Friday, November 29, 2013

Murder Games- Part 1

The window creaked open, and the figure in black crept inside stealthily. In the next room, a ghetto blaster whispered opera music sweetly, as the man in the armchair relaxed with his eyes closed. Moving forward silently, the figure slowly pulled out a gleaming object from inside his coat. As the man in the chair moved, he saw a shadow wavering behind him, and then it happened. All he could manage was a brief shout of pain, before he sunk to the ground in a pool of blood. The figure turned and ran off with a crash of breaking glass.

The car pulled into the driveway, purring softly, and a man and woman got out. The young male led the way, and the uniformed policemen carved a way for him and saluted as the youngster just nodded. Here he was, 25 years of age- young, charming and smart- Chief Detective Ashish. The youngest in the department, it was his will to work and his supreme intellect which had landed him on this high chair, to the envy of the whole department. After successfully becoming an engineer, Ashish applied for a job in the police force, where he was gladly accepted. And in the next 3 years, this young lad raced to the top.

Going up the stairs, the detective donned his gloves and examined each stair as he treaded on them. Ducking under the evidence tape of the local police, he walked to the scene of the crime, and looked around. The room was bare except for a an antique music player, which was still whispering an opera, and an armchair, which had held the victim just before the murder took place.

The victim, ex-army Major Unnikrishnan, had been a quiet man who lived all alone in this huge mansion- a relic he had inherited from his ancestors. A woman used to come daily to cook food and to clean up the house, and the gardener trimmed the lawn every 4 days. Along with this, the milkman and the grocer came in twice a week, and the postman would drop in whenever he had a delivery. All of these movements were noted by a security guard who was always in his cabin, and he was ex-army himself.

“Well, today is Thursday, so who all came in,” asked the Chief Detective to the security guard.

“The maid came in as usual though she was half an hour late. Then came the postman, and the baker with a new loaf of bread. He usually chooses to forget Sir, but he was specifically called by Major Sahab today. There was not a single time when I left my stand, and I was always there,” replied the guard in a matter-of-fact voice, laced with a tinge of pride.

“Don’t tell me you haven’t relieved yourself since morning!”

“Well, my cabin is my home, so Sir had fit my cabin with all the required amenities.”

“That’s good. Did no one else come in? Are you sure?”

“Sorry Sir, I forgot. Today, the Major’s sister had come, and we also had to call the telephone repair guy to work on the phones. And at that time, I had to go with the man to show him the cables.”

“Good you remembered now, or I may have put you in jail on account of withholding exclusive information in investigation.”

Turning to face the equally young girl behind him, his subordinate, he said, “Get all these people here within the next 15 minutes. I’ll check on the grounds and the room till then. And get to work NOW!”

“As you say, Sir.”

With a nod, Ashish walked off, and stopped again after some steps. He swiveled his head slowly to the left, and his eyes glowed, and a wicked smile erupted on his face.

“Shanaya darling, could you pass on your work to someone else? I am going to need your administrative help taking this down right here.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Forever

Today it is,
The day it all started,
When you both came together,
And never ever parted.

Standing hand-in-hand,
You are made for each other,
Be whatever situation,
You always stood together.

18 long years shared,
In blissful unity,
May you remain like this,
Till the date reaches eternity.

Wishing you both, Mom and Dad, a Very Happy Anniversary. May you both obtain more happiness with each other, and may you remain together till eternity.

PS: There must be a huge party as your bond is now an adult…;) :P

An old image of the lovely couple together...:)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Liebsters Reloaded...

After a quite elongated delay period, I finally made time to do justice to those who thought me worthy of nominating me for their Liebster Awards. Varun, your latest nomination was the push I needed, and so, here I am with some rules, some new questions, some nominations, and loads of answers. First of all, I would like to thank all those who thought me worthy enough to be nominated for their Liebster Awards (Varun, Ipsita, Aayesha, Sugandha, and Sreesha). Answering so many questions at a go is going to be quite a hassle for me as for the readers, but yes, that is the penance I must pay for delaying this till date.

Let’s just rush through the simple rules, and then I shall answer all the lovely questions.

  1. Each nominee must thank and link back the person who nominated them.
  2. Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award, and the nominee must have less than 200 followers.
  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by notifying them.
Now getting on to the answers, I would like to start off with Sreesha, whose nomination had come in first.

  1. If you had to choose one (only one) out of the following, which one would you choose and why: Books, Travelling, Music, Sports, Video Games, Movies, Food.
    Well, I would go with Books as the answer here, as they have forever enticed me. 

  2. Holiday destination. Would you choose a place with: Beaches, Lakes, Mountains, Desert or Plains/Fields? Why?
    I would go with beaches. The long walks in the wet sand, the lapping waves, and the cool wind are all soothing for me.
  3. Which of the following best describes your personality while you were in school/college: Nerd, Class clown, Hottie/Hunk, Friend-to-all, Introvert.
    A nerdy class clown
  4. If you could go on a date with a celebrity, who would you choose?
    Emma Watson

  5. What’s your favorite genre of music?
    Rap music with the fast lyrics, and play with words is my favorite.
  6. What's the most insane thing that you have ever done in your life till date?
    All I do is insane, and I’m called mad by all my friends. But I prefer the word eccentric instead of that. So the
    maddest thing I’ve done in my opinion is to blow a Diwali bomb in someone’s window (someone who deserved it…:P).
  7. If you could re-live (and/or change) one day of your life, which one would it be?
    I would like to relive the whole of my childhood, as it has and shall forever remain as the best part of my life.
  8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
    I would like to change my approach towards certain things in life.
  9. Did you at any point in your life believe the world would end in December 2012?
    No, I did not. Though I did have loads of discussions about it with friends, like how we would save the world and stuff like that…:P ;)
  10. 10.  School or college? Which one is/was better? Why?
    School!! The young days, running around freely, the absence of ‘politics’ and groups- school days were like this, and they had more. But seeing the other side, college is fun as well!!

