The Pink Planet

A Short Story 

“We’re approaching planet Pluto.” said the astronaut, Jack Collins.

“Good.” said Angelina Fox

“It looks beautiful from here! ” exclaimed Edward Stallone.

Suddenly, something hit their rocket and it lost it’s balance and started spinning off, very fast and headed in different direction all together.

“What was that?” asked Angelina.

“Maybe a meteorite?” said Edward. ” and where are we now?”

“No idea. Pluto is out of sight!” said Jack.

“What’s that ?” asked Angelina, pointing her finger.

“Maybe another planet?” said Jack.

“The tenth planet? I thought we only have nine planets?” said Edward.

“Even I thought so.” said Jack.

“Let’s check it out!” said Angelina.

***

The rocket landed on the strange planet and they came out of the rocket, and started walking on the ground. They saw plants and trees. But everything was pink in colour. The branches were swaying. It meant that there was oxygen.

“I think this planet has oxygen.” said Edward, removing his helmet.

They too removed their helmets. They walked towards a tree. Jack plucked a fruit from that tree and gave it to Angelina. She had a bite of it. Then :-

“How does it taste like~?”

“Fine. I haven’t tasted anything like this before in my whole life! ” She said, having another bite.

They too plucked and started eating it. They ate more, as they hadn’t tasted anything like that in their lives before. Suddenly, wrinkles appeared on their faces and their hands, and they started growing old. Their hair turned white from black and brown…

“What’s happening to us ~?” asked Jack.

“I think we’re growing old all of a sudden!” said Edward.

“At this rate we will die any moment from now.” said Angelina.

Soon, they fell down on the ground, losing their strength. Some pink coloured people appeared, held them and made them to eat another kind of fruit similar to what they had eaten sometime back and they came back to normal.

“S’ti dlo nam truif !” said one of them, pointing his finger to the tree, from which they had plucked those fruits and ate them before they could come.

“I don’t understand what you are saying ~?” said Jack.

“S’ti dlo nam truif !” He repeated again.

“That should be their language.” said Edward.

“Tahw truif si siht ?” asked Angelina.

“Gnouy nam truif!” He replied, smiling at her.

“What did you say ~?” asked Jack, looking at her stunned. “Have you been to this planet before by any chance ?”

“I asked him, what fruit is it?” she said.

“And what did he say ?” asked Edward.

“Young man fruit!” she said.

“When did you learn their language ?” asked Jack.

“Don’t you get it ? It’s our English in the reverse order !” she explained.

She asked them how the fruit worked ? They told her if they ate one old man fruit, then they will start growing old slowly. In case they ate more, like they did then they will grow old that much faster. Then they need to eat the young man’s fruit within one hour of eating old man’s fruits to grow young again. If not, they will die and go to “Toshg Danl” [ Ghost Land ], where such spirits live. They looked curiously at Angelina.

“Yhw t’nod uoy evah nemow ni rouy tenalp ?” asked Angelina.

“On!” one of them replied.

“This is irritating ! Doesn’t someone on your planet speak English?” cried Jack. “Doesn’t anyone know English?”

“I can!” replied a pink person, stepping forward. “We don’t have any females in our planet. It’s the young man’s fruit that has kept us alive for generations together. Only stupid and crazy people have reached the ghost’s land.”

“Then who does the cooking ~?” asked Angelina.” Don’t you reproduce ~?”

“We eat the fruits in the trees. That’s our food. So we don’t have to cook anything. We can reproduce ourselves. All we have to do is just jump into the well on the top of the mountain. When we emerge out. Another copy of ourselves come out a second later.”

“How come you have young children ~?” asked Angelina.

“Simple, whosoever wants to relive his childhood has to eat three young man’s fruits and they will reach their childhood. If they want to reach back to normal again then they will have to consume three old man’s fruits. That’s it!” He explained.

“They shouldn’t forget to have one young man’s fruit after munching three old man’s fruit, right?” asked Edward.

“Yes, you got it!” said the Pink person, who could speak English.

“Do you have any currency ~ ?” asked Jack.

“No currency!” He said.

“Any religions, caste, culture ~?” asked Angelina.

“No..nothing !” He said.

“Do you believe in God ?” asked Edward.

“Who is God ~ ?” He asked.

“The person who created you…who created us !” said Angelina.

