Changing times

Friday Fictioneers

It is that time of the week again when as many as  100 odd writers around the globe perk up when they see Rochelle Wisoff-Fields post the picture prompt ,over at her blog.Then they pick up their pens and foray into the world of fiction to spin out a 100 word or so of fiction.

This week Rochelle has chosen a picture by Bjorn Rudberg,who is not only a versatile writer but also a wonderful friend:-)Now writing a 100 word fiction on this picture  seemed too tough for the likes of me,so I am submitting a kind of a snippet.Hope it won’t be too disappointing.

Copyright - Björn Rudberg

                                                        Copyright – Björn Rudberg

Here are my 100 words:-)



Changing times


The valley used to be a hot favourite with tourists.

Locals prospered.

But then terrorists took over and chaos reigned.

 People began to flee.

Only a few families stayed back.

Mallik’s family was one of them.

Now 25 years later, things were limping back to some kind of normalcy.

Mallik sighed and told his wife. “Bring the samovar out my dear. I see some tourists. Hot “kahwa” and dry fruits may interest them.”

“I really hope they hire you as a guide. We need the money,” she replied.

 They looked hopefully at the tourists trekking up towards them.



(Note:Kahwah (Urdu: قہوہ‎, also transliterated qehwakehwa or kahwa) is a traditional green tea preparation consumed in Afghanistan, northern Pakistan, some regions of Central Asia as well as the Kashmir Valley.The tea is made by boiling green tea leaves with saffron strands, cinnamon bark, cardamom pods and occasionally Kashmiri roses to add a great aroma. Generally, it is served with sugar orhoney and crushed nuts, usually almonds or walnuts.Traditionally, kahwah is prepared in a brass kettle known as a samovar. A samovar consists of a “fire-container” running as a central cavity, in which live coals are placed keeping the tea perpetually hot. Around the fire-container there is a space for water to boil and the tea leaves and other ingredients are mixed with the water.)


52 thoughts on “Changing times

  1. Atreyee, the tea sounds delicious to a fellow-tea drinker (not so sure about the sugar/honey, as I’m not a fan of sweet tea) and your story is so realistic. I felt myself hoping with them that life was going to return to some semblance of normality.


    • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment:-)I too have only heard about this tea-never tasted it 😛 Yes,sadly that is true-it is heart breaking to see such devastation and their aftermath

    • Yes,it sure is-very few people can do it but the human spirit is very resilient and when we look around we see many such examples:-)Thank you so much for reading and liking it Vb:-)

    • Ha!ha!That first line put wicked thoughts in my mind ;-)Yes,you are so right-a ray of hope for such people means so much.Thank you DR for coming by to read and comment-really appreciate it my friend 🙂

  2. wonderful story, Atreyee…i also like the mention of the special tea and the hope the tourist brings into your story. nice! and yes, i would love to sip and savor the flavor of that tea!

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