The Quote -

"Nope, I don't really have anything new to say. but then, I always have something amazing to tell about things that you already know!!"

-Muthu

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Navratri - 55 fiction:


Note - This post is dedicated to Navratri, with each story depicting one of the nine forms of Goddess Shakthi.


The Snap-





Story 1: Durga – The invincible:

They waited; hyenas relishing the anticipation of the kill. The waiting game will pay. She will get exhausted; will break; will deliver. They have the whole night.

Moments melded into minutes; minutes into hours.

The dawn broke. They ran leaving 2 of their buddies at her feet bleeding, the knife still in her hand, her eyes still burning.



Story 2: Bhadrakali – The auspicious:

The kid raced through the fields laughing at the top of her voice. The wind swiveled through her loose hair as she tumbled into her father’s open arms. He lifted her over his shoulders with a surplus smile on his lips. 

Nothing new; Nothing much; He did not really care when celebrating his daughter’s youth.


Story 3: Amba – The Mother:

Her child slipped and fell down with a tearing shriek. The pain jack sawed through his tender body. She rushed to her child, dried his tears, cajoled him, checked him for serious wounds, cleaned the mud off him and she left him alone.

Left him alone to pick himself up once again.


Story 4: Annapoorna Devi – The Provider:

She could never breast feed her baby. The doctors were kind enough to explain with patience. But all she heard in the damning silence was her own soul wailing.

Hard decisions; harder to live through them; Months passed.

She never breast fed and her kid’s still healthy. She sighed. Love cannot be breast fed.



Story 5: Sarvamangala – The joyous:

She always laughed loudly; especially after arriving there. Her voracious mirth; verbally signed; Deep and sonorous; lucid and warm guffaws; brimming with unsaid humor; listless possibilities and life in abundance; the happy echoes reverberated not just with air, sweeping through corridors of the old age home, touching and cuddling the few listening souls.


Story 6: Bhairavi – The Fierce:

The sickle in her hand moved with a practiced rhythm as they went through all the unwanted weeds. Their dry roots were torn apart from the earth without mercy. After going through the entire field, she sighed with satisfaction.

The land owner paid her in full without any questions. She still had the sickle in her hand.



Story 7: Chandika – The Supreme:

Chaos reigned. Chairs were thrown. Curses exchanged. Parties formed. Favors fished. Violence sought. Bullies brought. Politics played. Nobody was listening to nobody; Bedlam on riot.

She came into the room with a brisk walk. A deep hush was followed by a warm greeting of the kindergarten kids wishing their teacher Good morning.


Story 8: Lalita – The Beautiful:

She sat on her bed, staring at the mirror. A frail old woman stared at her back with drooping breasts, generous age lines, white wisps of hair, pale pallor, wrinkled skin, over her bent body. She sighed to herself.

“The years had been kind”. Her husband whispered to her “you still have the brightest smile”


Story 9: Bhavani – The merciful:

Her chubby ten year old eyes looked at him with a sad glint.
“I am not able to break the chocolate into two.”
“Oh” his squeaky voice responded, his eyes caught between her and the small spherical candy.
“Shall we wait” she asked thinking for a while. “For another same chocolate,... then share.... eat??”




Author’s Note-

I wanted to bring out the different faces of Goddess Shakthi - with simple everyday women. I took the help of Wikipedia to get to know all the forms of Shakthi and then, wrote stories that best suited the various shades of their nature. I wish all of my friends, reading this post- a Subh Navratri. 

For people, interested to know more about Navratri - a prominent Indian festival, kindly follow the link here. I have avoided putting many pictures, so as not to disturb the flow of the fiction and also, no to disrupt the respect for the Goddess that the festival and the idea of the fiction is based on. 

47 comments:

Vishius said...

Hey. Nice post... Very beautiful how you have merged your own creativity to along with the Nine forms of Shakti.

My journey said...

Happy Navaratri to you too! :)

muthu said...

@ Vishius ---

Welcome to my blog and thanks for your comments. :)




muthu said...

@ My journey ---

Thanks for your wishes and Welcome to my blog ... :) :) :D

Renu said...

happy Navraatri!

