Curious case of SHADOW

An everyday conversation between an Einstein  kid & an average IQ  father like me☺ .


Son – Dad,  Who is he ?? 

Me: This is Shadow .. 

 Son : Why is he following me ?? 

if-shadow.jpgMe: Becaz  , it’s a friend gifted by god to you .. who can watch you over all the time.  

Son : Then it’s not a good friend , becaz he  follow me only during  day time.

Me: Becaz , it get tired running all along with you entire day and goes to sleep in the night .

Son : They why the length of shadow keeps on changing during entire day.

Me : Becaz it is scared of sun and tries to hide behind you going in reverse direction .

Son : But why is shadow scared of sun ?

Me: Becaz It cannot bear the heat of him. 

Son : Then Why I cannot change my shadow with my friend or buy a new one .

Me: you cannot exchange it like you can’t do with your eyes or nose or hairs .

Son : Then why don’t shadow wear a dress like I do.

Me: It always wear a black color dress and it’s her fav color.

Son : In case , then why I am not allowed to wear the same dress always ?? 

Me : Becaz …Becaz  … I NEED A BREAK …. Please go back to your MOM ..only she can handle a shadow like you !!! ☺ { or I am feeling like a  shadow who needs to hide from a  SON   like you whose curiosity is brighter than the SUN rays. }

 

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Perception – a short story

Standing at the corner of the street, I was waiting for a cab to pick me up at 8 in  the morning. As the app reflected waiting time of 15 min , I started looking around to see if anything new was happening in my neighborhood ; which gave a  look of  framed picture since 50’s. Everything occurred in a fixed mechanical motion, as in someone starting the machines at 5 am in morning and let them do their pre – engineered program without any deviation.

While looking around , I saw a GENTLEMEN ( Yes , real one J ) coming towards me wearing a jogging suit with earplugs tugged ON and a sophisticating looking fitness band on wrist . The bright looking shoes and a winner smile reflected it was less than a week since he started his fitness regime..

Decking up in the initial days, craving their paths differently to grab attention wrt getting praised for their health consciousness. Just like fresher’s in first year of college can be spotted from 500 mts based on their shyness, curiosity and enthusiasm, all emotions mixed in one  . This was what instantly came to my mind on getting his first glance!

11954225561444388723johnny_automatic_jogging_boy.svg.hi.pngNo.. No.. No … the story is not about my perception of this health conscious GENTLEMEN ( You will know at end of story , why I am emphasizing on this adjective ) .. Although , I  am guilty of forming  one and making my readers draw a vivid image of this character , but as lawyers say in courtroom “ Statement withdraw “ 🙂  ..

I curiously watched his pace of jogging and as he was crossing the junction, he stopped. I thought maybe he rejoiced , on me staring at him & my mind already started making excuses and throwing out and same time filtering probably reasons to justify my staring.

But, the men turned around towards the other side of road and he took few steps and stopped near a mid-sized sedan. There another man with fairer color wearing loose T- shirt and half pants was cleaning dirt from a car.

In Delhi and probably in most of the metro cities, Cars are parked roadside due to scarcity of space and they gather dust overnight in bulk . So many have found an opportunity to clean up these cars in the morning and charge anywhere between INR 500 -1500 / month depending on size of car and locality .  For working people ,  it saves time in the morning and some take this as an opportunity to earn few bucks during morning shift of probably 5 am – 8 am .

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Now our GENTLEMEN started talking to this fairer guy –

Hey, you are really an expert in your trade. When I went for jogging 1 hour before this car was looking like an abandoned piece of junk covered with dirt and birds shit . And now its shinning as owner has just brought it from garage  .  Grt Job …

Thanks Sir – Other guy responded without looking back to him .

You see , I have  hired and fired 4-5 guys in last 2 months because  no one was dedicated and as efficient as you are. But you look pretty sincere, So I want to hire you for the job .

But sir  ….

No , listen to me .. I have a Alto 800 and a pulsar .. I used to give 300 bugs for cleaning of both vehicles.

But sir , I ..

Ok , Ok .. I will start with 300 with you and if I found you sincere I would increase it to 350 from next month.

It’s not possible for me …

Ok , I understand you are educated and doing such shitty jobs for extra money .. But it’s ok with me , I am a Sr. Manager in MNC and 4-5 of my sub-ordinates leave nearby  …  I will recommend you to them and can help you earn easily 2-3 K per month .. Don’t worry I am not going to ask for referral commission.I am a kind hearted person.

You have to listen to me sir ..

Ohh .. You are still in doubt???   That’s the problem with you guys.. Someone shows sympathy and you try to extract more money.. But remember, I am not going to pay more than INR 350 and if you bargain further, I will inform your current customers too how rude you are ..  I am very popular in this society.

