 7:07 pm

So apt in today’s times Anagha! We will always be the first to ask people to respect the army but still, modernisation is a distant dream and there are so many vacancies in important posts. Everyday life for a soldier is terrible with poor facilities and yet the only thing we ask from us is to respect them. Respect is simply not enough.

    Anagha Yatin · March 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Rightly said Arjun, respect is simply not enough. Thank you for furthering the discussion on this topic.

Mayuri Nidigallu · March 21, 2018 at 1:30 am

It is because of these brave and selfless souls that we sleep safely at home. Loved your take on the prompt, Anagha!
Thank you for writing for #FridayFotoFiction

    Anagha Yatin · March 21, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    So rightly said Mayuri…we sleep peacefully at the expense of their vigil! Glad you liked it Mayuri. The pleasure of spinning the stories around #FridayFotoFiction prompt is immense.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · March 22, 2018 at 8:58 am

Wow !!!1 an amazing piece of writing, in short the emotions and responsibilities expressed so nicely. Loved it a lot.

    Anagha Yatin · March 22, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you so much Jyotirmoy for the uplifting remarks. Thanks for visiting.

Tina Basu · March 22, 2018 at 7:23 pm

This was a good piece Anagha. We are always proud and thankful to our army men

    Anagha Yatin · March 22, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you Tina for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Varsha Kalelkar · March 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for a reminder and shaking up the dust on those deep rooted emotions we all have, but are lost in this rut and selfish goals.

Meha Sharma · March 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm

This was so beautiful Anagha! Loved it! And yes we thought on the same lines 😊

    Anagha Yatin · March 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks Meha for visiting. Its the common thread of thoughts or the ideology that brings us together, I feel!

      Meha Sharma · March 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      I agree! So glad that we connected 😃Love the way you write. So much to learn from you!

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