Short Poems said...

Such a beautiful post!

Short Poems said...

Such a beautiful post!

muthu said...

@ Renu --

My hearty wishes to you to Renu. :)

muthu said...

@ Short Poems ---

I am glad you felt so!! Welcome to my blog. :) I do wish you a happy reading. :)

jaish_vats said...

Hey muthu

That was a brilliant piece of work . Splendid . You know something ? I learn some new words every te I visit your blog . The language is very rich :) happy navratri to u too . Have been busy due to the festivities . Glad I did not miss this one :)

jaish_vats said...

Typo *time

odyzz said...

An innovative way to wish Navratri....Happy Navratri to you too :)

Bikramjit said...

all of the 55ers are good, I liked the first one though .. she was not afraid and fought well ..


Bikram's

sm said...

Happy Navaratri

Suhas Naik said...

Interesting information ! Very nicely written.

Anonymous said...

Good blog post, nice efforts. It couldn't appear to have been penned any better. Reading this article piece of writing reminds me about my old boss! He usually kept babbling about this. I will email this post to him. Pretty confident he will probably have a high-quality read. Appreciate your posting!

muthu said...

@ jaish_vats ---

Thanks a lot for your warm comments. :) And hope you have a great time with the festivities.. :)

muthu said...

@ odyzz ---

:) Thanks for your wishes!!

muthu said...

@ Bikramjit ---

hmhm... yeah, the first one does have a bold and a bloody streak to it. hmmh---- oh.. I love writing stories with strong characters.. :)

Thanks for your comments. :)

muthu said...

@ sm ---

Thank you for your wishes... :)

muthu said...

@ Suhas Naik --

:) --- :D

insanebloom said...

an excellent post!!!

vinay said...

Very well written. All of them. :) :)

muthu said...

@ insanebloom --

Thanks a lot.. Welcome to my blog..
:)

muthu said...

@ vinay ---

Thank you.. :) That put a smile on my me.. :D

Panchali said...

Brilliantly told...Happy Dusshera to you too!

Rahul Aggarwal said...

this is one beautiful post i read after such a long time...!

Navratri wishes to you and your family...

i liked the first and the 5th story..

Rahul Aggarwal said...

blog-rolling you and lemme check where is this subscribe thingy on your blog :P

muthu said...

@ Panchali ---

thank you for your warm wishes... :)

muthu said...

@ Rahul Aggarwal ---

Thank you and I wish you and your family the same....

and I am immensely glad you enjoyed my post... :)

Oldfox004 said...

brilliant..9 times!!!
very creatively put forth Muthu..proud to know you and sincerely wish you become the writer you always wanted to be.

Belated wishes of Navrathra! May we control the evil in us:)

P.S: You might wanna change story 7 - kinder garden to 'kindergarten'

muthu said...

@ Oldfox004 ---

Thanks a million for those warm compliments. I am glad to have a friend such as you for a reader. :)

And thanks again for that correction. :)

Cheers..

Aparna said...

loved your depictions

muthu said...

@ Aparna --

And I am glad you loved them. :D -- Welcome to my blog. And I hope you enjoy your time here.

Happy reading.. :)

Indrani Ghose said...

Very unique!

Thanks for following , I have reciprocated.

the little princess said...

have been reading all ur posts one by one..not really lazy to comment, but not wanting to break the flow! but i 'had' to comment here...this is so beautifully written...looking at the everyday woman in the different forms of Shakti was wonderful! u write so amazingly well!

muthu said...

@ Indrani Ghose ---

Thank-you, I wanted it to be so..

muthu said...

@ the little princess ---

Thank-you, I am so happy to have engaged you And that I think is the most I want with anybody reading me- engaging them and giving something memorable for them remember.

Honestly, I love to write about Strong Women. they make for such powerful characters.. Did you try my story -- The spring -- that also deals with the feminine side of a household.

And thanks again for your kind comments. :)

Deepz said...

Great post! :)

muthu said...

@ Deepz --

Thanks a lot deepz... :)

Jones said...

@ Vishius --- Welcome to my blog and thanks for your comments. :)

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