While listening to all this conversion , I was wandering who this “ Mr. POPULAR “ is  ??  I never saw him in 4 years  .. At same time , I got curious to listen as to what other guy was trying to say … and decided to move and intervene in their conversation .. and suddenly

“ FOR GOD SAKE .. LISTEN TO ME FIRST , YOU ****** “ ..

the other guy finally had enough .. I stopped..  Climax has started …

He continued in loud voice looking towards our GENTLEMEN – “  I AM TRYING to say something for last 15 minutes and you don’t even bother to hear me  …  I am not a cleaner , this car is Mine … I am Sr. VP in Aboutme.com ,an Online MNC and have recently shifted to this society  ..  I personally take care of my car because cleaning helps in sketching muscles which is a good workout in morning. Just because for what I am wearing or what I am doing right now , you formed opinion that I am going to listen to you forever for some 2-3 k or whatever .

Gentlemen my advice is , don’t judge people by clothes or color else you might run someday into unavoidable trouble .  And learn to respect others not based on their income or looks but because they are human and they deserve to treated well.

Yes sir , sorry  I understand “ and our gentlemen swiftly tries to escape from the scene trying to avoid eyes which have started circling around him during this conversation .

The men continued cleaning his car and crowd dispersed and I was left with a smile and a noteworthy message to share with everyone ….

Now , you know , why I was calling him a GENTLEMEN  !!!!!!!

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Do share if you have noticed any incident of people forming perceptions based on own assumptions .

THE OTHER LIFE – Changing Destiny

Was it a dream come true or nightmare about to begin. May be CATCH 22 is the perfect phrase to define her state now.
Its 4:15 pm and in next 6 minute after 11 km she have to take a right turn on MG road and just in front of next traffic camera have to be performed the biggest act of her life . She was trying to keep the car at 45 Kmph speed as asked in the E- mail. But her mind and heart was running faster than speed of light. Every Blink of eye was taking her back to her meeting with IG of RAW held 5 days before, exactly when she turned 32.

 
It was her day of duty , yes in her career of 8 years with police force , it was her probably 8th leave which was forced upon by her Ex- Military dad , 2 Super charged kids and AMIT her better better half . They decided to go out for picnic without any RED SIREN chasing them. Anaya, the youngest IPS Officer appointed at age of 24 was an ideal for hundreds of citizens. She was known for managing her job and personal life well.

IG of RAW ( Research Intelligence Unit )with Secretary of Defense was waiting for her. She has last meet them 2 years back when they handed over POLICE medal on republic day celebration. So an urgent meeting with them was strange as they were not at all related to Police dept . She was asked to sit and watch the ppt which in next 32 slides covered what “Al burk ‘is all about and how their financial money laundering is funding terror across world and why they need to be stopped now .Then comes part on why she was chosen to be joined the gang and be govt. informer and inflate the group right from the roots . But the toughest part was she has to forgo all her past connection and life to erase her police background and record and provide her with new identity , background and a modified face so she is never traced back . RAW clearly has been observing her heroics and work for past 3 year and has specifically shortlisted her . The energy , motivation , power , honor and intelligence she has shown in her role as IPS has grabbed many eyeballs over the year . She is among top 20 cops in India and Every IG wanted her to be part of their team .But this opportunity was larger than life . RAW deciding to bring a complete outsider for this mission was a strategic move . They planned to do plastic surgery to change her face , train her for over 8 months before introducing into Al bak group .But for complete discretion , she has to start afresh with no strings attached to her past . The mission can last anywhere from 4- 10 years without any surety on how and when this will end .
On the request itself she stuck awful ..Clear out identity?? How’s its possible?? She has a family.. with Tina and jay her world , with Amit the perfect husband , PAPA and so many people who live and breathe for her .Although she is patriot , but she believe in border-less world and really felt that only politicians pull up these borders to bind people and raise conflict and install fear among people and encash on opportunity for lifetime . But beyond this she strongly felt for humanity and knew her action could help contain millions of life . But how can she decide?? Because deep inside she knew she is a team member but no leader . She always run away from taking decision. From deciding to which place to party to color of walls of her house to choosing IPS over IFS . She always has fear of taking wrong decision and regretting for life and fortunately firstly her parents , then AMIT and in office her mentor Dr. Palash has been making choices for her . Even on field , being a DCP she has to take multiple decision on site , but it was always a dark area for her . AND NOW she cannot exchange this weirdest idea or even mention to any of her guide and yet have to make a move which will make her past life go away in few moments .

