Flash Fiction #20


Salt Flats





Take It With A Grain Of Salt

For almost a century, the self-righteous British Raj ran the sub-continent for the financial benefit of The British East India Company. Each year, the rules became stricter, and more numerous.

Now they were told that they could not go to their ocean, and use their sunshine to evaporate the water.  They could no longer “make salt.”

Their leader, the Mahatma, told them that they must non-violently insist on their centuries-old rights. Men were beaten and imprisoned.  Bones were broken, and people died. Still the people quietly rose, like the tide itself.

And so, the great Gandhi gave birth to India.


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site, and use her Wednesday picture as a prompt to write a complete story.


31 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #20

  1. What a great take on the photo. Very clever. #FridayFictioneers


  2. wildbilbo says:

    The people rising like the tide – great imagery.


  3. draliman says:

    Great story! I love the image of the people rising and inexorably overwhelming the invaders.


  4. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Archon,

    A great tale about a great man and a beautiful country. Well done.




  5. Dear Archon,

    A piece of history well told and worth its salt.




  6. Sightsnbytes says:

    how is this done? you simply copy the picture into your post and write any story about the shot?


    • Archon's Den says:

      As I remember, you tried a couple of 33-word flash fictions last year.

      Yeah, just access Rochelle’s site on Wednesdays, take a look, and write away. Post it on your site, but return to Rochelle’s, and click on the green/blue rectangle with the frog in it, to link in, then others can see and visit and comment. You should have no trouble figuring it out. I posted about a dozen before I found out how to add my gravatar, rather than the weekly picture. Any other questions, feel free to ask. 😀


  7. Good story — oddly, I too, had a flash in my mind about the Great Salt March of March 12-April 6th, 1930! I loved how you described it.

    (And sorry, but I have to make a small correction: It’s Gandhi, not Ghandi, which is one of the odd spellings that crop up so often in the Western Hemisphere!)


    • Archon's Den says:

      I am amazed at the range of ideas that one picture inspires, so I am more amazed that two of us would think of the same thing.

      Sorry about the spelling error. It’s been corrected. I should have known better, but I don’t remember SpellCheck highlighting it. 😦

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  8. Really well-down flash bit of history and this line is so good, “Still the people quietly rose, like the tide itself.”



  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this! 🙂

    Privately, I was hoping the Scottish vote today would be for independence, for no real reason other than I think shaking things up from time to time is healthy. Oh well.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Of Scottish heritage myself, I enjoy occasionally tweaking the English tail. I think things have been shaken up as much as the last referendum for Quebec independence. More change is inevitable.

      The Scottish Crown took over the English throne centuries ago, but there’s no beating the English bureaucracy. I’m all for independence and self-determination, but the social, political and financial consequences might have been too severe. I love Sean Connery, but, urging Scots to vote yes – from his villa in the Caribbean??! 😯


  10. aFrankAngle says:

    You could start the History of the World: The Friday Fictioners Edition.


  11. Food for thought. Good job.


  12. Gandhi, salt of the earth. A beautifully worded story.


  13. Well told – so much history in 100 words


  14. Archon, Good story. They show that movie quite often here in India. It was terrible the way the British of that time treated the Indians. The problem is that some of the bureaucrats in India today do some terrible things to their own people. Well written. 🙂 —Susan.


    • Archon's Den says:

      I had not realized you resided in the region of Ranchipur (vaguely). Brits were not the only nationality to behave badly, but seemed to excel at it. White folks here in Canada treated our Red Indians as badly for years. Now, White Man’s Guilt enforces better actions, but Indian chiefs and councils live in splendor while schools are infested with mold, and there is no safe drinking water because of sewage contamination.

      I’m happy you liked my little tale, and added to my Kollection of Kudos. 😆


  15. I fully understand why you were anticipating me getting to the Flash Fictions. You should be justly proud of these bits…


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