DP Daily Prompts: You, Robot

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Congrats—you’ve been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore,job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it?

It sounded good when I first read it as I started thinking about this robot, I was faced with a dilemma, what kind of responsibility can I transfer on to It’s shoulders, is it anything or only certain things. The prompt says the robot’s sole job is to relieve me of a chore or responsibility I hate.

First thing that comes to my mind is my basement, it will be awesome if I can transfer the responsibility of cleaning it, up to the robot. There are a lot of things I do not use and  can be thrown away if someone can help me with it. I do have useful things there which needs to be sorted out.




DP Daily Prompt:Sixteen Tons

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How do you feel about your job? Do you spring out of bed,looking forward to work? Or, is your job a soul destroying monotony of pure drudgery, or somewhere in between?

I asked the same question to a cook who earns his livelihood by frying fish and selling them to passers by,he took exception to my question,he thought I was making fun of him.

At first he couldn’t quite comprehend what I was getting at, he took a few moments and threw the question right back at me,he began “would you like to fry fish by the road side and hope someone will kindly buy this?”

I was flabbergasted, at first it seemed someone had sealed my mouth, then gently I said, “I am not asking you to make fun of you, I do sympathize with you,it doesn’t seem you like your job, why are you unhappy,it’s obvious to me you couldn’t find a suitable job,rather than stay at home and watch your wife and children starve you decided to do something to feed your family.”

The man realized I was not joking, he started telling me his story, he was one of four brothers in his family, he was the youngest,as a child he spent time playing in the neighborhood,he had a few friends, and they all liked to play and didn’t think one day they’d be older and would have to work for a living.

His three older brothers finished school and they all had decent jobs. He was the only one who wasted his time. He got married thinking he’d do something, there were plenty of jobs he could get. One thing escaped his mind the fact that he had no skill and no one was interested to hire him.

A time came when people sneered at him  and showed him the door when they saw him.In the meantime his family was growing, his brothers refused to help him, dejected he chose the path of frying fish to sell so that he could feed his family.

I felt bad for him and bought a few fried fish as I was eating he opened up to me, he said he hated his job,there are a lot of unkind people they make fun of him ,he tries to ignore them, but he is a human being and it hurts him to hear them calling him names. He finds it difficult to get out of bed, he does not look forward to frying fish yet another day. He is bored and wishes he had followed the path of his brothers,got an education and like them got a decent job.

He said his life is not going to change but he’d make sure he’d send his kids to school and get a proper education,so that they’d have a better future than him.


Writing Prompt: Cliche

Yes I truly agree cliches become cliches for a reason. There are lessons we learn from them,which is why we still use them.

My experience with ,”A bird in hand is worth two in the bush,”  has taught me lessons I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.

It happened when I was looking for a teaching job. I got one of the jobs I applied for. I was uneasy about taking the job,because I thought if I accept it I may not be able to explore other possibilities. I kept thinking and put my acceptance letter on hold. The authorities wanted an answer within a  couple of days,I wasn’t overly anxious to tell them I’d take it.

When I didn’t see any other job prospect, I quickly wrote my acceptance letter. Unlucky for me when the authorities failed to get an answer from me, they thought the obvious i.e.,she is not interested. They reopened their file  and gave the job to the applicant next on their list.  I was left in the cold,well how’s that for,”A bird in hand is worth two in the bush,” I told myself. From then on I took any job that came my way, teaching I mean!

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DP Daily Prompt: Money For Nothing

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Yes, I am no different from anyone else,I need to earn money to take care of my every day necessities. My ultimate job was teaching in a school. I got enough certificates to fulfill my ambition to teach. Once I got the required education, I applied for a job in a local school. As luck would have it I got the job I wanted. I left my first job to see what was available in the big city. There were plenty, I chose the one which had living quarters.

The school was charming for a woman like me,I lived on the premises which meant no extra expense for travelling. It was hardly a week when I realized this was not what I aimed for. I felt the walls of the school closing in on me. I was expected to teach and work after hours taking care of the kids in the dormitory. When I objected the principal said,

“it’s nothing only your presence is enough.”

I consoled myself by thinking, if my being there would solve any problems, why not, in return I had a room and a bathroom and the food was free. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? I was an inexperienced twenty three year old trying to make a living. It didn’t take me long to face what this free this and that meant.

