taletown.org multimedia English short stories & retold tales about America or Americans, in, on, or of Americas, set in or from North or South American continent, mentioning America, or related in any way to America, or American people or culture
Sci-fi crime thriller: Assassin
The assassin knew that one bullet, one kill, was all she needed. Did she succeed?
A suspense-full murder mystery
"No! No!" answer da tower, "Wus your altitude, an where your location?"
"Pierre say, "Man, rat now ah got a positive attitude, an ah'm from Thibodeaux, Laweezeeanna!"
Hosh laughed. He knew that frogs were raunchy.
“The dumb shit didn't think," continued Josh, "about what would happen to him, or to his family if he fell from the Eiffel Tower and died. He tried climbing Mount Improbable."
"I oppose tax cuts," Isha was saying, "because they benefit the rich. The rich get a lot more money back than the ordinary taxpayers like me. That's not fair."
“You’re not the only one who feels that way," Rosh replied, "what you forget is that they’ve paid a lot more in the first place, so it is only fair that they get more of it back."
Stress Management Story: Get A Worry Doll
Guatemalan indigenous ancients knew how to delegate worrying to others...
Story On People & Places: God’s Favourites
Witty story on leading Indian film celebrities, Indian politicians, and influential world leaders who died in 2017-18
“Only after an infant learns to identify words, can words start to have meanings.”
“This little girl was therefore doomed to a life of loneliness, silence and darkness."
"She could see nothing, hear nothing, and couldn’t say much.”
“Even mathematically, tax cuts are not fair to the rich, just like they don’t benefit the poor much. They are skewed in favor of the middle class – the majority.”
“Perhaps the restaurant owners all over the world are afraid of being beaten up by the five men in the middle. Historically, it has been the working class that has usually caused all the trouble."
"But we live in a world that values Becoming over Being. If you must create, create that inner silence that metamorphoses naturally into music. Create that deserving conduit, through which the Anaahat can express its Naad."
If you overvalue your work, the world will likely step in to knock down your price.
But if you undercharge yourself, it's unlikely that the world will step in to compensate you appropriately.
You can’t rely on others to value you correctly. It is not in their best interests to do so.
"I have left so much behind", Pi said, "In the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go."
"But what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."
Yann Martel's Life of Pi is reviewed by a school boy.
"Belief requires a leap of faith, and so it is a matter of our choice," he concludes.
"If she picks the black pebble, she would marry me and your debt would be forgiven."
"If she picks the white one, she need not marry me but your debt would still be forgiven.”
“If 10,000 pesos is about 20 NZD”, Josh calculated, “he’s just paid a scam artist $160 for a fare that should have been $0.16.”
“That’s not like taking a 100 pesos for an 80 pesos fare”, Isha was gob smacked by the magnitude of the scam, “that’s taking over a 1,000 times more than was due!”
Tax Planning Story: Taxing Questions
How much tax is too much tax?
Josh ponders on Mahesh Das's tax burden.
"Absolutely," the voice confirmed, "I'm telling you man, it's going to be the coldest winter on record."
"How can you be so sure?" the Chief wanted to be positively certain. Even the experts can get it wrong sometimes despite all the technology in use.
Inspirational Business Story: The Richest Man Ever
What one person can do with a big enough vision & mighty action.
John D. Rockefeller wasn't perfect, but he...
"Within the current legislature, the UK Court could not justify the right to kill under an individual's private affairs despite voluntary consent, as this would cheapen the right-to-life for others."
"The protection of all its citizens by State was deemed to be of greater importance than the respect for an individual's autonomy."
Reflections on Liam O'Flaherty story, The Sniper.
War makes enemies out of brothers & neighbors.
In the darkness within & without, do they know who they shoot at or why?
“There used to be a saying: No one can hear you scream in space! But NASA says there is sound in the Cosmos."
"Do you want to hear the sound of Space?" Hosh asked his brother.
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