Radha gripped the handle of the contraption as she held her six year old with the other hand.
‘Seat belts?’ Radha asked the attendant. He pretended to not hear.
Once full, he flicked a switch to start the roundabout. Slowly, it came to life. But, as it gained momentum, Radha realized the chair car had no fixed route. It moved back and forth and sideways and jerked randomly. She screamed in fear.
Her son was thrilled and shrieked with laughter. Everyone screamed as it gained momentum.
Radha prayed, ‘I will never ever get onto these but God save me today’.
This 100-word story is written for Friday Fictioneers. Read the other stories here.
Name: Stand Strong, Author: Shubha Vilas
Genre: Mythology / Spiritual
Publisher: Jaico Books, 2017
Number of pages: 326
The book ‘Stand Strong’ is Book 4 of The Game of Life Series written by Shubha Vilas. I had read the previous books and loved it. And so was looking forward to read this. The book is based on the Ramayana which is one of the ‘itihaasas’ for Hindus to understand the way of living. Ramayana shows its character Ram as ‘Maryaada Purushottam’ that is the ideal man. As the story is familiar, I will not analyse further. But, it is a great story. It is simple as compared to the Mahabharat with its multitudes of characters, yet has deep impact.
The story starts where book 3 has ended with the appearance of Vanaras or monkeys. In this book, Hanuman finds Ram and Lakshman in the forests searching for Sita who has been abducted by Ravana. Hanuman is currently serving Sugriva who is the Sun God’s son. Well, the book tells us the convoluted way in which the Sun God got Hanuman to serve Sugriva. As Guru dakshina, the Sun God asked Hanuman to serve and protect his son Sugriva from his brother Vali, till he meets Ram. Sugriva is hiding from his brother Vali in the Rishikesh mountain where Vali is not allowed to set foot due to a curse. Well, the curse came about because… but that is another story. Continue reading
Last year was the first time I had selected a word to define what I planned to do. I had chosen ‘Discover’. It was successful as it changed my perspective and approach to many aspects in life.
This year, I want to go a step ahead. I want to not only discover, but also persist. I am a classic example of the Lazy Libran. I make great plans, multiple plans and nitty-gritty plans. Then I ensure, they remain just that. Plans. I want to get out of this procrastination and mountain of excuses that always tell me there is always a next time. I do not want to wait for that next time.
I also discovered, that I had multiple plans in ‘ON’ mode all the time. I was having a pile of books to review, writing targets, personal life, job. In the end, I did nothing. I want to streamline some of my activities so that I can focus on what I want to achieve. I do not want to do everything and achieve nothing.
I want to focus on my non-existent writing. As a result, I will reduce my book review commitments. I am spending too much time in forced reading and yet not able to keep up the commitments. Of course, I will read, I can’t stay away from books. This year will be for reading my own books whenever possible.
I will persist in focusing on writing down my story ideas. I will persist in writing short stories, novellas and a lot more. And therefore, my word of the year is ‘Persistence’. No more putting off. Persist and complete and succeed. That is the mantra for this year.
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