The Voice of My 25 Word Story

Lately, my friend Ananta has embarked on a spree of word restricted story challenges and has consistently nominated me for these challenges as well.

Yes, she’s the one who nominated me for the 11 word and 13 word story challenges.

The 25 word story challenge happened to be just another one of those challenges. Like every other challenge, I decided to take it in my stride and rise to the occasion.

But something struck me.

There I was, busy writing word restricted stories on tragic love & romance, when I should’ve been writing on topics which mattered. All this time I could’ve been using my talent and skills, to bring light to topics which deserved attention. An impact could’ve been created by me. I don’t know how big or small but an impact nevertheless.

So I decided to tweak the rules of this challenge.

The nominees are supposed to write a comprehensive, impactful story of 25 words. No more, no less. While deciding your topic, think of an issue or matter which is relevant in the world today. Something which matters and needs to be highlighted.

In my case, I chose gender bias & gender inequality.

Although India has definitely given women the opportunity to thrive and flourish, this problem still persists in various states of this nation till today. From wage pay gaps to education, there isn’t any  presence of equality of the sexes. Being an Indian girl, I had to speak up about this existent injustice. And I’ve tried to do so via writing.

Here’s my story, with a voice.


The nominees of this challenge are the readers of this post. Stick to 25 words, choose a relevant issue, and let your imagination run wild.

But most importantly, don’t hold back.

Have a good day. Hope you liked this post.



Copyright © 2015 by Shamika Lal, all rights reserved.

One Lovely Blog Award


A big thank you to Alex Raphael for nominating my blog, although it’s barely a month old. Guys, you HAVE to check out his blog. He’s definitely worth a follow!

This is my 3rd nomination in a week.

Now allow me to show you how this works.

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Give 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)
  1. I’ve always preferred Pepsi over Coke. I don’t know why, I just have.
  2. The last thing I watched on T.V. yesterday would be Castle
  3. I’d hands down choose savoury over sweet. If I had to choose between chilli and  chocolate on my last day on Earth, it would be the former.
  4. I occasionally play the guitar and keyboard & I sing.
  5. I’m originally left-handed. But lately, I’ve become ambidextrous.
  6. Roald Dahl is my favourite author.
  7. I love learning new languages. Recently, I’ve taken up French!

In turn, I’d further like to nominate:

  1. Kally
  2. Brenda
  3. Heba
  4. EsoterX

The Story of My Unlucky Number


Fear, anxiety, sadness and a stream of negative emotions flow through me on hearing it.

You know how they say that 13 is supposedly an unlucky number? That couldn’t be more true for me.

Unlike Taylor Swift, the number 13 has never, ever, ever worked in my favour.

The worst year of my life so far, has been 8th grade when I turned 13. My school tests went terribly bad whenever they were scheduled on the 13th of each month. In college, my least favourite subjects’ lectures were always held on the 13th of each month. As for Friday the 13th? Well, let’s not even discuss that.

Coincidence? I think not.

So when my good friend gave me a challenge to write a story in 13 words, you could probably imagine my reaction.

But what could I do? I love writing. I always have. I couldn’t give a lame excuse for this challenge. For example:

“Hey, can I chicken out of this one? It’s got my unlucky number in it.”

It sounds all the more stupid when said in person, doesn’t it?

So I decided to give this challenge a shot. Despite the unlucky number, it involved something which I loved. So, the odds simply had to be in my favour.


Surprisingly, I stumbled  to come up with a story which satisfied me. Grammatical errors, lack of ideas, no originality, too many words and small trances of writer’s block were some challenges I faced.

But I persevered.

After numerous attempts, I finally came up with a story of 13 words which worked in my favour.

Here’s my story.

Take that, 13!

You worked for me. Eventually.

The nominees for this challenge are the people who read this post. You’re free to write on any topic of your choice, keeping in mind the word limit.

So give it a shot and set your imagination free!
Hopefully you guys liked it.

Thanks for giving this a read. Have a good day.

(P.S. if you’re a new reader, then check out my blog. It doesn’t hurt! You may like it and if you do, then give it a follow.)

Copyright © 2015 by Shamika Lal, all rights reserved.

My 11 Word Story

A friend of mine recently nominated me for a challenge famously known as the 11 word story challenge. I’d like to thank her for nominating me for this challenge which I heartily enjoyed.

