One more 15 word story! ! ! ! Start counting words & start scratching your heads if I say:-
The company made the teddy bear for children to smile which worked the other way when the gang found it in the garden & destructively used it at theme park.
Here its about the teddy bear which a gang found it at a garden & then was used for destructive purpose. The place where they found it & where it was used, both were places where children run around but as words suggest the medium of smile turned into a reason for sorrows. Now what exactly negative happened is yet unknown but for sure the teddy bear has gone in wrong hands.
Mailbox was empty for long, only letter it received was a will document from John’s late aunt ‘Jeanne.’
This time the 15 words exercise has a story that may cause curiosity to reach its peak. The story has possible characters because in 15 words nothing is clear and everything’s under foggy cover.
John, who is somehow related with late aunt Jeanne who is no more. This mailbox has been empty for long time,which says a lot of things. Maybe John isn’t so much social person or he might not be using mailbox address any more or he isn’t a good person but his late aunt knows him better than anyone else because of which she decided to add his name in her will…
Since long time, I’ve been reading, referring people & talking to people about a story. My mom says, its the concept that have made a record in occupying my mind for longer time. To be honest, mom is right somewhere. . . . Because the topic I am gonna write here is a topic which has inspired & encouraged me to look at Indian Armed forces in a different way all together. While researching about the incident which we’re going to discuss here, I even found my hero in that story.
Most of you, might have come across this incident but I don’t know how many of you have come across the whole story & the people who were the real characters, ‘active characters’ I would rather say.
I used to have a habit of watching at least one Hollywood movie a day (it used to be midnight in fact) So one midnight, I watched a simple movie (in last few years, in Hollywood I really haven’t come across such a simple film & a film with such a little bang-bang.) named ‘Little Boy.’ It’s a film which is based on ‘Pearl Harbour’incident during World War II. Then its after effects in USA & in small villages of USA.
While watching that movie, I thought about an Indian version of that film. I started thinking about an Indian story that can make this Hollywood film happen in India. Google extended its help for me to search the best stories.
Somehow I landed up on Indian Army’s website. That inspirational commanding language, those photographs of aspiring officers & then the glorious stories of operations conducted by Indian army which were written with a great passion. These all things filled me with mixed emotions of pride & humbleness.
I started making notes of my readings about such operations. Among these all operations one operation made me more curios as it was an operation that has started long back, but haven’t concluded yet. Indians are still paying the costs for that operation & we are still losing our soldiers to keep that operation going.
This operation has been a matter of existence as the enemy is continuously claiming its ownership on the land which was never been in their territory. Indian army knows the strategic importance of that region for India’s sovereignty, the region where this whole operation is taking place. The great Indian thinkers (who are usually sitting in USA)think that Indian government is spending too much on this operation and the no-man’s land where this operation take place. But the reality & the reasons for which the operation has been kept running, are different.
Now you might have understood, what operation am I talking about. . . Yes its the only operation in the world, which is happening on the highest battleground of the world. Its not just an operation but a lifestyle which demands a special physical readiness, efficiency & strong minds. Its definitely not a place for weaker ones. Its ‘Operation Meghdoot.’ Even while naming this operation, Army showed its interest in arts & literature. As few of you’d be aware about a great Sanskrit epic named Meghdoot by equally great Sanskrit poet ‘Kalidasa.’ has a reference of clouds are appointed as messengers by king!’Yaksha’ to keep an eye on the well being of his loved girl. In a similar way Army has guards appointed for the safety of our motherland on the top of the world & the coldest part of India. It gives me goose bumps when I imagine a person(soldier) spending his 3 months in -20 degrees & even guarding the post which has limited resources, (as climate hold all aces of the game here & bigger camps might make enemy aware of it.
Now, this all guard & building camps comes on the later part. But you would be surprised by knowing that Indian Army wasn’t aware about strategic importance in fact was not aware about the secret actions & operations enemy (Pakistan, who else?? )was planning to capture this siachen region. Our army came to know about it after 15 years by when, enemy had started its primary steps to claim the ownership of that land.
