FRAME 86 STORIES

Stretch

Rizwan FCB

Clapping his hands playfully, he stretched his arm towards the baby for the first time; adoration and anxiety struck a chord..

The chamber felt warmer, as if a presence. Visions came streaming and so came a hard gash on my abdomen. The chamber began to quake, leaving my soul with shiver. In the silhouette of my blood I saw her dramatizing and tendering with her pet in the lush woods. Though she looked fatigued but still eyes, charismatic. I prayed for her invulnerability and that was all. The present outside the chamber was unpredictable and so was the past. I ended up crying at my fate, praying for the destined, hating myself for the sins which I was unaware of..

Slaughter House

Vikas

“She is our target, We can boost this heifer easily. With those blue eyes and healthy skin, she will fetch us good price.” “But, this is very risky business nowadays. Killing a cow is punishable with death penalty plus there is always danger of getting lynched by fanatic mob.” “Who said anything about the cow? Do I look fool to offend gods? I am talking about the Girl.” “Then it’s OK, I thought you lost it there for a while.” .

She World

Abilekha rane

Hi I am Sharada and this is my new friend, Meenu. She is two days old; there is so much of joy in the family on the birth of Meenu. You know she is a girl. Mother says when Meenu will grow, she will give lots of milk and we will make good money , But last year when my liitle sister was born everyone was sad and granny started crying. She is also so cute!.

‘Smiling Beauties: Radha and Gauri.’

Alka Vasudeva

Rajan was trekking through the hills of Dehradun with his favorite DSLR Canon in hand in search of some good captures. His foot slipped. A tender hand held his shirt firmly from the right shoulder. His finger pressed the button when he turned to look at his savior. He felt it as divine gift to be saved by innocent hill beauty that was holding a calf lovingly. Rajan got the best click of two natural beauties unexpectedly. He named the prized photo ‘Smiling Beauties: Radha and Gauri.’ Every time he looks at it he feels nostalgic..

Some things just click!

Priyanka Paranjape

She was a born poser with a radiant smile and gracious moves. Last time, she was the muse for the photographer working for National Geographic. This time, a group of trekkers wanted to click some 'real poor villagers'. They found her roaming aimlessly, and within 5 minutes of conversation, she tagged her pet calf to click along with her. After few photographs, the person behind the camera realised that his subject had precious things which most of us yearn to have- a selfless friend and a free heart radiating happiness which danced madly in her eyes. .

In Bowine Company

Madhvi

The carcass of the half devoured calf lay in the grass, the leopard had done its deed. Another had gone missing the previous night. A search party was organized the other day. There was no clue of the jersey calf; this one was quite double its size given the breed. Last time around she was seen munching on dry grass with cows from the far side. "Even calves stick around their friends, these days," Chutki quipped but tensed as it was her pet. Drenched to the bone and scared out of its wits, later it returned home unscathed..

Playing With Food

Rohan Mukherjee

Everyday, just before sunset, little Tanvi took Billy for a walk, let him gorge on the dewy pastures, and frolicked together like they owed nothing to the world. Billy had a lot going for him. After marinading overnight, he went excellently with parantha. .

One lavish meal

Shoumik De

Malti loved her pet cow. Her father gave the newborn calf on her 10th birthday. She remembered her father telling her "take good care of her for she will take care of us one day." Since that day they were inseparable. Maharashtra faced a severe drought. Many unable to feed their families committed suicide. There was never enough to eat until one day when Malti returned home she was delighted to see a lavish meal. She jumped on the food but also saved a couple of chapatis and went to feed her beloved cow. But the Pen was empty. .

One lavish meal

Shoumik De

Malti loved her pet cow. Her father gave the newborn calf on her 10th birthday. She remembered her father telling her "take good care of her for she will take care of us one day." Since that day they were inseparable. Maharashtra faced a severe drought. Many unable to feed their families committed suicide. There was never enough to eat until one day when Malti returned home she was delighted to see a lavish meal. She jumped on the food but also saved a couple of chapatis and went to feed her beloved cow. But the Pen was empty. .

One lavish meal

Shoumik De

Malti loved her pet cow. Her father gave the newborn calf on her 10th birthday. She remembered her father telling her "take good care of her for she will take care of us one day." Since that day they were inseparable. Maharashtra faced a severe drought. Many unable to feed their families committed suicide. There was never enough to eat until one day when Malti returned home she was delighted to see a lavish meal. She jumped on the food but also saved a couple of chapatis and went to feed her beloved cow. But the Pen was empty. .

One lavish meal

Shoumik De

Malti loved her pet cow. Her father gave the newborn calf on her 10th birthday. She remembered her father telling her "take good care of her for she will take care of us one day." Since that day they were inseparable. Maharashtra faced a severe drought. Many unable to feed their families committed suicide. There was never enough to eat until one day when Malti returned home she was delighted to see a lavish meal. She jumped on the food but also saved a couple of chapatis and went to feed her beloved cow. But the Pen was empty. .

Gift of fate

Irine Maria

Walking along the way, blabbering to the breeze that embraced and the butterflies that passed, she suddenly met... it was a love at first glance. They both smiled like they knew each other before. She ran to hold it in arms and hugged it. She felt like she owned a friend that smiled at her rather than cursing her. Her birth was a malediction as she is a girl in the society. With love she called it 'Sonu'. The fate of life gifted the little orphan girl with this little calf...in this whole big world..

