Bandh Khidkiyaan

Mujhe hamesha bandh khidkiyon se nafrat rahi hai aur hamesha rahegi. Ek ajeeb si ghutan hoti hai jab bhi main khidkiyon ko bandh dekhtha hun to. Ye khidkiyaan mujhe bahari duniya se jodd deti hai. Toh jab bhi main inhe bandh dekhtha hun, toh aaisa lagtha hai ki mera bahari duniya se nata tuth gaya hai. Jeevan ki aanekh cheezon ka maza chuth jata hai. Jaise ki, bandh khidkiyon se mujhe chidiyoon ke gungunane ka aanad nahi miltha. Woh subha ki suraj ki kiran, shyam ki thandi hawa, alag alag pashu auur praniyon ki halchal, inn sabhi cheezon ka maza chuth zata hai.

Main waise batein toh kam kartha hun, magar mujhe akele rehna bilkul pasand nahi hai. Mere kaam kaaj main ghar se kaam karne ki hamesha anumati hoti hai. Maine iss suvidha ki bahut hi kaam bar istamal ki hai. Chahe woh sirf kuch aad ghantho ke liye hi kyun na ho. Kuch logoon ke saath rehna, unse thodi bahut batain karna, unhe nireekshan karna pasand kartha hun. Shayad issiliye mujhe ghar se kaam karne main maza nahi aata.

Shaniwaar auur itwaar ke din toh kaam kaaj se chuthi hoti hai. Ab aaisa toh nahi hota ki har shaniwaar auur itwaar ko bahar ghumne ka karyakram bane. Lekin main ye ek cheez toh zaruur kartha hun. Shyam ko adhe ya ek ghanthe ke liye mere ghar ke aas pas thelne nikal jata hun. Bhale hi main logoon se baat na karun, lekin unhe nireekshan karne ka mauka toh hota hai, jo ki mujhe bahut pasand hai. Waise hi thodi se tazi hawa bhi mil jati hai auur chalne se sehat bhi sudhar jati hai.

Aab jara hum apna dhyan pashu auur praniyon par dale. Agar manushya ko ek jagah par bandh rehna pasand na ho, agar hamhe bahari duniya se milna jhulna pasand hai, toh hum pashu auur praniyon ko pinjdon main bandh kaise rakh sakthe hain. Humain aapne aajadi toh bahut pyari hai auur hum apne khidkiyan jab chahe ji chahe khule rak sakthe hain. Phir hum inn janwaron par itna aatyachar kyun kar rahe hain? Manushya bhi ek prani hai auur sabhi praniyon main se samajhdaar hai. Kabhi kabar auur aajkal toh bar bar aaise lagtha hai ki manushya jati iss samajhdaari ka dur upavyog karthi hain.


Ek zamana tha jab bahut sari hariyali main kuch imaratein dekthi thi. Auur aek yeh zamana hai jo bahut sare imaraton ke beech kuch had hariyali milthi hai. 

Parson Bangalore main shaym ke samay barish ki sambhavana lag rahi thi. Main aanandit hokar apne kamre se bahar nikla. Mujhe laga main kale badalon ka thoda maza le lun. Unki thodi bahut tasveerein le lun. Lekin mujhe toh sirf imaratein dekhi auur bahut kosish ke baad thoda sa aasma dikha. Yeh pragati ke naam pe hum logoon ne dher sare imaraton ko khada toh kar liye hai. Parantu jeevan ke chote mote khusioon ko pana mushkil kar diya hai. Jaise suryoday, neela aasma, kale badaal auur suryaast. Agar aapka ghar pehle ya dusri manjil par hai, toh shayad hi aapko yeh sab drishya dekhenge. Kya aab sirf suryoday dekne mujhe pandrahve manjil par rehna padega? Ya phir chalis kilometre dur Nandi hills jana padega? Zindagi inn chote kushiyon ke liye itni khathin kab hogayi?

The flower and the herb (fiction)

It was the seventh consecutive day, seven days since the Gods of Rain made their first appearance of the season. It was rather a short appearance though, but an appearance none the less. Lisa could now feel the weakness in herself, her throat nearly dried, she found it hard to breathe. “Oh Gods, mercy, please, some mercy”, she begged.

It had been 13 days Lisa came to life and the past seven days were the test of her resistance, her will power, of which she had fought well, so far that is. It at times took weeks and months to please the Gods of Rains and from the looks of the skies, Lisa didn’t see any hope in the immediate future. She was now a full grown, her needs increasing day by day. Despite this scarcity, Lisa was turning out to be one of the most beautiful full grown, the fields had ever seen. “You remind me of your mother, fair and strong. We all knew there was a powerful soul behind those shades of pink. There’s one within you as well” , the herb, Jade besides her spoke. Lisa was only a few hours into the world when the Gods of the Dark took her mother. And now emotionally drenched as well, with her eyes becoming weary, Lisa started losing her senses.