One might think that, what is so special about that land? ? what is something great that enemy was going to do by capturing the land which is fully covered under snow for all 365 days a year. The land which demands special jackets & precautions to sustain. The land where nature tests your patience & capacity to survive. And this all happens to the core. So why the enemy was so much eager to take control of such a place. The major reason was the intention of enemy & its friend (China) to sit on Our (India)’s head & control its water sources. And even peeping into army affairs.
Armies always focus on acquiring the highest point in war & then from higher altitude, it becomes easier for them to control the enemy’s actions & also targeting enemy becomes easier. With this same intention Pakistan had started these all operations but they were slower in progress. By the time they make their first strike & capture the point, Indian Army took the control of the competition & ultimately succeeded in pushing the enemy behind.
Now to take all these measures, Indian Army had conducted certain expeditions. These expeditions helped Army to plot the success of acquiring the hold & winning the space which never ever could have thought of becoming a war zone in future.
Yes, one more thing to mention here that to hoist the Indian tri-colour flag first time in Siachen there was no such war, or bloodshed happened. But later on till today, there has been many actions & reactions are taking place which is heating the climate in that region. (I really mean,that its heating.)
So to help making this operation successful there has been many hands have done their bit, but a person who even lost his fingers to create a healthy background to make this operation succeed, an officer who has decorated his whole life with memories & army decorated him with honours. His name is ‘Col. Narendra Kumar‘(well known as Bull kumar)
This article is going to be much longer than what you expect & interesting for those who loves real adventure, maybe sometimes boring if you’re a fiction lover.But, Still to make it little interesting without losing the crust of the whole incident, I am going to make this article in 3 parts. (one is already here) These parts would be a trip of Col. Kumar’s adventures which ultimately helped Army in ‘gaining heights'(literal meaning).
Hello readers!!! Let me wish you, a healthy writing day!!! Yes, I know that officially or nowhere in the calendars of the world there is any such day is mentioned. But I think, I’m going to add a new activity of doing word-workout on each day. At least in my ruitine.
Now, you’ll say, “what the ***K is this word-workout??? I am already fed-up with the workout that my instructor pushes me to do on every alternate day.” Yes, I know you must have been swearing God for taking an annual gym subscription in an excitement of making body like ‘Stratham‘ or ‘Coleman‘ after watching some video on YouTube while actually searching for some EDM music or something like that. Yes, gyming is definitely worth doing, and I really appreciate your decision of hitting the gym.(and hitting on the instructor, if you find him hot..;)) but this is for your physical health. But, what to do for improving the muscularity of the words which you use. And if you’re a writer, the one which you write. How can you improve the frequency of developing creative ideas for stories to write about??
This is what I was talking about, a ‘Word-workout’. An exercise to develop a tendency of being a creative writer & move to the next level of becoming an author. (And if you’re rich enough, maybe a publisher.) Or you can still choose to be a writer & write yourselves but with unique ideas each time.
So, now let me jump to the topic. What is this word-workout?? and how am I going to do it, regularly??? Where is this gym located??? To be honest, there is no gym that would provide such workout plans. But if you’re really a writer at heart, you must have come across a word called ‘persistence.’
Whatever you write, think of or imagine to be existed, you need to be persistent & loyal to that idea & continue writing. Same way this work out would happen. You need to think of an idea, or get an idea from someone and develop it in your own way. (I know,there’s a way stealing ideas & complete work & simply changing the writer. But I am a Man of values, so I don’t do that & leave it up to you.)
I know, it’s not always easy to develop a new idea each time you sit to write. But then, why not to take ideas from outside. Yes, there are ideas banks around you, which you can take a help of get ideas from them & start the development.(of that idea & your efficiency of developing such ideas.) But you know what, these idea banks, don’t charge you anything for keeping ideas with them for your needs. You simply need to be persistent & ready to develop most of those ideas.
Off, course each of those ideas might not interest you but few of them, and then you never know which idea might take you above all & might make you wealthy. (I’m talking of cash at bank here, I know words are wealth but they don’t really give you bread.)
