Saturday, September 04, 2010


This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 14; the fourteenth 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.

It was hard to believe he was right there. Standing atop a stage where many a theater actor and stage performer of renown had enacted scenes from legendary drama and literary pieces, he could feel his entire frame the incredulity of the whole situation began to sink in.
Amidst the last-minute frenzy prevailing on stage, he stood listless as a statue, profoundly nervous and wondering whether he could really pull it off.
A tenderly warm hand gripped his shoulder from behind. Turning around he faced his angel- his mentor, his guiding light out of a world of dismal darkness.

'You can do it.' she whispered, a confident smile etched across her face.
And he could hold it no longer.
When was the last time he had felt so overwhelmed? when was the last time he had cried his heart out in front of someone? He couldn't recall.
7 years in hell had robbed him of all his finer emotions, made him forget what it felt like to be alive.
But all that was about to change.

He was no more the ignominious criminal sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment.
He now understood the depth of Tagore's writings and thoughts, he knew how to play-act. He had savoured freedom, nervous excitement and a strange sense of fulfillment after mastering the first steps of classical dance at the workshop.
He had, for the very first time in years, felt remorse and yearned to atone for his sins.

'Thank you.' - he wiped his tears away and looked up at the lady with the enigmatic smile, celebrated danseuse Mitranjali Roy.
All of it had been possible solely because of her dedication to the cause of the jail inmates and her tireless work in an effort to bring them back to the mainstream of life.

As the stage curtains started to move up, he glimpsed the sea of expectant faces in the crowd for the first time.
He readied himself and re-adjusted his costume, no longer unsure of whether he could portray Ratnakar's character and his subsequent transformation into the sage Valmiki, who scripted Ramayana.

His lost humane side had at last returned to him.

P.S: The reference to Tagore's writings has been made primarily because the protagonist was about to perform 'Valmiki Pratibha' which is a drama-opera, composed by Rabindranath Tagore.

P.P.S: Based on real life incidents.
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dialoguewithyou said...

Beautiful take on the prompt.
Absolutely delightful and so very thoughtful portrayal of how he returns to where he once belonged :)

Amity said...

This is beautiful!

It is a story of transformation and hopefulness!

It added glitter to it while mentioning it is no fiction and the play is one of Rabindranath's!

LOved it!

All the best!!! :)

Dreamer said...

Thanks for the informative and entertaining read. It's real life heroes and heroines like these that should inspire people. All the best for BAT!

Jaspreet said...

I am touched! A very different take on the topic-his return to the mainstream.It was very positive and the best thing was that though it was a short story but by no means, it seemed incomplete.
All the best! :)

Selenium said...

Feels nice to return to life :)
I know it first hand... :)

Quintessence Of Illusion said...

im really touched...Tagore's reference has worked wonders for this post....i loved it as usual

magiceye said...

tenderly beautiful....

best wishes for BAT!

vamsi said...

The post was really touching.. I liked it.. BTW do you follow Tagore's plays and writings??.. Just curious you know.. :) Anyways all the best for BAT..

tikulicious said...

very touching post. loved your take on the topic. Best wishes

Nethra said...

Second chance to live...that's so goes with return. By the way, it's very nice...the reference to Valmiki Pratibha acted as icings.

Vignesh said...

That was excellent and loved it when you gave vredit to the person who spent her life doing something with dedication. All the best and thanks for visiting :)

Anish said...

Nice..beautiful..full of hope which is the theme of most of your posts..I liked it... :)

astrosunilnomy said...

Good & very unusual choice of context for the topic, reminded me of Shawshank redemption , return to normalcy for someone spending life in prison is a awkward things i suppose ! All the best for BAT

Tuppence said...

Very different..and leaves a positive impact on the reader.
Powerful message. People who help others recover and return to their own self are worthy of praise.

You have done that beautifully!

Ritu said...

Such a positive tale! It touched my heart - All the best for BAT

namit said...

really nice one..m deeply touched... nice post.. :)

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Md. Muddassir Shah said...

:) Makes for a nice read.
Good Luck for BATOM :)

Girish said...

Good luck for BAT :)
It was a very touching post & it was nice on ur part to give credit to the real life person.
It has a powerful message of hope..

Bedlam said...

A very new take and beautifully written.. ATB for the BAT.. :)

MAVERICK said...