When she regained consciousness, the Gods of the Light had taken their departure. It was pitch dark but thanks to the full moon, the visibility wasn’t at stake. The skies still clear, Lisa took a deep breath in disbelief. “Something is not right, the winds are clearly saying it. Look, its a full moon tonight. The history has in it , full moons have never been kind to our clan, never”. Jade spoke out again. She knew it was Lisa’s 13th day on planet and she knew what the full moons brought with them.

It was a similar time and day when Lisa’s mother departed on a full moon’s. The Gods of Rains had appeared that day, all of a sudden. They came down with a tremendous force, along with their ally of the Silver Lights, that even the human race found it hard to deal with. Lisa knew nothing of this day. Jade preferred to keep her thoughts with herself, closed her eyes and a sudden chill went down her spine.

Meanwhile, tens of miles away, Ben and his cousin, Sarah were riding their Hyundai on NH4, towards their farmhouse for weekend outing. “The weather is quite pleasant, isn’t it?”, said Sarah, taking a deep breath. “Yes, it is, but there’s a forecast of thunderstorm tonight and I just hope we make it our farmhouse before we are struck by it”, One could easily make out the nervousness in Ben’s words. Sarah peeped through the window to get a glance of the skies, “Looks like the dark clouds are just following up with our pace”, she said. Ben tried to pace up his Hyundai, but there was actually little he could do. Apart from the moonlight, there was hardly a source for vision. He knew he had to be cautious here.

There was a huge sound as to which Jade was on her toes, again. She and Lisa looked around for threats, only to find a mammoth sized object, completely unidentifiable to them. It was Ben’s Hyundai that had just taken a stop near the fields. “I just can’t help it. Two minutes, only two minutes and I’ll be back after the leak”, Ben rushed out of the door before Sarah could say a word.

“Oh gods, as if we hadn’t had enough for the day. Wonder what this one from the human clan is up to at this hour of night”, spoke out Jade. Lisa had heard all kinds of stories of the human clan. The mighty and the mercy-less human clan, they called them. She could feel a rush of rage and fear within her, which wasn’t a surprise to Jade. “I don’t wish to be a pleasure object for these men. I don’t wish to wish to lie on their on their dead either. I don’t wish myself struggling for life, I don’t”, Lisa cried out loudly. “They took your aunt away from us, those men of the cruel clan”, Jade still had her memories fresh of that day as though it was yesterday.

When Ben was done, his sight fell on Lisa. Bright and bold, it was hard for anyone to not note her presence in the fields. “What’s the matter Ben? Hurry up, its already drizzling”, shouted Sarah. “You got to come here Sarah, look what I have found. Come out soon and bring me my Swiss knife.”

The drizzle was definitely a relief for Lisa and Jade, but the threat in-front of them was far bigger and far dangerous. “They are coming for us Jade, they are coming”, Lisa was nearly trembling this time as the words came out of her. Sarah was awestruck when she got a glance of Lisa. “Oh my dear, what a wonderful creation that is”. And they began moving towards Lisa. Hell was nearly upon Lisa, she knew it, Jade knew it.

Lisa looked up the skies, in ray of hope “May the Gods of Rain have some mercy”. Ben was just a couple of steps away from Lisa, when he took out his Swiss knife in full flow. He bent down to get hold of Lisa, when the sharp arrows of the Gods of Rain struck Ben and Sarah very hardly and continuously. They were so sharp that Ben lost his balance, lost his knife as well and crashed onto the fields. Half his body was immersed in mud, dirt and small insects from the fields. The ally of the Gods of Rain, the Silver Lights too joined the party and in huge numbers. Terror was now upon Sarah and Ben, they knew it. Sarah pulled her cousin back to his feet, “Come on Ben, forget that blossom, it ain’t safe here now”. Ben left with a feeling of disgust, for losing his precious knife, for the foul smell the fields gave him, for losing Lisa. He hated losing, the men from the human clan always hated to be on the losing side, no matter what, no matter how small or big the opponent was.

Lisa had lost her balance too. Her back was in shambles and there she was, lying on the fields that gave her life and her home. “I’ll finally meet mother now, Jade”. No doubt she was in pain, but Lisa smiled broadly. “Yes, you will see her my child”, Jade was in all tears, she knew the Gods had heard them. “May the Gods of the Dark bestow peace on my little girl, Lisa. She has been a good child”. she kept repeating herself, closing her eyes.

