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Saturday, March 6, 2010

TIME TRAVEL

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 8; the eighth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

I felt the pain in my head, a very severe headache. I tried to open my eyes, but there was a bright light coming straight into my eyes. It was all blurred. Before I could even visualize anything clearly, I got hit by a bamboo cane, and then there was another blow. I shouted in pain but the assault didn't stop, I got thrashed again and again. Sometimes, I could feel more than one blow at a time. Yes, I realized they were all after me. I shouted but it didn't stop instead it followed with the big black leather boots coming from all directions, hitting me hard everywhere on my body where ever they could find space. I could feel the throttle in my breath as I tried to hide my face against the earth. The mud was all over me, I could feel the heat both from the surface of the earth and from every single portion of my body. I could feel my whole body totally wet, but it was hard to distinguish between the blood and the sweat.

Suddenly, I heard a bold manly voice abusing me. The blurry image started becoming clearer and I could still not hear anything properly, but finally I could see one of them. He was dressed in a red and white bright colored military uniform, a white leather belt around his waist, a row of lustrous medallions starting from both ends of his chest towards the center, a black colored hat on his head, and the shoulder batches shinning in the bright sun with 'East India Company' embedded over them. He was white, tall with broad athletic body like a gigantic hulk. There were two others with him similarly dressed but of lower rung with lesser medallions on their uniforms. They were all at me, hitting me, abusing me and simultaneously repeating one thing- "You bloody farmer, how dare you don't pay us the tax!!"

I could barely move my body to run away from them. I had already lost all my energy to react or to say anything, only my eyes were witnessing the assault on my half numb body. Suddenly, I heard the outbreak of few distant voices approaching towards us with the slogan of-"East India Company, Murdabad, Murdabad; Hindustan Zindabad, Hindustan Zindabad !!". The assault came to the halt. The voices became even louder, though I could hardly see with my injured eyes yet it was evident that it was a group of 5-6 people. My eyes started shutting down, I could hardly see whats happening, but I can hear the huge cries. I could feel while lying on the ground that both the groups were fighting with each other. Abruptly, I heard gun shots, one after the other, six in a row. I could hear those last cries and then there was a complete moment of mourn.

I tried to open my eyes and saw a pistol heading towards me. I got scared and I started saying my prayers. The pistol was placed at the center of my forehead and I heard an English voice- "Kill him!!". I could feel the sound of the pistol's trigger in its process of being pressed, but suddenly I heard a voice and felt being shaken by someone. I said- What? She replied-"Why cannot you sleep nice and quiet? Its too late, we have to go office tomorrow". I realized it was a dream but felt nice that my wife saved my life. I smiled, kissed my wife and slept again.

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48 comments:

evanescentthoughts said...

I wanted to write something similar :( you already wrote. Let me think about something else then :D But very well written.

Vivek Nanda said...

Hey, I m sorry, I didn't know I have my thinking clone :). Thanks for the appreciation, I look forward to your post.

Debosmita said...

a time in history reached through dream - exactly my thoughts... now I have to think of something else :-( see, now we r three thinking clones ;-)

Chanz said...

LOL.. you went back to the time of East India COmpany. What a dream.. If I had been in your place, I would have surely died.. :P

But a nice concept.. good luck for BATOM-8

Vivek Nanda said...

ha ha ha, yes Debosmita we are a triplet with same minds now :). I look forward to your post.

Vivek Nanda said...

Chanz, thanks for the appreciation. Yes, I did go back in the time of East India Company and I survived :). Thanks for your wishes.

Saro said...

Awwwwww. Nothing like a comforting kiss from a loved one to wash away the dirt n grime of the East India company!

GLuck for BATOM!

Parth J Dave said...

Haha.. This is an awesome post, Vivek!

I truly appreciate the way you captured the scene and described it here... Great work! All the Best for BATOM-8!

dilontherocks said...

The post really started very well..You picked a wonderful idea too and elaborated it awesome. But i felt you ended it pretty abruptly..or i donno..may be dil mange more :)

- The Virgin Author! said...

Well written, with something different thought than the usual, Vivek! All the best for BATOM!

PS: http://bit.ly/aliensandme

Vivek Nanda said...

Thank You Saro for reading the post and wishing me luck :)

Vivek Nanda said...

Thanks Parth, I m glad you liked it and thank you for your wishes. I need them :)

Vivek Nanda said...

DilOnTheRocks, first thanks for reading the post. Second, I appreciate your views somewhere down the line I too feel the same but since it was a journey through the dream, I felt ending the dream abruptly will make sense i.e. how we have in reality. Trying it close to reality, just like an Abhey Deol movie :). Thanks for your reviews, it will help me get better and of course yeh dil maange more ;)

Vivek Nanda said...

Thank you Mr.Virgin Author, I m glad you found it different and thanks for your wishes!!

Sureindran said...

Hi Vivek. Well written and seriously, I felt like was I in the scene. Good luck for the batom!

Leo said...

hmm.. :) yeah, it was different indeeed.. but even now, the farmers are being burdened with so many taxes... it could be a time travel from the past, to this day without much changing isn't it?

