Stranger in a new land

Sana sets the record on the turntable and gently lowers the needle. A soothing multidimensional sitar composition fills the room.

She takes her favourite spot by the window and gazes out at the mist rising from the lake.

The sweet aroma of freshly brewed Darjeeling tea wafting from the china cup relaxes her.

Her husband’s employment brought her to a new country, she’s yet to embrace fully. Faces, she’s yet to meet and befriend.

“Remember. People are the same everywhere. So, be kind. Be open to receiving kindness. And you’ll be fine,” her father’s parting words echo in her head.


Written for Friday Fictioneers

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20 thoughts on “Stranger in a new land

  1. Dear Piyali,

    If only people would concentrate on our similarities rather than our differences, the world would be a better place. Then we could celebrate and learn from the differences. I’m going to look for our Ravi Shankar records. 😉 Lovely piece.



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    1. Absolutely, the problem begins when we overlook the similarities and concentrate on differences. Thanks for the read, Rochelle. Ravi Shankar’s compositions and a cup of tea would be an ideal combination to unwind after a long tiring day at work 🙂

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  2. What wise words her father imparted. This was a lovely writing, Piyali.
    And yes, wouldn’t it be grand if people stopped judging and simply accepted that we are all basically the same?

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    1. Thanks, Dale. My travel experiences have taught me that whichever part of the world one goes to, the people are basically the same. We all strive for the same things in life. We all want to be appreciated for what we do. And we all expect a little bit of kindness from each other 🙂

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  3. A beautiful piece of writing, Piyali. I love that Sana finds comfort in her music and I know there is a lot more for her to discover and enjoy. Giving and receiving kindness is so important. Sana’s new country is fortunate to have her.

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