The Black Beauty (fiction)

I tightened the grip of my foot gear and rose back to feet. The look on my companion’s face said it all. He was afraid for me, no doubt he was. The affection we have been sharing for each other, over these months made the moment a little difficult, for him and for me. I held his hands gently in mine. On any day, a touch of these hands on my shoulders would give me the strength, would boost my confidence like mammoth in this world was conquerable. But not today. Today I saw those hands tremble in my own.

“Can’t you wait for some more time, my dear friend”, he said. I took a deep breath and spoke, “Its about time mate, I got to leave and now. Any further delay will cause us great risk”. He placed those strong hands on my shoulder and moved closer to embrace me, “Take care brave friend”. I nodded, “You are in charge of the house till I return and I am sure you will do well. And if you don’t hear from me in 24 hours..” He cut in between, “You will come back. You have to come back.” I held his hands more firmly, “If you don’t hear from me in 24 hours, take charge and do what it takes to keep the house stand tall”. And not a second I had finished speaking, he embraced me again.

I armed myself from head to waist and headed towards the stairs. My heart was already pacing itself the moment I was in front of my horse, the black beauty I called it. I made it take a bath and also fed it this early morning. It was all roaring to be ridden. I mounted myself on top of it and slowly raised my glance as far as they could allow me to reach. With every moment, the dark forces were heading closer to us and faster. With every moment, I could hear the heart pump louder and faster. “You got to do this and now. You got to do this and now”, the voice kept repeating itself within me. I pulled the visor of my head gear down, patted my horse a couple of times and kicked it hard.

It was not even a mile I was off on my horse and I could see myself approaching the City Commander’s Tower, through my head gear. The commanders had opened the gates for the northern roads, the one on which I was riding my black beauty on. I felt relieved when I saw the open gates, but that was just for a fraction of a second. The eastern gates were due to be opened and I had barely ten seconds to make it through. Failing to go through would make me wait for nearly 600 seconds. And the with threat of the dark forces looming around, I could not afford to miss out. Every second and every moment was crucial to me.

I patted my horse again, kicked it harder this time and made it ride as fast as it could get. The countdown at City Commander’s Tower had now entered single digits, nine, eight, seven, it screamed. It appeared though the numbers reducing from the tower were adding up to my pulse. I let myself blink for a fraction of a second, made my horse take a swift right and raced across the white horse in front of me. The equation was clear, five seconds and about ten meters to cover. “That should be simple”, I said to myself. Keeping the pressure on my horse, I made it take another swift right and roared to cross the eight legged blue stallion ahead.

I saw myself going through the City Commander’s tower just when the two feathers of one were spreading out to six for a zero. I glanced the Commander’s assistant with a broad smile, only to get a curious hard stare in return and only to realize I was still a few meters away from crossing the tower. The partial phase out of my cerebrum wasn’t a pleasant guest for my cause, though it was for a fraction of a second. The blue stallion had put in nearly seventy percent of its effort to pass through the eastern roads. The black beauty roared back against me, with my hands immediately coming over her chains and I pulled them hard. The thirty three sections of my vertebrae jerked, sending up a sharp pain to a major portion of my skull. The two feathers had now turned to six in reality and the gates at the City Commander’s Tower had been closed. I had failed to get through.

I saw the feathers change their colour in an instant, from bright green to bright red. The spreading continued in three folds now, from six to eighteen. I would have to wait, wait and wait for an eternity for the eighteen to turn to two. I raised the visor of the head gear and took my vision upwards, again. The dark forces were all over us, covering most of the areas of my vision, after a complete stretch. Before the cerebrum could process my reaction, out came the shining blue arrows of the dark forces. At a slower rate in the beginning, but gradually increasing in pace and number with every second. The little black wings over the guards of my vision began to lower itself. The weight of the arrows was just too much for them. And with every moment, the resistance of the thirty three was tested and the pressure over the cerebrum increasing. Along with the weight of the head gear, the skull and the thirty three took a sharp drop over the black beauty. I no longer possessed the control and command over myself and neither did I possess that of my horse. All I could remember myself was the heavy thundering of my pulse, raising its position from the chest to the throat. The guards of my vision had now completely lowered themselves and my vision was lost.

I blinked my eyelids for a couple of times and all that filled my eardrums was the honking of the vehicles behind and adjacent to me. The traffic signal at the Indiranagar 100ft road was in its green state for over four seconds. I gave an electric start to the four stroked motored machine I was mounted on and rode off. The black beauty I called it, my new found love in Yamaha SZ RR.

Wired (fiction)

Kormangala, Bangalore.

