Monday, March 5, 2012

TRANSCENDING LOVE


Bob first saw Nicole in Gold Coast, Queensland. She was there shooting for the new Foster’s beer commercial. It was her first time in Australia and she was lost in its vastness and splendor. Sea World is a fun place to be even if you are working. Big Bob was quite famous at the waterfront there and he earned his living by entertaining passers-by with his antics, fun tricks and occasionally his songs. Songs were not really his forte and neither he nor his fans understood what he sang but they loved him nevertheless.

But for the first time, his song not only made no sense, it was out of rhythm too. It was because his heart was beating in frantic resonance at every glimpse of Nicole who just wasn’t taking her eyes off of the evening sun that seemed to be busy in a round table conference at horizon with the sky and the ocean. Bob sulked at the sudden appearance of an adversary and ended his performance abruptly much to the chagrin of his devout audience. Some understanding folks wished him luck while others cracked a silly joke at this odd love story that was unfolding.

She was a star who would soon be seen on television all over the world. He was just an amateur artist who probably wouldn’t even make it to the local newspaper. But all that didn’t matter one little bit. To Bob, it was love at first sight. For the next 10 days, he watched her with pining eyes and with every passing day fell more and more in love with her. His performances grew more erratic and less frequent. Even his most ardent visitors were getting frustrated and he would appease them once in a while with an inspired but rapid fire  performance. He then went back to watching her.

She noticed him too. She watched him charm his audience. She watched him watch her. Somewhere in between, even though just for a split second, their eyes did meet. But then day 11 came and it was time for Nicole to leave! Her cruise was ready but she wasn’t. Bob had grown so used to her eyes that he decided that he would follow her to any corner of the world, not to win her heart, not to propose his love for her, not to live happily ever after with her, but to just keep looking at those mesmerizing eyes forever. And God granted his wish: literally!

Life provides many excruciating moments but there cannot be a moment more death-like than to helplessly watch your love die in front of your eyes.  Nicole’s agony was more painful than Bob’s death. That was the moment when their eyes met again! But this time forever! It was the memory Bob died with and Nicole had to live for!

On one mid-summer morning, Tursiops Truncatus also known as Bottlenose dolphin and fondly known as Bottlenose Bob fell in love with Pygoscelis Adeliae also known as brush-tailed penguin and never after known as Nicole, in a glistening water front in Australia in the presence of the sun, sea and sky. And 24 days later and 4357 miles away, in a deserted coast of Antarctica, Bob’s love for Nicole was immortalized as Bob transcended into a new world. Bob swam ferociously all the way to Antarctica following the expedition cruise that took Nicole back home. The journey didn’t kill him but the cold did! And death fulfilled his last wish. He died looking into those mesmerizing eyes of Nicole!  


                                                                                                                     - A SHORT STORY BY RAJ



59 comments:

  1. "sun that seemed to be busy in a round table conference at horizon" so beautiful! I could just visualize it that way!! And what an endearing love story!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :) Thank you so much Little Princess. :)

      Delete
  2. Beautiful.... extremely... :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Pranita. :) Am glad you liked the story. :)

      Delete
  3. Beautifully written...
    Quite touching story.... :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Vinay. Am so happy you liked it. :)

      Delete
  4. Wow! That was one kind of a masterpiece. :) So very beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Jen for the lovely compliment. :)

      Delete
  5. Till half the way, I thought its going to be another love story, but the twist was so amazing that re-read the story twice. Loved it so much... :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ohh.. thank you so much for the lovely compliment. Am so glad you liked the story. :)

      Delete
  6. Painful and that's why I feel my poem 'adhoore daastaan' is true. No true love story is ever complete. I mean, no happy ever after in those...

    I am bored of saying that you are a great writer. Lemme think of a new phrase, especially coined for you...:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yeah Saru. So true. Your poem "adhoore daastaan" is a true masterpiece. The beauty of a love story is that it is never perfect or complete.

      And thank you so much for the compliment. :) :)

      Delete
    2. It's so difficult to coin a phrase for a writer of your caliber...I'm still working on that:)

      Delete
    3. :) This is the best compliment I can get. You truly made my day. :)

      Delete
  7. beautiful!

    is this why they say, "be careful what you wish for because God might just give you what you wanted"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Sujatha. :) And beautifully said. :)

      Delete
  8. Another astounding twist- it did make me reread it with fresh eyes!! AMAZING!!! You have such a knack when it comes to writing these short stories. EXCELLENT!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :) Thank you so much for those lovely compliments. You truly made my day. :)

      Delete
  9. Beautifully written! Keep them coming!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you soooo much Krupaa. :)

      Delete
  10. @ Vatinam+
    Wish you a good day and full of joy...

