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Short Stories By Manik Joshi

 

Following Are Four Select Short Stories Written By Me:

01. Hard-Earned

( Short Story By Manik Joshi)

 

    One day, Daniel found 1,000 dollars on the street. He picked up the money and tried to find the right owner, but he was unsuccessful. He, therefore, decided to spend the money on himself. Because Daniel had gotten the money without making any effort, he did not realize its true value. He spent all the money on luxury; he went to a five-star hotel and spent the money on an expensive lunch.
    One year later, Daniel inadvertently lost 1,000 dollars on the same street. He had earned this money after working laboriously for three months. When he realized that his money was lost, he searched the street anxiously. However, it was too late; he could not find his money. 
    “Someone must have picked up my money,” he muttered. He then recalled the day when he had found 1,000 dollars, and he began to repent about having wasted that money.

    Because it had not been hard-earned money, Daniel had not understood its true value. Now that his hard-earned money was lost, he realized just how foolish he had been to waste so much money on a lavish lunch. He wished that he had saved the money that he had found that day.

 

 

02. Prediction

( Short Story By Manik Joshi)

 

    Henry generally didn’t believe in predictions that were based on unscientific methods. It was his philosophy that predictions were nothing but illusions. No one could see the future. For him, astrology, palmistry, horoscopes, and other so-called future-telling techniques were the biggest fraud in the world. Whenever someone predicted something about him, Henry overlooked it.

    One day, a madman came to his home and predicted that after five days, on the 12th of February, Henry would die. This madman was notorious for his accurate and fatal predictions. He would roam the city all day long, and he had predicted the deaths of more than 100 people in that city. He had told every one of them that they would die after a certain number of days on a particular date of a particular month, and to everyone’s utter shock, he had proven to be 100 percent accurate every time. They had all died on the same day that the madman had predicted—not a day before nor after it. Henry had heard of this madman and his accurate predictions, but every time, he had termed the veracity of the prediction as “merely a coincidence.”

    Now that the madman had predicted his death, Henry began to worry about his life. Within a few minutes of the prediction about his death, Henry suffered a terrible heart attack; it turns out that he was under tremendous stress because of the prediction. He couldn’t endure the heart attack and lost consciousness. After a few seconds, death laid its icy hands on him, and Henry died five days earlier than predicted. 

    The madman’s prediction had proved wrong for the very first time.

   

03. For Granted

( Short Story By Manik Joshi)
       

   Gilbert was an excellent car racer. Since childhood, he’d tended toward car racing. He’d, therefore, chosen car racing as his career and had underwent vigorous training to master his skills. 

    Initially, Gilbert participated in local car-racing competitions. He then gradually began to participate in national and international car-racing competitions. In his very first international car-racing competition, he earned first place. In his next race, the result was the same. Gilbert became very confident. After some years, he felt that he had become invincible. By now, he had participated in more than 100 car races, and he had stood at the top of the podium every time. Winning races had become a habit. 

    One day, Gilbert was taking part in the last race of his career. He was assured of winning the race before bidding goodbye to his highly successful, ten-year-long car-racing career. For him, participation in the race was merely a formality because he knew the result—he would get first place. He started the race with a bang, but midway through it, his car skidded off the track and overturned. Suddenly, there was a huge blast, and the car was engulfed in flames. It proved very costly and was fatal for Gilbert, who had taken his last race for granted.

   

04. Letter

( Short Story By Manik Joshi)

    

    One day, a recently employed postman left someone else’s letter at Patrick’s house. When Patrick read the envelope, he realized that the letter was addressed to someone named Jacob, whose house number—2-3000—was in the same locality in which Patrick used to reside. Patrick’s house number was 2-300. Based on the information written on the envelope, the letter appeared to be asking the recipient to appear for an interview related to his university admission, and the matter seemed urgent.

    Patrick decided to find Jacob’s house and give the letter to him. It proved a long trip for him. He had to travel four miles and ask scores of people for directions to Jacob’s residence. He found an old man, to whom he explained that the postman had mistakenly distributed a letter to his house. He gave the letter to the old man, who was Jacob’s father. The old man opened the letter in front of Patrick. Jacob had applied for higher studies at an open university, and the correspondence was a call letter for the interview, which was to be held in the same city the very next day. Jacob’s father thanked Patrick profusely, for if Patrick hadn’t come to deliver the letter, Jacob would certainly have missed the interview. 

    The next day, Jacob appeared for the interview, but he was not selected for admission, and his father rebuked him. Jacob now lamented that Patrick had brought the letter to his house, for if he hadn’t done so, Jacob would not have attended the interview and would not have been reprimanded by his father for his failure to be selected for admission.

 


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