War of the Worlds

I had enough time to reach the theatre in time.  So, I was not in a hurry.  I was able to reach the theatre in an hour before.  The Matinee Show was at 4 o’clock!  Since I didn’t reserve the ticket in advance, I picked up the pace of my footsteps after seeing a huge crowd in front of the theatre.  But to my surprise, there was no crowd at the ticket counter.  I was very happy about not being to follow a long queue.  There were only two persons in front of me.  I was waiting for my turn.  They were asking the man at the counter about something.  I overheard that it was ‘House-full’.  Oh! I was very disappointed.  I thought that either I should have reserved the ticket or come earlier.  I know it was Saturday but I didn’t expect that much crowd for that film.

There were some persons selling the tickets in black.  Some people who seemed to be rich in their clothes bought the tickets without a word.  I never buy the tickets in black at all.  The black tickets cost usually triple the actual price.  It would pinch my pocket.  I give red signal for black tickets.  As I lived in the suburban and I wanted to watch the movie in the city theatre, I had come a long way to the theatre.  And I wasn’t in a position to return home.  So, I decided to give a green signal for black ticket for the first time.  I went near to the person selling the tickets and heard his uttering the price was Rs. 70/-.  The actual cost was Rs. 30/-.  It was just little more on the double.   But I wasn’t ready to pay that.  There was hardly half an hour left for the show.  I was confused and I didn’t know what to do next.  While I was thinking so bad I heard he came down at Rs. 60/-.  Oh nice move! So, I decided to wait for some more time.  Yeah! It happened, it came down even further for Rs. 50/- as the time for the show was nearing and he had more tickets unsold.  There were only ten minutes to go.  I finally decided and bought the ticket just little lesser on the double for Rs. 50/-.  What an achievement!  Are you asking me what the film name is?  Haven’t you found yet?  It was ‘War of the Worlds’.


It’s not flood yet

The water sprinkles on my face which compelled me to open my eyes.  I think it is my mother who used to sprinkle water on our face to wake us up when we sleep beyond the dawn.  But I’m wrong; it is sprinkling through the window.  I force myself to get up to close the window. I stand up with my eyes are still closed and go near to the window.  Before I try to close it, it closes itself very fast. It is blowing very cool and fast. I see it is raining heavily outside while the Meteorological Department is announcing over the radio that there is low pressure on the Bay of Bengal and it’s going to be raining for the next 48 hours.  With no intention to sleep again, I roll up the mat.  As the time passes the water starts to hide the road.  And it is eating away the road and mounting up sand surface that it brings from somewhere else.  It has been raining since the midnight without a pause.   

The level of water flow is increasing gradually on the road.  I’m not to venture out today.  There are crabs floating along with the water; frogs are making noise welcoming the rain. The rain water cleans the dry-leaves on the plants shining in green and promising growth.  There is a lake about 2-3 kilometers away.  I’m expecting the overflow sooner or later.  The people who live nearby the lake used to open the canal whenever the water glides into their houses.  I’m right the water has started its way towards in our area.  It rises up to the knee level now.  Usually the water doesn’t enter into our fence but this time it seems that it would enter even in to the home.  My home is situated three feet above the ground with four steps.

The water is submerging the steps one by one.  I never experienced being in the flood and surrounded by the water.  I even don’t know how to swim to shore. But it is happening here now.  It almost submerges the three steps and waits to swallow the last one also.  While I look around my home, I see others in their houses started to fish in the water.  The fishes are migrating from one place to another.  I’m thinking that sooner or later I also may have to swim along with the fishes.  Now the rain paces slowly but the water is still in the same height flowing fiercely the compound walls.  It may even break in to the wall.  The rain stops completely and the sky is getting clear.  The water level is also reducing inch by inch.  After some time there is no symptom of flood at all as the water is completely absorbed by the earth.


Extinction of Mankind

The morning dawns with the voice of Cock.  The Cuckoo sings especially for you with a unique tone.  Sparrow jumps here and there to seek a place to build its nest.  Crows arrives one by one to have their share of breakfast on the wall.  Squirrel comes down from the coconut tree and goes up after picking up a guava. 

These are the things I used to enjoy watching. I used to start my days with an immense pleasure and a hope of living in a paradise.  Now there is no place around my house where I can find my friends.  Yes, there are all gone without a trace. The house near to mine had coconut trees lined up.  Now the trees are cut down to build apartments, a modern abode of man.

Sparrow is one of the species that I even don’t remember when I saw it last.  There was one sparrow which had built its nest on the plant in my house cannot be seen a few years back.  And the tigers which are being counted to check whether there is any increase in numbers.  Not just these, there are so many species are being extinct day by day.  Species include insects as well. We can’t imagine a world without colourful butterflies.  Are we man, going to live alone?  We haven’t come here alone.  Human being can’t live without the help of animals.  According to the theory of Charles Darwin, man was born because of the evolution.  If the species are dying, then we may also have to follow suit.


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