The heritage ride

A post doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania, it was Anu’s first adventure into the city . Alone. Anu smiled as she spotted the approaching “heritage ride “. The tram ride to the Alipore zoo in Kolkata as a 10 year old and the episode of accidental loss of the chocolate popsicle to the crocodile well flashed in her mind’s eye.

The diverse people around intrigued her. She admired the country for welcoming and embracing diversity. The three gleeful elderly ladies, possibly in their mid-seventies, seated near Anu in the tram made her pause to appreciate the blessing of enduring friendship/s . A bohemian playing “If i had a hammer” on his guitar reminded Anu of “follow your passion “. She put a five dollar bill in his hat in her charitable spirit. At the far end of the compartment, Anu saw an enthusiastic young couple playing with their lovely daughter , an image of pure joy.

The tram stopped near Betsy Ross’s house with  pages of History turning  into a reality for the dream-chaser.

This short story was written based on this week’s photo prompt at flash fiction for aspiring writers. Thanks to priceless joy for hosting the challenge.

Image courtesy : Yinglan.


28 thoughts on “The heritage ride

      • Nothing to worry about on that score. No matter how many times I reread a post I’ve written, I often send it out with typos. I’m always grateful to some of my followers who point these things out to me (sadly they have to do this quite regularly too!). Always easier for other eyes to see writing afresh. A great tale, no matter what tense you use 🙂

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      • I am so grateful to you for pointing it out to me . Unfortunately , in my case its more than mere typos. I hope to get better with time . 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      • We all do! Always learning, always trying to knock out the faults in my writing … before finding new ones! It’s an ongoing, endless process. Just to enjoy it, that’s the main thing 🙂

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      • That’s so kind of you, but really it’s riddled with faults! often the pace is off and it’s over written and inconsistent. Though these faukts show up more in longer pieces of course. But thank you – I am trying to improve 🙂

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  1. Made me think of my childhood visit to the Alipore Zoo too, and also of taking my son there as a small child. Admire your ability/passion for daily blogging! Kudos!

    Have a lovely week.

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  2. 🙂 🙂 : ) Alipore Zoo is still a “winter ritual ” , especially for the uninitiated . 🙂
    Thanks for the encouraging words, Nilanjana. Happy to see you here, as always.
    Best wishes for your week too . 🙂


  3. I like that Anu is a people watcher like me! She is very observant and interested in the life stories of others! It is true that big city transportation has so many kinds of people riding, it is fascinating, though sometimes a little scary. This was a fun story to read. I’d like to hear more about that crocodile incident! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for reading, dear J . Really appreciate your comment . 😘💕 It was just an isolated incident where the crocodile got lucky and enjoyed a free dessert . 😀😀😀


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