Influenced!! #writebravely

 Alka opened the door with difficulty balancing the bags in her hand and jumped a little on seeing her husband in front of her.

‘See, what all I got for us, look at this ‘, she said taking out a vegetable chopper.

‘Alka, we already have a food processor…’, started Manoj, her husband.

‘I know but it works on electricity, this….this works on muscle power’, she said flexing her arms and smiling sweetly.

Manoj sighed.

‘And what is there in the other bags?’, he asked

‘Oh that…some clothes for all of us’, said Alka

‘Alka our wardrobes are full of clothes actually bursting with clothes’, he said.

Alka frowned but then added, ‘Shirley said this is a good bargain and I  may not get such offers again’.

‘Maybe you won’t get such offers again but the question is do we need it?, said Manoj, ‘Maybe Shirley needs as she is the wife of a hotelier and socialises a lot but what about us? Our kitchen is full of gadgets bought in the last six months, that is since you met your childhood friend again and so are our wardrobes’.

‘By the way, you came early from office today?’, Alka asked trying to change the topic.

‘Yes, because your credit card statement arrived today. This month credit card payment will not only wipe out my this month’s earnings but also make a hole in our savings. Alka we have two kids, what about their education? You are always being influenced by Shirley but the point is can we afford such over indulgence?’

Alka stood there deep in thought, whether she will change or not, time would only tell.


It is an age if over indulgences. We buy online and we shop at malls and sometimes we just shop because we are influenced by our friends. There are so many attractions out there in the world that it is difficult to control self. The Bhagavad Gita Second chapter, 62nd shloka says:

dhyayato visayan pumsah sangas tesupajayate
sangat sanjayate kamah kamat krodho ‘bhijayate


While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.

It is always better to know what one wants and not get carried away with offers and get unwanted things.

I’m Writing Bravely for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – March 2019

Today’s prompt ‘Influence’


Filed under short story

19 responses to “Influenced!! #writebravely

  1. You made a valid point about the Influence. We need to choose which ones to get influenced

  2. You said it. It is quite difficult to get away from being influenced by others and this “in-your-face” commercialism that draws everyone into its’ snare!

  3. Kalpana Solsi

    It is very difficult for some to resist buying unwanted in the age of consumerism, blatant advertising demonstration effect. When one sees a tempting goods ; admire, think if it is necessary and walk away. Pat your back when you resist the temptation to shop . A very good and pertinent topic dealt.

  4. Anagha Yatin

    Too much of anything is poisonous. It slowly and steadily cripples the soul and leaves one at a point that has no path to return.
    Exercising constraint is the only remedy for the over indulgence and from getting carried away.

  5. Shubhra Rastogi

    You nailed it! We often get influenced by people not realising how we may get affected by the same. It is important to slow down and think before we take action.

  6. Aah! Have seen quite a few people like Alka. They are so influenced by what other people say and do, that they mimic their behavior without realizing whether it’s good for them or not. A realistic and relevant story of our times.

  7. This kind of influence can really end up in debt traps. Yet it is so common. Good one.

  8. A good one happening in most households without taking into account the need. It is the compulsive desire to buy and when restrained one gets angry.

  9. Anjali

    Truly said but not easy to follow nd control

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