Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Chasing cars and unfinished dreams...

The hot car chase. Adrenalin rushing. You watch with your heart pounding. You want the hero to somehow shake his trail off. You want him to disappear into thin air. You want him to lose the big guy driving like a madman behind him. And you probably didn’t even notice that there were a dozen cars that got mowed down in the rat race.

Imagine the scene after the hero and villain vanished in the cloud of exhaust smoke. Imagine you’re a bystander and you watch the carnage they left behind. You move your eyes slowly toward the pile up. Time stands still. Crowds flock to the mangled remains of the cars. Innocent, unsuspecting people. That guy you see pasted to his wheel was probably rushing to office because he had a presentation to make that would bag him his first promotion. That woman who’s trying to step out of her car, screaming when she realizes she’s left both her feet in the floor of the car; probably a mother of two, rushing to pick her children up from school, or probably going to the mall to buy her mother that lemon green saree she’d promised her. You see that brand new hatch-back resting on its back, its driver clambering out? He’s had multiple fractures, probably even a hemorrhage that the doctor later that day, would mournfully announce to his family members. The new car was bought after much discussion with wife and parents, after considering a myriad opinions and factors so it would not be hard on him and his family. He wanted only comfort for them, nothing more. And…and that cute little red car you see pasted atop another sleek looking machine? That car was probably an emotional attachment of an old retired man, whose son didn’t have the heart to sell it, despite having enough money to buy him an SUV.

I know it’s only a movie. But just imagine.

13 comments:

Prerona said...

reminded me of the car wars at the end of steppenwolf :)

which movie?

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Yes, phatichar... these are what the suave statesmen call 'collateral damage'. Alas, one must be adept at killing humans to be called the champion warrior

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Yes, phatichar... these are what the suave statesmen call 'collateral damage'. Alas, one must be adept at killing humans to be called the champion warrior

√úbermaniam said...

Imagined. Maybe it's just my imagination. :-)

Kahini said...

THIS is why I love reading your blog!

Akruti said...

Is there any topic which you dont leave for imagination?

KJ said...

So much left to imagination!!! scary !!!! i dont want to imagine!!!!

Khushee said...

I don't want to imagine so much destruction.. :)

manuscrypts said...

extras.... we'll make their story too someday..

Anonymous said...

great post..kind a scary and shudder to think of what all one can imagine..!!

phatichar said...

Pre: oh, not any one in particular...there are so many...

Sudipta: collateral damage! That's what it is... hmmm..

daily: yep...maybe it just is...

Kahini: really? :) thx..

Akruti: ummmmmmm....

KJ: I completely understand.. :)

Khushee: fair enough

manuscrypts: hey, know what...'ve been thinking on the same lines..let's..

Anonymous:yeah...

Aditya Bidikar said...

Wow! Excellent. This, my dear, has made me add you to my blogroll.

phatichar said...

aditya: honored.. :)