Sunday, 26 November, 2006

The strange case of Ghanshyam and a frustrating brick wall.

Ghanshyam loved crowded streets; narrow and claustrophobic preferably. Ranganathan Street fitted the bill perfectly.

Quite naturally, therefore, Ghanshyam decided to take a walk down the street reputed to offer ‘the lowest concentration of air per person per cubic metre’ in the whole world.

The effects of such an arduous journey upon the body and soul can vary from person to person.

On an average, 73 per cent of humanity would emerge unscathed apart from a well-trodden-upon pair of feet; half of whom would lose their wallets. The other half would be richer by a wallet each.

Of the remaining 27 per cent, half suffer minor physical injuries such as those inflicted by the tip of an injudiciously prodding umbrella; or minor bruises arising from four or five people falling simultaneously like a row of bicycles.

The remaining chunk of the pie chart can be further split into two groups – the chaps who shove and the fellows who get shoved.

Ghanshyam belonged to the last category.

On that historic day, events culminated in a massive shove that sent Ghanshyam falling nose first onto something that gave it a hairline fracture.

As a matter of fact, his mind was also fractured. His mind was split neatly down the middle, into two halves, each exactly like the other; and both exactly how his mind had been when it was a whole. A physical corollary would be somatic cell division, about which you may have read exhaustively in school.

Ghanshyam’s physical frame could support only one mind; so the other created a new physical frame for itself, on a planet which for want of a better name shall henceforth be known as PV40153.

This physical frame exactly resembled the one on Earth, except for the fact that it did not have a broken nose.

This physical entity (the inhabitant of the planet PV40153) will henceforth take on the name Ghanshyam.

The other one will be known as Ghanshyam the other.

Which is a bit unfair on the chap, I admit.

Ghanshyam the other woke up in a hospital with a bandaged nose.

Ghanshyam found himself in an eerie new land with two other chaps he wasn’t acquainted with. It was very bleak.

For some reason, just an infinitesimal instant prior to the fracture, his cell memory was infinitesimally frozen, and he had been born with one definite advantage over his clone; in that he had a nose in one piece.

Otherwise things looked very bleak.

This was due mainly to a thick fog that enveloped the landscape. It was a curious bluish green in colour, the sort of bluish green he had in the past imagined the colour of all the dry ice vapour in all the old black and white movies to be; that to others somehow looked just plain grey.

“It’s rather grey in here, isn’t it?”

Looking at the source of this comment, Ghanshyam perceived a short chap.

“No, it’s bluish green, a foggy bluish green.” Ghanshyam didn’t say.

Instead he asked his curious companion who he and his curious companion were.

I began writing this sometime last year, and I find myself unable to go past this point...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'm lost too...... calls for some talent to write stuff like this, though, and you have it in plenty. WHERE were you all the while? i'm glad you aint snoozing anymore! KEEP WRITING!

KK Iyer said...

well, there's more of this unfinished stuff on my hard drives...

S Krishna Kumar said...

cool one... hope you go on...and hey that pic is kinda nice....

KK Iyer said...

ah... thanks man...

Negotiator said...

dai dubukku payya...
u r one person who can say i fell down and broke my nose in the most sophisticated way possible...
u suck...cuz i cant think like that...
u rock...cuz u can think like that...
keep it up zude...
and keep writin...
and,post some topic for the lesser mortals too... [;-)]

KK Iyer said...

is this srirama? thanks man... lesser mortals? unna thavara vera yaaru da andha category la?

Anonymous said...

unnayum unnoda dubukku viscom frnds thavara ellam lesser mortals thaan da...

andha raases naayku puriyara madhiri mattum ezhudhina poradhu....

indha hey ram kum puriyanum!!!!!

Chitralekha said...

hey!

was routed here through orkut, (ure post in IAW. So anyway, loved your entire blog, it had me in a constant fit of chuckles :D. Brightened up my day :)

Chittz

KK Iyer said...

whoa... thanks a ton, lady...