Wednesday, June 27, 2012


A Very Short Story

From my creative archives: a flash fiction story I wrote a few years ago 

I am having a quick bite at Quick Bite…! 
Hey, I’m not trying to be funny.

“Quick Bite” is the fast food joint opposite our office complex where we often rush out to have a ‘Quick Bite’. 
I sit at a table for two, concluding my quick bite with a cup of coffee, when I see the office macho-man Raj enter Quick Bite for a quick bite.  

His eyes search for a vacant table but the place is jam-packed.
He looks in my direction and I beckon him to sit on the vacant chair opposite me.   

As Raj settles down I ask him, “All alone…? Where is your girlfriend…?”
“Girlfriend…?” he asks.
“Rita…” I say. 

“Rita is no longer my girlfriend…” he says.
"Really?" I interrupt, “That's great. It is good you dumped that shameless nympho.”

“Shameless nympho?” he asks.  

“Musical Beds - Ha Ha - Musical Beds” I say laughing.  

“Musical Beds?” he asks.  

“Ha, Ha … That’s what we called her in college … that nympho Rita … Musical Beds … just like we play Musical Chairs … Rita plays Musical Beds … but let me tell you Raj … you’ve done the wisest thing by dumping Rita,” I say, and I hurriedly gulp down the remains of my coffee.
Raj looks at me with a perplexed expression on his face, but I am in a hurry, and I have got a lot of work to do, so I quickly get up, pat his shoulder, and rush back towards my office. 
Suddenly I see Rita talking to my colleague Chanchal near the entrance.

Chanchal waves out and calls me so I go towards them.

“Hey, you know what?” my chatterbox colleague Chanchal says excitedly the moment I come near them.  

“What?” I ask.

“Rita and Raj got married yesterday. It was a very sudden secret hush-hush affair – parents’ opposition, you know. That's why they didn't tell anybody, ” Chanchal says.

“Really?” I ask surprised.

“Yes,” Rita looks at me and says, “I am no longer your friend Raj’s girlfriend. Now, I am his wife.” 
With these words, Rita turns around with a flourish and walks towards Quick Bite for a quick bite with Raj.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram Karve has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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pradipwritenow said...

VIKRAM JI Salute for your so nice short story. It may be cited as an example for a short story.

Lost and Found said...

LOL! Absolutely hilarious! Where do you get such brilliant ideas? Hats off!

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Lost and Found - I observe things happen - yes it is hilarious - once I heard someone talking about his ex to her husband (both were ignorant) and got this idea for a story

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Pradip - life is short and sweet and has a funny side too