So now about the locations of these Idea banks. You may find these banks in some of city library round the corner or in your school/college/workplace library. You can even search for such ideas on internet. (for ex: – search for 10 short story ideas.) Even your parents/grandparents has few things to tell which might give you some ideas.(old wine in new bottle kinda.)
Also I have come across few good apps (on android,as I am not a pricey chap) to give you certain ideas & turn it into mind blowing stories. You may search on app store like writing ideas & it would give you whole lot of apps to downloaded.
These are gyms for your word-workouts & they are dumb bells as well. So take the heaviest ones & start the workout!!!
I’m going to start it from today & you can see the results by tomorrow.
We discussed in the last post about one of the best novel : – https://wordpress.com/post/writingheartout.wordpress.com/829 now I would also share an amazing story based on superstitions & two classes of people existing in society.
The Reptiles have always been a subject that attracted me (though I never have dared of going closer to them ;)) But still I was inquisitive about reptiles class of animals. In reptiles,snakes are ones I am always interested in. I mean how can one simply slither & can express its all emotions. That too for the life time?? No, at least I wont be able to do that….even to crawl till you die??that’s so much like a looser for life, isn’t it?
So, yes as the picture suggests, this post is going to be more of reptiles & a holy belief from the land of snake charmers. (though the story is from that era, and only charm is left but the charmers have disappeared already.) The title of this post is actually the name of a tribe, not just a tribe but one of the venomous tribe of snakes which is found in rural parts of India. ‘Manyar‘ (also known as common Krait/Indian Krait) India has emerged as an independent country but its roots are basically into its ancient civilisation. (Indus valley) This has taken Indian culture through a roller-coaster ride of transitions & it’s still evolving.
In all of these traditions, the most popular one is considering the dangerous ones as God & praising them with a belief. it’s not always the dangerous one though but it also has a moral thought of conserving lives, be it of any specie. Indians have certain beliefs such as praising Cows, Oxes,trees and even snakes. So to mention all of this & landing this whole conversation on ‘snakes’ is my major intention here. The reason of this you would find from here onward.
Today the story we are going to discuss about is ‘The Mark of Vishnu‘. Written by again the same famous & decorated author, named ‘Mr. Khushwant Singh.‘ This story takes place in some village of West Bengal (an eastern coastal state of India.) There is an old tradition of feeding snake with milk on a day. Few of them even try & feed it everyday. There has been criticism about whether those snakes really enjoy having that milk or they just do it for the sake of, but it’s been into tradition & has been going on for long.
In every society there are two classes are who exist, one a follower & the other one is an explorer. Followers follow the set principles or the what others/mass believe. The explorer always believes in seeking answers, whether anything that is being accepted by the crowd is really worth accepting or there is still something left to explore is what interests them. So this story is about those two classes of the society.
Gunga Ram is the character who is actually from Follower’s class. Very superstitious, God-fearing kinda person. And then there is a gang of youngsters, who used to take disadvantage of Gunga Ram’s this nature. His beliefs were source of pass-time for those young chaps. But at the same time, those guys were even ready to prove that such traditions & taboos which Gunga Ram was following are really not worth or meaningful. But Gunga Ram even ‘dies’ to prove that his said traditions are definitely worth & they would work one day to prove its worth.
There is very thin line between beliefs & superstitions. It’s definitely not the case that you should go against all traditions or the thoughts which elders has shared with you to prove yourselves right. But it’s better to be wise or society has their way to foll you otherwise. So it’s better to follow what your heart say & gauge it on the basis of logic. If there is any doubt you have, still there are elders who think wisely. So seek such people, stay surrounded with such people & make yourself sure enough to live life in your own way. This is the actual matter of the story.
Now you might think that what so special is about this story. But, the story is written in such a simple way that it can enlighten the ‘foolest’ of the society and even it would show the right direction to one who has soft corner towards taboos or such baseless rituals.
With all due respect to copyrights I am not disclosing the complete story here & keeping your curiosity intact, but I am even sorry about my this act. But please read through the whole book, in fact I would be more than happy to provoke you to read the whole bunch of books written by Mr. Khushwant Singh as I personally have got a fascination by reading the language & his way of putting things in a story & also giving a clear message at the end of it.
to check the whole set of his works: – http://www.amazon.in/Khushwant-Singh/e/B000APL46O
We discussed in the last post about a story full of interesting twists & off course the climax: – https://writingheartout.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/the-hidden-wealth/
Now this time, let’s discuss something realistic & tragic.
