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The Unseen Burden: Kabir's Journey Through Loss and Redemption Part 1

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The Unseen Burden: Kabir's Journey Through Loss and Redemption "See. You don't have to turn up like him," said a mother to her son. "But what is his fault? He is hardworking," replied the father. "He is indeed hardworking, but he is not efficient," said the mothers. Talk like these are no new things for people whenever they pass the State Bank, for the security guard was one of the most unsuccessful lads to be born in the town's history, according to the locals. The security guard, Kabir Verma - who was 39 years of age - was still stuck at the low-income job.  The mothers will scare their sons that if they don't study, they will turn up like him in the future, with no girl to marry them.  It was not like Kabir was illiterate. He was pursuing his Master in Science. Just that he was trying to clear the exams from the last 10 years.  When he first failed, he had no one in the family except an elder brother, but now there is no one he can call

The Person who greeted everyone

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The Person who greeted everyone There was a young boy in an unnamed town. He had shifted to his new home on 2nd Street just a few hours ago. He was a tall and charming person who wore only casual outfits.  Just a few hours after he moved, he realized the neighborhood was not as friendly as he would have wanted. It was a big town in a big city. People moved in and outside the town frequently. The people were too busy greeting every new neighbor or offering a farewell to those who were leaving. The men went to work in the early hours of the morning while the women did the household chores.  It was the time of the Internet. People no longer liked to spend time with their neighbors. Men no longer talked to each other after coming home, women watched television and scrolled their phones, and children preferred playing online games. Students no longer had to be physically present for the classes as with modern technologies they can attend classes from their home.  The air became more and mor

Reflecting at my life: Everything Bad about me

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Reflecting on my life: Everything Bad about me I have been on Earth for sixteen years. I have done a lot of things since I was born; some are good, and most are bad. I have said and done many things - both intentionally and unintentionally - which caused pain to others that I cannot imagine nor can I ever understand. I am not a bad person, at least I think so, but my deeds are bad. There were times when people overlooked my misdeeds saying that I was merely a child, but I do not blame them as someone told me my face looks like that of an innocent person. As the saying goes, the most sinful people are dressed in the most formal attire. I am the best living example of this saying. At least, I am best at something aside from hurting others. I have committed all the seven cardinal sins in just my sixteen years of living, namely: Pride, Greed, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth. I have done the wrong things. How many times? That even I cannot remember. I am writing this to confess all m

The October Killings Chapter 2

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Tragic Loss Strikes Family as Sole Breadwinner Found Dead in Ranchi Truth Finder Staff Ranchi, Oct 2, 2022: In the capital of Jharkhand lived a joyful family of four members. Mr Arjun Patel, the Director of Education for the State Government of Jharkhand was the sole breadwinner of the family.  Mr Arjun reportedly went missing yesterday morning when he went for his regular morning walk at 6 a.m. When he did not return after 4 hours, his wife Sudha Patel started calling his friends and sent out their eldest son to look for him, reports Vaibhav Kumar. "We called his friends and I sent our eldest son to look for him," said the housemaker.  Locals of 7th Street found a body around 11 p.m. near the southwest Ranchi canal.  "We received a call around 11 at night. We were told that someone was lying near the 7th Street. This place does not witness many crimes. Initially, we thought that it was probably some drunk person," said sub-inspector Rajesh Singh who has been assig

The October Killings Chapter 1: Mr. Sharma

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The sky was dark. Grey clouds blocked the sun's warmth from falling on the small town of Aldaye. A gentle patter of rain now started falling on the streets of Light Square. People moved hurriedly and pulled out their umbrellas, those without it took shelter beneath the sheds of the shops. At first, the rain was gentle, producing soothing music, but now it became intensified. The streets shimmered with the reflected glow of streetlights and the headlights of cars passing by. It was the first October shower in Aldaye, bringing relief after the scorching summer heat. Pratas Sharma, a tall man wearing an onyx black suit, stood in front of a coffee shop waiting for the rain to stop. He looked at his wristwatch, deftly pulling up his sleeves. It was 9:27 p.m. Mr Sharma was late again for home. He promised his daughter that today he would reach home on time for her birthday celebration, but he had forgotten yet again. He owned the news website Truth Finder  which was popular among the lef

