Ammachi, what’s that?

That’s the grinding stone in a corner of our kitchen then. ithelped us make atta or rice flour.

How did you do it?

We would put handfuls of grain between the two stones. Bottom is stationary, upper can be rotated. Powdering is done when you move the stick round and round.

Must have taken ages. Seems painful.

Naaa. We used to tell stories or share our lives with one another. It was bonding.

Looks heavy. Guess it can’t be lifted by hand.

Naa. My mother used it to handle a man who wanted to harm her.


*Ammachi – grandmother, atta – wheat flour

*Friday Fictioneers is a talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Shaktiki Sharma



28 thoughts on “HAND WORK

  1. I like this grandmother and her attitude. Company and good tales make the most monotonous work into fun. My gran told me about her mother’s generation who spun flax and linen. One woman would always read a story out loud while the others worked. Great story.

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  2. You hit the nail on the head Mike.
    My family is made of very strong ladies who weren’t afraid to face anything, including life’s hardships.
    I am so thankful that you sensed the real nuance of my writing.
    I am honored!


  3. Oh you are awesome. You just about caught the music of my piece and what we are missing!
    The last line was more of a tongue-in-cheek remark of what a woman is capable of, when pushed to the wall, literally!!!

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