The Patriot #FridayFotoFiction


I had humble beginnings. Though I doubted whether I had the right to dream, something in me said I could.

Never did I yearn for luxuries like the penury stricken people around me.

Driven, I had a mission as steadfast as a shining star.

India was my motherland and since the day I studied in those history books as to how hard earned this freedom was, sitting in that dilapidated classroom, something in me stirred.

Alas, I was the son of a poor man who had all but a boat to earn his livelihood from.


Nevertheless, the patriotic vein in me made me set atop my tiny boat the flag which unfurled when I swayed the boat in those calm waters.

In my heart was engraved the name of my motherland and my humble origins did not deter me from being the Patriot as I was commissioned in the Army.

(150 words)


I am taking part in the #FridayFotoFiction – Weekly Flash Fiction Writing Challenge hosted byTina and Mayuri


About Meha Sharma

Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
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15 Responses to The Patriot #FridayFotoFiction

  1. Akshata Ram says:

    That reflected the true spirt of a patriot, well done Meha!

  2. Loved the feelings your words evoked, Meha. Well written!
    Thank you for writing for #FridayFotoFiction

  3. Anagha Yatin says:

    Chest swelled with pride while reading this tale Meha! Kudos to the power of your narration.
    Coincidentally, we both had a patriotic flavour in our stories this time.

  4. Tina Basu says:

    Lovely Meha, these are the true spirit. Thanks for participating in #FridayFotoFiction.

  5. Alice Gerard says:

    Great story. I got a lot of feeling from it. Your character’s passion and patriotism is very pleasant to read.

  6. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Love for the country dwells in a true Patriot’s heart, which comes across in every little selfless act. Very well done, Meha!

  7. Wonderful take on the prompt. It’s not one’s origins that matter, it’s what you choose to do with your life. Great tale!

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