    ReplyDelete
  11. Replies
    1. Thank you very much and welcome here.

      Delete
  12. I quite laughed when it started off with "Gold Coast". Hardly anyone writes about the southern hemisphere anymore- I suppose I felt more loyal towards it and continued reading.

    Oh and, brilliant! =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A very warm welcome to you. :) I am glad I wrote about the Southern hemisphere and I am glad you read it. :) Thank you very much for the warm compliment and I am so happy you liked the story.

      Delete
  13. Oh My. How Touching. :-)
    You know, I just Love this writing style of yours. Starting with the plot, giving an ending and then explaining it. It's so good :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow.. thank you so much Ashwini. I am so glad you liked my writing style. That is such a lovely compliment and it really made my day. :)

      Delete
  14. Beautiful story ! The twist was very nice, making it more beautiful..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A very warm welcome to you Abhinav. Thank you very much and I am so happy you liked the story. :)

      Delete
  15. God it's so beautifully written. classic. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog, otherwise I would have missed this... Adding your blog to my must-read list :))
    keep up the good work...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my god.. that is such a lovely compliment. I am truly humbled. :) A very warm welcome to you here. Am soo happy you visited and that you liked the story. :) Really means a lot.

      Delete
  16. awesome as always :)
    rocking one raj !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Deepak for the wonderful compliment. :)

      Delete
  17. Replies
    1. A very welcome to you here. :) And thank you very much. Glad you liked it.

      Delete
  18. Loved your writing as always Raj. Very touching and beautiful yet tragic story.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Akshay for the wonderful compliment. Am so happy you liked the story. :)

      Delete
  19. a really beautiful story..... lovely...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so very much Santosh. Am glad you liked it. :)

      Delete
  20. awesome read...keep them coming Raj...following you from now on !

    btw, you've been tagged:
    rahul-aggarwal.blogspot.in/2012/03/tagged-tag-thon.html

    regards
    rahul

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Rahul. Am very happy you liked the story. Thank you very much for following and for the tag. :)

      Delete
  21. Dont want to say too many words as one is enough to aptly describe as everyone said - Beautiful!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Jaish for the beautiful compliment. :) Means a lot.

      Delete
  22. When I reached the part Tursiops Truncatus, I wondered what happened to such a lovely story. The scientific name made me think it might get boring from here... But what a lovely twist.... I am glad I continued reading. Looking forward to more such pieces on your blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Welcome here Anuradha. I am very glad you too that you continued reading. :) Thank you so much and am so happy you liked it. I hope I continue writing to your expectations. :)

      Delete
  23. So so touching! :) This is the 1st post of yours that I am reading. Loved it! :)
    Your new follower :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A very warm welcome to you Archana. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I am so happy you liked the story. And thanks for following too! :)

      Delete
  24. I am here for the first time and I started out anticipating a typical hand in hand, you in my eyes romantic story but your last paragraph said it all. It did string a chord in my hearty rhythm.

    Well written and presented me with a soulful experience
    Best
    Katie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A very warm welcome to you here Katie. :) I am so happy you found the story different and that it gave you a nice feeling and experience. Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. :)

      Delete
  25. Painful story. Great narration style!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much Ramakant and welcome here. I am so glad you liked it and the narration style. Thanks once again. :)

      Delete
  26. Nice to read your little story.. your words talk beyond literal meanings.. wish you all the best..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A very warm welcome to you here Dipa. And thank you for those lovely words. :) I am so glad you liked the story.

      Delete
  27. aww...just read your article about dolphins and then this..looks like I would never be able to look at any dolphin show all my life..I think, it's time I follow you ..:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. -Good piece of information.

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much Latha for following. :) I was heart broken to know the plight about dolphins and that too after writing this story. :(

      Delete
  28. Instant ever-lasting love! Isn't that what we all want?

    ReplyDelete
  29. AHHHHHHHHHHH che why kill animals that too a cute bob!!!I am in tears here! no nono nononoooooooo change the ending!

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...