“No one created us !” He said. ” No one created you for that matter !”

“Then don’t you pray ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“Yes, we pray to the sun, without whose light our plants and trees would have died and so would have we.” He said.

“Don’t you get sick ? illness ?” asked Jack.

“Yes sometimes we do fall sick. Then we turn dark pink in colour. When we take the medicine plant juice, we get to normal again.” he said.

“Can you show us the plant ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“Sure, here it is!” He said, pointing his finger at a small plant.

“Jack, why don’t you try it ~ ? You’ve asthma. Let’s see if it could cure it.” said Edward.

“Fine.” He said, plucking and eating the leaves of that plant. Soon he started feeling better.

“How do you feel ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“Fine. It seems to have started working already.” He replied.

“Can it cure any disease ~?” asked Edward.

“Yes, almost anything !” said the Pink person. ” You will become healthy and normal again.”

“Then we should take a few plants to planet earth too.” said Angelina.” Can we ?”

“Sure, you can!” he said.

“Do you work like us ~ ? what do you do ~ ?” she asked.

“Yes, we do work. Our people had travelled to other universes too. Surprisingly, we came to know that there is life on other planets of other universes too. The only thing is that life has different forms, shapes and sizes.” He replied.

“Really? Amazing! Have you visited our planet ‘Earth’ ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“They did try to visit ‘Earth’ a couple of times, but there was big war going on during that time. So they had turned back.”

“You maybe referring to World War -I and II.” said Edward.

“Yes.”

“Would you like to visit ‘Earth’ with us this time ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“Sure, I would love too.” He said.

“I don’t see any birds or animals on this planet ~ ?” asked Jack, turning and looking around.

“Well, there are. But few in number. Many had consumed the old man’s fruit and had died.” He explained.

“While only a few survived !”

They enjoyed their stay on the ‘Pink Planet’. When the time came for them to say farewell, they took some medicine plants and left to planet ‘Earth’, along with ‘Yoga’, the pink man, who can speak ‘English’. The aircraft left the ‘Pink Planet’ and finally reached planet ‘Earth’. When they landed on ‘Earth’ ; they saw no sign of human life on earth..

“What could’ve happened ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“Maybe, the big meteoroids should’ve hit while we were away, similar to those which wiped out the ‘ Dino ‘ race on Earth long time back.” explained Edward, pointing his finger to the spot, which had become hollow, clearly showing that something had hit that spot.

“I lost my family and fellow beings on Earth !” cried Jack, with tears in his eyes, down on his knees. They both consoled him.

A squirrel hopped towards them. Angelina picked him up in her palm. A parrot flew down and landed and Jack’s head and they broke into laughter seeing this. Then a dog woofed and ran towards them. Similarly a kitten, followed by a chicken.

“I think you should come and live on our planet.” said Yoga, the pink man.

“What about Earth ~ ?” asked Angelina.

“I’m sorry to say this in the next few days to come, many more meteoroids would strike planet earth and whatever life is remaining on Earth will be wiped off forever ! Even the sea and ocean water will get intoxicated killing the sea creatures. Oxygen will vanish later from earth. Then Earth will resemble the other planets in this universe, with traces of past life.” Yoga said.

“Really sad.” said Jack.

They flew back to the Pink planet.

“We can drop this chicken into the well whenever we want to have N.V. But only one of us can marry Angelina.” said Edward.

“Which one let her decide.” said Jack.

“I’ve an idea!” Angelina said. “Follow me !”

They climbed the mountain and reached the well. She plunged into the well with the chicken in her hand. She came out wet with the chicken in her hand. A second later, another copy of Angelina came out, with another chicken in her hand.

“Who am I~ ?” she asked.

“You’re my sister ‘Anitha'” said Angelina.

“Really ? I love you, sister.” She said, hugging her.

“He is Jack, you would be husband.” Said Angelina, introducing him to her.

“Really ? Will you marry me, Jack ?” she asked, looking at him.

“Sure.” He said.

The End

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One Man’s Dream

A Short Story 

‘Son, what would you like to do with your life, now that you have completed your studies?’ Aryan’s father asked him.

‘Dad, I don’t want to do the usual 9 to 5 job like everyone else.’ Aryan said, seated opposite to his father in the living room, the old ceiling fan was whirling above them making more noise than giving air in the hot summer afternoon.