The Bridge of Unity: A Nationalism Story

Once upon a time, in a diverse land known as Harmonia, there was a small town named Brookville. The people of Brookville hailed from various ethnic backgrounds, spoke different languages, and held different customs. Despite their differences, the people of Brookville lived harmoniously for generations, bound together by their shared love for their country, Harmonia. One day, as the sun cast its golden glow upon the town, the mayor of Brookville, an elderly woman named Mrs. Anderson, received some distressing news. The government had decided to build a new bridge across the river that separated Brookville from a neighboring town, Oakridge. This news, though seemingly insignificant, stirred up a whirlwind of emotions among the people of Brookville. You see, the people of Brookville were fiercely proud of their town, and they felt a deep sense of belonging. They feared that the new bridge would bring an influx of outsiders and threaten the cultural harmony they had maintained for generati

Ethan Blake and his experience with the ghost

On a chilly autumn night, well past midnight, Ethan Blake found himself wandering along a desolate road, completely disoriented. He had taken a wrong turn and lost his way in the dark labyrinth of the town's outskirts. Fatigue had settled in, and hunger gnawed at his stomach. As he continued down the road, he spotted a warm, inviting light emanating from a charming cottage nestled amidst the trees. He approached cautiously and knocked on the door, hoping for some directions to find his way back home. The door creaked open, revealing a pretty woman with a warm smile. Her name was Amelia, and she graciously offered him dinner, sensing his weariness. Ethan, who lived alone and often struggled with cooking, couldn't resist the offer and accepted her kind invitation. The dinner was a delightful feast, a home-cooked meal that warmed his heart as much as his stomach. As they dined, they shared stories and laughter, as if they had known each other for years. Time flew by, and soon Etha

The Digital Divide: How the US Triumphed in the New Cold War

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In the not-so-distant future, the world found itself thrust into a new era of geopolitical tension. The United States and China, two global superpowers, were engaged in what had been dubbed the "New Cold War." It wasn't a war fought with guns and bombs but rather a battle of economies, technologies, and information. At the heart of this struggle was the control of the digital world. Both nations understood that the one who dominated the digital landscape would wield unparalleled power and influence. And so, the race was on. Chapter 1: The Great Digital Divide China had been making strides in the realm of technology for years. Its companies were giants on the global stage, and its government was investing heavily in artificial intelligence, 5G infrastructure, and cybersecurity. The world watched as China's digital empire expanded, leaving many to wonder if the U.S. was losing its technological edge. Chapter 2: The American Resurgence However, the United States wasn'

The Fairest Lady

Part 1: A Serendipitous Encounter On a tranquil morning of May 10th, 2023, I awoke with a strange sense of anticipation. Little did I know that this seemingly ordinary day would mark the beginning of an extraordinary journey that would intertwine our destinies in ways I could never have imagined. As a 16-year-old teenager attending English tuition, my days were typically unremarkable. However, that day, there was an air of excitement as a new student joined the class. Tall and mysterious, he exuded an aura of intrigue that drew everyone's attention. His jet-black hair framed his handsome face, and his dark eyes seemed to hold the secrets of the universe. From the moment our eyes met, a magnetic force seemed to pull us together. I was spellbound by his presence, and as he introduced himself as the "new boy," I couldn't help but feel an inexplicable connection with him. Over the next few weeks, our encounters increased, and we found ourselves drawn to each other like mo

Shadows of the Forgotten Manor

Part 1: The Haunting Beginnings In the small town of Ravenswood, a place known for its eerie legends and spooky folklore, lived a curious and adventurous teen girl named Emily. Ever since she could remember, she was fascinated by mysteries and ghost stories. Her inquisitive nature often led her to explore abandoned places, looking for the truth behind the town's haunting tales. One day, Emily stumbled upon an old newspaper article in the dusty archives of the local library. The article spoke of a forgotten manor on the outskirts of town, once belonging to a wealthy family, the Abernaths. According to the legend, the Abernath family vanished mysteriously one stormy night, leaving the mansion to decay into darkness. Intrigued by the story, Emily decided to embark on her most daring adventure yet - to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of the Abernath family and the secrets that lurked within the forgotten manor. Part 2: The Abandoned Manor With a backpack full of ghost-huntin

