Helloooeeee guys! Long time no see? That was what I was thinking too! Since I had become so uncreative and lazy nowadays, a friend of mine and I decided to bring back our creativity by writing a short story each. And this was my attempt at returning as a writer (though it didn’t work out that well).. Anyway, enjoy the story. 🙂
Walking through the lavishly paved road, I came to a halt where a tiny street intersected.
This was the place.
I stood there, watching people hurry to work; the cars on the road honked none too gently, and the impatient bikes made their way through the gaps in between.
The sun shone brightly upon the land beneath, and I raised my face, as though I could feel the vitamin D seep through my skin.
It was a busy day. Little girls with tiny gowns stood waiting for their school bus to pick them up. I stood there still, waiting.
What was I waiting for?
I did not know.
In fact, I did not know anything. I had been coming to this place everyday since I woke up all alone in that dirty place, knowing I’d get some clue about something I might need from my old life.
I didn’t even remember who I was.
I had found my phone, and in that, there was a reminder.. reminding me to visit that place everyday.
Why would I have visited that place everyday? It was just an ordinary road anyway.
But something inside me told me it wasn’t.
When I woke up from oblivion a few days ago, I had found myself in a dirty place, fully beaten up; beside me were someone’s divorce papers – perhaps they were mine; I had also found a bag full of money, enough to last a lifetime. If I really wanted, I could’ve started a new life; gotten all that I needed.
But some part of my brain disagreed. It told me there was something that I needed much more than money.
Just then, a little girl came down the cramped lane and walked towards her friend. Her skin was pale, yet healthy. Her eyes, innocent.
And those wide-open eyes were looking for something. She looked at the tree beside her, then at the traffic, and then…
When those tiny eyes met mine, she froze. So did I.
And with that one look at her, I knew. She was everything I needed.
I even realized why I would want to come here everyday. Though I didn’t remember her, didn’t recognise who she was, I knew she was the one for whom I had been living.
She was certainly worth waiting for every morning.
The Daily Post had been asking the bloggers: Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page, and work it into a post somehow.
Forgive me, I linked this post to a wrong place and the ping-back thing had not appeared at all yesterday in wordpress… But now that I’ve noticed, I’ve changed the link…
The last time the Daily Post had asked me to look at a random sentence in a book, I had been lazy and took out an ebook, and wrote from that. I didn’t even have a book nearby. But today, however, I had a book at arm’s length. A very dangerous book, though — Linear Integrated Circuits, because I don’t even know what to write about it. Anyway, I hoped that I’d get some text about a transistor or something, and I’d write a little bit about it and somehow escape.
But do you know what I found on page number 82?
That’s right, I found this. I never expected something of this sort to pop up, given that I haven’t touched this book in years (then you must be asking why exactly this book was on my table? I really don’t know why I took it out… I kind of missed it a teeny weeny bit, maybe… but I never once opened it… and it lay there for weeks like that).
Now, let’s zoom in a bit before we start our story. I have a mobile that doesn’t have a camera (for now), and my mother’s phone has a basic camera, and I never once in my life enjoyed the high-definition-photography experience, so you might not be able to look at the above picture without hurting your eyes. I’ll take another picture of the thing I want you to see in the page — in a close-up view. With the same ol’ Nokia phone of my mother’s of course…
So, here… I see three transistors in the circuit. Do you see them? They’re the little things that look like vessels that can hold water temporarily, to be simply put. You do see one transistor at the left, and the zig-zag line beside it, don’t you? Meet Res, the sweet li’l resistor and his step-mum. Two others are on the right side, and labelled Q2 (the lower one) and Q3 (the upper one). You might have a bit of difficulty spotting the letters in this photograph, because Nokia’s excellent in its own way, providing me security and privacy from the cyber-strangers that are my blog readers. After all, you cannot let strangers look at your photos… It’s smart, in its own way, but no one ever acknowledges it as a ‘smartphone’, my mother’s yellowy Nokia, while the other phones that disclose their master’s/mistress’ top secret photos clearly, giving no room for imagination, the poor unimaginative, traitors of the cellphone owners are often celebrated as the smart ones.
