2AM Photo

It’s 2AM and your phone has just buzzed you awake, filling the room in white-blue LED light. You have a message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. Tell us all about it. And what happens next.


The phone buzzed, filling the room in white-blue LED light. Tanay woke up and grabbed the phone on the bedside table. The phone screen clock  showed 02.00 am. On any other night Tanay would not have woken up with the buzz of the phone. Veena always pulled his leg ” You are Kumbhakarna’s son. Once asleep you would not even wake up if earth quakes’

But tonight he could not sleep like a log. Even while asleep he was aware of the small sounds around. He was waiting, waiting for the phone to ring. But it was a buzz. A message. A message from an unknown number.

He quickly unlocked his phone and opened the message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. He smiled looking at the photo.

Then called the number. Not sure who would pick up, he just said “Hello”

“Hello …, did you see the photo” it was Veena’s excited voice on the other end.

“Yes darling I did. You kept your promise. Thank you dear. She’s cute, just like you”

“I thought she is like you! It was hard to keep the promise, as I could not carry my phone to the labor room. But thanks to the doctor, when I told her I wanted you to see your daughter first, she readily gave her phone to click our princess’ snap and send it to you.”

“How are you doing dear ?”

“I am doing fine dear, no worries, just tired. Normal delivery.. Wanted to talk to you before taking some rest, our princess is now with our family.”

“You take rest darling. I will call later.”

He was waiting for this call since he knew Veena was taken to hospital in the evening because labour pain had started. He went off to sleep because doctor had said delivery is expected only the next day. But yet he was not quiet asleep. ” Damn this project, I am stuck here in Delhi, I  could not be home with my wife when she needed me the most. How much I wanted to be the first to hold my daughter.  Just two more days , I would be with them.  She went into labour two weeks ahead of the expected date. But Veena had kept her promise, I could at least see my newborn baby”  He once again opened the message and stood gazing at his princess’ photo.


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PS : This is my first attempt to write fiction. Suggestions are welcome 🙂


17 thoughts on “2AM Photo

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  2. Hi seena, well written!! My name is Veena and my husband was not with me at the time of my delivery. His cousin took pics and sent it to him as soon as possible, he was happy to see our little prince’s first pics. This little story took me back and Im glad you shared this with us. Excellent work!!

    • OMG!! I knew the story I have written does happen in real life, as an expatriate I know quite a few husbands who could not be with their wives during delivery and were happy to see the newborns photo emailed to them. But am really wonderstruck to know that there is actually a Veena who had a similar experience !
      Glad you liked my work and thanks for sharing your story 🙂

      • Hahahaha yes, it’s natural to pen down the things that come to our mind but its amazing how people can relate to the story so much that even the name matches. I read this by chance, saw this in rajesh’s FB. I’m ranjith’s friend and I don’t know if you remember me but we have spoken once or twice when I called ranjith’s house the day before his marriage.

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