Tag: Prose

If Men Could Give Birth (A subtle humor piece)

I remember watching a movie in the 1990s which centered on a man being pregnant. Yes, an impossibility, except in the case of sea horses, which too are only able to fertilize the eggs, and carry the little sea horses to term. Still, what if by some strange twist of fate, men could get pregnant.

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Virginity – Recycling An Old Post

As a choice virgin till marriage, I do have my reflections and thoughts to share on this rather uneasy issue. My virginity was a subject of far-reaching debate in most parts of the world and even caused continental rifts between groups of individuals. First, there was that rumor that I had lost my virginity to

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Weaker Link (A Prose Piece)

I was recently at a Toastmasters contest where there were several talks on how to be strong, how to muscle your way through bad times, even disasters and to make something of yourself. I’m here to tell you the opposite – that sometimes, you need to be weak to be mortal and to feel that

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Rock Bottom

Edmund Dantes was sentenced to 14 years in Chateau d’If for a crime he never committed and that forms the story of Count of Monte Cristo. Job lost everything he owed but kept his faith in god according to the Old Testament. Shylock too lost everything and finally embraced a religion beside his own and

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Questioning The Status Quo (A Toastmaster’s Speech)

  A year or so ago, I watched a movie called ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yeman’. It was a love story that starred Ewen McGregor and Emily Blunt. The story of the film was based on introducing salmon fishing in Yeman, as a sport. In the story, it showed how fish swim only in one

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Serendipolis – Bomb to da’bomb

There are two inevitabilities in a state stricken with a long standing internal civil war – the explosion of gun barrels and bombs and the exploitation of the marginalized on both sides of the divisive line, be it ethnic, religious, factional or purely haves and have-nots. This was the grueling story of the pearl of

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If (Not the Poem) – A Reality Humor Piece

Another Toastmasters piece I did, for a humor competition. In Sri Lanka, being tall is a curse or a handicap. I mean, when everyone is 5 feet six inches and about you get all sorts of nicknames following you – especially if you have the waist to match. Yep, I had the unfortunate episode of

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Growing Up/Firsts

A Toastmaster’s speech I did last year. Growing Up There are many words to describe firsts. Baptism, inauguration, primary, conception, rite of passage etc. Like the last word describes, rites of passage come at many points in life and they are earmarked as events of metamorphosis or transformation. It is an evident truth that once

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