If you’re following Indian media (almost all news channels based in Noida i.e. National capital region of India(Delhi NCR) & also major newspapers) you would definitely understand what made me post something like this.
But truly nowadays Indian media & few pressure groups in India are interested in wars to happen, traditional warlords are ready to fund this so-called permanent ‘peacemaking ‘ act which they feel important for the better world. Yes, i do agree that terrorism is now getting personal, I really mean it because nowadays it’s no more even a group act to spread terror, but an individual can even crack a massacre in any part of the world & then innocents are killed usually by suicide bombings at crowded places or firing at the busy square of any top city.
These things when I read them through the news articles or even social media is nowadays full of content that can do enough ‘Awakening'(they call it) & quench the thirst of patriotism. So while reading through all this crap, I came across a beautiful book written by an Indian author who was born in the region that even felt the heat of enough of patriotic activities & even got a status of new land after partition between India & Pakistan. The book I am talking about is ‘Train to Pakistan.’ written by well renowned & decorated author ‘Mr. Khushwant Singh.‘
Being an Indian but born in post-independence era, I can’t really imagine what Indians have gone through to earn this bird of independence. I don’t know how much of blood have the patriots have shed to gain this independence. I have no idea which thought have worked better to get this independence. (violence/non-violence) In fact I have no right to make this comparison like a stupid, when I was not even in the scene. But I can just understand the responsibility of giving justice to those sacrifices by valuing them & by being a responsible citizen of this country.
Indians lost many of their people during this struggle for independence. But on the midnight it even witnessed the heavy bloodshed by start of a new struggle for claiming their lands & then dividing themselves on the basis of religion predominantly. Yes, off course there was a political agenda behind this new ‘headache‘ & its obvious that it was a conspiracy of the departing ones to initiate a rule of puppets in the new countries (single piece of land though).
So this Book which I am going to talk about here is not about that political agenda or conspiracies, neither those departing ones nor the arriving ones or on this partition. But it’s about the people who actually went on & suffered through this whole partition process. Its known that 2% people rule the world, same applies to the countries in world and India-Pakistan were not excepted though. In fact Europeans call it most tragic migration of the human history. So how tragic was it?? what exactly people saw, gone through but least expressed while this partition was taking place?? these all factors are studied & expressed by this author in this book really well.
I am definitely not a person who has a right to comment on his writing for sure but still I can definitely share my opinion after reading his novel. So the book comprise of various incidents during the transitions after a country came into existence. Muslims were asked to relocate in Pakistan & Indians were of various religions which were Hindus, Sikhs,many of Muslims as well, Sindhi etc.
They divided one nation on the basis of religion, but it actually divided people & their hearts. Because during this phase it was not only the rulers who were making decisions but the governance of these countries wasn’t capable enough to control this hockey-poky situation. Subjects were behaving as they want & bullies were actually ruling on the grass-root levels.
This situation was fertile to have a religious massacre created & to benefit pressure groups who follow a particular religion. So ultimately they emerged as saviours (there are instances where yes they saved)for migrants. So these incidents are portrayed in this book really well.
Yes, I think I forgot to mention that this whole story and its situations are taking place in an imaginary village which is located on the border of India & Pakistan. You might relate to the real stories or the stories of your grandparents & fathers who told their experiences if they have survived through this tragedy.
Now the characters which are developed & used in this characters have their own qualities & they are actually portraying the people & their tendencies which usually you may come across especially in the region where this story takes place. The characterisation describes the much of human part, the traits & characteristics you come across, they are rigid & dynamic at the same time.
I know I am writing this post too late as there is already a movie that has been shot, but the story has that catchy thing in it, so its better to buy this novel & read the whole thing. It’s just not a thing but the history of one of the tragic migrations of the world. you may visit the link to buy this amazing novel http://www.amazon.in/Train-Pakistan-Khushwant-Singh/dp/0143065882