‘Then what would you like to do?’ His father asked him, lowering the daily newspaper which he had been reading, and glancing at his son rather annoyed.

‘I would like to do something different from others,’ Aryan replied.

‘And may I know what this something different is?’

‘Well, something that will make me feel happy doing it.’

‘Do you mean to say that what others do for their living isn’t making them feel happy doing it?’ His father asked, with a frown on his face.

‘I guess not! Most of them do it for their living rather than enjoying what they really do and what they really want to do is just a dream to them, which will remain a dream rather than becoming a reality.’

‘And you’re going to live your dream then?’

‘Yes, I’m!’

‘Son, whatever you would like to do it, do it! I’m giving you two months time to get towards your so called dream job. If you’re not able to achieve it then you will have to do what everyone else is doing in their lives…I mean the so called 9 to 5 job.’ His father said, before taking up his daily newspaper, and covering his face with it.

‘Thanks, dad,’ Aryan said, getting up and leaving.

***

Before the two months could end, Aryan placed before his dad, the offer letter from a famous travel channel which had global reach. His job involved traveling around the world; meeting people of different walks of life, knowing their culture and tradition, visiting the unknown places which had the potential to become famous tourist attractions in the days to come, etc. His program would be telecasted on their TV channel around the world everyday.

His father pulled out the offer letter from the envelope and went through it.

‘What do you think, dad?’ Aryan asked, leaning forward curiously.

‘Is this your dream?’ His father asked him.

‘Yes, dad! I would like to travel around the world, see places and meet people, know about their cultures, take pictures, and stuff like that…I would be actually living my dream rather than just making my living…’ Aryan said, smiling with excitement in his eyes.

‘But, son, we would miss you as you would be staying so far away from us…’ Aryan’s mother said, feeling sad hearing all this.

‘Let him live his dream! You can see him online everyday through video chat and also see him every day on the TV show…’ His father said.

‘Don’t worry, Mama, I will speak to you every night…also send you postcards from those countries I would be visiting…’ Aryan said, looking at his mother.

‘Then when will you get married and allow us to play with our grand children?’ His mother asked him.

‘Mom, I am just starting my career…I would surely marry and settle down when I find a suitable girl for me…and you shall play with your grand children, don’t you worry…I just need some time…’ He said.

‘I’m happy for you, son. Go, live your dream!’ His father said.

‘But…’ His mother said.

‘It’s alright, Sumithra…’ Aryan’s father said, pressing his wife’s had gently with his.

‘Thanks, dad and mom’ Aryan said, smiling at them.

‘So when do you have to leave?’ His mother asked him.

‘I would be joining next month…meanwhile; I need to buy things I would need there…’ Aryan said.

***

Aryan’s mother purchased and gave him Sony DSC-HX300 : H series camera before his journey to the first country he was visiting.

‘Thanks a lot, mom! I would always treasure this camera and send you the pictures which I click from it!’ He said, kissing on her cheek.

‘And I would treasure those pictures which you are going to send me, my dear,’ His mother said, kissing on his cheek, ‘Hope I would see you in person soon..’ She added, hugging him and patting on his shoulder, before his departure in the International Airport.

‘I would miss you…hope this isn’t the last time I would be seeing you..’ She said, with a tear drops in her eyes.

‘No, mom, I would be coming back soon!’ Aryan said, hugging her again, ‘I promise you that!’

‘Hope so…son,’ She said, wiping her tears from her eyes.

***

Aryan travelled many countries along with the cameraman, Andhrew Hopkins. His travel episodes become famous day by day. His parents never missed any episode. Aryan posted post cards from various places to his mother as he had promised. Also shared the pictures he shot with the camera she had bought for him.

In Nigeria, during the TV show, he met an old man with whom he became friends and started calling him ‘Granpa’ as he was that age. The old man’s name was Kele and his only son had abandoned him after marrying a girl of a foreign country.

‘Now, I have no one…Aryan,’ Kele said, with moist eyes, ‘I am waiting for death as I have no purpose to live anymore…my dear wife would be waiting for me eagerly in heaven…I should go soon..’

‘No, Granpa,’ Aryan said, being moved by his story, ‘I never knew how my grandparents were as they passed away by the time I was born…I would like to adopt you as my grand father, if you permit me to.’

