Friday, October 21, 2005

Story Tree...

...contd from meera

He thought it would be an ordinary journey. Standing behind the pillar he watched the train snort arrogantly into the station. With each snort he was reminded of his grandfather's words "You will fail in the city and return penniless"; with every heavenward whistle, he heard his cousin, "Don't worry. Come here and I will get you a job at the construction site." Now he had a 34-hour journey to prove one of them wrong, and he expected the excitement at the end of the journey. He looked at his ticket once again: compartment S9 berth 23.

He would preserve this ticket. When he would succeed, he would frame and hang it for all to see, as a reminder of the fact that greatness had humble origins, of the day when he set out to seize his destiny. His lips quivered with emotion as he carefully counted the money in his wallet, yet again. Four crisp hundreds and two crumpled fifties. At seventeen, it seemed like a fortune to him. He would carefully plan his expenses. He felt as energetic as the strong breeze that hit his face. He stumbled backward, as the wallet slipped from his hands.

Turag watched it fall, with the fingers of both his hands curled—one gripping the steel bar and the other gripping nothing but air. The wallet settled, the second time it touched the greased stones. It was diminishing in size and moving away from him like an open-mouthed balloon propelled by the gushing air. He knew, well enough, the events that would follow if he pulls the stop-chain. In fact it was a stop-chain that brought a wind of change in his life. Getting off from the thought-train that the stop-chain had evoked, he rushed towards it, with uncurled fingers.

i pass the baton to sensibly stoned, s m i t h a and the sun dew

(Everything below the dashed line above should be copied and pasted with every accepted tag)
This is a Story Tree and is best nurtured as follows:
1. A blogger can add only 90-100 words (not more or less) at a time.
2. All previous snippets of 90-100 words need to be copied before the new set of 90-100 words are appended.
3. Each entire snippet should be linked to the respective author (and not just the first sentence or so)
4. Characters, scenes, etc. can be introduced by an author
5. Bizarre twists, sci-fi, fantasy sequences are best avoided.
6. A tag must be accepted within 7 days else the branch is a dead branch
7. After appending 90-100, the Story Tree can be passed on to at most 3 bloggers.
8. If more than 1 branch leads to a blogger, s/he is free to choose any one of them but cannot mix the snippets of the individual branches.
9. The Story Tree is best left to grow than concluded
10. Please attach the image of the Story Tree below with each accepted tag (the link address can be copied and used).


Fayrouz said...

Hi reNUka,

I tagged you to do an assignment. Check here.

Prabha said...

Nalla peru Turag ;) engendhu pidicha?
very nicely written

S m i t h a said...

*lets out a sigh of relief* completed a branch of the tree, hoping the nosedive in the writing standard goes unnoticed.
and yeah, Turag? engerundhu pudicha? never heard of such a name. some handsome colleague of urs with dimples huh? anywys i didnt like the name that much :P

reNUka said...

Hey Fayrouz!!! hope u r doing good...!! i am afraid i'll not be able to complete the assignemnts :D hope u dont mind!! :-)

ms prabha...!!! thanks! :-)
good question! i found this name somewhere on a website on indian names. :-)

s m i t h a - read urs! train-la romance-a...? good good! lets see where it goes. :-)
in fact, TURAG is one of the many nice names that i have been collecting - but many are from the sahasranaamams (Thousand names) of gods and godesses!! :D

Anupama Viswanathan said...

hey nice train..! :)..My train is heading in a very strange direction though..:O

Meera said...

Do ya really think "the sundew" is going to do the honours? I think he is mighty busy admiring damsels of jaipur :-p

reNUka said...

hey anu!! will chk out ur train sometime! :-)

meera - the sundew said he had written something - but he being such a lazy goose, he hadn't posted it :-(

Meera said...

oi! sundew dubukku udaraan. pudi avanai! :-)

reNUka said...