Ulfat

Ashu

Ulfat was the actually the opposite of her name. She was my release, my listener, my guide. We adopted her on a day of our journey through the forest looking for some meat. She was running to save her life from a tiger, her eyes contained fear, legs numb and body shivered. That day we all decided to stop eating something which comes at the cost of a life. As you can rightly see from the lens behind, how protective I have become of her. Nothing can ruin our relationship and realization. I love you, Ulfat. .

'Cause I am a Human

Nayan Panchal

You are my younger sister, so pose with me. You are obligated to cause I have seen you getting born, watched you grow up to be about half of my height, tolerated your pangs, fed you etc, and I promise I will use you for milk, take care of you while you grow up, tie you to a piece of wood all day so that you do not get away. And when you grow old and are worthless will use you for beef. And yes I will cry for you, don't worry. But for now let's get clicked together..

Death, be kind

sarasumi

She hugged the fidgety calf tight. Though the boy had seemed nice when he asked if he could take her picture, his two friends made her squirm. Now the boy was coming closer. She could feel the others moving in too. She froze. The tiger was old, half-crazed by hunger. The calf would make a great meal but he knew the humans would mind. The smallest human would be the easiest prey. And he wanted to get her before the three other predators did. He roared as he leapt. He saw the bigger humans scatter. Today, he would eat..

Sushma: Father why do you always ask me to get blessings from our cow Laxmi? Father: When your mother died after 6 months of your birth she was the one who fed you with her milk. (After one year) Father: Sushma, come here. There is sad news. Your mother Laxmi died after giving birth to a calf. Sushma: What about the calf now? Father: Don’t you think that now it’s time to repay? Sushma: Yes father. From today onwards, I will be the mother of this calf and I name her Lakumi. .

A Special Bond

SMRITI RASTOGI

I don’t have language… I don’t know how to knit words.. I lack the power of speech.. This is the reason.. I am special and kids like us remain secluded in this world.. But like others we also have feelings… So what if I cant speak... I have the power of expression.. You have been an unconditional friend… We are similar… You are also mute like me….I can easily relate with you.. We don’t need words.. We share a special bond… I take pride to call you my only friend... I am fortunate to be with you… .

Death Becomes Her

Matilda Briggs

“Can I take my pet calf, Nandi too?” “Yes. Go to Yama, the head priest,” Parvati’s mother choked, as she put vermillion paste on her daughter’s forehead, one last time. An oblivious Parvati went into the dreaded cave, where a demon called “Shiv” was known to reside. “Oh..I forgot to come with the priest. Should I fetch him?” Parvati exclaimed. “I am trying to revive the dying science of anatomy. Yama brings the dead here.” “Your name?” “From now, it’s Kali,” Parvati stepped out, seething with anger. Shiv was not a demon. Yama was and he had it coming..

Unconditional Love

Bishnupriya Purkayastha

Bhola is the new friend of Gouri. She finds happiness while running behind him to hills, sometimes wandering at the bank of the stream in the jungle or under the shades of the tree gazing at sunset behind the dark green hill. Once when she lost her way to home in the hills, the young calf made her understand what friendship is all about by saving her life. This unconditional love is beyond the definition of words, the animal’s love can’t be questioned, it can only be adored and felt from the core of the heart. .

Superstition

Hemantkumar Jain

Her mother died in childbirth. And it did not rain that year. She was under-nourished. No one fed her properly nor took care of her. She was considered lucky, because she survived … and also inauspicious since she caused her mother’s death. Strangers looked at her and thought ‘cute’ while those who knew her looked the other way. I am sure you are feeling sure I am talking about the girl but then… am I? What makes you think we do such things to humans only? Unfortunately we do not spare the lovely animals also from our stupid superstitions. .

A different me

Payal Phayde

I had three layers of Odomos and still so many things bit me, I was disappointed there were no tigers, only monkeys and wild elephants. I greeted my cousins who grew up there and wondered what if my father never got the government job and my upbringing would have been here like them. Least mom would let me wear a bindi and a nose ring..

A different me

Payal Phayde

I had three layers of odomos and still so many things bit me, I was disappointed there were no tigers only monkeys and wild elephants. I greeted my cousins who grew up there and wondered what if my father never got the government job and my upbringing would have been here like them. Least mom would let me wear a bindi and a nose ring..

High On Life

VARSHAA JAIN

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The habitation configuration

Manoj kini

"Here is the image we made the day she brought Bella home. We had warned her then. It wasn't known in our community to bring home a being from another species. There were risks involved. We didn't know what it was capable of. She had always been the rebellious kind. Maybe if we persisted... Pray return the image once you are done. It is the only memory we have left." Somewhere in another part of the land, Bella had a new pet. A calf. .

Political cow

navneet micro mishra

Sarita was shocked to see her friend’s house was burnt and for what? That calf she and Rubina used to play with! That night flashed before her, when her uncle was planning with others. “We’ll call for strike! Nobody has the right to murder a calf.” “They will see our power and what we can do…” This was a meeting organized by leaders of go-raxa samiti. The mob moved to the house of Rubina. Rubina was punished in school for her essay writing where she narrated cow as political animal; and Sarita, for defending her friend against teachers..

Feeding (on) a friend

Anuraag Lakshmanan

The winter had been particularly harsh this year. The crops had perished, leaving them with barely anything to subsist on. She had heard of tales of winters long gone, when their livestock was all that had kept the family alive. Lakshmi had been one of her oldest friends. While her brothers had loved playing with the dogs and learned to ride horses, she had always preferred the company of the docile beast. And now, chewing the tender meat, she wondered if it was just the excess spice that brought tears to her eyes. .

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