Letting go


From the rightmost corner of the bottom on the edge, emerged the pungent grey smoke. A pale blue flame engulfs the photograph. There’s oxygen in the air, disgust on my mind and pain in this life. It burns. Like the photograph.

I set my cigarette on fire. It burns through my lungs as I take a long drag; our memories are exhaled out in the smoke. The half burnt photograph floats in the water waiting to be flushed.

I see your face in it. Goodbye.

Oh yeah! on the brighter side, I’m still holding a butt. (Wink wink)

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  1. Bulbul says:

    Interesting post, the darkness around was tantalizing. The best part was the ending, the silver lining in a dark cloud.
    I have always wondered though does burning and flushing the photograph really helps?

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    1. It doesn’t really help unless you really like being delusional. It’s kinda like placebo.
      Thanks Bulbul. 🙂

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      1. Bulbul says:

        Thought so, but desperate times call for desperate measures, whatever helps.
        Its a pleasure, Bharath 🙂

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  2. aathmana02 says:

    Letting go! I don’t know why this word is ringing in my head for over thousand times by now!
    Perhaps it’s becoz of your post! Loved it ! And you know that!🤩😅

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    1. Aww thanks kiddo. 😃

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      1. aathmana02 says:

        Kay bruh!!😅😅🤩

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  3. Anushk@ says:

    Sometimes it’s not the goodbye that hurts but the flashbacks that follows!

    And the concluding lines 😁 it reminded me of the cherry butty sticker! Remember?

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    1. Chetna says:

      Ykw Anushka, after reading this, i was thinking exactly of the same line but i just couldn’t get it right!😂.😅 And now you have wrote it.

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      1. Sahi ho dono ke dono 🤣

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        1. Anushk@ says:

          Tum Kya karre tab?😎

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          1. Me Kya hi kar sakta

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      2. Anushk@ says:

        😂😂 that’s why…we connect so much!!

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        1. Chetna says:

          Sahi pakde hain.😂

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          1. Anushk@ says:

            Is it a dialogue from ‘Bhabhi ji ghar p hai’
            If I’m not wrong??😂

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            1. Chetna says:

              Are..sahi pakde hain.😂
              Ap to humari ummeed se kahin aage nikle.🙈😁

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            2. Arey shaitan hai wo 😂😂

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            3. Anushk@ says:

              Enough of tareeef now😎🙈

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            4. Baapre 🤦🏻‍♂️

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            5. Chetna says:

              Aapki sangati ka asar..👻😝

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            6. Arey baapre 🤣🤣

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            7. Anushk@ says:

              Thanks Chetna 😂😂

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    2. Arjun Reddy dekhke aaye Kya? 🤣🤣
      Hahaa wo sticker.

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      1. Anushk@ says:

        Yeah 😎😁

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        1. Zyada hoshiyar na bano 😂😂

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          1. Anushk@ says:

            Ab hai to Kya kre😎😁

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            1. Anushk@ says:

              Darr gye hm😈

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      2. Chetna says:

        Matlab aapne bhi usi me suna tha😂..
        Vaise maine kabur aingh me suna tha..😜

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        1. Han 😂😂
          Kabir Singh me sogaya tha

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          1. Chetna says:

            I can understand.😝

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      3. aathmana02 says:

        God!!! The way he smokes!!🤯🤯🤯

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        1. Hahaha you hate smoking, you said?

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          1. aathmana02 says:

            Yeah! That’s why I hated the character mainly becoz of his smoking habit and anger! (god pls help me from Arjun Reddy fans!)😅

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            1. Hahah! Okay. 😂😂

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            2. Me what? Nothing.

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            3. aathmana02 says:

              You like that movie? And that character?

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  4. Arushi says:

    Did burning it helped?
    The ending got me laughing out loud.

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    1. It might’ve.
      Hahaha! I’m glad you laughed.

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  5. Chetna says:

    It is not easy to let go of things but sometimes it is even harder to hold on!!
    Nice that you made the choice for the better, Bharath.

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    1. Thanks Chetna. I can let go.

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  6. ROJEENA says:

    Nice ending 👌😉

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  7. akshita1776 says:

    The ending was 👏

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  8. Goodbyes are not always bad 🙂

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    1. They’re a blessing.

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  9. Haha, loved the ending. Great imagery Bharath 👏💜

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    1. Thanks Secret lady.

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      1. You’re welcome Nihilistic heart

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  10. HappySoul says:

    You are so good at painting darkness into one’s thoughts! It haunts! Very well written Bharath!

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    1. Thank you Happy 🙂

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  11. I am not a fan of people who smoke 😛 Especially in public places!

    This was a beautiful write-up. How can you break our hearts over and over again through your posts? You are so talented

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    1. Haha! I think if we have to list out the things you don’t like, it’d take an eternity to stop.

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  12. Harsh says:

    I want to burn some things as well.

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      1. Harsh says:

        Paper, clothes, and a couple of things more.

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  13. Halbarbera says:

    🐌🚬🙌🏼

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      1. Halbarbera says:

        Gave up 🚬 circa 1984

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        1. That was a long time ago, sarge. Why did you?

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          1. Halbarbera says:

            heart arrhythmia – irregular heartbeat – discovered when I passed out at work

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            1. Yeah I heard about that. It was because of smoking??

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            2. Halbarbera says:

              Smoking and too much coffee! A cigarette in my mouth, in my hand and in an ash tray! That’s too much!

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            3. Man! That sounds bad.

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