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A quick tale 8

Less is more

It was too late now. Her aunt was already staring at the picture.
“And where was this taken?”, asked the aunt.
“That…um, that was taken at our local swimming pool”
“And is that you in that swimming dress?”, the older woman pressed.
Her niece nodded. The aunt continued to stare at the picture for a few more seconds before saying, “I always wanted to wear a swimming dress. It must feel so free when you wear it. Does it?”
She wanted to reply ‘Yes, more than anything else, it felt so free. For once I was not ashamed of my body, my breasts, my thighs, my legs. Yes, it felt so good to show my God-given body without guilt.’ But she simply nodded.
The aunt sighed and smoothed her sari.

Comments

mischief editor said…
ammani...

kalakkareenga ponga...
quick tale 2 nedi konjam adikkara maathiri irukku...

thappunna...naan seriya purinjikkalainnu artham:-)
Vikram said…
hmm wow intresting blog i must say

Will read ocassionaly from now :D

- Vikram Mohan
www.FaeLLe.com
Sundar said…
Naakku aarthamu kkaaledhu...
Sundar said…
Naakku aarthamu kkaaledhu...
I thought I got it :)
Now after seeing your note, I am not so sure. But then again, Iam fairly confident that my interpretation is correct. Good one :)
Amrita said…
sweet story. Nice and interesting way of presentation
AF said…
Super oh Super!!

AF
tanha tanha yahan pejeena
but what about jackie shroff

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Married for 31 years, 2 months and 17 days
Six cups coffee a day, brewed everyday of marriage
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At least two dishes cooked, each meal-time
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"Now that I'm fifty-seven",
My mother used to say,
"Why should I waste a minute?
Why should I waste a day

Doing the things I ought to
Simply because I should?
Now that I'm fifty-seven
I'm done with that for good."

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