Surat: the Faces

2002: the town was spectacularly clean, rabidly wiped in the aftermath of the plague. 2002: the town stank- of blood shed, of lives lost, of religions livid, of saffron and crescent mooned green.

P.S: I was in this town in Gujarat when the communal riots broke out in 2002. I was in a relatively peaceful part of the town where, to us, the riots meant billowing smoke in the old parts of the town. Nothing more.

P.P.S: Linked to Trifecta Writing Challenge ( week’s challenge says- Use either ‘cheap flights’, ‘spectacularly clean’ or ‘sandwiched in’ in a piece of non-fiction of exactly 33 words. This week’s challenge is community-judged and anyΒ readerΒ can vote. Please check out the entries and vote for your favorite/s (did you hear me say ‘me! me!’ ?! πŸ˜‰ )

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22 Responses to Surat: the Faces

  1. Draug419 says:

    Lovely piece, my dear! The words bring forth vivid imagery.

    muah! lol

  2. Charmaine says:

    I love the words that you choose (:

  3. I love when a post hits me so much I have to do some research. This was one of those posts. Thanks for making me think.

  4. balchan says:

    Nomination for Leibster Award, great news. Keep it up.

  5. The pain of that ordeal still remains in our hearts. Thank you for such a thoughtful post.

  6. Terrible the extent to which this continues to occur. Kudos for such a heartfelt post.

  7. Tara R. says:

    Very poignant. Your words do evoke such strong emotions.

  8. Kelly says:

    “religions livid”… an interesting choice of words. I like it.

  9. habibadanyal says:

    Amazing how 33 words can hold buckets full of emotion…. Ran out of votes, so many good entries this weekend. Very well written.

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