As bedlam has mention, a different concept and something filled with hope. I liked it and quite nicely written. Best of luck for BAT

Brijender Singh said...

For an obnoxiously opinionated person( :P), you express emotions that are downright endearing and inspiring !!
Great piece of writing-esp loved the Tagore reference.

Purba said...

To be able to make your readers feel your story, is half the battle won.

All the best for the contest.

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

Well glad the humane side comes back, life is so tough.. so many things happen which bring you down constantly..

7 years wowo what a person.. I had 3 years of hell kudos to him..
hope everyone gets an angel like that ..

I saw its based on true events.. so bravo to the person

nice story nicely written , i could feel it happening

Someone Is Special said...

This is so so beautiful.. It brings positive vibes to the readers. Great work hatts off..

--Someone Is Special--

Jaspreet said...

Hey you've been tagged here :)

AV said...

Very well written :) Touching indeed. The anxiety, the jitters, the nerves, the 'flow'...very well captured in words!

All the best :) keep writing!

Kevin said...

Wonderful Post.
Unconventional among the many posts i've read recently. There is no bigger return than the return to life & freedom. :)

pawan said...

And you said you write sad stories only. This is not sad but it's a bit inspiring (or let's say, the story has hope).
What I liked the most is the framing of the sentences and the choice of the words used.
Great job!

Sidra Sayeed said...

I've seen a real life enactment of Valmiki Pratibha and that definitely helped me feel for the situation. Art can stir a rested soul and vice versa. A really good post for BAT.

Raksha Raman said...

Hello Samadrita,

You deserve an appreciation for so neatly portraying the emotions. The coldness due to lack of emotions and the way they ebb bringing about a transformation in a person who is isolated from the real world and his own self - well handled!

As for Tagore's works, well I consider myself 'gnomish' to comment about a Mastermind and his masterpieces! :)

ATB with BAT! :)

Kshitij said...

Nice. I like the usage of transformation as a definition of return, as portrayed here.

Thanks. Good luck.

The Fool said...

Nice portrayal of strong emotions and truimph of the human spirit

D2 said...

A very touching post, Sammy. I loved the way you have described the former inmate's emotions and the idea of his 'return' to humanity as a way of redemption and coming back to normalcy.
Very well written indeed.
All the best for the BAT.

Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe said...

the story touched since beginning... and by the end, we could actually feel the story.

And coming in the end, we see the p.p.s. thing and realize, we have just experience it in same way you experienced it.

Giribala said...

Beautifully written!!

Karthik said...

So much of hope there, Sammy.
I've not read Tagore's works, but you brought one of those alive, subtly, beautifully.

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

aww..really nice..well..there is always a time when we lost confidence right..? :P

RE:@sammy: haha..yeah..that's the famous pretear hehe~ i agree with you..the art is the one that makes it appealing esp. it really looks like some of CLAMP's works..:D

romance/drama or horror..?

currently watching MARMALADE BOY~ realistic romance /drama anime! ^^


hehe..illjust add more n my future posts~

Jaspreet said...

Hey Sammy, collect your blog awards from here :)

heavealie said...

very well written piece and its a difficult job to convert a real life incident into your own words coz for me a person who lives that moment knows the real emotions behind but you depicted the event really well.keep writing!!blog-a-ton ha,need to check it out.but you all decide and write?man that's tough.

Sweta said...

lovely story of hope... and being a real life incident makes it special..
best of luck for BAT

Shilpa Garg said...

Simply wonderful! Liked the positivity in it!
All the best for BAT!
Cheers :)

Shilpa Garg said...

Hey! Where did my comment go?? It was posted yesterday!!
Anyways... All the best for BAT.
Cheers :)

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

@sammy: ooh sammy! haha..about the skip beart manga, there are lots to look forward to..i shouldn't be saying this because i might spoil the story but ill say it anyway, in the continuation in the manga..yes, there are getting closer to each other and ren finally realized his feelings hehe :) but of course he's too stubborn to admit it (but he already admitted it to his manager..remember his manager whose always plotting cute scenes for them..? hehe)and his feelings are going stronger out of jealousy haha!! because sho's being kind now! yeah..(you have to really read it :P) and i can feel that he wants kyoko back..!(i am now in chapter 100 and ren's mysterious past is being revealed slowly :P

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