Mirage #FridayFotoFiction

Rajiv started the video-calling app.  He looked around to ensure he is alone before he dialed his wife.  Soon Naina’s beautiful face filled up the cell screen. She stared back as if it was unreal.

‘Hey,’ she said shyly,  ‘how are you?’.

‘Missing you Naina,’ he said softly.

‘Amma and Baba are also here,’  she said as they came onto the screen.

Rajiv felt emotional.  He missed them a lot. He wanted to leave this wretched job and go home.  But he imagined their starving existence.  He cannot be selfish, he resolved.

‘Your home is beautiful,’ Naina said, ‘Lovely flowers. How I wish I could come over.’

‘Soon,’ he said but he knew it would be never.

He heard the owners returning from their daily walk.  He disconnected and sneaked to his flat, still panting as he reached his bed at the end of a cramped row of bunk beds.


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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Vinitha says:

    That’s heartbreaking, Lata. You have expressed his misery as well as longingness to get back home so well. Life is so cruel sometimes, isn’t it!

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  2. Shalzmojo says:

    What all we need to do to make ends meet and with such heartbreaking choices. Well expressed and loved the way it fits the picture prompt!

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  3. Modern Gypsy says:

    That’s the sad reality of so many people who go to bigger cities in search of a better life. 😦 Beautifully narrated.

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  4. sudha says:

    That is the reality of most people who go out of the country to work.

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  5. Kala Ravi says:

    You painted a very real, vivid picture of the longing and helplessness of the man in just a few words! Wow!

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  6. So sad.. some sacrifice a lot for the sake of their family. Good one Lata

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  7. Its sad reality for many in Gulf.
    Loved your take on the prompt.

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    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks Anagha. It is very common in Kerala where majority of the population works abroad.

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  8. The harsh realities when the bread winner of the family needs to fend for the family. The family is oblivion of the fact that there are sturggles on the other side, yet he shows no traces of it.

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    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks Ramya. It is a sharp contrast to see these workers homes and the conditions they really live in as a migrant labourer.

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  9. Akshata says:

    Living apart and knowing that this is a long and arduous journey is never easy. Good one

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    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks Akshata. It is a sad reality for Gulf expatriates.

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  10. The life of people earning a living outside the country is rarely easy. Good portrayal of it, Lata. Thank you for writing for FridayFotoFiction

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    1. lataadmin says:

      Thanks Mayuri. I loved the photo prompt which showed an idyllic home which looked too good to be true. The story was inspired by this thought.

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  11. BellyBytes says:

    How sad to leave your family and work. And worse still to live in subhuman conditions……These poor men and women are the real heroes…

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    1. lataadmin says:

      It’s a sad reality in my home state Kerala.

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