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A quick tale 44

A forgotten lesson

It was a call from her best friend that woke her up. ‘Quick, turn on the telly! There’ve been explosions all over London'. She watched in horror as her beloved city was plunged into chaos. Bodies were retrieved, places cordoned off and a deep sense of shock had taken over. The events made her realise how flimsy life was. ‘I will start living for the day’, she resolved. She would live her dreams, chuck the job she hated so much, get a tattoo, go on a round-the-world trip, have all the sex she could and eat all the ice cream there was. For she may be dead tomorrow. Six months later, she was still in the same job. With a home loan that would take 20 years to pay off.

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kaaju katli said…
Just saw the news :( Was going to email then I saw your post.All okay with you?
Maruthu said…
True ammani...Blast rocks London... Ammani rocks blogs :-)
Chakra Sampath said…
Glad to note that u r fine.. Was wondering how to reach you.
ammani said…
Shocked and saddened but fine. Thanks for the queries.
TJ said…
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TJ said…
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True.. Living the days, as if it if your last would have lot of positive effects.
Do all the good you wanted to do, Leap longway towards you lifetime goal in one day.

But what ever, i am still to recover from the shock. I was to take the hammersmith and city line[where the first blast took place] this morning to work. Later chose to work from home.
a small relief, in the sorrow, is to learn that every known face in London is safe.
Eroteme said…
It was a sense of relief to know that you were alright. But the details of the blast (all over the net and on TV) were sad...

Yup, that's how most people are, and nearly all of them deny that.
Ms Ch said…
Glad to know you are fine!

How true is your QT! All that resolve and...
Übermaniam said…
well, at least some god came out of the blasts.
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Feels good to know that you're fine. It was such a shock to read such horrible news first thing in the morning.
AF said…
Just saw the news here in US. So was thinking about You and Chakra.
Glad to know that everything is fine at your end.
WA said…
Puts things into perspective Ammani. Good to see you are okay, take care
naga mama said…
We (Brindha mami and I) are glad that you are ok. Keep on blogging!
naga mama
Renu said…
Was a lil relieved to see ur blog (after hearing abt the blasts).. Am glad that things are fine with U.. take care..
Your QT echoed alot of what I was feeling...
shyam said…
Ouch, that hit where it hurts
Anonymous said…
sis drives an hour each way everyday
we had convinced her to take the train

cant reach her
praying she is fine

good to hear u r fine

feels selfish...
thinking of all the others...

i_f
I wonder what the thing is abt tattoos....was never able to figure it out fully...
Raga said…
Nice to know that you are safe.
"With a home loan that would take 20 years to pay off." ....So true and real. Every one us want to live our lives carefree but somehow end up with 'strings' attached to ourselves!
Glad to know you're doing fine, ammani.. Take care!:)
monu said…
glad to hear that you are fine
take care..
this was a superb QT
monu said…
The always checked her blog
to read the latest offering
that was all there was between them and her
but the day blats rocked her city
they hurried to check her blog
to just see if she was okay!


take care ammani
:)
Ganesh said…
ammani
nice one.
When humans are faced with utmost issues somewhere inside them comes out this great goodness, the true spirit of londoners is just amazing,
people helping each other and defying what the evil men wanted.
Be safe
madhavan said…
Thank God u r safe! Take care!
Prabhu said…
glad to know u r good.
god bless!

QT44a
Call me a pessimist or whatever. Why is it that we are always glad that someone we know is fine when things arent really fine for many more. 50 people just died and irrespective of whether the person we know is fine or not, someone obviously isnt. And thanking God the survivor is safe doesnt seem to really cut it.
Leela said…
I love your Quick Tales. And the David Bader quote is priceless.

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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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