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Z for Zero-sum (Part I)

Freida Dantas stepped out of the queue to look around. The machine wasn’t that far from here–only a few hundred more. She looked behind. The queue went on for as long as she could see. She too had started from the end of the queue many hours ago. The machine took only a second to judge, so the queue had kept moving continuously. But she worried if there were more hopefuls in the queue than seconds in a day. She had been queueing up religiously for her pronouncement every day since she had died.

She’d learned of the system the day she had arrived at the purgatory. Learned is probably not the best word to describe the process. She had woken up in the purgatory a week ago knowing about it instinctively, with no recollection of her prior life. She knew exactly when and where to queue up for the machine. The machine would tell her if it was her time to ascend to the heaven yet. She’d witnessed thousands of ascensions on her first day. The ascendants one after the other had stood under the

Codename: Black

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    'Oh such consumerism! Oh such consumerism! The crafty flipkart people! They just want us to think about things we want to buy, so that we buy them on flipkart! Oh such consumerism! Oh suc... Oh... I really do need to buy a lot of stuff! Damn you flipkart!'

Note: I definitely paraphrased my past-self here. I didn't really think exactly in those words.

    So it happens that I am one of the people who believe in the mantra of 'simple living; high thinking', but like anyone who moves to a new city, I do need to buy a lot of new stuff. I'm listing the things I'll be buying in black (pun not intended). Of course I needn't explain 'why black?'. Black is just sexy.

    The stuff listed below is straight from my actual wishlist. I would probably be buying these once I get my first salary; or the second one, if I don't have enough left (which is quite possible seeing how costly movie tickets are in Bangalore!)

1. Cable Internet    This should go …