Friday, July 26, 2013

55 Fiction



“No Mom! I am not going anywhere in this heat. Ask Savita to bring the stuffs you want from the market. She will go”, shouted my madam’s 18 yr old daughter, some 5 years elder to me.


 I quickly got up from the mat I had occupied just a minute ago as I heard madam calling for me. Being extremely  tired, I wished I could say a no, but only if I had a choice!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Going Random :D


What’s better than a few random questions to help pull you out of extreme boredom? :D
So instead of procrastinating this one too long, I thought of giving this a try when I first found it on author Preeti Shenoy’s blog.
Real fun it was, answering these and yes, it did make me feel good. :)
Read on….
(Warn you, there are 100 of them!)



Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
Multiplying by 100. Thus 3/60*100=5.0. A simple method of finding….

Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
Air.

Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
Facebooking.

What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Precap of some daily soap :D.

Without looking, guess what time it is
11:15

Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
11:41

With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Jut now, mum’s voice.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Yesterday noon. A bit of shopping.

 Did you dream last night?
Yes.

 Do you remember your dreams?
I remember the morning’s dream where I got up quite late, around 12, and was escaping everyone’s glares, feeling highly embarrassed :D.

 When did you last laugh?
An hour back.

 Do you remember why / at what?
Some stupid joke only we siblings understand :D.

What is on the walls of the room you are in?
A bulletin board and a wall clock.

  
Seen anything weird lately?
Myself, in the mirror :P

What do you think of this quiz?
Great timepass!

What is the last film you saw?
Raanjhnaa.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
As much as I love my city, it would be any serenely beautiful place. Even a forest!

 If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
The miser that I am, that money will surely rest in the bank, for centuries I guess!

Tell me something about you that most people don't know.
I am quite negative with my thoughts, at times. Better say, afraid of few things and situations.

 If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Umm..the status factor, and surely ANY ill-treatment towards females.

Do you like to dance?
Yes, but only within the four walls of home :D.

Would you ever consider living abroad?
Anytime! I love places.

Does your name make any interesting anagrams?
Nope.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
A close friend.
   
What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
Google Chrome :D.
   
Last time you swam in a pool?
Around 5 years ago. I wonder if I even remember how to swim :O.
   
Type of music you like most?
No specific genre. Most of the times, I notice the lyrics, and sometimes just the peppy tunes.
   
Type of music you dislike most?
The nonsense bollywood item numbers meant for thumkaas and jhatkaas.

 Are you listening to music right now?
Nope.
   
What color is your bedroom carpet?
No carpet in this room.
   
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would it be?
I don’t have a home yet, I mean I am still at my parents :D
   
What was the last thing you bought?
Polo Mint :D.

Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
Yup, and that was the first and the last time :D. Brother never let me touch it again :/

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
Sky diving! ^_^

Do you have a garden?
Yes.
   
Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
Yes, I definitely do :)

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
What’s the time??!!
  
 If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
I would love it to be with Ranbir Kapoor, but then I doubt I’ll even look at the food :D.
   
Who sent the last text message you received?
My bestie.
   
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Any book store, happily!
   
What time is bed time?
My senses decide that. I have no control over it :D.
  
 Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
Nope.
 
 How many tattoos do you have?
None.
   
If you don't have any, have you ever thought of getting one?
Yes, I’d love to.
   
What did you do for your last birthday?
A fun-filled get-together with college friends. :)
   
Do you carry a donor card?
Nope.
   
Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
Brothers and Mum.
   
Is the glass half empty or half full?
Totally empty if it’s in my hand :P
   
What's the farthest-away place you've been?
Chennai.
  
Word you like the most?
Beautiful/Silly/Yeah/Perfect

Have you ever won a trophy?
No, just a couple of certificates :/

 Are you a good cook?
Not at all! Always visit me after breakfasts/lunches/dinners :P

What do you think of One Direction- Little Things?
Lovely song!

Are you scared of the dark?
No. In fact I actually like it, topped with a moonlight.

Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
For good 14 years!
 
Do you touch-type?
Nope.
   
What's under your bed?
Dust :D

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not at all. It’s nothing but attraction or lust.

Think fast, what do you like right now?
Umm..this quiz :D.
   
