The protective umbrella #Wowe

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A strange sight met those rushing past the government school on the fringes of the big city. Just outside the school gates was a new highway. To the left of the school gate, were big umbrellas lining the road. The umbrellas were fixed to bamboo stands and went till the edge of the highway, where a short turn marked the exit to the village.

The other side of the road was dotted with small-time hawkers. It was the monsoon season and the sky was pregnant with black clouds. All the hawkers pulled at their tarpaulin to secure it.

Till recently the road had been small and lined with dense trees. Kids and hawkers walked under its shade and reached their village exit. But the trees had to make way for road widening and what was left behind was a barren pathway devoid of any shade from the heat or rain.

The school bell rang and a sea of children started coming out. They were surprised to see the umbrellas lining the road. As if on cue, there was a clasp of lightning and down came the rain. The kids quickly huddled under the umbrellas and smiled.

The hawkers winked at each other thinking, a new plant would take another decade to give similar shade, till then, however, umbrellas will have to do.

This short story is about sustainable progress. As we race towards progress we should not forget about sustainability. Let us try to find a balance to help achieve our dreams while giving a cleaner better planet to our children. Writing this on the prompt of #WoWe

Post Author: Neha Tambe

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of

16 thoughts on “The protective umbrella #Wowe

    Mayuri Nidigallu

    (July 16, 2019 - 9:20 am)

    There is a good lesson in there. Loved your take on the prompt, Neha. Thank you for writing for #WoWe.

    Lata Sunil

    (July 16, 2019 - 1:44 pm)

    This is such a sweet gesture. I think we will also have to line our roads with umbrellas if the spate of tree felling continues.

    Pragnya Mishra

    (July 16, 2019 - 3:19 pm)

    Love your take Neha. So thoughtful of the hawkers helping school kids. A good message too.

      Shilpa Nairy

      (July 17, 2019 - 12:21 am)

      Good thought and message.. we really need sustainable development for future betterment..

    Rashi Mital

    (July 17, 2019 - 12:18 am)

    Seems the upgradation of villages led to the degradation of nature. But, the story is so colorful and full of innocence. What could make kids happier than rains, colorful umbrellas and their friends to enjoy all this with. It’s adorable, Neha. Thanks for writing for #WoWe 🙂


    (July 17, 2019 - 9:40 am)

    This is the sad reality of today. Trees shelter us from sun and rain but are cut down mindlessly. Sustainability is the need of the hour.

    Pooja budhiraja

    (July 24, 2019 - 10:00 am)

    What a thoughtful and meaningful lesson for all. We rarely think on these notes in our real life

    Prakhar Kasera

    (July 25, 2019 - 2:58 am)

    That’s very right and an eye opening message conveyed. Sustainability is very much needed for the betterment of our lives and of our planet

    Rahul Prabhakar

    (July 25, 2019 - 9:48 am)

    Loved this short story. Your message is loud and clear – “As we race towards progress we should not forget about sustainability.”

    Thanks again for this blog post.


    (July 25, 2019 - 3:59 pm)

    Neha this story is filled with kindness , loved the take on the prompt.


    (July 25, 2019 - 6:24 pm)

    Amazing and beautiful story to read . The story gives a strong sense that sustainability is necessary for the balanced progress. Greenery is must for the healthy lifestyle. Great thoughts.


    (July 25, 2019 - 11:44 pm)

    You have written this cute story so well. And yes indeed, we should adopt sustainability in our life now as its high time. Thank you for sharing this informative blog 🙂


    (July 26, 2019 - 11:30 am)

    The thought behind this story is really good…thanks a lot for sharing this one! Great post.


    (July 26, 2019 - 4:32 pm)

    It’s been a while that I read short stories… I need to start again. Thanks for sharing the review!

    Aishwarya Iyengar

    (July 27, 2019 - 11:07 am)

    We need more people like you. Such a thoughtful message.

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