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Hunger games.

                The banana leaf with the heaped rice had failed to interest the crows for whom it had been placed there; belief said that it was food for  the dear, departed souls that now resided within the birds.

                The sun had reached the horizon, but, the food still remained untouched.

                The two pairs of sunken eyes that had fixed their gaze on the now-drying grains of rice had turned red and tired, even as ants and flies now threatened to raid their meal.

               Their innocent minds debated with their rumbling bellies whether to make a move or stay put, lest they get beaten up for stealing food meant for the angels.

              Did angels really need all that food? wondered the little minds as they crept forward, throwing caution to the wind; finally, hunger won.


*NOTE: According to Hindu belief, food is offered to the departed souls on their death or their death anniversary. They  visit in the form of the crow. If the crow eats the food it is believed that they do not have any unfulfilled wishes. Thus is the custom of placing food on banana leaves in open near the house.

[Lillie McFerrin Writes] Five Sentence Fiction - Hunger


  1. Hunger, the worst of all... Would be divine if the noble minds that offer food for the dear and departed might consider the hunger struck souls, as well :(

  2. Wow -- this is so powerful Shilpa -- the crows are fed till they're sated while the children starve.

  3. How true and how sad :( Most people would rather follow a ritual for the sake of name, rather than feed truly hungry souls.

    Aside: You may want to give a background for this, for readers who may not be familiar with the custom.

  4. Some rituals are truly not thought through or rather we have not improvised them to suit our lifestyle these days. Great thought behind this post. Loved the imagery depicted here.

  5. It's a very nice way to find out about the departed.

  6. people should feed a hungry person for this custom, rest to the souls of living is important than to the souls of the dead.


  7. Interesting take on the prompt :)

  8. Beautifully written and a nice take on the prompt.

  9. great story! Love that you talked about the custom I was not aware of. I find it interesting how many cultures saw the crow as something to do with the departed, and used them in their spiritual practices. Great blog!


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