“Wow! This is such a wonderful novel! You know, Lucky? I have read hundreds of books so far. But this book’s plot still sticks in my mind. Lucky, you must give it a read. It will be worth your time!”

“Oh? Is it so?”

“Yeah, it is a page-turner. If you start reading it today, you can’t sleep until you finish it.”

“Okay, let me order it now, then.”

“Sure. It’s available on Amazon.”

“You seem happy like hell. What’s the reason?”

“Yes, this is the first book for the author. If this sells well, she will be motivated to write the next, won’t she be?”


“Maybe? She will surely be, Lucky.”

“Could you, please, stop calling me Lucky? My name is Lakshmi.”

“Okay, Lakshmi Amma. I won’t call you lucky any more.”

“Hey, Joice! Look at this! Its price is 450 rupees!”

“So what? The author has spent her four years writing this, Lucky! Oh, I am sorry. Miss Lakshmi. Four hundred and fifty rupees is her four-year salary.”

“Are you a marketer or what?”

“Excuse me, Lakshmi! You have misjudged me. As your bosom friend, I just recommend to you the book I read. If you don’t like to buy it, I won’t have any objections at all. ”

“What’s this? Bosom means breast, doesn’t it?”

“This clearly shows you have to read a lot.”

“Joice, look at here! This intimate area lightening cream is only 1499 rupees. ”

“What? Why should we lighten intimate parts? Do you think 1500 rupees is less, but?”

“Not 1500, it costs just 1499 rupees.”

“Okay, stay cool! Do you think this cream will lighten all of your intimate parts?”

“Of course.”

“Oh? Is it so? Then, place the order now. Let’s see if this can lighten your important, intimate part?”

“My important, intimate part? What do you mean by this phrase?”

“Your mind. It is full of myths, Lakshmi. It certainly needs to be lightened.”


Note: The title of this flash fiction has been inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s six-word short story ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn’.

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Reshma Selvaraj

Hello, my name is Reshma Selvaraj. I am a graduate with a bachelor's degree in English. I am from a village called Kombadi Thalavaipuram in Tuticorin, a southern district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil is my mother tongue. Though I studied English as a second language during my schooling, I enjoyed reading English poems and essays. As years passed by, I enrolled to study the literature of English in a college. That was when I began to read a lot of books both in Tamil and English. Thus I started to have a dream of becoming a writer. I have already written and published two short stories. The first short story, entitled “I have an interview tomorrow”, depicts the life of a disabled graduate searching for a job, and the second short story, titled “Aval Oru Maram”, defines the deforestation happening in the Western Ghats of India. This blog is to show the world that I am becoming what I wanted to become, and I hope that it will help you to become what you want to become.

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