Day 19: Loop

He dictated what songs played in the car. It was not always pleasant to the ear, but it mitigated the tantrums. “Pick your battles”, was their toddler mantra. Annoyingly, these made for powerful ear worms. One each from the playlist of ten, for several days. And it wasn’t true – listening to them did not…

Day 18: Moon

Her internal clock went off. She was used to it by now. Her body was preparing for the sleepless nights to come. She’d go through the usual routine before feeling sleepy again. She caught glimpses of the full moon while the clouds played hide and seek. How beautiful it was! She tried to take a…

Day 17: Collide

Her black, A-line dress was ironed to perfection. The kitty heels complemented the maroon handbag. Her hair – blow-dried and straightened out. She walked at a fast pace, making her way elegantly through the streets, hopping on to a tube, and later transferred to another. She broke into another brisk walk to make sure she…

Day 16: Compass

“It’s time for the bonfire, Papa!”, the boy screamed with excitement.“Yes, of course!”, he said, breaking the branch into pieces and handing it over. Minutes later, they sat huddled together, warmed by the red-orange-yellow flames. As he heard his son chomp on marshmallows, he thought about a similar father-son trip all those years ago: His…

Day 15: Helmet

I get it – mornings are a rush. But that’s even more reason to plan and prepare the night before.If only she had remembered, that accident could’ve been less dramatic. She could have had her usual, therapeutic ride to the office. Wind in her face, worries taking a break, and her beautiful city whooshing by.It’s…

Day 14: Tick

It felt like now or never. “What’s the worst that could happen?”, echoed my therapist’s voice in my head. This form. This possibly new identity. Not new – but my true identity. It was time to tell the world. My closest friends would be by my side, I knew that. Those who wouldn’t, well, I…

Day 13: Roof

A storm was coming – very different from the ones he was familiar with on the other side of the world. He waited for this “storm”. It happened just as he woke up after their first night in a tent that summer. Musical pitters and patters on the roof. Then, in minutes, it seemed familiar…

Day 12: Stuck

From the moment they had shared that slice of Ferrero Rocher cake in the quaint cafe, she knew he was the one. It was one of the easiest decisions she had made. The move was hard. Finding herself in this new country with its strange people and language – that was challenging. But with his…

Day 11: Sour

It was worse this time around. Nothing tasted as it should have. Most smells made her sick. Her head was filled with figuring out only what she wanted to eat those days during the first three months. The friend – her husband had made for her – was coming back from a trip to home…

Day 10: Pick

It was not fun anymore. It felt like work, like a chore. Meeting a friend shouldn’t feel that way, she said aloud. Granted, they were on different paths in life – one was single, looking for love; the other, a wife and mother. But that didn’t stop them from connecting and being there for the…