‘You want to adopt me as your grandfather?’ Kele said, surprised.

‘Yes, I would like to! Would you be my grandpa and come with me?’ Aryan asked.

‘Yes! Yes! I would like too…I am very happy to have you as my grandson, Aryan,’ Kele said, smiling at last.

So, Aryan adopted Kele as his grandpa and legally signed the adoption papers. They both traveled together to other countries. Kele found a new purpose to live his life. He called up his biological son and told him the news.

‘Really, papa?’ His son asked him on phone.

‘Yes, Babatunde!’ Kele said, smiling, ‘You heard it right! Switch on the TV channel ‘Travel Now!’ and you’ll see my grandson, Aryan….goodbye!’ He said, before hanging the phone down.

‘I can’t believe this!’ Babatunde cried, switching on the TV and browsing for the channel his father had told him.

‘What you can’t believe, Babatunde?’ asked his wife, Maria.

‘Someone has adopted my old father!’ Babatunde said, reaching the ‘Travel Now!’ channel, in which Aryan’s program was coming at that time.

‘Who adopted him?’ She asked.

‘Him!’ Babatunde said, pointing his finger at the Aryan on the TV screen.

Maria glared at the television screen and screamed,

‘Look! Your father is with him too!’ She cried, pointing her finger at the old man Kele with Aryan with Pyramids of Eqypt in the background.

‘Yes, I’m not blind! I can see too!’ Babatunde cried back, ‘That old man wanted to visit the God dame Pyramids some day and this fellow has taken him there!’

‘Be happy, papa…’ Babatunde murmured, as a tear drop fell from his left eye, ‘I’m sorry that I couldn’t be a good son to you!’

***

Then Aryan went to France with Kele and his TV cameraman Andhrew Hopkins. There he adopted a boy of eight years named Leon. Leon was an orphan boy, whose parents were killed in a car accident after his birth. Kele and Leon became good friends soon.

‘I have two grandsons now!’ Kele said in joy.

‘What shall I call you?’ Leon asked Aryan.

‘You can call him Papa.’ Kele said.

‘Ok then. Papa where is Mama?’ Leon asked him.

‘We shall find her too soon.’ Aryan said, smiling at them.

Aryan introduced Kele and Leon to his parents on video chat the next day.

‘Nice to meet you Kele and Leon.’ Aryan’s father said, smiling, ‘Wish to see you both in person soon.’

‘Aryan, don’t marry a foreign girl over there. You should come and marry our Indian girl only!’ His mother said, rather sternly.

‘Sure, Mama, anyways, I haven’t found any interesting girl over here!’ He said, smiling at her.

***

The next country they all visited was Spain. They reached the beautiful island called Lanzarote. There Aryan met a beautiful young girl named Alba and fell in love with her. It was love at first sight.

‘Holla! I’m Aryan. I am new to this place. Could you please guide me towards Papagayo beach?’’ He asked her.

‘Holla! I’m Alba. Nice to meet you. Actually, I’m going to the Papagayo beach…you gentlemen can come along with me..’ Alba said, smiling at him.

‘Garcia’s, Alba. It’s very nice meeting you too!’ Aryan said, smiling back at her, and then following her along with Andhrew.

‘Garcia’s, once again, Alba!’ Aryan said, after reaching the beach, ‘It would really nice if you could join us for a drink.’ Aryan said, thanking her and inviting her for a drink.

Alba joined them both for a drink. They all drank Cola.

‘By the way, what is the meaning of your name?’ He asked her.

‘Alba means ‘Dawn’ in Italian as well as Spanish, you see.’ She said, smiling at him, ‘And what is the meaning of your name?’

‘Aryan means ‘Noble’ in Sanskrit!’ Aryan replied, smiling at her.

‘You’re indeed a noble gentleman!’ Alba said, still smiling, while sipping her cola.

Soon, they both fell in love with each other. He proposed to her and she accepted. He told her about Kele and Leon, and introduced them to each other.

‘Aryan, I never thought a person like you could even exist! I am proud to have you as my life partner!’ Alba told him, looking into his eyes, in love.

‘Thank You, Alba.’ Aryan said, smiling at her.

That Sunday Aryan married Alba in a church in presence of Kele, Leon and Andhrew as witness. Alba’s parents were pleased to see their daughter happy with Aryan.