The nominees have to write a comprehensive story in 11 words. The themes/topics are to be chosen of your own accord and the story is totally under your control.

Here’s my story:


To the person who reads this post, take up this challenge and let your imagination run wild! Good luck.

I hope you like my story. Have a good day!

(P.S. If you’re a new reader, please do give my blog a look. It doesn’t hurt as it’s for free anyway! If you like my blog, do follow. I’d really appreciate it.)

Copyright© 2015 by Shamika Lal, all rights reserved.

That Ongoing 40s Show: Café Mondegar

I had mentioned earlier in my previous post that I would begin a new section of food reviews soon. Here’s the first post of the many that are to come! I know that this is based in Mumbai for now. So to my friends from the other side of the pond, if you ever decide to visit Mumbai (which you should!) and want to find good places to eat lip smacking food, here’s a mini guide for you.

When you’re roaming the aisles of Colaba in the sweltering heat and helping your friends search for midi rings and jhumkaas (a traditional Indian earring), time doesn’t seem to pass by. However, your hunger builds up rather quickly. With the situation of limited cash to be faced along with the aforementioned, we knew that we had to find a place within short distance to eat reasonably priced food. And voila, Mondy’s it was!

Mondegar has been one of the iconic attractions of this locality, for various reasons. From the wall and cutlery adorned lively cartoons created by the legendary Mario Miranda, to the old jukebox playing in the corner, Mondy’s (as it is so affectionately called) remains a crowd puller till today. Ideally, it’s a place where tourists and locals prefer to unwind with a cool refreshing drink, after calling it a day.  The ambience has a casual vintage vibe to it. The seating is rather congested, but the atmosphere is very lively.

The vivid imagination of Mario Miranda
The vivid imagination of Mario Miranda
Jukebox (it still works)
Jukebox (it still works)

Let’s get down to business, shall we?

The three of us desperately needed some drinks to quench our thirst, which is why milkshakes and juice were the top preferences. We placed an order for the Banana Milkshake, the Mango Pulp Milkshake and some Watermelon Juice.

The Banana Milkshake was just what I needed. It wasn’t overly sweet and had the right amount of frothiness to it. The hit of banana right at the end totally did the trick. The Mango Pulp Milkshake was very refreshing.  It had just the right balance between fruitiness and creaminess. The milkshakes were served chilled which worked well in our favour. The Watermelon juice was exactly how a thirst quencher should be served: cool, healthy and vibrant.

Cool Watermelon Juice
Cool Watermelon Juice
Frothy Banana Milkshake
Frothy Banana Milkshake
Fruity Mango Pulp Milkshake!
Fruity Mango Pulp Milkshake!

Speaking of drinks, one must take note of the fact that this café provides a range of beers and other alcoholic drinks. In fact there’s a certain wall section inscribed with a rather apt quote, solely dedicated to beer! This more than assures that beer lovers are in for a treat.

Well, this is apt.
Well, this is apt.

Now for the food.

How yummy is that!
How yummy is that!

We placed an order for some Sautéed Chicken with Mushrooms. The chicken and mushrooms were nicely browned. The chicken was moist, well-cooked and not too chewy. The mushrooms were very well cooked, and had a hint of garlic. The spring onions and green chilli added to this dish, elevated it to a whole new level. The only thing that disappointed us, was the quantity. But since it was a starter, I feel that the intention behind the quantity was to keep the diners wanting more. And that’s exactly what it did.

I'm drooling!
I’m drooling!

For the main course, we ordered some Alfredo Pasta. The type of pasta we asked for was penne as it serves to be the most convenient to eat quickly, without making a mess. The pasta is served with creamy golden cheese sauce along with some chunks of chicken & bell peppers. Here, the quantity is sufficient to be shared among a group of three. The cheese sauce is very good and not too heavy. The pasta is well cooked and not too thick. The moist chunks of chicken and the crispy bell peppers complement the dish perfectly. I suggest you to add a little bit of chilli flakes if you like some heat in your pasta.

Overall, Mondegar’s was a pleasant experience. It’s best suited for anyone, whether young or old, who wishes to relax in a lively environment in the evening. I look forward to my future visits here.

Enter a whole new world
Enter a whole new world

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