The Unadorned

My literary blog to keep track of my creative mood swings with poems n short stories, book reviews n humorous prose, travelogues n photography, reflections n translations, both in English n Hindi.

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I'm a peace-loving married Indian male on the right side of '50 with college-going children, and presently employed under government. Educationally I've a master's degree in History, and another in Computer Application. Besides, I've a post graduate diploma in Management. My published works are:- (1)"In Harness", ISBN 81-8157-183-5, a poetry collections and (2) "The Remix of Orchid", ISBN 978-81-7525-729-0, a short story collections with a foreword by Mr. Ruskin Bond, (3) "Virasat", ISBN 978-81-7525-982-9, again a short story collection but in Hindi, (4) "Ek Saal Baad," ISBN 978-81-906496-8-1, my second Story Collection in Hindi.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Remix of Orchid- The Curtain-raiser-II

Hey, this is the second post of the curtain-raiser series for my forth-coming book "The Remix of Orchid". I had earlier posted its first instalment on November 2,2006. I thought I should also tell what the stories would contain very briefly as in publisher blurbs. I'm warned not post here the whole of it if the intention is to publish them in print, yet...

The Stories in brief:

1-The Remix of Orchid:
My storywriter has nothing to worry, for he has not plagiarised the work of the great Mr H. G. Wells. It has only been a one-in-a-million coincidence in creativity. Nobody sensible needs to fuss about it. He rightly decides to go ahead with his story to face his readers and critics.

2-Two Visitors:
I pick up a boy, helpless and weeping, at Howrah Station and try to restore him to his parents after fifteen long years. But it is too late by then; fifteen years is enough a span to create a different mindset, throw different family dynamics, and nurture many ifs and buts. The boy is luckless; time has robbed him of his acceptability.

3-The Salvation:
It is a sheer pleasure to watch a patriotic ghost in action. He kills a historical tyrant dramatically and attains his salvation.

4-A Clip in Slow Motion:
I happen to get into a typhoon, but was lucky to get out of it. After living through the peril, I feel life is but an accident averted.

5-Out of Her Block:
A battle between a human and a crustacean could be so fierce and its result could be so momentous! I consider myself lucky to witness one. Like innumerable battles of yester year, this particular one has also a woman at its centre—I still consider I have seen something that none would ever have.

6-The Confluence:
Death is not the end of everything; it is the beginning of a long celestial journey for the soul. A son can help the dead father in this perilous course, provided he thinks it important. I find even today there are sons eager to fulfill their filial commitment, genuinely and undemonstratively.

7-The Golden Trip:
Living in the Andamans teaches her the need for detachment, and when occasion arises, she does not hesitate to sell her ornaments to pay for her air journey to the mainland. She is finally able to see her terminally ill mother in Kerala.

8-At the Crossroads:
He changes himself from a tradition-bound priest to a non-vegetarian liberal and starts redefining the concepts once he lived for. Love makes him bold. Having discovered the purpose of living, he could not have done any different.

9-Once Lucky:
A letterbox gets animated suddenly. It chooses a soft target to prove its newly acquired status of demigod. It arrogates to itself the right to punish a lonesome fellow who had once gone beyond his marriage boundary—just only once. The dream gets over, but the fear lingers on.

10-And Then a Fine Morning:
Is a doctor’s certificate enough to free a person from ailments? No, obviously not! One has to walk his way to health. The way to health passes through a dream, father’s blessings and the cool sea breeze of Corbyn’s Cove.

11-The Gung-ho Team:
Where there is a will there is a gold cup—it is true if the team is Andaman Hockey Team and the tournament is Bombay Gold Cup and the captain is Sukra Oram. Winning is a great feeling and it is still greater a feeling to win for the Andamans, being the mere underdog facing the high-profile teams and hot favourites.

Manglu keeps his family in comfort by accepting an employment in a distant island as a labourer. His soul is left behind in the care of his wife and children. But then, they cannot take care of it indefinitely merely for a money order every month. His wife could not have waited for her husband to return from his overseas employment any longer than possible.

13-Over the Seas:
Love makes them happen—an Indian doctor in Kuwait rescues a sex slave; he falls in love with her despite communal incompatibility; and apprehending opposition the lovers shift their love nest to the Andamans crossing the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The lovers consider it safe, as the islands are situated at a safe distance from the enemies of love.

14-The Apt Disposal:
A lovely pet is not as lucky as its master to cross the Bay of Bengal. A transfer from Port Blair to the mainland does finally come when the scientist is on his annual leave. The luckless dog is not half such a lucky as the home idol lord Ganapati who rides piggyback in the ubiquitous postal bag and unites with his devotee.

15-The Bovine Justice:
A wonderful person recounts the innovative steps that he adopted to settle score with his adversary—a tit for tat. He could enlist even the help of an animal for that.

16-The Flight:
Their love-hate relationship helps them remain as friends. The bachelor one inspires his friend’s wife to give him company to Port Blair to fulfill their artistic desires, and she agrees to overstay in the island in his husband’s friend’s safe company and returns satisfied artistically.

17-The Green Baggage:
Everyone that goes to the Andamans does not return with the memory of that scenic place alone; some even fetch deadly souvenirs from there. Once a delegation of environmentalists reach there to solve its problems but leave the place with a few deer hides. Quite shameless at that—isn’t it?

18-Flying Colours:
A Nicobari girl, finding her husband’s wavering loyalty, solves her problem with plenty of love and spontaneous tears. The newly-wed boy has his own problems to tackle—a beautiful, educated wife expecting him to pass his graduation, his unemployed status contrasting so starkly with his wife’s, the societal control around stifling him at every step—and he finally understands that his life is in the loving care of somebody so dear as his sweetheart. And they lived happily ever after.

Dannaya does his best to achieve his life’s dream, a small house at his native village in Srikakulam, but he is destined to return to Port Blair. With his daughter’s marriage solemnized, he should be all set to lead a happy retired life, but he is not sure if those would bring him the ultimate happiness or not.

20-Still in India:
It is a poignant feeling to cherish a death for oneself in the village of one’s birth or, in the least, in one’s own country. Godavari chooses that way by spurning her rich son’s offer to go with him to United States. She has no doubt that she made the right choice to accompany her elder son to Port Blair.

21-The Millennium Blog:
At a depth of eighty feet in a diving site off Havelock coast when one chooses to spend his midnight hour with crustaceans and corals, he is said to be doing a prodigious profile in diving. If he does that just to wait for the clock to strike twelve midnight on the eve of the Millennium New Year, then it promises to be a well-imagined novelty in outdoor divertissement. But it is an entirely different matter when a school of barracudas chase him showing their snaggle-teeth and he runs for life along with his buddy cutting short his gloriously imaginative underwater jaunt.

I hope when my book "The Remix of Orchid" actually reaches my readers, they would have at least some curiosity to start with.

A. N. Nanda


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