Life of Pie: #BarAThon

Life of Pie: #BarAThon

I sit pretty, on delicate bone china cutlery, surrounded by my companions that include delectable savouries like shepherd’s pie, mushroom quiches, chicken pie, corned beef pie, pot pie, Cornish pasty. Then there are my brethren: sweet, mouth-watering wonders like pear pie, banoffee pie, lemon meringue pie, pumpkin pie, rhubarb pie, blueberry pie and the likes. I am the quintessential apple pie. We all have made a grand comeback at the Claremont Pie Festival.



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It’s a bright, sunny Saturday morning. The crowds are converging at the venue to experience this gala affair, which happens once every year. We compete neck to neck, one against the other; the sweet and savoury divided into two different categories. In the sweet category, I’m the much-loved, yet the most clichéd pie. Everyone loves an apple pie, but with so many other unique pies vying for attention, I get relegated to the background. I wish I’d also hold a place among the coveted blueberry pie, rhubarb pie or the lemon meringue pie. But my chef Lisa feels I’m the best and I have a special place in her heart and her family’s.


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The pie tasting is underway. Lisa has toiled hard to create me with her delicate and deft hands. I’m a double crust apple pie. The upper crust with the pastry lattice woven of cross wise strips looks not just appealing, but a true labour of love. It’s Lisa’s first time at The Claremont Pie Festival and she has put her best foot forward.

When the judges are done tasting the rhubarb pie, I’m next in line. Lisa is jittery and has her fingers and toes crossed. As the judges use the knife to cut me into three small pieces, out pops a big fat fly. The judges are aghast. Lisa is horrified and wishes at that very instant that the ground beneath her would open up and swallow her. Some of the onlookers snigger, some just give Lisa the sorry look. Even I have no clue which ill-fated moment the fly fell into my ingredients, dashing my hopes and that of Lisa’s.

I have no other choice, but to eat humble pie and accept defeat. So does Lisa. Life is unpredictable. Hard work does not translate to success each time. But then there is a next time. Such is the Life of Pie and of every human.


This is my fiction entry for the second day of #Barathon 2017, the fornight-long blogging marathon for bloggers everywhere, organised by Blog-A-Rhythm. Today’s prompt is ‘Life of Pie’.


37 thoughts on “Life of Pie: #BarAThon

    1. That you Shilpa for stopping by. Yes, at some point of time in our lives, we all have such experiences and that’s when we realise all is not lost, there is a next time. And it’s wiser to keep the hopes intact.

  1. Really wonderful thoughts and perspective. Indeed in life things don’t always work out but opportunities will keep coming. I enjoyed reading it and well done. Greetings!

      1. Exactly! I’ve been swamped but there is finally light at the end of that long tunnel. I haven’t had a day off since the start of May but the workload has lessened and I can breathe again

          1. I’m looking forward to doing just that. I’m General Manager of an IT company. I kinda just fell into it, my background is totally different – history & forensic psychology. I was a travel agent for a while too.

          2. Wow how fascinating History and Forensic Psychology. You would have made a great criminologist

            Must be cold in your neck of woods currently

          3. Profiling was always what I wanted to do. Just not a lot of jobs in that area here. Yeah, it’s too cold for my liking at the moment. I’m not a fan of winter.

  2. All this talk of pie makes me want to go get some now. Loved the way you have got out the unpredictability of life in this simple piece. It is true that hard work does not always translate to success, but it is up to us to go on..

    1. Yup, I was craving pies all day yesterday, and ended up stuffing my face with other sweet stuff. Sigh!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post Namratha.

  3. I loved the underlying message at the end. And though the old classics are sometimes the best, things happens and we need to roll with it! Great piece!

  4. Natasha…what a great way to make the philosophy of life so easy to take on…loved the way you spun the fun around it…only to discover at the en————————————————
    Anagha From Team MocktailMommies
    Rewindd, the deep meaning it had to offer!
    Good read!

  5. Ohhh…so sad for the delectable apple pie! You made this so real Natasha with your flowy narration and fabulous description. Now which Pie can I lay my hands on?

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