People keep on misunderstanding the non-touchscreen, less-than-2-mega-pixel-camera phones. After all, as they say, it’s not where’re you’re born. It’s about where you die, about how much you’ve accomplished on earth. And my phone is not dead yet, (third hand and working better than it’s touch-screen counterpart) and has lived on this earth for many years without diagnosis or treatment, unlike one of its young, touch-screen counterparts, which is right now in its coffin.
They say it’s of 2 MP — MP is for Mega Pressure, and is a measure of how much pressure the cellphone’s owner is likely to face. Other touch-screen devices cause much more Pressure to their masters and mistresses, for upto 8 MP, but at the end of the day, those stupid phones are the most celebrated ones. Strange are the ways of the world… Shutterstock photos don’t come with a watermark for nothing! Shutterstock knows how to protect its stuff… and so does my mother’s phone. Conceal is the new cool 😀
Anyway, I think I have lost my cute little transistor triplets while trying to defend my mother’s camera, because dear Q2 here is running towards Q1 (the one clever transistor in the left that did not disclose its name to you earlier).
“How could you do this to me, Q1? It was I who had given the brilliant idea of adopting the homeless little resistor, but how could you keep him all by yourself?”
“Do you want me to tear him down to two so that I can give you a half, now, Q2? Oh, come on! Grow up, don’t you!”
“I will never send you the divorce papers unless you promise me to give the poor li’l resistor back to me… after all, I wanted to have him first.”
“It’s not a matter of being first in doing something, Q2, it’s all about who Res needs right now. Even if you appeal to the court, I know that I’ll win the case. All judges are known for placing the child under their mother’s custody.”
“But you’re not his mother, Q1! We still have –“
“Stop bothering about me and get lost, Q2. Never ever stand in front of me again. Didn’t I tell you this already?”
“No Buts. You marry your darling Q3 as you had planned and have as many Resistors as you can with that stupid excuse of a transistor. Now leave.”
“But, I wasn’t –“
“Oh yes, you were.”
“I didn’t even mean –“
“Oh yes you did, Q2! There’s no point in defending yourself after you’ve come this far.”
“Mama!” cried the silent Resistor from beside.
“Oh, Resistor honey, I forgot to feed you! Wait a minute, I’ll switch on myself and allow the current to your side.”
“Oh, shut up, you traitor. Get away! Run to that deceitful Lady Q3 of yours.”
“Ma! Isn’t that supposed to be… um… Papa?”
“What’re you talking about, hon? There’s no such thing as that in this world. Who keeps teaching you nonsense?”
“There’s no such thing as Papa?”
“Then why does that transistor-man often visit this house? You aren’t having any illicit relationship with him, are you?”
“Air-headed Ungrateful Resistors be damned…”
“What did you say, Mama?”
“You look absolutely handsome in your new tri-color rings, honey!”
Watching a couple’s relationship spiral down to dust, I wrote this poem. They weren’t made-for-each-other, but they still manage to live together and smile, just because they love their daughter quite a lot. They’d rather torment themselves than see her frown.
What a wonderful pair indeed! Love, sometimes, comes from somewhere you don’t expect. Not from each other, but from the happiness of someone else they didn’t think of while they got married… Anyway, they never quite spoke much to each other. Though the couple were adjusting, living in the same house, their relationship could not be repaired is what I came to find out. I often drop by for a chat with Mrs. K, but Mr. K doesn’t talk much to me.
A relationship so frail and tight…
Like the glass of my window pane.
A bond that’s broken beyond might…
Like a boulder on the mind of the sane.
Of a non-existent love, of extreme spite…
Like the nothingness amidst sheer pain.
As strict as a customary rite…
Like all things mundane.
An expression of apathy, subtly arousing fright…
Like the barren mainland bearing cocaine
A long-lost faith, kindling dreads of the night…
Like the dirty waters of the polluted oceans lain.
A desperate attempt to make things right…
Like a coin running down the drain.
Yet, lost to the winds in plain sight…
Like a villain on a fine day slain.
Finally, a sorrow-drenched figure comes to light…
But, who is to blame?
Akila Krishnamurthy, the blogger, is a passionate writer, someone hoping to write a masterpiece someday and live away her life in the proud moment of displaying it to the world. She can be easily classified as an 'introvert', but there is an extrovert within her who resurfaces every time she is with someone who makes her feel close enough. She lives in the southernmost part of India, and loves her carefree life there.