Enduring memories


BusDriver

The bus driver looked familiar, but she couldn’t figure out how she knew him.

And then Priya was suddenly catapulted back to her school days. The bus driver was then a peon at her school headmaster’s office.

Those combative and competitive days when every day represented an opportunity to be active, alert and upbeat in an otherwise sluggish life. After all, there was only so much excitement in a railway station master’s daughter’s life.

The bus driver didn’t quite understand why Priya smiled at him.

Little did he know that he had opened up some long lost memories in her.

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This post has been written for the following prompts –

Today’s Author Write Now prompt for December 17, 2013 where the post had to include the phrase – the bus driver looked familiar, but she couldn’t figure out how she knew him

Velvet Verbosity 100 Words # 359 where the post had to include the word catapult

Three Word Wednesday 3WW CCCLVII where the post had to include the words – combative, represent, sluggish

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Verses for Introspection: 2

आहारनिद्राभयमैथुनं च सामान्यमॆतत्पशुभिर्नराणां|

धर्मो हि तॆषामधिको विशेषो धर्मॆण हीनाः पशुभिः समानाः||

Aahaara-nidraa-bhaya-maithunam cha saamaanyam-ethath-pashubhir-naraanaam

Dharmo hi teshaam-adhiko vishesho dharmena heenaaha pashubhihi samaanaaha.

–      Hitopadesha, 25.

Meaning:

In the matter of taking food, sleeping, fear and conjugal life there is no difference between the humans and the rest of the creatures in the world. The knowledge associated with Dharma or righteousness is what makes man different and superior to other creatures. Without the wisdom acquired by righteousness he is equal to animals.

Inspired by Swami Bhoomananda TirthaJi’s talks and satsangs. 

Memories of the escape


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US Air Force Captain Virgil Hilts sat on the bunk, trying to remember the events which had landed him in the jail cell.

It wasn’t too tough for him to figure out the answer to this one. He had a reputation in all the German POW camps in the area for being finicky when it came to spending more than a few days in prison. He irritated all the guards and German officers with his frequent escape attempts and his irreverent behavior.

Little did they know that his latest attempt was a reconnaissance mission to enable The Great Escape plan.

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This post is a tribute to the memorable character of Capt. Virgil Hilts in the movie, The Great Escape played wonderfully well by Steve McQueen. This character remains one of my childhood and all time favorite characters in movies. Memories of him with his baseball and his glove still bring a smile to my face.

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This post has been written for Today’s Author Write Now Prompt for October 22, 2013 where the post had to include the line “He sat on the bunk, trying to remember the events which had landed him in the jail cell.

Brotherly love


Bharata falling at Rama's feet and requesting him to come back to Ayodhya
Bharata falling at Rama’s feet and requesting him to come back to Ayodhya

During the beginning of his long exile, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana made their home in a forest hut in a region called Chitrakut. With the help of Guha, the king of the Nishada tribe, they had managed to build a reasonably functional home in the forest and were living in peace when they were visited by Bharata.

Bharata had come all the way from Ayodhya to deliver the sad news of Dasaratha’s demise to Rama and also to request him to come back to Ayodhya and take back what was rightfully his, the throne of Ayodhya and become its King.

Rama, bound by his duty to honor the promise made his father to Kaikeyi refuses to do so and exhorts Bharata to go back to Ayodhya and rule it justly, fairly and gracefully.

Despite multiple attempts by Bharata to convince him, Rama remained unconvinced and finally orders his brother to leave the hut.

After a while when Rama was inside the hut, Sita came up to him, “Rama, you seriously need to speak to Bharata, he said he was leaving an hour ago, but he’s still standing in the doorway.

Rama was moved to tears by his brother’s love, affection and devotion towards him. Despite the fact that he was being crowned the King and would enjoy all the trappings of a luxurious life, Bharata’s love for his elder brother and devotion towards him moved Rama very much.

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This post has been written for the Today’s Author Write Now prompt for October 25, 2013 where the post had to include the line “He said he was leaving an hour ago, but he’s still standing in the doorway.

Fizzy beginnings


Image courtesy: wikipedia
Image courtesy: wikipedia

It was a well known fact in local circles in Columbus, Georgia that the Colonel who was wounded in the Civil War had become addicted to morphine. And given that he was now retired from active service, he was engaged in trying to find a substitute for the substance which was not so freely available to him now that the county had passed a legislation prohibiting morphine.

In 1886, after more than a few years of experimenting with drugs and chemicals, he finally hit the jackpot. One fine day in May 1886, the Colonel called in his assistant Jacob into the lab and asked him to taste a beaker which was filled with a fizzy liquid.

Jacob took one look at the beaker. He stared at the strange, bubbling liquid and wondered if the man across the table actually expected him to drink it. But then, Jacob had known the Colonel for many years now and owed him a lot. He tasted the liquid, and actually liked it.

What happened later is the stuff that legends are made of.

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This post is a fictional retelling of how Colonel John Pemberton invented Coca Cola way back in 1886. While the facts about his injury, morphine addiction are accurate, the character of Jacob has been invented for purposes of this post.

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This post has been written for the Today’s Author : Write Now prompt for October 8, 2013 where the post had to include the phrase – He stared at the strange, bubbling liquid and wondered if the man across the table actually expected him to drink it.

Achilles’ blind fury


Achilles

In the Trojan War, when the Greeks finally reach Troy, Agamemnon dishonors Achilles and takes away his battle prizes as well which Achilles and his men had plundered as theirs was the first ship to reach the shores of Troy. Angered by this insult, Achilles refuses to participate in the war.

Gradually, the battle turns against the Greeks and the Trojan army led by their brave prince Hector manages to push the Greek forces on the verge of being completely destroyed. Patroclus, a close friend of Achilles and an equally accomplished Greek warrior then led the Myrmidons into battle wearing Achilles’ armor. The Greek army thought it was Achilles himself who had joined the battle and enthused by this fact fought with renewed valor, vigor and managed to inflict significant damages on the Trojan army.

However, prince Hector was not to be outdone and managed to kill Patroclus on the field of battle. Enraged at this, Achilles himself entered the field of battle. He put on his armor and cradled his helmet in his arms. He knelt before the Gods and swore revenge for his closest friend Patroclus’ death. He pulled on the helmet and secured the strap, and set forth to battle on his chariot.

Blinded by his rage, Achilles went on a killing spree laying to waste as many Trojans as he could lay his eyes on. He even went to battle with the River Lord who was angry that Achilles was choking his waters with the corpses of the men that he killed. Finally, when Achilles found Hector on the battlefield, he first chased him around the walls of Troy thrice.

Realizing the inevitability of facing Achilles in battle, Hector finally engaged with him. After a fierce fight, when Hector finally realized the outcome, the only request that he had from him was to treat his corpse with respect after Achilles killed him, which Achilles promptly refused stating that his rage, his fury would prevent him from according any kind of respect to the man who killed his beloved Patroclus.

Image courtesy : Wikipedia

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This post has been written for Today’s Author Write Now Prompt for September 24, 2013 where the prompt had to include the phrase – He pulled on the helmet and secured the strap which is the reason this phrase is highlighted separately in the post.