BRICS at the Beach

Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa, and China have a weekend getaway.

It’s summer! And what better way to celebrate friendship and financial anxiety than a trip to the beach?


Clad in their finest swimwear, India, Brazil, and South Africa stood firmly in a line on the deck and waited for Russia to speak, like they were soldiers awaiting orders.

“On this trip, everyone will be wearing protection at all times.” Russia’s voice was commanding as she wielded a bottle of sunscreen in her hand like it was a sword. “I don’t care if you ‘don’t burn.’ The sun is evil and it will kill you.” The other women jumped at the force behind Russia’s accusation. “Now, who wants to rub lotion all over my back?” India threw up her hand.

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It’s Complicated! – A guest post by Kosh on Sri Lanka-India relations

Sri Lanka picked several more white jasmine flowers and filled her basket. The sun was getting ready to shine. Just when she was about to go into the house to worship Lord Buddha before starting her day, she heard someone saying, “Good morning!” She knew that voice very well. By the time she turned towards the low wall separating their properties, India was already craning her neck. She had a basket of flowers in her hands as well.

It’s been a while since the last guest post and I’m very excited to publish this one. Kosh, a fellow blogger here on WordPress, is gonna give you guys a little look at the complicated matter of her country’s relationship with India. If you like this story, you can check out more of Kosh’s writing over at her blog World Through My Eyes.

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Sri Lanka picked several more white jasmine flowers and filled her basket. The sun was getting ready to shine. Just when she was about to go into the house to worship Lord Buddha before starting her day, she heard someone saying, “Good morning!” She knew that voice very well. By the time she turned towards the low wall separating their properties, India was already craning her neck. She had a basket of flowers in her hands as well.

“Good morning!” Sri Lanka replied.

“What a lovely day!” India said. Her eyes had that look she gets when she wants to say something, but could not just blurt it out.

“What is it, India?” Sri Lanka asked. She had a good idea what India had in her mind.

“You are doing good, Sri Lanka. Keep your head down and listen to our advice and you will be in a better place in no time.”

Sri Lanka did not reply. There was so much she wanted to say. However, she knew India did not want to hear some of those things.

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