I grew up in Japan amid majestic mountains and vales. Our manor-house was paradise to me with colourful flower garden, birds, and insects.

 I used to saunter around the serpentine corridors, intricate passageways, spiralling arches, and the tiny flower garden of the country-house on quiet afternoons when Granny took a nap. My grandfather had died in the dark damp room which gave access to our beautiful flower garden.

One afternoon I was walking around our flower garden when there was no noise or activity. A sweet smell of flowers hung in the air. Nature looked breathtakingly beautiful. I wanted to see those bright, bold, and beautiful flowers after the cold and dark sky of winter.  Substantial warming had already occurred, causing new growth. The music teacher’s soporific voice streamed through the air into my ears from the music school. The lone dove startled me when it cooed. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I encountered a beautiful girl sleeping under a cherry tree laden with beautiful pink blossoms.  Her beauty arrested me. I kept gazing at her. I spotted a pink flower near her head. I picked it up.

 But she didn’t stir into wakefulness when I touched her forehead with the full-bloomed flower. Granny’s loud voice startled me. The beautiful girl just vanished and was never seen again. Maybe someday she would bring exceptional happiness.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hello again Dipayan, reading your story helps me to see how beauty can evoke the imagination, help us to dream, and to hold on to our dreams. Thank you.

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi (@brigitta-hegyi)
7 months ago

Beautiful story, I like the descriptions! 🙂

Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti (@shrabani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

It is a vivid and touching story which is very bright with colours. Perfect!

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Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti (@shrabani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

I’m also attracted by the deep emotions and the old world charm which surrounded the little protagonist.

Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti (@shrabani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

Is your story a study of the characteristics of children?

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Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti (@shrabani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

The vivid and rich imagery is the essential component of your story and adds to its meaning and effect. Nice work, Dipayan.

Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti (@shrabani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

You’re welcome. I can see dream colours, hear dream music, smell dream fragrances hovering at the edge of reality as I read your story again and again.

Last edited 7 months ago by Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti
Shrabani Chakrabarti (@shrabani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Dipayan.

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sujoy sarkar
sujoy sarkar (@sujoy-sarkar)
7 months ago

Wonderful Bobby…….Love it??

sujoy sarkar
sujoy sarkar (@sujoy-sarkar)
7 months ago

‘Congratulations for the win. Your story has left me speechless. The little boy had remarkable powers of observation.’

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sujoy sarkar
sujoy sarkar (@sujoy-sarkar)
7 months ago

Every line in the story is pregnant with meaning. It reminds me of my childhood, of an era of simple pleasures.

sujoy sarkar
sujoy sarkar (@sujoy-sarkar)
7 months ago

The ‘dark damp room’ and the ‘breathtakingly beautiful’ Nature are mentioned to create a sense of contrast between dream and reality.

Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar
Abhijit Ghosh Dastidar (@abhijit-ghosh-dastidar)
7 months ago

At a time when all prevailing darkness make our days sad and gloomy, your writing brings a ray of fresh hope, touches the heart and makes living bearable again. Kudos. Keep writing.

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Rupak Banerjee
Rupak Banerjee (@rupak-banerjee)
7 months ago

Excellent story……keep on writing…????

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
7 months ago

Interesting how in all stories I am reading Cherry blossoms are always somehow linked to a loss, love and death and life. Cherry trees really bring deep meanings to all of us.

Mousam Ray
Mousam Ray (@mousam-ray)
7 months ago

Excellent

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Subhro Mitra
Subhro Mitra (@subhro-mitra)
7 months ago

Dipayan, I greatly enjoy reading your stories.

sujaya dasgupta
sujaya dasgupta (@sujaya-dasgupta)
7 months ago

Beautifully written..heart touching story

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Joydeep bhattacharya
Joydeep bhattacharya (@joydeep-bhattacharya)
7 months ago

Wonderful story. I like it.

NIRMALYA RANJAN Guha
NIRMALYA RANJAN Guha (@nirmalya-ranjan-guha)
7 months ago

Excellent writing… Nicely descriptive.

Partha Dasgupta
Partha Dasgupta (@partha-dasgupta)
7 months ago

Beautiful story!! Love it.

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Niladri Bagchi
Niladri Bagchi (@niladri-bagchi)
7 months ago

Simple and nice.

Dipanjan Mukherjee
Dipanjan Mukherjee (@dipanjan-mukherjee1)
7 months ago

Beautifully written!! Took me back to my childhood days and away from the hassles of city life. Very vivid and descriptive narration of one’s thought!! Keep it up!!

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Avijeet Sarkar
Avijeet Sarkar (@avijeet-sarkar)
7 months ago

The sentences lead one into an abstract world of crazy hues. When you come out, the trip is worth recalling. Great going!

Kaustav Dam
Kaustav Dam (@kaustav-dam)
7 months ago

Beautiful story.

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
7 months ago

An intriguing story, Dipayan. I do hope there is more to that beautiful girl in the future and she somehow does bring happiness 🙂

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Romyani Chakrabarti
Romyani Chakrabarti (@romyani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

The relation between dream and reality is skillfully portrayed by you in your story. It has also a penetrating realism. Perfect!

Romyani Chakrabarti
Romyani Chakrabarti (@romyani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

You’re welcome. I’ve enjoyed all the telling mental images portrayed in the story.

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Romyani Chakrabarti
Romyani Chakrabarti (@romyani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

I sat dazed after reading the story. The “Serpentine corridors,” the “intricate passageways,” the “spiralling arches,” and the “tiny flower garden” took me back to my childhood.

Romyani Chakrabarti
Romyani Chakrabarti (@romyani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

The death of the boy’s grandfather was his first intimation of mortality. You write very movingly indeed.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

An interesting story Dipayan. Is the girl a ghost, or a vision of a possible future. Intriguing.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

What a lovely piece it is, Dipayan. I love it.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

You’re welcome.

Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza (@santina-forlenza)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan!

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Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Dipayan, on a very beautiful story!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Dipayan, you are more than welcome.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan.

Partha Dasgupta
Partha Dasgupta (@partha-dasgupta)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan!!!

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Mousam Ray
Mousam Ray (@mousam-ray)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan

Joydeep bhattacharya
Joydeep bhattacharya (@joydeep-bhattacharya)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Dipayan! This was a beautiful story.

Indranil Dasgupta
Indranil Dasgupta (@indranil-dasgupta)
7 months ago

Way to go Dipayan !!

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NIRMALYA RANJAN Guha
NIRMALYA RANJAN Guha (@nirmalya-ranjan-guha)
7 months ago

Congratulations for the win.

Ashoke Basistha
Ashoke Basistha (@ashoke-basistha1)
7 months ago

Congratulations Dipayan! Proud to be your friend! Keep it up!

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sujaya dasgupta
sujaya dasgupta (@sujaya-dasgupta)
7 months ago

Congratulations ??

Raja Guha
Raja Guha (@raja-guha)
7 months ago

Dipayan Chakrabarti is a very talented writer. He loves to portray the life as a person visualises, making it more realistic. He loves playing with simple words, juggling them to make a story, just like stitching a colourful garland from a basket of flowers.

Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke (@danielle-burke)
7 months ago

I love your word choices: “I used to saunter around the serpentine corridors”. You have certainly painted a beautiful image.

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Romyani Chakrabarti
Romyani Chakrabarti (@romyani-chakrabarti)
7 months ago

Congratulations! ??

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