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Friday, March 14, 2008

..And then there were None.

Author's Note:
This post is long. Quite long. But please don't stop reading in the middle .
And oh yes, any resemblance to real life characters is merely purely PURELY coincidental. Really.

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She wasn't late for work. She never was.

But that never stopped her from speeding down Kasthoori Ranga road which was her favourite road in Madras solely because of the speed at which she could drive her Blue-Scooty. The luscious greenery on both sides, the conspicuous absence of gargantuan lorries and the tireless stretch of smooth cement for as far as the eye can see, was more than just an enticing reason to adopt that route to work. Driving and speeding had never been this peaceful before.

She knew the route to work like the back of her hand. Well everybody who took the same route to work did, but she'd known the nature and the soul of that area so well that she subconsciously knew all the spots at which she had to slow down or speed. And it worked each 'n everytime, everyday. She was the master of that route, she knew.

Her mind was the busiest during this time. She would hum a different tune every 30 seconds, try an aalaap for an exotic rAga for the next 120 seconds, think of a friend she'd recently gotten to know and like, reminisce over good times with old friends, try memorizing a DIshitr krithi, wonder what her dad would be doing at this time at home- such a multifaceted array of thoughts, however, never once concentrating on the road and its traffic.
She prided herself for that, for being able to maneuver her vehicle down even the toughest roads of Madras, with such admirable ease and agilance.
That too inspite of her her rash driving.

'Touch wood' is what she'd smile and say when people gasped at her abominable speed on the roads, and she'd immediately lift her right hand and touch her head.

Today was no different. The rAga on her lips today, was vArAmu. Such an enchanting rAgA would have customarily made her close her eyes and surrender but she was after all, driving. She sang, neverthelss, as loud as possible, knowing that at 07:30 AM there would be no one on the roads to turn around and give her the 'huh-what-the..' look.

Half way through Kasthoori Ranga road now, there was still a long way to go. She brought herself to see the road in front of her and register . But for a sinfully beautiful Black Skoda far in front of her Blue Scooty, it was just her vehicle on the road. Just as always.
Lovely.

But all of a sudden the Black Skoda in front of her, came to a halt. A sudden stop.

Ok, this was too sudden. Too unexpected.
Why did the car stop?? Why did it friggin stop??
There wasn't any signal in front..not for miles, and there wasn't any vehicle in front of it either... and what were the chances of an old blind-deaf-dumb lady crossing a usually-desolated road at 7:30 AM in the morning??? Zilch??

Crap..She now had to stop her Scooty. And fast. And how!
Thoughts rushed through her mind as she quickly scrambled for the brakes.

As she was fast approaching it, she had a look at the Car. It was far too shiny and far too beautiful be crashed against. She tried to maneuver her vehicle to the right without skidding and managed to pull the brakes in time, probably saving her from being thrown head over the Skoda-however not without a significant crash at the Car's posterior and a terrible fall.

The next few minutes were a dream. She lay there on the road, with the Blue-Scooty on top of her. Motionless....

(To be continued..)

17 Confounded-souls had something to say:

Ok said...

Oh! Needana adu.. My mom was complaining about some kiruku who hit our new skoda..

Confounded-Lady said...

Menakitu oru maNi naeramaa oru post a ezhidi naa, iduva comment?
Podaango!

Coconut Chutney said...

Ei, that guy doesn't have skoda n all, chumma he is reel vittufying.
You're safe no?

gunj said...

was it u??

Confounded-Lady said...

@CC: I'm safe. Pakka. The right hand side of my blog says that no? ;)

@Gunj: Well...maybe :)

Anish said...

Hello!

Hope u are safe..

please answer this..

how did you manage to introduce that counter in your page??

i tried putting it in but got stuck at the point where it is asking me to hit in some html script. I've gone bonkers trying to hit it in every single place i found but to no avail.

please help me sort it out!


Regards
A confounded blogger :-D

Varsha said...

hey, you in chennai right, so do you want to come for the Indiblogger meet in chennai:
check it out here:
http://www.indiblogger.in
/bloggermeet.php?id=9

I'll be there, will you?

Varsha said...

http://www.indiblogger.in/bloggermeet.php?id=9

Anish Nambisan said...

Got it :-)

Guess an engg mind is all about getting things done in the end.. :-D

i too have a counter on my blog now :-)

you can visit it

www.anishnambisan.blogspot.com

and provide the views of a seasoned campaigner


Thanks a lot :-)

Ok said...

Ok! Can you quickly summarize what happens in less than 200 words.

lemonade said...

"She prided herself for that, for being able to maneuver her vehicle down even the toughest roads of Madras, with such admirable ease and agilance.
That too inspite of her her rash driving.

'Touch wood' is what she'd smile and say when people gasped at her abominable speed on the roads, and she'd immediately lift her right hand and touch her head."

OMG..you've just put down exactly what i feel everytime i ride my red deo and even i do the touchwood thing, this is freaky!! seriously! i do the exact same thing!

oh and i know what u mean about kasthuri rangan road..love taking that turn into the 'ente keralam' road and then speeding down poes garden.

ps: when you take off after a signal n find yourself a mile ahead of the others, does it make u extremely pleased with yourself too?

Arun Sundar said...

Sappa Accident - this much build up?!

Kaalam kettu kedakku.

Confounded-Lady said...

@Anish:
Glad you got that sorted out yourself. :)

@Varsha: Dont think I ll be in town kid, but I m enrolling just the same. Want to be there 'remotely' :P

@OK:
NO. Read the post. READ IT! :P

Confounded-Lady said...

@Lemonade:
Looks like our bikes should meet over a cup of coffee ;)
Yeah...the pleasure is immense when you beat the traffic into the roads after a green. But it drives my mom wild :|

@Arun Sundar:
Bu of course sire, isnt that what blogging is all about? :D

lemonade said...

hey you should come the chennai blogger meet! here's the link
http://www.indiblogger.in/bloggermeet.php?id=9

hope to see u there! :)

Drama Queen said...

eeeeee!!! read both posts. i haven't read something this great in a while. =)

Confounded-Lady said...

@Lemonade:
I'm afraid I wont be in town then.

@Drama Queen!
Good to see you back sweetie :)