Khakhra


Little Brinda could not comprehend how it happened! All she saw was a jar containing some spice getting attracted to the old lady’s fingers. Her hand seemed to be sort of magnet! Was this lady a witch?

She watched as the scrawny lady grinded all kinds of spices. She kept murmuring something and Brinda got scared to even breathe in that strangely aromatic house.

“I shouldn’t have listened to grandma,” Brinda thought. But grandma had bad cough and the doctor’s medicines were ineffective. That morning granny said to Brinda,”Only old Khakhra can help me. Can you get the cough mixture…but don’t tell your parents.”

She agreed for grandma’s sake but knew that Khakhra was weird!

The mixture was almost ready and Khakhra smiled revealing crooked teeth. Brinda accepted the medicine bag and planned to run.

But Khakhra clutched her hand. Brinda held her breath as she pressed something into her palm and released her. 

Once home, panting and jittery, Brinda opened her fist – it was her favourite orange candy! 

(The character of Khakhra is based on a lady in my maternal grandmother’s village. She was rumoured to be a witch but actually she was quite nice. I met her when I was little.)

This is my entry to the flash fiction challenge, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by the lovely Priceless Joy. We are given a photo prompt and approximately 75-175 words with which to create our stories. This challenge is open to all who would like to participate. Please CLICK HERE for more. Thank you Maria for the image!

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62 thoughts on “Khakhra

  1. I was really pulled in to this story and could relate to this little girl and her fear of the old woman. I loved the ending where she was given her favorite candy, dispelling her fears of the old lady. Wonderful story, Shavangi! I think it is great that you knew a lady from your girlhood years that was simlar to Khakhra.

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    1. Thanks a lot PJ. Actually her name was also Khakhra. And little Brinda’s character is based on my elder sister who was very scared of her and would often dream that Khakhra was trying to hold her. We still talk about her and laugh about our fancies. So glad that you liked it😀😀😀

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  2. Throughout recorded history wise women have been called ‘witch’, with all its negative connotations, simply for having an understanding of the natural world and all of its properties. At least young Brinda is able to see beyond the label, even if others are unable to do so. Great story, Shivangi. 🙂

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        1. Great Seenu… but do follow more people and participate in a few challenges like Flash Fiction For Aspiring Writers or Cee’s share the world challenge…and then through mutual cooperation blog goes…

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                1. Ok… great…still you have quite a nice number of followers… i have been blogging on and off since almost three years back…the catch is just keep doing the good work. All the best to you!😀😀😀

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