Phew, so I’m done finally with Sreesha’s questions, and now let me move on to Ipsita’s questions.

  1. Three words that describe you the best.
    Young, insomniac, happy
  2. Tea or Coffee?
  3. Name one feature in you that you don't like. Could be physical, emotional, psychological, whatever.
    My response to certain situations is bad
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world and money was no object, where would you go and why?A secluded island with some greenery, and loads of beaches. I would choose such a location as beaches work to soothe and de-stress me.
  5. What's the first word/thing that comes to your mind when I say 'rain'?
    The smell of the wet sand

  6. Mountains or Sea?
  7. Your take on First love? Do you believe that first love, like every first, is special?
    Every love is special, and the first one is just a bit more.
  8. The next thing on your to-purchase list?
    A cycle
  9. Why do you blog?
    I blog as it works to chill me out while at the same time I can learn as well.
  10. The one thing that you would like to change about your city?
    The pollution
Lovely short questions, but with a lot of depth in them. Now starting with Aayesha’s 10.

  1. One word for yourself?
  2. Your Eureka moment?
    Winning my first Blog Award
  3. Definition of an ideal partner according to you?
    A partner is someone who knows and understands you very well, and is always there in your heart.
  4. Items on your bucket list?
    Publishing a book, swimming with fish in the corals, and flying a helicopter
  5. What is the thing you do at the end of your day just before going to bed?
    Switching off the internet…;) :P
  6. Anything that you would want to change about yourself?
    I would like to change my approach towards certain things in life.
  7. Do you agree with popular belief that a man is ruled by his head and a woman by her heart?
    No, I wouldn’t agree to this as I have seen the vice versa happen in real life
  8. Beauty, brains, wealth… rank these in order of importance to you? Why?
    A lovely question. Wealth and beauty would be useless without the presence of brains. So that comes first. Then I would go with beauty, followed by wealth. I do not know how to explain it, but it is just a feeling I have.
  9. Which color / animal / bird reflects your personality?
    I have no idea whatsoever about this, so I would be unable to answer you.
  10. What according to you is the problem most of the youths face today?
    Lethargy and the absence of a will to work hard.
The questions are getting more and more exciting as I go ahead, and here come Sugandha’s.

  1. One place you recommend to visit.
    Kerala, and its beaches- God’s own country.
  2. Your favorite activity apart from blog and books.
    Listening to music
  3. Fiction or non-fiction read.
    Fiction. Non-fictional stuff makes me doze off…:3

  4. Beach or hills, better holiday destination?
    For me, it’s the beach
  5. Your reaction to someone who hates blogging.
    I have a dialogue reserved for such people, “Go home, you are drunk.”
  6. One mean thing you ever did to promote your blog.
    I tagged random people to make them read my stuff
  7. Stuck at 4 am, whom will you call apart from your spouse if you have one.
    My best friend
  8. Favorite music genre.
    Rap music with the fast lyrics, and play with words is my favorite.
  9. Music versus books, pick either.
  10. Going out or stay indoors, what’s your idea of a perfect evening?
    Going on a long drive to enjoy the sunset with the cool wind and scenic landscapes
Lastly, here are Varun’s questions:

  1. Which food can you eat everyday for the rest of your life? Just 1.
    Toast sandwiches with loads of cheese.
  2. Your all time favorite movies? Name 5 of them. :P
    3 Idiots, The A-Team, Taken, Godfather, The Departed
  3. Are you single?
  4. Best day of your life (till date)?
    Winning my first Blog Award
  5. Do you speak any other languages?
    Yes, I do. I know Gujarathi, Hindi, Kutchchi, and a bit of Marathi and French as well.
  6. What would you wish for if 3 wishes were granted to you by a genie? :D
    First, for him to remain with me forever. Second, to complete all the wishes. And third, to give me an unlimited quantity of wishes which last forever.
    #Greedyformore :P
  7. What quality do you find most attractive in others?
    The ability to tolerate and understand
  8. The most embarrassing moment in your life?
    I am unable to get words for this. :P :3
  9. Are you a veggie or a non-veggie?
    Pure veggie who just eats eggs
  10. If you could be someone else, who would you like to be?
    Life rocks, so I do not wish to change at all…;) :P
So here is a very very long post, with 50 questions, and after doing this, I’m exhausted and I am off to sleep. But hey! There is something more I have to do. 10 nominations, and 10 more questions, now from my side.

So here is my list of nominees for the Liebster Award: Harsha, Renard, Brendan, Bushra, Meera, Namrota, Ritesh, The Whiny Guy, Ashish, and Sammya.

My questions to them are:
  1. What was your initial aim when you started blogging? Did you stick to it or was it forgotten soon?
  2. Who is your favorite sports player?
  3. Your favorite computer game? :P
  4. Who do you believe the most in? (It can be a person, or a thing, or even God)
  5. One thing you hate about yourself?
  6. Name the best and the worst movie you have ever watched from start to end.
  7. Give three words to describe yourself.
  8. Car or bike/scooter. What would you prefer?
  9. Is Bollywood made up of just copycats, and will we see some original stories come in soon?
  10. The event you await the most in the next couple of months?
Here is a bonus question which is not to be answered: Melody itni choclatey kyun hai? ;) :P

So now, I’m laughing at this lame attempt at humor, and after almost a couple of thousand words, I end this long post about Liebster Awards, and I await some answers…:D

And once again, a very big thank you to all those who thought me worthy of their Liebsters. :D