Where were you on Valentine's day?
In college. And it’s a Girls’ College :P
What time do you get up?
Nothing fixed. But mostly before 8.
   
What was the name of your first pet?
Gypsy.

Who is the second to last person to call you?

Aargh! Some unknown moronic caller.

Is there anything going on this weekend?

Some new book, may be.

How are you feeling right now?
Better than bored. :)

What do you think about the most?
These days, my blog. :)

If you had a Big Win in the Lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?
Ssssshhh….I’ll rather spend time on seceding the money’s fate.

Who would you tell first?
Mum, or the eldest brother.
   
Do you sing in the shower?
Seldom.
    
What do you do most when you are bored?
Imagination mode ;)
  
What do you do for a living?
As of now, wait for my Pocket Allowance.
  
Do you love your job?
If you mean sleeping, then YES! :P
  
What did you want to be when you grew up?
At least something. I’m too fickle minded.
    
If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be?
Travel places, and write.
    
Do you like reading already finished stories or ones that are updated weekly? +why?
Already finished. I can be too impatient at times!
  
Wear make-up?
Nah! I don’t even know how to O_o.
   
Where would you retire to?
Any serene place would do. :)
   
What kind of car do you drive?
I can’t drive. :’(

What are your best physical features?
Height and eyes, people say. :)
   
What are your best characteristics?
Humor, presence of mind, understanding nature- solely based on what people say. :)
   
If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
Spain.

What kind of books do you like to read?
The kind that can really jolt at least one facet of my emotions.

What is your favorite time of the day?
If I get up early, then it’s that time of the morning. Else, at night, when all alone. :)
   
Where did you grow up?
For the first 10 years of my life, Gorakhpur.

How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
Just here. :)

What are you reading now?
No books right now, just few blog posts.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Night.

 Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
Noh :D.

 Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
Yes! (Yay! Yay!)

 Do you have a pet?
Yea, and we choose to stay away from each other. :D

How many rings before you answer the phone?
Usually 2-3, and sometimes it’s 2-3 calls. :D

What is your best childhood memory?
Plenty of them!

Color of your bedroom walls?
Combination of light/dark purple.

Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
I am in love with my blog and a few of the blogger friends. :)

What is most important in life?
Living, without any grudges.

Current background on your phone/laptop/computer/Ipod?
On phone, it’s a pic of me and my elder sister. :)





Phew! That was one long task. But refreshing, anyway.
Hope you enjoyed reading them as well.

Thanks for your time.
:)


-Srishti

Friday, July 12, 2013

Short Fiction


Turning away from the window, Aparna rubbed off the last drop of tear from her cheek. It’s been nearly 30 years of their marriage and concurrently, of the beatings and the tortures. Today, as the last of her three children secured a decent job, she finally breathed freely.
“It’s time to live for myself”- thinking this she picked up her suitcase and headed towards a new life.



(The above post is on the lines of ’55 Fiction’)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The little Me



I miss those good old days,
the little me and my childhood plays

I miss those days of two pony tails,
and when getting injured was the only reason for my wails

I miss those crazy games with my brother,
and those paper boats we made in rainy weather

I miss the rickshaw ride to the school,
and how for ice-creams did we drool
Image source: iStockphoto

I miss all those cycle races,
and how we teased the losing faces

I miss those swings in the park,
which we refused to leave till it was dark

I miss skating in the balcony,
and the hide n seek with friends in colony

I miss those school picnics,
a day off from punishments and sticks

I miss running out at the sound of an airplane,
and look up to the sky, waving like an insane

I miss those good old days,
the little me and my childhood plays



-Srishti                                                                      


Re-living the bygone days :)

