Old Broken Things


Written for Friday Fictioneer


“I bought it with my first salary.” The old man reminisced.

“Papa, I know, but we should sell the car!”

“It got my new bride, your mother home and carried you from the hospital.”

“I know!”

“I have had such good times driving it.”

“Papa, we must sell the car.” This time the steel in the voice was unmistakable.


About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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47 Responses to Old Broken Things

  1. michael1148humphris says:

    I enjoyed the use of the word steel,

  2. Dear Anshu,

    Amazing how a person can get attached to a hunk of metal, isn’t it? Although I sense there’s more story layered between your simple lines. Well done.



  3. Iain Kelly says:

    We do get attached to these vehicles, and rely on them far too much! Nicely done.

  4. Violet Lentz says:

    It’s not so much the car, but the shift of control brought on by age that worries me about this scenario.. Expertly told.

  5. Sandra says:

    The transfer of the balance of power subtlely wrought.

  6. Dale says:

    Bah humbug! But I guess it is taking up space, if it no longer works…

  7. Frankie Perussault says:

    Retrieving the power to decide from the old man. Sad story. sniff!

  8. 4963andypop says:

    Nice use of steel. Generations tend to value thing differently, dont they?

  9. granonine says:

    The slow and painful process of divesting an elder of the pieces of his life. Always sad.

  10. kislaya says:

    Oh! I wish she could have found a way to not sell the car to which her old father was attached.

  11. Abhijit Ray says:

    Not much room for old memories. New generation wants to move on, if necessary by trampling over sentiments.

  12. I think all good things will come to an end… memories can linger even without the thing, which many people fail to understand.

  13. I think as we get older, we are afraid that if we lose the thing that reminds us of a certain memory, we’ll lose the memory itself. A multi-layered told in a few words. Well-done!

  14. Anita says:

    We have sentimental value attached to so many things.
    Tough to sell such things.
    It’s anyone’s guess who wins the argument.
    Car In Cylone – Anita

  15. Kalpana Solsi says:

    It is not just the pieces of metal or a running vehicle but the memories attached to it cannot be sold away or sold it in scrap. loved the last line.


  16. Just a hunk of junk, is what I’m hearing from the son or daughter, I notice the gender not specified, lovely ambiguous stuff

  17. subroto says:

    Memories for the old man and just a lump of metal for the progeny. The contrast in the different voices comes across very well.

  18. Liz Young says:

    Great voices. I don’t like the son much – that car can’t be worth a lot after all those years – let the old man keep it.

  19. His memories are tied up in that car, it’s a shame if he’s forced to get rid.

  20. Marian Green says:

    The power is shifting. Like it

  21. it’s hard selling memories…

  22. All of those good memories for him, hard to replace with money, except when it’s needed. Well done.

  23. Priya says:

    I am sure there are memories attached. Mother’s memories, may be?

  24. lisarey1990 says:

    It’s hard to let go of memories.

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