DP Weekly writing challenge: Cliffhanger Shorola AKA Bitter Melon


Her name was Shorola( innocent). It was difficult to fit her personality with her name. She did everything her own way. It cannot be counted innocent.

When she went outdoors, the kids in the neighborhood would sing, “Shorola you are a Corolla”(bitter melon).

She didn’t like the name bitter melon. It would infuriate her so much she’d start cursing.  It didn’t help,  Things were getting worse for  Shorola. She complained to her mother, it didn’t do her any good. Her mother said, “now my dear you’ve got to change your attitude, smile when you see them, play with them, be friendly, it’s not that hard”.

One day she came out of the house with a bag full of candies she thought ,  “kids like them,I’ll give them some, I’d ask them if they’d play with me.”

The kids noticed Shorola had a whole bunch of candies,they hovered around her, she asked, “Want some?”  They were surprised to see her so friendly.

One of them asked, “will you really give us some.”

“Oh yes she said, take as many as you want.”

Tom, the bully snatched the bag from her and took off. Shorola was livid she was going to teach him a lesson. She started kicking everything around her. The kids started running away and  sang , “Shorola you’re a Corolla!”

I’m not a bitter melon she  cried.


To be continued!

Raungo Witchcraft by Tagore Translation by Ranu

This is a poem of Tagore which shows him using words that are funny as well as satirical.You may view it differently.

This is how it begins:

This is quite a spell, quite a spell it is__

Show me four different sweets I will then go with you.

Sweet cheese,sweet tortuous folds,sweet red petal leaf,

sweeter than them, a daughter’s soft blow.

This is so enchanting, such a funny joke__

if you can display four white things    I will proceed with you.

White cheese,white butter, white sweet meat,

surpassing all  that will be your clear scolding speech.

Extremely colorful  is your jugglery,  colorful I must say__

reveal four incompatible items  I will then walk with you.

മലയാളം: പാവക്ക

മലയാളം: പാവക്ക (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

bitter melon, bitter wick, bitter juice of neem tree,

overshadowing all   is your bitter  unspoken  speech.

It is so magical, and so much fun__

exhibit four harsh realities and I will travel with you.

Iron , thunder bolt, the bottom of untanned leather shoe,

even more difficult is to visit your parent’s home.

It is such a funny witchcraft,  a funny witchcraft it is__

disclose four untruths  I will surely walk with you.

Magical tricks, a ghost sneezing, fake glass emerald,

better yet will  be your crocodile tears.