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Story — By Abhishek Mukherjee

What’s the story that is going to unfold in the following conversation between mother and son? Is it a simple childhood tale or a spine-chilling one? 

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

“Ma…?”
“Hmm…?”
“Won’t you tell me a story, Ma?”
“You have turned eight today. You shouldn’t ask me to read to you! It is time you started reading them on your own. When I was your age…”
“Yes, I know, I know what is coming. When you were my age, you read everything by yourself, and never bothered granny. But I do read a lot by myself. You know that!”
“Fine, you read, but you still pester me to read to you.”
“Ma, it is my birthday today.”
“Don’t start blackmailing me again!”
“What is blackmailing?”
“Nothing. It is a terrible thing. What story do you want today? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?”
“Tell me other stories. Real ones.”
“Really? What are these real stories?”
“My stories. Our stories.”

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About the Author : Abhishek Mukherjee is a statistician, writes for CricketCountry, and is a wonderful blogger and writer.
 
This story is part of our latest book – Jukebox : A collection of stellar short stories by budding writers of India. An outcome of  Melonade – A nationwide writing competition by writersmelon. 
Excerpts of all shortlisted stories are available here
Do buy a copy of the book to support this initiative by Writersmelon.

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60 thoughts on “Story — By Abhishek Mukherjee

  1. It is an interesting world! An 8-year-old still needs his mother to rad him the stories, and the mother sounds a little negative in her responses. I vote for this one; cannot wait to read the complete story.

  2. Our stories? Real stories? That last line opens up so many possibilities? Will the kid ask about how he was born? As a mother to a 6 year old, I am already dreading the days I have to answer *those* questions from my kid!
    Can't wait to see how this unfolds.
    Voting for this one!

  3. Our stories? Real stories?…mesmerized by the last line. This very line increases my curiosity. Can't wait more to know what the toddler means by saying 'real stories', may be his story resembles mine, may be not…just would love to know how this unfolds, probably the end will lead us to a universal truth which is actually very close to us but yet to recognize

    Obviously my vote goes for this one 🙂

  4. "a simple childhood tale or a spine-chilling one"- won't be surprised if this turns out to be something else. Intriguing, the conversation.
    This has my vote.

  5. I like ovshake's writing, hence this comment is a positive vote.

    But, but, but ….
    I hear that the winning will be on the number of comments on an exceprt:
    – Is this true?

    If so,
    – is this judging a book by its cover or by author name?
    – If the comment was 'I do not want to read this' would it still count as a positive vote ?

    I suppose the logic is that life is not fair, so why be fair to aspiring authors?

  6. Abhishek should be number 1 and there is no one so genuinely humorous, sarcastic and a perfect writer to intrigue your mind and leave you wanting more and more.

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