Tuesday, November 06, 2007

When smile beckons

Staring at Blanckness

Ryan, his mind doing a mix of thrill and angst, got his little backpack ready. Awaiting the blend time ahead, he left to take an auto on the crowded streets of Hyderabad.”Convenient means of transport saar for a foreigner like you”, suggested someone, the day he landed from the Playground of Europe.

Standing on the road, all he could see were buses with people hanging on the rods that spelt death. Green blobs! Something that scared him the minute he knew that it was public transport. He had to travel 40km north to meet an associate. “I don see an auto. So the strike I read about in the newspaper was about this! Whatever. What’s the next convenient means!” he spoke to himself. His mind was still doing the blend. He walked certain distance and found a state transport reservation counter. He booked a ticket for a bus that he thought would be comfortable for the little distance ahead.

Ryan was strung out from his business activities, with the pressure of handling a dozen clients and his relationship with his girlfriend in jeopardy. Adding insult to injury. He needed a break. He longed for fresh air that had the power to drain the debris that his problems had created. Just another day! Taking the window seat, without troubling his addled mind he quickly fell asleep. He was awoken by the Sun’s blazing rays. “The bus hasn’t started???” the bus barely travelled 15km thanks to the traffic snarls. When the bus finally gained speed, he slipped back into sleep. But this time he woke up with a jerk. “Oh Christ, a breakdown???”

He got down to talk to people and noticed a huge advertisement hoarding that said “This is where you will take a U-turn! Let your mind free :) ”

And then he just walked….He sipped his cup of coffee and smiled.

10 comments:

Vijayturlapati said...

nice one bro..Absolutely gr8..A nice story and an apt ending..somethin creative..Try more...

Sridhar said...

Gud one man...It actually shows how much india is really shining!!! and a gud creative ending which actually makes sense as most places are a hindrance 2 go after a point...people from Ryan land will get a gud picture of wat r country actually is...no offence meant to desh bhakts...

Akshaya said...

Good work.:D
Though I felt there was some missing link in the story.
Wondering...

Rajeev Turlapati said...

@vijay
thankoo bro..shal try more

@sridhar
thanks...abt desh bhakts v shal discus l8r

@akshaya
make the link then

Jojo said...

:)
Nice story dude... Remembering those auto scenes n language prob in Chennai.
Wat happened if ther was an auto strike in Chennai?
:O

Karthik Abhiram said...

Nice story Rajeev! Simple stuff and I liked the ending too. Guess this must have been fun for you to write as well. You should definitely do more of these!

I also went to work by bus for 2 days when the auto strike happened :) Fortunately now, I finally registered for the cab facility for pickup as well :)

sum4me said...

that is a delightful little gem of a story. let your mind free...indeed.

Rajeev Turlapati said...

@karthik abhiram
thanks :0 yeah had fun writing it.always felt there are little things that explain a lot. :)

@sum4me
merci beaucoup :)

shreybomb said...

loved it! yep sometimes in this busy routine of life, where we have no time for the piece of mind to be peaceful, advertisements are all we need to tell us, that the mind needs to be free. Get that spider out your head and untangle things.

deepthi said...

hey nice short story:)