Monday, May 7, 2012

Once Again

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 27; the 27th Edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The topic for this month is 'Once Again'.
Endings are never happy. Nobody knew better than him. It is his job which he has been doing for centuries and he has seen it all. The screaming, the silent acceptance, the ignorant, the shock everything he has seen it. Yes he is death. The methods are his and the consequence always the same.

Most spend their lifetime ignoring him as if he never existed. Yet his visit is the only certain event after birth in everyone's life. The more they live, the closer he becomes. Still people tend to ignore him. But he doesn't care. He is period at the end of sentences. He knows whatever happens the period is always there.

When he comes, it is over. He interrupts lives to make it complete. The times when people survive, are not when they are defying him. It is just that he never came. How well they survive death-like situations is what determines the quality of their remaining life till he actually comes  in to picture.

Tonight he is visiting another stranger. In his line of work, everyone is a stranger to him. But the struggle is what excites him. The challenge of prying out the soul from an unwilling body is the high that he craves for. He detests people who invite him for they are trading their soul to escape the pain.  But he is not expecting any resistance tonight. The person has been lying on the road-side without food or water for couple of days and he was sure he would not get the high. He will soon find out how wrong he is.

As the sun blazed on, he crept upon the helpless body. He seemed to be enjoying this moment. Sometimes he realized, the slow and creeping approach is also a thrill. Surprisingly, he felt the resistance. The person with no physical strength was not submitting. He was fighting. This is what has amazed him throughout the centuries. Fight even when all odds are against. Hope was their weapon.  Many before him relied on hope alone. But hope remains only hope when he is there. He is the finality. No weapon could beat his trigger.

He sucked out the life once again. His perfection remained unchallenged. Yet he was sad. He had always loved the fighters. For they gave him the thrill he always wanted with a weapon he has beaten time and again. Hope.


PS: Have been reading Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilyich. The book is thought-provoking to say the least.

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26 comments:

  1. Now I am getting that book for sure! Thanks for mentioning your inspiration

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    1. It is a good read. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. A rather interesting concept Dishit. Wasn't it challenging to personify something like death? And then hope? Not surprising, death is masculine in your story. It makes sense towards the end when it has to fight hope..

    Thumb's up Dishit! Good going!

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    1. Had read Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Ilyich so most of the ideas were already there. Had only to implement them.

      Death and hope - hope is always there when death is around so just could not resist bringing it in.

      Your encouragement has always been the cornerstone of my writings. Thanks a lot, buddy!

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  3. A very interesting take on the topic, you should watch the movies Death takes a holiday and Meet Joe Black, they are not exactly same but death takes a human form in those movies quite interesting.

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    1. Will definitely check them out. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  4. @ Harsha Chittar- Death has taken the human form in Literature since time immemorial- right from Belzebub who sucks out the soul of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, maybe even before him.
    But yes, I agree- this is a different theme altogether, and reads well.

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    1. Thanks Sayujya. Never expected to have so much on my plate in terms of movies and books after a post has been published. Generally it has always been the other way round :P

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  5. Death personified. i like the idea a lot. and truly, in a fight between death and hope, the former has the upper hand but it is the hope that gives us a reason to LIVE :)
    a very interesting post i must say :)

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    1. Rightly said...Without hope we despair! Glad you liked the idea. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Wow, that is a VERY different concept. I usually see stories with melodramatic endings/happy endings but this is a thought provoking ending! Perhaps what you said about the book being thought provoking is SO VERY right :)

    Cheers!!!! Do stop by my Blog - Kappu

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    1. //this is a thought provoking ending
      am happy! Thanks for your wonderful comment!

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  7. I was like aww after reading u r post.Expressed u r thoughts very well. Like how yama tries to show its death-ism its Brahmha(Hope) we live on as kirti said. Well said .All the best for BAT...

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    1. Thanks mate! Glad you enjoyed reading it!

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  8. interesting n different......:) liked ur post!
    Good luck for BAT !

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  9. Hokay so I liked this the most "He detests people who invite him for they are trading their soul to escape the pain.".

    The Tolstoy reference made it more appealing, not only because Tolstoy's work is inspiring and has made me want to jot something down but also because it conveys the bold concept so clearly. For example in the line above and the last bit 'Yet he was sad. He had always loved the fighters. For they gave him the thrill he always wanted with a weapon he has beaten time and again. Hope.'

    Will drop by for some more soon times, all the best for BAT!

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    1. Reading your comment gave me goose-bumps and it just made my Sunday morning! Thanks for the wonderful comment!

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  10. Very Interesting !

    Never heard about that book. Now I need to get it for sure.

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  11. Interesting to note fight between death and hope once again!!

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  12. The man's liked what he has read and is INSPIRED"

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