Its 9 O’clock in the morning, the sun is out and bright in the silicon city of India. Its only the month of February and it appears to me, the summers have pre released themselves in Bangalore, that too without showing a single trailer. I crib a little. This is can be a little annoying for guys like me who love the winters & like to bring on those multiple layers of clothing.

I arrived at the bus stop to start my short daily journey to the office, where I am welcomed with honking of vehicles and loads of dust. And I crib again. I look around the stop in a casual manner and my glance got stuck on one of the bloke sitting on the bence like structure, under the shade. Dressed in formals, with the employee tag around his neck, he was nothing short of 6 feet in height. A frameless glass sat on his nose and he carried a complexion which was fairly common in India, a lighter shade of brown. A minute observation at his beard, which had a few grey areas made me believe the person was in his 30s.

He possessed a unique creature in his right hand, that was thin, elongated and blue in color. It was wrapped among-st itself, in a circular yet haphazard fashion. One end of this creature had a tapered, golden yellow colored ending. Moving towards it other end, somewhere in the center of the length, it split itself into two equal halves.

The creature found itself straightened and its top end with two diversions went on to connect to the person’s brain, with the other end not to be in sight. A change in emotions could be clearly seen. He was suddenly aggressive, agitated and verbal.

I moved my glance towards the young lady sitting next to this person. It took me by surprise seeing the lady also possessed a similar creature and this too had its connections to her brain. The only difference, it was white in color and on contrary to the man, the lady was quite content with herself.

Before I could know any more on these, I had to jump in the bus and move to my office. A crowded bus meant I had very less chance of getting a seat and was to stand all the way during the journey. Well, it might be a coincidence or a bit weird, but most of the passengers on the bus had these creatures too. And these were also attached to their brains. It was as though they controlled their brains and didn’t want any interaction between people. And as with the man and the lady at the stop, some were content, while others were not.

I took a deep breathe in disbelief and shifted by gaze towards the street, through the window, only to find more of such men and women around the street. It was not surprising this time, it was depressing and frightening. No one spoke to each other, no one greeted each other. All of them connected and controlled by these creatures. It seemed to me that it was by choice and not by force.

As my destination was about to arrive, I moved towards the door and waited for the bus to halt. I saw my reflection in the glass door and froze. My brain was also connected and controlled by one of such creature. The split sections had enlarged themselves towards the end and were further connected in a semi circular manner. I slowly started to lose my senses.

I woke up with a thud, found myself profusely sweating, lying on my bed, in my very own house. The heart ran loudly with some part of the shirt soaked in sweat. I searched for my cell phone and found it was 6 am on a Saturday morning. The weekend had just began.
The creatures mentioned above were earphones / headphones.

The tiny warriors (fiction)

My tired pair of legs are moving themselves as fast as they can. The mind looks at them and says, “these pair have really got some good stamina”. The slippery and muddy surface below isn’t helping them much in my cause. I try to calm my fast pumping heart but I fail. I try again and I fail again.

I look behind in search of their origin and slowly expand my vision towards the sky. I find myself without any answers as it is well past evening hours & skies have turned pitch black. It seems to me they are coming from a far off place and I wonder why they are chasing me. They are chasing every other living being on the street or is it simply my illusion? Be it whatever, it’s not the time to find a reason but rather, it’s the time to escape and escape I must, very soon. So I turn, get back to my path and the high stamina pair of legs resume their service.

They are tiny creatures, very very tiny creatures. But they are coming down in huge numbers, probably in multiples of crore. They are hitting my body with great speed and are slowly trying to conquer it. My heart is now pumping even faster and this time I don’t try to calm it. I see no point in trying again and eventually, failing again.

As I walk in search of a safe shelter, I see the tiny creatures in group, are creating havoc among people on the street. Some are stuck while some are taking the risk of escaping. I soon find a shelter under a restaurant, but I believe it’s too late. The creatures have already conquered every part my body. Nonetheless, I step inside the cafe and order for a cup of coffee. I occupy the corner table and suddenly there’s a cold chill running down my spine. I shiver a little and slowly begin to sip some coffee.

I can see the street I just came from, through the glass wall adjacent to my table. Those tiny creatures are still hitting very hard and have now started to appear on the glass wall. I can clearly see some of them. It seems they are trying to cling on to something and are failing every single time in doing so.

As my cup of coffee is completed, I find less of these tiny creatures on the glass wall and less of them on the street as well. The havoc has now come down and people are getting back to their normal life. Meanwhile, the heart is also getting back to its normalcy. I decide to resume my journey with a hope of it not getting hampered again.

The tiny creatures are water droplets and those coming down in huge numbers are the Bangalore rains.