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Pleasure

I thought of trying my hand at writing a short story today. Took me two hours to devise the plot, write the story and upload it on my blog. I will be grateful if you can spend a few while reading it and giving your valuable feedback in the comments section below.

Mrs X discovered her neighbour after a long time, quite surprised to find her standing beside the entrance. “Long time no see!” gleaned Mrs X with an ear-to-ear smile, “Where have you been all these days?”

“Just get in,” she motioned towards her living room, “Let’s catch up over a cup of tea”.

“That’s okay,” replied Mrs Y with a smirk, “Thank you”.

“I’m in a hurry. Will catch up with you later,” she spoke the words as she dashed unexpectedly towards her residence and vanished.

***

A woman aged forty-twoish barged into her bedroom, heaving deeply all the way. Her face was both red with fear and bright with snobbish pride.

The twelve-year old budding painter, seated on the bed, glanced her mother without raising her head. She immediately recognised her familiar body language during moments of triumph and adventurous escape.

“What’s the trophy this time, mom?” she raised the much-awaited poser.

“Sabotaged her plumerias,” she replied with a genuine chuckle.

Pleasure - A short story on nosy neighbours

Plumerias (Image courtesy: Wikipedia)

“Sabotaged whose plumerias?”

“That rustic simpleton’s,” she responded motioning towards the house next door.

“You mean, Aunt X’s?”

“Who else?” explained Mrs Y, adding, “And she thought I was waiting beside her entrance for her tea!”

“But mom, what do you gain by devastating blooming flowers? Poor little plants and their hard-working owners!”

“Pleasure, my daughter, pleasure!”

***

Next morning, while watering her little front garden, Mrs X was at her wit’s end figuring out how the top part of her young plumeria plant could have separated completely from the stem below. It had been just a few days that the plant started bearing flowers.

“Didn’t I tell you the last time when my dahlias were destroyed? Never ever harm the plants, got it?” she charged her little daughter.

Mrs Y, standing in her high-walled veranda, thought herself to be doubly lucky to be an audience to the high drama going on in the house next door.

“Pleasure, my child, pleasure!” she thought.

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Road Word of the Day: foofaraw

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Here’s the road word for today:

foofaraw meaning, foofaraw pronunciation, foofaraw usage, foofaraws

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either…

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1000 Likes Campaign Launched

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Facebook campaign, 1000 likes, community pages, causes, volunteering, social media

The political, the corporate or the non-profit biggies, nowadays, spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for campaigning in the social media. The general purpose behind such campaigns usually ranges from sales, promotions and product awareness to after-sales service, thought leadership and personal touch.

It is now almost true that any social cause, however noble, can never expect to help its ultimate beneficiaries without the direct or indirect help of social media. This is evident from the rise of websites like Causes.com, Change.org or Thepetitionsite.com.

For ZTTRR, especially, this is more relevant, given the fact that we aim to sensitize the public in general and the road-users in particular about the evils of road rage and how to avoid it using the Gandhian principles of non-violence and non-compromise. Unfortunately, we do not have a fat budget, unlike most others.

At the same time, we are more than sure that there is no…

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Road Word of the Day: irascible

Zero Tolerance to Road Rage

Here’s the road word for today:

irascible meaning, irascible pronunciation, irascible usage, irascibility, irascibleness, irascibly, unirascibility, unirascible

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either…

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Road Word of the Day: gadabout

Zero Tolerance to Road Rage

Here’s the road word for today:

gadabout meaning, gadabout pronunciation, gadabout usage, gadabouts

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either…

View original post 98 more words

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Road Word of the Day: uxorious

Zero Tolerance to Road Rage

Here’s the road word for today:

uxorious meaning, uxorious pronunciation, uxorious usage, uxoriously, uxoriousness, unuxorious, unuxoriously, unuxoriousness

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either join the Google Group or follow this…

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The gentlest weapon to slay the harshest adversary

A tribute to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi by me on the ZTTRR blog…

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non-violence, satyagraha, Martyrs’ Day, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Gandhi, Gandhiji, Gandhian principles, peace, collage

Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhiji and Bapu are just a few names by which people today love to remember Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Besides successfully leading India’s freedom struggle against the British, Gandhi is known for presenting to the world a very powerful yet simple tool to fight injustices and conflicts through peace, truth, logic and steadfastness. This, he called, the principle of Satyagraha.

Satyagraha (pronounced, suht-yuh-gruh-huh), loosely translated as ‘insistence on truth’, is a policy of non-violent resistance or civil resistance. It is, however, different from passive resistance, as understood and practised in the West. In Gandhi’s own words, Satyagraha is different from passive resistance “in three essentials: Satyagraha is a weapon of the strong; it admits of no violence under any circumstance whatsoever; and it ever insists upon truth.”*

Satyagraha has proved to be the most potent weapon in the world. Peace attained…

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Road Word of the Day: pleonasm

Zero Tolerance to Road Rage

Here’s the road word for today:

pleonasm meaning, pleonasm pronunciation, pleonasm usage, pleonastic, pleonastically, pleonasms

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either join the Google Group or follow this…

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Filed under: Road Rage

Road Word of the Day: femme fatale

Zero Tolerance to Road Rage

Here’s the road word for today:

femme fatale meaning, femme fatale pronunciation, femme fatale usage, femmes fatales

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either join the Google Group or follow this…

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A Road Word of the Day?

Road-Word-of-the-Day, collage

A collage of road words

The circulation of online goodies (I mean, services) such as Word of the Day or A Word a Day is as old as the Internet itself—actually, older! Times then and times now have always been rife with word lovers. Some like word service because of the spoon-feeding inherent in it—they get to learn a new word that adds up to their vocabulary everyday, without ever having to tire themselves while groping for that heavy dictionary! Others like it because they are keen to know the practicability and usage of words, besides being smitten by the novelty of words. There are still others—the adventurous lot—who like it because of the sheer surprise element involved in it—“Which word tomorrow?” “How many inflections?” “How difficult the pronunciation?” So on and so forth.

But my question is—have you ever had even an inkling of something as strange as a Road Word? A Road Word of the Day, at that? Hang on. It’s no rocket science! Post a Word of the Day. Prop it up with a creative sentence that illustrates its usage. Wait; there’s just one more step. The sentence is made in the context of roads, traffic or transport. Lo and behold! Your fresh-baked Road Word of the Day is ready to serve.

The whole idea behind this unique service is to popularize Zero Tolerance to Road Rage (ZTTR)’s efforts in wiping out road rage from the roads of the world through peaceful interventions. It envisages the road words receiving the highest number of discussions, likes, shares and follows. In fact, it will not be a surprise if you see some road words actually going viral!

The service solicits responses from word-lovers in the form of suggestions such as alternative road usage sentences or even ideas for new Road Words of the Day. Users are also requested to send constructive suggestions on ZTTRR’s fight against road rage.

Users can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service on Facebook, Twitter, Google Group and WordPress.

From now on, I am making it a point to re-blog the Road Word of the Day, every day it is posted on the ZTTRR blog.  Here is the list of Road Words featured till now. Click on them to read the complete posts.

esprit de l’escalier logorrhea / logorrhea (US English)
solecism déjà vu
panjandrum factotum
mens rea je ne sais quoi
phillumenist ex nihilo
nolens volens discalced
bête noire oppugn
frisson alter ego

I will be glad to know your take on this. Leave a comment below.

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