Finally, they all came to India. Aryan introduced them to his parents. Finally, he introduced Alba to his parents. Initially, his mother was reluctant in showing her feelings to Alba. But when Alba said, ‘Namaste, Maaji!’ and fell to her feet to take her blessings, she was touched. Also Alba started speaking to her in Hindi. They bonded with each other like long lost mother and her daughter.

‘Alba, by the way, when did you learn Hindi?’ Aryan asked her, surprised.

‘Well, I had asked you about your mother tongue, when we had met the second time, remember? You told me that you speak Hindi at home. So, when you proposed to me and I accepted. Then I realised that I need to learn it so that I could speak to your family members when I arrive in India!’ She said, with a chuckle.

‘Smart woman!’ Aryan said, smiling at her.

‘Thank You, Aryan.’ She said, still smiling.

‘So, you’ve lived your dream son?’ His father asked him.

‘Yes, dad! Now, I would like to do something staying in my country. I feel I have travelled enough now. Also I have a big family to take care of me now.’ He said.

‘Yes, son, I can spend time with Kele and Leon..’ His father said.

‘Mama, what do you think about your daughter-in-law? I thought you wanted Indian girl…’ Aryan asked his mother teasingly.

‘No, Alba is like my daughter,’ His mother said, ‘I’m fine with her, son.’

When they reached home, his father took him to his room. When he opened the door, he was surprised to see all the pictures which he had sent had been cleanly pasted sequentially to the wall as if a long wallpaper.

‘Wow! That’s amazing!’ Aryan cried, surprised.

‘Your mother did it, son!’ Aryan’s father said proudly.

The Window

55 Fiction

He saw a stranger staring at his bedroom window from outside.

‘Is something wrong?’ He asked him, going out.

‘Do you live alone?’

‘Yes, why?’

‘I don’t think so!’ He said, pointing his finger at his window.

He turned and saw an old lady dressed in black staring at them from his bedroom window.

Stupid Imagination

55 Fiction

He was having his dinner in some restaurant one evening when he heard a voice.

“You’re going to die tonight!”

He turned around and asked someone from nearest table, “Did you say something?”

“No.” That person replied.

“It should be my stupid imagination.” He said.

“No, it isn’t your stupid imagination!” The voice said.

The Grave Keeper

55 Fiction

He heard a cry from a newly made grave one night. He bent down and heard the voice.

“Please get me out of here. I’m not dead!”

“The tombstone says you had died few days back.”

“Get me out, you moron!”

“Sorry, now, you better go back to sleep.” He said, walking away from there.

Wake up

55 Fiction

He woke up and felt peace, no pain.

He looked around for his body, couldn’t find it. It should be in one of the mortuary drawers.

Now, he remembered of dying from a road accident. It all happened so quick.

The last thing he saw before losing his body was the headlights of the truck.

Pari Hindi movie review

Pari not a fairy tale is a good hindi horror movie. It reminded me another good supernatural horror movie ‘Ek Thi Daayan”. Though it didn’t have jump scare, it did give me some creeps and stayed on my mind for sometime after completing it. This is Anushka Sharma’s best performance to date, so no doubt that she backed this script and ended becoming a producer of this movie. Also Parambrata Chatterjee played his role very well, giving good support to Anushka’s character.

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Though this is the first movie of the director Prosit Roy, he has done fairly good job with bringing the story to the screen. The other two characters that stand out in the movie are : Piyali played well by Ritabhari Chakraborty, she is the fiancée of  the lead character in this movie and also Rajat Kapoor who plays a different kind of a role Professor Quasim Ali who is after people who aren’t normal human beings like Pari.

Though I have read so many bad reviews about this movie, I personally felt that it isn’t so bad to be rated 1.5 stars. At least Anushka’s wonderful performance deserves more than that. However, I do feel that this movie is not for everyone. It might not be so creepy, but Anushka’s performance does gives one some creeps. Also I remembered Ezra Malayalam supernatural horror movie. That is one well made horror movie.

This one is a good supernatural horror movie which you could watch, if you haven’t seen it yet. Maybe, it could have been made better or it is fine as it is? You can judge for yourself after watching it. I felt that it was done well. However, the conclusion wasn’t as expected. This could have been like Omen series.