Friday, October 28, 2005

Story tree...

Tagged by j'adore

A Journey Begins...
He thought it would be an ordinary journey. Standing behind the pillar he watched the train snort arrogantly into the station. With each snort he was reminded of his grandfather's words "You will fail in the city and return penniless"; with every heavenward whistle, he heard his cousin, "Don't worry. Come here and I will get you a job at the construction site." Now he had a 34-hour journey to prove one of them wrong, and he expected the excitement at the end of the journey. He looked at his ticket once again: compartment S9 berth 23.

He would preserve this ticket. When he would succeed, he would frame and hang it for all to see, as a reminder of the fact that greatness had humble origins, of the day when he set out to seize his destiny. His lips quivered with emotion as he carefully counted the money in his wallet, yet again. Four crisp hundreds and two crumpled fifties. At seventeen, it seemed like a fortune to him. He would carefully plan his expenses. He felt as energetic as the strong breeze that hit his face. He stumbled backward, as the wallet slipped from his hands.

Turag watched it fall, with the fingers of both his hands curled—one gripping the steel bar and the other gripping nothing but air. The wallet settled, the second time it touched the greased stones. It was diminishing in size and moving away from him like an open-mouthed balloon propelled by the gushing air. He knew, well enough, the events that would follow if he pulls the stop-chain. In fact it was a stop-chain that brought a wind of change in his life. Getting off from the thought-train that the stop-chain had evoked, he rushed towards it, with uncurled fingers."

Don't do that." said a voice from behind him. The command in the voice, more than his curiosity, made him stop and turn around. The first thing he noticed was her eyes which also held the finality her voice seemed to convey. He was still staring deep into the depths of her beautiful eyes when he realized that he had been stopped. He closed his eyes for a second, shook his head to clear out the image -as if wiping the slate clean- and reopened them."I drop my wallet.", he said.

Despite shaking his head, he couldn’t free himself from her gaze. She looked straight at him as if worried. He saw strength in her dark eyes, but he also saw sadness in their depths. Furthermore, the dark shadows under her eyes betrayed fatigue. Her face was classically beautiful, betraying little of her age. Guessing the lady’s sari alone cost several times the amount his wallet had contained, his childlike naiveté made him wonder why she seemed so troubled. He thought, ‘Here I am without a penny to my name, and more concerned about the woes of a stranger!’

It was always in his nature to help the needy so he couldn’t walk out from the sadness he saw in her eyes. He stretched forth his hand and said “I’m Hari”. She smiled and replied, Sheila. Hari was not ready to let go of Sheila, he wanted to help her, he wanted to wipe away the sadness and bring a smile back to her face. He stood there helpless, with out a penny to spare but a heart full of feelings. Feelings that even he had never felt before or even knew existed.

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(Everything below the dashed line above should be copied and pasted with every accepted tag)
This is a Story Tree and is best nurtured as follows:
1. A blogger can add only 90-100 words (not more or less) at a time.
2. All previous snippets of 90-100 words need to be copied before the new set of 90-100 words are appended.
3. Each entire snippet should be linked to the respective author (and not just the first sentence or so)
4. Characters, scenes, etc. can be introduced by an author
5. Bizarre twists, sci-fi, fantasy sequences are best avoided.
6. A tag must be accepted within 7 days else the branch is a dead branch
7. After appending 90-100, the Story Tree can be passed on to at most 3 bloggers.
8. If more than 1 branch leads to a blogger, s/he is free to choose any one of them but cannot mix the snippets of the individual branches.
9. The Story Tree is best left to grow than concluded
10. Please attach the image of the Story Tree below with each accepted tag (the link address can be copied and used).




Sorry guys, I hate to do this, but I tag Jaguu, Parthy and ROS


13 comments:

Parth Anand said...

hey..no problem...
it seems interesting..havent done such a thing before..so i will head out and give it a shot...

jaguu said...

:)..

I see a Tag for Tag?:P...So I can introduce named Teddy's ,Cellphones & lappy's too??You have Shekar..why do you need Teddy's..Teddy's are for lonely people.Period! So no Teddy for ya.

Cheers!!

Jithu said...

it was a nice story! btw as time passes, wudnt the tag become too lengthy? :-)

Parth Anand said...

continued your story...phew...
:)

Jiby said...

great story...lets see where it goes!!!

Humjoli said...

damn it, such an interesting beginning and no end!

drop me a message whe its complete, will come back again to read it.

take care

Thanu said...

$parth
Thanks for finishing the tag. Any news regarding the job interview.

$jaguu
K, rephrasing. I have never owned a teddy. Married or single. I don't really care about stuffed animals.

$jithu
I know it will eventually get big, but it is fun to read different versions.

$jiby
I know I can't wait to see how my taggers take it from here.

$humjoli
I don't think it will end anytime soon but will send u a link if I find any.

Humjoli said...

thanks thanu!

Parth Anand said...

no thanu...still waiting to hear back from them..they said 1-2 weeks...so keeping my fingers crossed

Jaguu said...

:)

Thannuuu.....fulfilled my tag duties.

And I know what I am gonna get you if You ever invite foryour Birthday party;) Cheers!

Jaguu said...

errr ok its 2:30 am here ...so Pardon the last comment... here I try again...

:)

Thannuuu.....fulfilled my tag duties.

And I know what I am gonna get you if You ever invite me for your Birthday party;) Cheers!

Parth Anand said...

hey..long time no blog? hope alls going well with you..
and wish u a happy diwali!!

Thanu said...

$humjoli
always welcome.

$parthy
Good luck. Hope u had a great Diwali. All is well, just been really busy last few days.

$jaguu
Great work, read your part. Read your blog, so all ready for the hoidays?