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#Bar-A-Thon Day 3: Three’s A Crowd

The setting was perfect, Manasi was looking gorgeous in her black dress while Sumit looked like a Greek god in his black suit. After six months of having a baby, they had planned a dinner date leaving their baby in the custody of grandparents.

The waiter took the order, Manasi was waiting for some romantic conversation.

Sumit’s phone rang. A call by one of his clients took a good half an hour after which the rest of the evening was gone with Sumit making arrangements for his client’s visit.
“Three’s a crowd,” she thought as they sat in the car.

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This post is written as an entry for Day 3 of the Bar- A- Thon Edition 3. I am using my theme as the marathon of 100 word story challenge combining with the prompt for today which is ‘Three’s a crowd’.

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#Bar-A-Thon 2018 Day 2 – Lesser of Two Evils

Her family was planning her marriage. She resisted and opted for M.A. Statistics only to realise it was not meant for her.

“Dad, any marriage proposal for me?”

“Yes, but he is a divorce`.”

“It’s ok dad. It will work.”

Her semester was coming to an end.

“Dad, any other?”

“Yes, but the age difference!”

“It’s ok, dad.”

“He drinks too.”

“No worries, dad.”

She got engaged.

Her exams were approaching.

“They are asking for an early marriage.”

“It’s ok, dad.” She chose the lesser of two evils for that was the only way to skip her exams.

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This post is written as an entry for Day 2 of the Bar- A-Thon Edition 3. The prompt that I am using is the marathon of 100 word stories combined with the prompt for today which is ‘lesser of two evils’.

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Home hacks I swear by every monsoon

Monsoon is a beautiful season. It is poetic, romantic, dreamy and just lovely. However, it monsoon also means dampness, moisture, mud, and leaks. Muddy footprints in the house is an unavoidable issue. It also brings with it a lot of infections and mosquitoes. That’s why It becomes essential to take care of health, hygiene, and sanitation in and around the house.

Here are some tips which I follow every year to make my house ready before monsoons in order to prevent mosquitoes and diseases.

1. Timely repair of taps and pipes

I keep a check on all the pipes and get them repaired in time to avoid any water seepage or water accumulation at any place around the house. Also, the place where water purifiers are installed generally remains damp and moist. It is a must to keep it dry and clean during this season.

2. Dark areas

It becomes a must before the onset of monsoons to spot all the dark areas of the house and get them cleaned regularly. Areas that are underneath the sink especially become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and germs during this season. Every night I clean these places and spray mosquito repellents or a disinfectant liquid in this place.

3. Sewage

It is extremely important to de-clog the sewages regularly. Even if the sewage is not clogged, I put de-clog and drain cleaning powders regularly during monsoons. It prevents mosquitoes and cockroaches from entering the house.

4. Declutter is a must

It is very important to declutter and organise the house especially kitchen before monsoons. The unused items lying around the house often clutter the house and become the breeding ground of mosquitoes and spread infections.

Also, organise the house and kitchen in such a way that every member should be able to access the things easily.

5. Care for the closets

It is useful to put some neem leaves or cloves in the between the clothes in the cupboards to keep the silverfish at bay and keep them fresh.

6. Roll away those carpets

If you have carpets in the house, it is better to roll them away during monsoons. It is a very common sight to have wet feet and shoes in the house, carpets become damp with wet feet and do not dry easily during this season. It becomes difficult to maintain hygiene with carpets around during rains as they can house germs.

7. Keep an antiseptic liquid handy

It is important to keep hygiene essentials like antiseptic liquid and a liquid handwash at an easily accessible place and ensure that everyone uses it at least once after coming from outside and especially after getting caught in the rains. Cuts and bruises are not uncommon, so for that, I keep a bottle of antiseptic liquid handy since the chances of infections are very high in this season.

8. Checking the doors and windows

It is always better to keep the doors and windows tightly shut and see that the rainwater does not come inside from beneath the doors. For this, one can get a rubber strip fixed at the bottom of the door which would keep rainwater away.

9. Change and wash upholstery

I wash the curtains with Antiseptic liquid before the monsoons because these catch a lot of dust and do not dry easily during the rainy season. It is advisable to either change them and opt for light colours and wash them before the onset of monsoons to keep a check on mosquitoes.

10. Throw away unwanted shoes

Shoes if lying unused for some time, start catching fungus due to dampness. It is better to get rid of them before monsoons and clean and wash those which are being used regularly. Also, whenever possible keep them under the sun to ensure there is no moisture in them.

11. Regular cleaning of dustbins

It is always better to change the dustbins or clean and dry them properly. Also, if possible to use dustbin bags for proper disposal of garbage.

12. Door knobs and handles

I remember when my father was discharged from hospital last year, doctors especially advised us to clean the switchboards, door knobs and handles with a good surface cleaner like Dettol. These are touched by everybody especially the maids and have a lot of germs in them. To avoid the spread of germs in the house, it is important to clean them every day.