For 2 days , she tried her best to put happy face ON to her family but inside it was a volcano waiting to erupt . She was completely blank . HOW her husband will live without her who is addicted to sharing BED tea  ? How every  parents teacher meeting was incomplete  without her going with Jay? Who is going to prepare Tina for her party and take her on shopping? Will her father survive this shock of getting separated from her , as she is the only purpose of their life to live on? While her head was knocking around to say NO and move ON but her heart wanted to be part of bigger purpose. Since childhood, she used to get excited hearing stories of freedom fighters and wanted to do something on-line of 007. This was an opportunity which she was living all along; she wanted to be part of larger good. She wanted to do more than writing reports and saluting politicians and catching thief. She wanted to be “HERSELF “.
She lost her sleep and was changing sides entire night running in her mind all the possible scenario but all roads lead to dead-end . She has been called for re-meeting 2 days after and the people behind desk wanted answer. Answer which will be like pressing   FORMAT setting on your phone  and everything is restored to factory setting ; completely blank. The Call of DUTY finally superseded all doubts and she said YES. The Moment which may be she will regret for her entire life but may be help save few hundreds of TINA and JAY.

26th as date was finalized for final show as she was asked to wait for an Email on that date at 6:30 AM. On the day, she got an email which was designed to kill itself within 15 minutes. Email contained how she is going to perform the last part of her current life and how transition will happen. It says –
“Call up office and take leave on medical grounds. Perform you daily household duties as usual. Today at 3:30 PM you will start in your usual office car carrying nothing but your wallet with few ID cards . Drive at a constant speed of approx 45 Kmpl so most of the traffic cam captures car & you. At 14 km ahead stop at petrol pump and buy anything from 24*7 store and pay by card. And then continue to drive and take a right on MG road and just before the red light , make a quick stop near juice counter which is a blind spot for camera and get out of car and put on your “ hijab “ and someone will take you along to a car and deport to training facility . Car and rest will be taken care by us. Do not share this mail or any other details with anyone in your personal or professional contact. In case of any emergency, Speed dial 1 from phone provided by us and mention “ Vikara “ .
After 72 hours of un-decisiveness , the plan was now very clear and she now felt the calling of sleep which she was avoiding so long . So she set alarm for 7:30 am and put her arms over AMIT  to feel the warmth of his body for may be last time in this lifetime. But AMIT switched off the alaram and let her Anaya continue her sleep beyond 7:30 . He left a note saying kids gone to school , he is going office and of course he love her  .

It was the first thought that came to her as she woke up. He was gone. and soon his bedroom , the house in whose eastern corner it sat , and the tiny garden outside with its gnarled old red hibiscus and the half grown mango tree they had planted together , all those would be gone as well . it was the strangest feeling ever . and the feeling raising goosebumps will she wished clock to slow down or even shut down before hitting 4:30 . But things went on and so does she as per plan decided on Email .

And getting back to present she took the turn and at juice counter she was replaced by a totally burned Dead body and the car moved along hitting the Gasoline Truck standing ideal at side of road and BOOM. Explosion happened as planned . For her , It took 2 hours to reach the Training facility at RAW where Plastic surgeons were on standby to operate ASAP. But she asked for 2 minutes and switched on to evening NEWS. Her Car, the explosion, her artifact in-car, her professional life moments, her personal life moments , her relatives and were all over the news. As per Fire Dept and Police it looks like a leaked CNG kit which exploded and burnt the car and the truck with the passenger beyond recognition. That’s how RAW planned it all the way. But she was searching for her family in the news footage but unable to find them on any channel . She so desperately wanted to ensure that her family don’t broke down and take this incident easily. She knew Amit and PAPA always stand up and handle situations . They will surely take it as GOD’s will and makes kids understand the same .How badly she wanted to say good-bye to her husband today when he went for the office , how eagerly she wanted to hug kids tightly like there was not tomorrow . But she was strictly asked to behave as she does on normal day . BUT NOW , So she requested to make a last phone call . She asked the Lady office with her to call her husband number , put phone on speaker and pretend to be news journalist trying to gather their reaction.

“ Hello , Sir this Manjula from Times Now “
Voice of Loud Crying coming from the background
“Sir , I have just one question to ask . Please sir, just one “
Only background Voice of falling emotions and people sobering can be heard. She was able to identify the one of her kids. She is the mother; she can sense her kids especially when they are in pain for millions of km away.
“Sir, How do you wish to remember your wife DCP Anaya “
And phone went silent; She jumped to check if it has got disconnected. But in a moment, She heard a sobering Male Voice of her father saying “ AMIT , Even I can’t put a brave face in front of kids ” .. ”  I am feeling there is cloud of emotions about to burst inside me . This can’t be our destiny ”  .and the line went dead .

“ Is I am going to regret this decision for life ??? “ is the question which going to hunt her for no one knows how long … But there is no going back , as she is already inside the OT gearing up for all new undefined  identity .

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