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The Belief

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Melting Ice

I served the hundred and fifty-eighth coffee with a polite smile on my face. It was a poor decision to wear the new shoes...

When the language failed to deliver

Dear Mala I put note on wet clothes. You take off your clothes. No tell me. You no help. Tell your husband. Husband angry. Come...

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Vibrant yellow dandelions blanketed the landscape around the pond.The evening Sun was refusing to descend. Aleksi stood there on the pier reminiscing those moments...

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“Patience is the key.” The wise man taught. We nodded, adjusting the stained piece of rough cloth across the hips. This was a new...

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Drip… Drop… Drip…

Drip... Drip... Drip. .. The raindrops tickled me; soft as a feather, light as bubble, reminding me to smile. Drip... Drip... Drip... Red umbrella came to my rescue, when the rain...

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The wise say, why wander hither and thither, Temples, mosques and churches; He is within you. Have I found Him within me? Not yet; But I see Him, In the...

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