It meant leaving my bed at 5 a.m to see the seventy five boys ranging from five to twelve were up on time, got themselves ready. Sure I didn’t have to dress them up or help them with tooth paste and brush or whatever else was needed to get ready. But I had to get them lined up to walk to the dining room for breakfast.

Next they were lined up to go to their respective classes  at seven a.m., school was over at 2 p.m. . Then it was the drudgery of making sure they had their shower before lunch. Kids and water well that was something else I knew can be troublesome. The shower would be on and the boys would slide on the water that reached the verandah from the bathroom.

One day I was exhausted I felt the need to rest. The boys were taking a shower as usual the water flooded the verandah,why wouldn’t it the showers were turned on full blast.Well my absence for those few minutes gave the kids ammunition to go wild which they did. Two of them bumped into each other while sliding, one broke two front permanent teeth. The other one was fine. The principal was informed, he came running. I was summoned from my room. I came out I was calm and I already decided if he tries to get angry with me,I’d quit the job on the spot.

So the interrogation began, “Where were you?”

I replied, “I was in my room taking a break.”

“Do you know what happened?”

“Yes I do.” I was rebellious. What can he do, I told myself ,he can fire me and boy am I ready to quit this horrible job.

The principal realized by my behavior that I didn’t really care if I lost my job, he calmed down and after showing his anger with the other members of the staff, he left.

I learned from that incidence, all I needed to be was  firm . I was hired to teach,which I was performing without any problems. I knew I could get plenty of jobs teaching,my record was clean, all I had to do was make it known I was no pushover!


Little Nelson taking a break!


DP Daily Post: The Road Less Travelled Post By Ranu

I got a job in a Residential Model School forty miles from Rawalpindi. When I applied for the job,I was not sure I will get it. I was the first one called for the interview. There were five or six other candidates,who applied for the same  job. In the interview the Head Mistress of the school,showed a lot of interest. She told me about the school,she said she would like me to take the job.

The problem I faced then was the distance. The school was too far away.I did not give my word and asked her to let me think.I consulted my older sister. She did not think it was a good idea.I informed the Head Mistress of my problem. She took it well.The following year she wrote and offered me the job again. This time I told her it was not possible for me to live that far from home.

If I had taken the job,I do not think I would continue more than six months. I would be homesick,and would be a nuisance for the staff.I am glad I made that decision,or else I would be a very unhappy person!

DP Daily Prompt:Third from the Top “Blogs I follow” post by Ranu

Personally I can hardly wait to start going through them. My friend gave me a variety of things  I can write about.As I was going through  them,it became harder to pick one out of the list. I narrowed it down to five.I liked all five of them.It was crunch time,I had to settle for one and forget the rest. In my mind I wondered, do I have to tell why I picked that particular one to write about?I know it’s the easiest I don’t have to think too hard,it is all about me.

After completing my degrees,I took a job to teach in my town.It was a brand new school,there were only three teachers,myself and two others.We were sailing along beautifully,I had taught for eleven months,I was in no hurry to change jobs. We had a few day’s holiday.During this time I went to see my friend from school in Dhaka. She told me I should leave my job and look for one in Dhaka.I could not warm up to the idea,simply because I did not have a place to live in Dhaka.You might be thinking,I can rent an apartment.This is where all the problem lies a young unmarried woman living alone in an apartment.Are you kidding me,the city is unsafe for a woman. Mini came up with the idea of applying for work in Residential Model School. It sounded reasonable but there was no Ad in the papers about a vacancy in that school. How can I apply,when they are not looking for a teacher. Mini’s next move was,’Do not worry,my sister-in-law is a teacher there, I’ll ask her to arrange an interview with the principal.’ It was all settled,I went to see the man,he was a Major. He was warm and friendly. Among other things his main fear was, what if she gets married immediately after she is hired.He took care of it by telling me, I cannot marry from five to seven years.

I took the job,I did not give him any assurance that I will not get married within the specific time mentioned by him. It is so difficult to know any one in only an hour. I wrote my resignation letter after ten days.I could not bear to see a principal humiliating the teachers in front of the students. My mind was made up,this atmosphere is not my cup of tea.Hence,’Chaman leave this place before it gets any worse.’ But then again I remembered the saying,’Man proposes,God disposes.’ I stayed in that institution for two more years and five days until I got Divine help.

PleaseNote: The third post is”Time To Be Inspired” and the third sentence is:’Personally I can hardly wait to start going through them.’