Last Passage of the Mannequins, by Sankar Chatterjee

(F.F.F. Website Story)

On a holiday break, U.S. Naval Officer Simon Jones, stationed at the Mediterranean Sea, was exploring the labyrinthine maze of the old medina of Fez in Morocco. While enjoying the aroma emanating from the spice markets, he entered into the glitzy fashion-world where women mannequins, dressed in stunning dresses, were widow-displayed. Simon philosophically pondered, “Do mannequins ever die?” The truth revealed itself while a young boy appeared, pushing a cart loaded with various body parts of the now-defunct mannequins making their last passage. Simon remembered the far-eastern philosophy: “Only the inner spirit is indestructible; everything else comes to an end!”

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