I follow these tips to take care of the health and hygiene for my family. Let me know your tips and hacks for monsoons too in the comment box.

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#BAR-A-THON 2018 Day 1 :One too many

“Nandita, you just have to do it once. Look at the amount he is paying. You’ll be able to buy the dress you want for Aman’s party.” Nandita gave into Renuka’s suggestion.

That ‘one time’ was followed by many for she wanted the lifestyle of her friends.

The first time she felt ‘dirty’ but soon got used to it until one day she found that she was pregnant.

What about her ‘boards’? What about her parents? What if everyone found out? How about her school?

The next morning, she was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room.

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This post is written as an entry for Day 1 of the Bar-A-Thon Edition 3. The prompt that I am using for my posts is the marathon of 100 word stories combined with the prompt for today which is ‘one too many’.

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Open 24 Hours

Ronit entered the pub named Open 24 Hours, with his group of friends. They were all there to celebrate Mohit’s birthday. They ordered their drinks and went to the dance floor. After a couple of hours, Ronit went to the washroom, when he came out of the washroom, his eyes caught a girl outside the girl’s washroom, holding her high-heeled sandals in one of her hands. She was trying to make a call but was facing some network issues. She looked worried.

Ronit went to her and asked, “Would you like to use my phone? I might be a stranger to you but if you don’t mind you can use my phone. You can delete the number from the caller’s list if you want.

Hesitatingly, she took the phone and dialled a number.

“Mom, the party is going to be over soon. I will be back in an hour. Don’t worry about me. I am fine. Bye.”

She gave the phone back to him.

“My name is Raima. I am here with my friends. I was trying to call my mom to tell her that I am okay. Thanks for the help.” She said in a friendly voice.

“I am Ronit. That’s okay. I am here with my friends too. Are you going inside?”

“No, I want to stay outside for a while. Do you mind joining me?” Raima asked him.

“Umm, okay,” Ronit replied.

Just then Raima’s phone rang and she answered. She told him that it was her friend who was looking for her and asking to go home. She excused herself and went towards the exit door.

After a while, Ronit went inside and joined his friends who were still on the dance floor.

The next day, Ronit was sitting in his office but was not able to focus on his work. His thoughts were still occupied by the events of last night. He wasn’t able to get Raima out of his mind. Maybe it was love at first sight!

The week spent as usual in his office. The following weekend he thought of visiting the pub again. He spoke to his friends and they decided to go to the same pub again.

Ronit was hoping to see Raima again there. His eyes were looking for her while his friends were enjoying themselves on the floor. Feeling restless he went out to the terrace where they had met last weekend. Luckily, he spotted her. She was standing with her back towards him. Initially, he thought that she might be someone else. As he moved further, he was sure she was Raima.

“Hi, so we meet again!” Ronit called out to her.

Raima was startled to see him but greeted him with a smile.

“Ya, this is one of our favourites. We come here every weekend. What about you?” Ronit told her.

“I come here often too. My friend brings me here. Though I don’t like it much. It is only because of my friend that I come here. Her parents won’t let her come otherwise.”

They spoke to each other for some time after which she said, “Ronit, can I ask you for a favour. It’s getting too late and my mom is waiting for me at home. I will tell my friends that I am going home. They won’t mind.”

They left the pub in Ronit’s car. She told him that her father had expired many years back and she was the only child of her parents. She and her mother lived in an apartment nearby.

Ronit dropped Raima outside her apartments. She gave him her number and told him which apartment she lived in. Ronit thought that she liked him too.

Two days later, Ronit was passing by the same apartments. He thought of going to her house and meeting her. Maybe he would be able to meet her.

He rang the bell of her house. A woman opened the door.

“Hello, aunty. Is Raima there? I am her friend. I would like to meet her.” Ronit asked the woman with a smile.

“Raima?” asked the woman surprisingly.

“Come inside.” She said.

In the drawing-room, there was a big picture of Raima with a garland.

Ronit was shocked. Before he could speak, the woman spoke to him, “that’s my daughter, Raima. She died last year in an accident. Her body was found outside the Pub called Open 24 Hours. She had gone there with her friends. They say that she fell down from the terrace being highly drunk. But I know she wasn’t drunk that night. She had called me just before the time of her death to tell me that she was fine and will be back in an hour for the party was about to get over. I still don’t know what happened that night.” Raima’s mother told him.

Ronit did not know what to think or to say. The memories of those two nights…the call that she made on his phone… I will be back in an hour… the party is about to get over…I am fine…

Ronit left the place without saying anything.

He sat in the car and started not knowing where he was going.

“Hi Ronit, looking for me?”

Ronit looked on his left and saw Raima sitting in the car. Suddenly, he lost the control of the steering wheel.

The crowd gathered and policemen arrived outside Open 24 Hours and took out the body of Ronit from the car.

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This post is written as an enrty for Day 7 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words June 2018.

The prompt which I have used today is the picture prompt used in the featured image of the post.

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