Thursday, October 15, 2009

This Diwali...

It was getting dark. Raghu watched the sky painted with all those bright colors. He loved Diwali. Especially those 'rockets', as they went 'whoosh!'

He stood outside the house where they lived years back. A couple and their little son cleared the porch to burn the crackers. He smiled.

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"Careful Vivek," The father warned. Vivek nodded happily and continued making circles with the sparklers.

Raghu walked through the gate. Ten years ago, if he'd been careful enough, he'd be here in flesh and blood, enjoying the festival with his parents. They'd left the house soon after his fatal fall from the terrace, trying to duck a neighbor's 'rocket'. He should've listened to his dad and kept away from the parapet. Well...

He noticed Vivek was looking at his parents, the sparkler flame about to reach his finger. He quickly reached out and pushed the sparkler away from his hand.

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Happy Diwali, friends. Just...be careful, ok? (Am gonna be away till Monday).

14 comments:

celestialrays said...

Happy diwali :)

Anonymous said...

While I like reading your stories, I think they are getting predictable.

--Hyde

Renu said...

First time ehre and liked it.

happy Diwali to you too!

Nu said...

Thanks for the post and the wishes !! Hope you too have a safe and cracker free Diwali !

Titaxy said...

happy diwali :-)

Anonymous said...

Post mein social message? :)

Happy Diwali to you too!!

~alice

phatichar said...

celestialrays: Thanks..wish you the same!

Hyde: You're absolutely right! That thought did crop up in my mind as well...oh well - let's see what I can do about it. Thanks for that honest feedback - I like it :-)

Renu: welcome.. thanks, and do return. Happy Diwali to you as well..

Nu: :-) yep..thanx

Titaxy: Wish you the same! :-)

alice: heheh..hope you had a wonderful Diwali

Anonymous said...

I've been accused of the same! ;-)

--Hyde.

phatichar said...

hyde: hehehe..that makes two of us, then. ;-)

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workhard: thnx.

Ketan said...

Hey, this was great! I didn't see much of an element of suspense in this, but I didn't feel you've intended to to surprise the reader!

Your narration was really good. Take care.

Ashwathy said...

nice :-)

daysleeper said...

I love how you can create a supernatural story with just a handful of words. Reminds me of a joke I read as a child: "Do you believe in ghosts?" a child asked an old man on the street. "Of course not," said the man, and vanished :)