The Portrait's Haunting

In a small, quaint town, nestled between dense forests and steep mountains, there stood an old mansion known as Ravenscroft Manor. Abandoned for years, it bore a sinister reputation, its dark history whispered in hushed tones by the townsfolk. None dared venture near it after sundown, for they believed malevolent spirits dwelled within its decaying walls. One fateful day, a young woman named Amelia inherited the mansion from a long-lost relative. Struggling to make ends meet, she saw this as an opportunity to start anew. Ignoring the ominous warnings, she decided to move in, dismissing the tales as mere superstitions. The mansion welcomed Amelia with chilling drafts and flickering lights. Despite her initial apprehension, she remained determined to restore it to its former glory. Among the mansion's eerie relics, she found an exquisite portrait of a young woman with hauntingly captivating eyes. The moment Amelia laid her gaze upon it, an inexplicable sense of dread washed over her.

The Haunting at Hollowbrook Manor

In the small town of Hollowbrook, nestled within the dark woods, stood an ancient manor that had been abandoned for decades. Rumors of hauntings and strange occurrences surrounded the mansion, keeping the curious townspeople at bay. But one brave and inquisitive girl, Amelia, couldn't resist the allure of the mystery that lay within. Amelia was known for her insatiable curiosity and fearlessness, and she had always been drawn to the unknown. One fateful day, fueled by her desire for adventure, she decided to investigate the eerie Hollowbrook Manor. The grand old mansion loomed over her as she cautiously approached its creaking gates. Once inside, the air grew colder, and every step echoed through the empty halls. Dust-covered portraits stared down at her, their eyes seemingly following her every move. As Amelia explored the mansion, she discovered old diaries and letters hidden away in dusty drawers. The more she read, the clearer the haunting history of the manor became. A tragic

The Enigmatic Portrait

Once upon a foggy evening in the quaint town of Willowbrook, a mysterious event unfolded at the prestigious mansion of the enigmatic Mr. Benedict Sterling. A renowned art collector, Mr. Sterling was known to possess a valuable collection of paintings, but the crown jewel of his assortment was rumored to be an elusive portrait with a hidden secret. Detective Amelia Grant, a brilliant investigator with a keen eye for detail, received a peculiar invitation to Mr. Sterling's mansion. The note was cryptic, simply stating, "Unravel the enigma, and the truth shall be yours." Intrigued, Amelia donned her trench coat and headed to the estate, where a gathering of elite art enthusiasts and curious guests had gathered. As she entered the opulent mansion, Amelia felt an air of mystery enveloping the atmosphere. The grand hall was adorned with stunning paintings, but one particular portrait caught her attention – a captivating image of a woman shrouded in mystery. Amelia's instinc

Write a short story to illustrate the proverb 'Knowledge is Power'.

Once upon a time, in a small village nestled amidst towering mountains, lived a young boy named Ethan. The village was known for its lush green meadows, sparkling rivers, and a wise old librarian named Mr. Gregory. Ethan was an inquisitive soul, always yearning for knowledge. His hunger for learning led him to spend countless hours at the village library, immersed in books that revealed the secrets of the world. Mr. Gregory, impressed by the boy's thirst for knowledge, became his mentor, guiding him through the vast expanse of wisdom contained within the library's shelves. One day, news arrived that a formidable dragon was terrorizing nearby villages, bringing fear and destruction wherever it went. The villagers were helpless and sought refuge in the village square, sharing tales of the dragon's wrath. Ethan listened intently, his mind brimming with curiosity and a desire to help his fellow villagers. Determined to confront the dragon, Ethan approached Mr. Gregory for guida

He was the funniest boy I had ever met.

He was the funniest boy I had ever met. He would make everyone laugh with his quick wit, infectious laughter, and endless repertoire of jokes. His name was Max, but behind his cheerful fa├žade was a life shadowed by sadness. I first encountered Max during a school talent show. As the nervous participants took turns on stage, their hands trembling and voices faltering, Max seemed unaffected by the pressure. He stepped up to the microphone with a confidence that hid the pain within. "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen!" Max exclaimed, his voice filled with forced exuberance. "I've got a joke that's guaranteed to tickle your funny bone!" The room fell silent, anticipation hanging in the air. Max launched into his joke, delivering it flawlessly as laughter erupted like a temporary reprieve from reality. It was in that moment that I sensed something deeper beneath his laughter, a vulnerability masked by humor. As we spent more time together, I glimpsed fragments o

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