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Discontinuing Last Post As of Now

Seems time is not prepared for the post under heading "A Common Journey". So I am discontinuing last post as of now. 










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Web Notes - I

1st Feb, 2018
Bangalore

A.

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Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette

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That guy that invented that cigarette
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But nicotine
slaves are all the same,
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Everything's must stop while they smoke a cigarette.

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