Plastic Smiles, by Archana Nagarajan
Sasha bade goodnight to her Barbie dolls, all two hundred and sixty-six of them. It was her nightly ritual. In the last twenty-six years, not once had her dolls failed to greet her back. The constancy of their smiles reassured Sasha. Dolls had no rules for smiling. No terms or conditions; no flattery or favors required. Unlike in the real world, Sasha didn’t have to second guess the reason behind their smiles: Too wide. Insincere? Too brief. Do they even care? Too eager. Ulterior motive? The real world with its real smiles was perplexing, exhausting. Plastic smiles suited her better.
Paritosh Chandra Dugar
27/2/2019 05:46:35 pm
Loved this little satirical story. Well done Archana!
1/3/2019 12:34:13 am
Thank you, Paritosh
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