Profane Acts #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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A job’s what you do, when you’re told what to do.

Your art is what you do, when no one can tell you how to do it. Your art is taking ownership and adding value to your job.

So, go and do your job artfully.

Remember, you can’t leave. You’ve been bought and paid for.

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, P is for Pimping, Pandering and Prostitution

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OMG!! #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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There’s something comforting about strangers in a train.

You can talk to them for hours, share your deepest secrets and still not know their names.

I dozed off, remembering our chats over tea and food.

I woke up in unfamiliar surroundings with a searing pain as my fingers traced the sabre slice across my abdomen.

Organ Trafficking

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, O is for Organ Trafficking

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Not Done! #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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Our mother’s home was a hospital room.

Her chronic illness and failing memory made us take that hard step.

The last few months saw us fluctuating between hope and despair.

We were prepared for a call from the hospital stating the inevitable.

But we weren’t prepared for a call that informed, ‘Your mother’s been raped.’

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, N is for Nursing Home Abuse

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Murder #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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It was at that moment, when he closed his eyes, a realization, that was unknown until this time, dawned at him.

And that made him feel unexpectedly buoyant.

Drunk on his new-found power, he wondered, “It’s so easy. It takes years to grow and all it takes is a little push to extinguish a life!”

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, M is for Murder

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Lowbrow Acts #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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They knew, their quarrel was unjust, still they argued, every day.

Sometimes, people would intervene but mostly they gathered around to witness the spectacle.

That day, the sparks of their hatred fell on the crowd.

That day justice was delivered swiftly by the lynching mob as they tossed their body parts at the circling vultures.

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, L is for Lynching

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Knotty Affairs #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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Every day, he walks the same route.

He leaves his home precisely at 6.30 am.

By 6.45 am, he reaches the kiosk to buy cigarettes.

He takes the deserted by-lane as a shortcut to the park at 6.55 am.

That’s where we’ll jump him and throw him in the waiting car. It won’t be easy!

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, K is for Kidnapping

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Just Jejune #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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An unmistakable crackle of excitement was in the air as they arranged the bottles.

A moment of hesitation… but curiosity got the better of them.

They cringed at the taste inwardly but feigned liking it.

Lowered inhibitions led to impulsiveness to drive the night away.

‘Hit-and-run crash: Drunk teenagers kill one’, screamed the morning headlines.

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, J is for Juvenile Crimes…

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Inhumane #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

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Life’s about choices. It’s these choices that define us.

Making a big decision is scary.

But you know, what’s even scarier?

Regret!

Today, I’m saving us from lifelong ignominy.

I’m letting the 2 Ps – Pride and Purse define my life.

So, you will have to go, little girl. But don’t worry, it’ll be quick.

PS : “Pride” refers to pride of having a male child which is lost with the birth of girl child. Also, some clans (upper castes and tribes) would rather murder female infants than give them to a rival group even in marriage. “Purse” refers to the dowry as girls are seen as an economic burden.

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words.

Today’s story, I is for Infanticide

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Human Trafficking #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words. Today’s story, H is for Human Trafficking…

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I sense people staring, but are they really looking at me, I wondered.

Will they sense my hesitation? Or hear the tremble in my voice?

Will the inner turmoil show in my eyes?

Ah! The answers I seek as I wait at the corner of a busy street, to meet the strangers of the night.

Thanks a lot, Sid for your inputs!

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Gambling #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

My theme for this year’s Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is Crime Stories in 55 Words. Today’s story, G is for Gambling…

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His heart is slamming against his rib cage. A bead of sweat forms on his brow.

The battles raging within overwhelms him.

He swings like a pendulum between hope and despair.

It’s hard to forsake a winning streak, even harder to leave when you’re on a losing one, muses Yudhisthira as he finally stakes Draupadi.

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