Tavish Chadha said...

that was a very nice one Vivek really enjoyed reading it. Btw so many ppl thinking on the same lines? raaz kya hai yaar? hehehe

well done and all the best for BAT8

Cheers!
Tavish
Blog: Sensible Bakwas

Vivek Nanda said...

Sureindran, I think it is the best compliment that you felt like you were in the scene. I m glad you liked it, thanks:)

Vivek Nanda said...

Yes Leo, you are right not much has changed and our farmers are still dieing. Hope things get better. Let our country see growth not vertically not horizontally but circularly in all the directions. Thanks for reading my post and finding it different.

Vivek Nanda said...

Tavish, thanks for reading the post and liking it. I didn't know I have so many thinking clones :)

Mural! said...

makes me wonder
was this just a dream or does it have some connection with either rebirth or some form of accidental time travel.......nice narrative!

Harsha Chittar said...

very well written, liked the narration it was a swell post

Vivek Nanda said...

Mural, I really dont know if there is a connection, may be :). Thanks for reading the post and liking the narration.

Vivek Nanda said...

Harsha, thanks for the compliment, I appreciate it:)

The Fool said...

I really appreciate the care you and some of the other writers in this BATON regarding the finer details to make a scene come alive. Though not much of a plot, really vivid visual effect.

Vivek Nanda said...

Thank you Fool, this is my very first attempt to be a part of something like BATON, but as I read posts from fellow batonites I have no doubt whatsoever that each and everyone is so unique and so special in its work. It's a pleasure being a part of it. Once again thanks for appreciating the vivid visuals that my post according to you have created.

Nethra said...

We can do anything in our dream and you time traveled. Wow! However you should have been on the beating side and not taking abuses from those guys.
Nice post indeed. :)

Vivek Nanda said...

Heylo Nethra, thanks for visiting my post and I m glad that you liked it. Hey, thanks for sympathizing, may be next time I will give them back..lol:)

Vibhuti B said...

Hey Vivek, am sorry for the delay in visiting your site too..IM not mimicing you but really time was the constraint..What an irony! when Im reading about time travel..LOL
Your take on the subject is unique..British India was a uper selection of a setting and you have skillfully utilised the subject well!..just when I was feeling the plight of the poor farmer he was rescued and in what a way!
ATB dost...Cheers!

Vivek Nanda said...

Heylo Vibhuti, I guess we both are on the same boat, which is late..lol:). Anyway, thanks for reading it and I m glad you found the subject unique. Once again thanks for your wishes and you too- Good Luck!!

Pankaja said...

Hey cool .....going back through the history pages....I guess nobody would have tried to hit the idea of going back to the East India company.

Vivek Nanda said...

Hey Thanks for reading the post Pankaja.

Mahesh Kalaal said...

nice plot and perfect execution.....
patriotic fervour and the twisted end....
nice read....
al d best for bat 8 :)

Anonymous said...

When dreaming, did you think you were the farmer, with his memories and identity, or did you think you were Vivek suddenly thrown into a historical scene?

geeta said...

Dreamt about East India Company...nice concept..
interesting read..
All The Best for BAT 8

Vivek Nanda said...

Thanks Mahesh for reading the post with so much interest and finding it to your taste. Thanks for the wishes.

Vivek Nanda said...

Dear Anonymous, I didn't know what was my occupation but I knew that I m Vivek. As the dream progressed I got to know exactly what was it all about. I hope this answers your question. Thanks for visiting and reading the post.

Vivek Nanda said...

Hey Geeta, thanks for the read. I appreciate that you liked the concept.

Makk said...

Its nice to see ...many different ways to travel through time.

Good one.

Vivek Nanda said...

Thanks for visiting the post and liking it Makk.

Karthik said...

Loved the narration very much. Time traveling in dreams is really apt. It makes more sense than traveling in time machine.
Superb write-up, man.
All the best for BATOM!
Cheerios!

Vivek Nanda said...

Thank you Karthik, yes that is exactly what I thought about the time travel. I preferred going back in the history via the dream than going back via a time machine. Thanks for liking it and showering the praise :)

Prashant Mehta said...

That was thrilling!

Vivek Nanda said...

Thanks Prashant. Keep visiting :)

Blogger said...

That was a different take on topic - travel to history ..I liked the way you written as a feelings of a farmer , its true that still farmers are still facing such ituation , with only -ce being before it were Britishers and now they are Indians !!! All the best :)

Bdw , were you really a farmer ;) lolz..you detailed explanation made me think so :P

Vivek Nanda said...

Dear Blogger Friend, thanks for reading the post with so much interest and for appreciating it. Btwz, I m not a farmer :)

Raksha Raman said...

Pretty realistic post I must say! :) No time machines and special relativity! Nicely presented and well narrated! Through the pages of History...Interesting concept,presented well :) Good luck with BATOM!

Vivek Nanda said...

Raksha,thanks for showering your well appreciated comments. Its heartening!! Thanks for the wishes again :)

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