Sujata by Annie Zaidi

When the doorbell rings, Sujata’s hands are soapy. She stands at the kitchen sink, hesitating – should she rinse her hands and turn off the tap, or should she make a straight dash to the door, leaving the tap running?

There is no reason to leave the tap running. The dishes won’t get cleaned any better, or faster. But the thought of turning the tap off and then on again is annoying. She hates leaving things unfinished. But the idea of making a dash to the door and back again to the kitchen sink appeals to her. She likes rushing about, having a reason to run from here to there, and back. That’s what life is – run, run, run.

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