Thursday, January 15, 2009

Darkness at Noon

I saw bath room light ON as well as tap running without anyone being there. I had been witness to lights being left ON without anyone in the room or TV ON with no one watching. So keeping the need of energy preservation and environment in mind, I told my family to ensure that lights when not required be switched off and to keep an eye on wastage of water. The response was again “ Papa, you are going senile after 60. You interfere too much”. It was really hurting to hear such words again. Every time I try to tell them to rectify some wrong doing I get such reply. More hurting was that even my wife of 37 years supported such statement. So I decided to go for a walk instead of saying anything more.

There was chill in the air but as sun was up it seemed alright. So I thought of visiting a famous temple about 2 kms away from our house to stabilize my upset mind. While walking a lot went through my mind. I remembered when my children were born. How much we cared for them in their childhood making sure no harm came their way! How we spent sleepless night if any of them was sick! During their schooling and college days how we made sacrifices to ensure that they did not have any shortage! How happy we had been when they were married! Grandchildren brought new meaning to our lives. I was lost in my past world and did not realize that I was close to the temple. The sun had risen to noon height. Still reliving my past, my mind suddenly posed question why is someone bursting crackers? It is not any festival today. And why are people running helter- skelter tripping over each other? Why have vehicle suddenly started speeding up? Why is someone throwing pebbles on my back so hard? It is hurting. Why am I feeling weak? It is so difficult to take another step. Why is my back feeling so wet? Why am I stumbling? Why can I not see? Why is it becoming so dark at noon time?

PS : This is my attempt to show what could be the last thoughts of a terrorist attack victim who's mind was wholly occupied with his own world.

5 comments:

nups said...

hi jack..
m sorry i checked out ur comment on my post after a long time and thanks for stopping by... i love to have worthy comments on my post.. its a previlege actually.. pls explain wat happened are u ok n safe... its left me wondering wat happened

Jack said...

Nups,

I am fine. Thanks for the concern. In this I have tried to bring out what could be the last thoughts of a terrorist attach victim who's mind is wholly pre-occupied in his own world.

Take care

Keshi said...

WOW this one sent chills down my spine!

Very well written!

Keshi.

Jack said...

Keshi,

Thanks. Please do try to visit me at

o3.indiatimes.com/niceguy251

and read as many posts as you can.

Have you read Strength of a family here?

Take care

Swats said...

Ur post just made me realise tht (at times) ive been so unreasonable with my parents..

Sometimes they nag endlessly and it drives me crazy but i shud remember ur words:

"remembered when my children were born. How much we cared for them in their childhood making sure no harm came their way! How we spent sleepless night if any of them was sick..."

I really love my parents..and i feel pathetic every time i back answer or misbehave :(

Thanks for dropping by my blog..