Yawning intensely, I followed my brother strolling across the train coach, looking for our seat. Getting the window seat was the best thing that happened to me that morning, after forcing myself to get up at 4 to catch this train at 5:40. And since it was a chair car, I had the window all to myself. Awesomeness!
As we settled ourselves, I took my favorite position with palms beneath the chin and elbow resting on the window, looking out at the rail tracks. And just when I thought I was close to some peace, two passengers  on the back seat decided on some rivalry over the luggage space. “This is Indian Railways, and these are my fellow Indians”, I thought and shared a smirk with brother. Heaving out a sigh, I chose to get into the imaginative mode, framing how I wanted this desperately awaited one-day trip to my childhood city to be. It had been 8 long years since I left back our rented house, my lovely school, dear friends, those treasured parks, and all those amazing restaurants, as I bade goodbye to Gorakhpur, which no matter how small or a little passé city it is, has always had a specially reserved space in my heart. I grew up there, for the major part of my life. The house where we lived, for the initial 10 years of my life- it’s walls were my first drawing sheet, and it’s floor the first race track to me. My school, where I held a pencil/pen for the very first time; it made me meet my first ever friend, that girl with the dimpled cheeks; and the stage in the school, where I got to hold a mike, again for the first time! The roads, where I’d zoom around on my bicycle. And the significant most of all, the Gorakhnath temple in the city, where my parents prayed for me to come to this world as a girl (little did they know that this wish would come true in such a horrific form :P). The same temple was the location for the first ‘lost & found’ incident of my life, when I was merely 2 yrs in age. :D
So you see, the city is momentous as it gave me the crucial first experiences of my existence, and the list extends further, but I can already sense some of you dozing off, so not to worry, you are spared. :P

As I shuffled between the flashbacks, a novel and a few naps, hours ticked away, and soon we were just a short distance away from our destination. Looking at the forest running parallel to the train, I was quickly pulled back to the time when we used to picnic there in those years, and all those ghost stories associated with the place came running back to me. Nostalgia had started it’s course, and I smiled. With each passing second, my heart did a new thumping step, and I felt my stomach tugging in delight. It only got intense once we stepped off the train, and made way out of the station.

I had my stay planned at a friend’s place, the same ‘dimple-cheeked first ever friend’ :D. Climbing on to the rickshaw I realized not only has the place changed, I have changed too. The same rickshaw which provided me majestic space (once upon a time), now demanded me to sit with my back hunched (and people ask me to feel proud of my height :( ). But the flooding excitement to meet my childhood buddies rubbed off the discomfort.
Finally, after 4 hours of doing away with 1-2 other relatives, I reached her. And it was like, we had so much to talk but none knew where to pick up from. After every minute or two, we’d look at each other and give out a laugh, out of sheer delight of meeting after so long.  Later that evening we set out to meet another friend, at a mall which by the way was a new development to me. The get together lasted just for a couple of hours, but that evening was literally the best time I had in the last two months. The girls, though made me the target of their mocks, gave me memories to harbor.

The next morning was a peacefully fun one. Much to my friend SK’s dismay, I woke her up at an unusual early hour, but the wandering in a park thereafter, made it worthy. While I walked  from flower to flower with the camera in my hand, SK found it interesting enough to jump around and pull me to click every other object she spotted (revenge) :D. Later, the few hours before I left to catch my train were again some jeweled moments of laughs, teasing, high-fives , ice-creams and scooty rides, as one more chum joined the fun. The much wanted visit to our school was the best part, as we walked around the empty corridors, sharing memories that each one of us recalled. I was amazed to see that nothing much had changed, except a few small constructions. But yes, the park where we used to spend most of our recess time was now shelter to only broken swings :(. Nonetheless, it was fun. ^_^

Few words to these lovely girls, SK, SS, and AS, for their amazingness:
 (I’ll make sure all three of you read this :P)
Darlings, no matter how crazy you people are (especially SK), and how much you guys grazed on my brain, I simply am grateful to you three for spending these beautiful hours with me. Thank you for taking me back to the school memories by actually visiting the school; thank you for the treat (I consider it as one, as I didn’t have to pay :P), and SK, thank you for letting me ride your (extremely khatara) scooty and making me realize that such junks are faithful just to their owner (Aah! My feet still hurts) :P. And finally, thank you for dropping me to my stop safely , in that restricted time :P. Plenty of love, ladies! <3


My class room when I was in std. 4th  :D


This , as I may summarize, was my short but cheerful trip to my childhood city, adding fresh instances to the golden collection of past years. This chapter, whenever I open, I know will certainly give me many reasons to smile, and even cry, for I will miss it all. But for now, all it deserves is a smiling end. :)

Cheers to Childhood!
:)             




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-Srishti