Evil Eye


Look mother, so many colored pumpkins – white, yellow, blue, black” clapped Akshay happily, “mother I want a pumpkin for our house.”

Neerja works for an NGO, active in the community and helps underprivileged women, children and elderly. Once Akshay started going to school, Neerja took up the job to make good of her Social Work Diploma, earn some money and above all keep herself busy. Today, Neerja was in her office with Akshay because this is a school holiday.

Yes son you get to take a pumpkin home,” said the program director to Akshay, “choose the color you want. Take some candy too, as many as you want.”

Akshay busied himself filling his pocket with candies, Director adviced Neerja,

Organise a social gathering in your house; invite community members. This will help you build your community outreach and help us in advancing our work.”

Mother, why do we hang a pumpkin with a candle in it?

To avoid anyone casting evil eye at our home and family, Akshay.”

Mother, if evil eye is inside our home, can a candle still stop it?”

Neerja was stumped. She could only ask “what evil eye you are talking about son?”

Word Count : 197

This little piece of fiction was inspired by the weekly prompt challenge hosted by Sunday Photo Fiction Oct 28th, 2018, for Aspiring Writers. For other stories on the theme, look here.

Photo Credit : Rick Spaulding

12 thoughts on “Evil Eye

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    1. Actually someone is casting evil eye on the child from inside. A child abuse or molestation, take a guess. Thank you for reading and commenting, always so promptly.


      1. True. The story is trying to point that if the evil is I side can a lit pumpkin outside protect? I agree there is no logic. This is a conversation between a mother and child.

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