The housefly (Musca Domestica). Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Wellcome Images.
The housefly (Musca Domestica). Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Wellcome Images.

The fly

A short story

For really to think about someone means thinking about that person every minute of the day, without letting one's thoughts be diverted by anything – by meals, by a fly that settles on one's cheek, by household duties, or by a sudden itch somewhere. But there are always flies and itches. That's why life is difficult to live.

–Albert Camus, The Plague

His father hated him more than anyone else and always called him rang'a-tsaer; a finch. He spent his entire youth drawing, sketching and painting. Even on the day he received the gold medal in fine arts (painting) from his university, nobody in his circle of family or friends showed him any appreciation. A permanent government job in Kashmir meant much more than winning gold medals and accolades.

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