Monday, October 04, 2010

Yuuki and Me


The final year of my school life saw an unprecedented rise in the number of cell-phones and other gadgets that were sneaked inside the classroom with careful prior planning (yes they were banned). It was a matter of great pride for the adolescent owners who had so far been denied this guilty pleasure by respective parents. Although most cell-phones would be switched off during lessons there were a few who were bold enough to keep texting the person sharing the same desk as the English teacher droned on about the Lady of Shallot.

Now don't get me wrong. The geek and the poetry-lover that I was, I used to listen to the teacher's intricate explanation with rapt attention. But even so at times I'd experience a pang of jealousy every time the sleek, good-looking rectangular device (usually a phone, i-pod, music-player or a digital camera) was passed around by the owner to be admired by the rest.

So after a few weeks of prolonged persistence (read constant whining) my parents handed me with a small cardboard box neatly wrapped in a bubblegum pink paper that encased my birthday present. My first phone with an inbuilt radio and 1.5 megapixel camera, music player and other features that were considered 'wow' back in those days....suddenly became the center of my universe and I was inducted into the elite group of cell-phone owners in my class without ado.
All was forgotten in the course of the next one month....homework, sleep-overs at a friend's place, my favorite tv shows and even....Yuuki.

He would faithfully lie at my feet, raise his humongous furry head to look at me with pleading eyes at times and express a disgruntled 'woof' in a last-ditch attempt to get me to atleast scratch his ears. But I was too blissfully lost in a world of messaging, forwarding silly jokes and pointless phone conversations.
In fear that his mistress would never pay him attention again....he grew more irritable and made off with my textbook in his mouth as I sat on my bed doing homework one day. Just to get me to chase him of course. Needless to say I was irked beyond imagination...but somehow the sight of a discontented Golden Retriever holding a textbook between his strong canine jaws managed to tickle my funny bone. I had no time to rush over to mom and dad's room to get our old Kodak.
Instinctively I reached for my phone, opened the lens cover and clicked.

That was probably my first piece of genuine phone photography. And yet the picture came out surprisingly well. Maybe because the emotions captured were hundred percent real.
Yuuki earned a much-deserved pat on the head after a long time and I was happy to have put the phone camera to good use.



Gradually I started taking phone photography seriously...as a sort of pastime-right from the crow's nest in the Gulmohar tree, a couple of street kids getting themselves drenched in the first shower of the season to Yuuki's numerous antics...anything that caught my attention would be captured with my phone camera.

Like a love-struck attention-seeking boyfriend, whenever I'd get busy with studies or the phone Yuuki would lie down on the floor and whine softly or roll over on his back. I'd respond with a 'uh huh...new pose'. Getting the hint he would grab my hair-band from the dresser or start showing off with my old basket ball. I'd let out a loud laugh, aim the phone in his direction and click away without a care or hesitation.

Years have gone by and today that 17-year old girl is a busy career woman of 27. Yuuki is no more. But that CD titled 'My dearest friend', a compilation of his myriad moods (pictures and videos shot using the phone camera), is my most cherished material possession till date. Whenever I play that CD on my laptop..it feels like he is right beside me..so close that I can reach out and stroke his soft fur once again.

When he died I cried so hysterically for days that both my parents insisted on getting me another Yuuki. But by that time I had realized that Yuuki was never really a pet to me. He was more like a devoted friend, a constant companion, one who had risked his life to protect me from a minor traffic accident once. And a friend like him can never be replaced like a lifeless gadget can be.

Even though I hardly get any time now-a-days, my affair with phone-photography continues. In fact the number of pictures I snap on a weekly basis have gone up ever since I got myself a smart phone . I never miss a chance to click away whenever I'm on the move. Yuuki taught me the importance of preserving those fleeting moments that left a deep impression on you for some reason or the other. After all a picture really is worth a thousand words...and probably much more.

P.S : The above is a piece of fiction conceived from imagination written in view for the 'Share Life' contest under the category of Phone-Photography. Please do vote for this entry if you like it. Thanks to Indiblogger and Tata DOCOMO for this opportunity.
Side note : 'Yuuki' is a Japanese word meaning 'courage'. Not to be confused with 'Yuki' that means snow.

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75 comments:

Anish said...

I am gonna be really frank..hope you won't mind...

I was enjoying this post very much...really heartwarming....

but the last paragraph made it seem like a commercial :D

excluding the last paragraph this post was really beautiful...

Nethra said...

Hey, it was really good. I couldn't figure out it was a fiction until I read that 27yr old thing. Btw, why yuuki? Yuuki is a girl's name, isn't it?

Sayandeep Kundu said...

That was really mind-blowing, Sam... I think one of your most memorable posts till date if not one of the best...You are just so consistent with your lucid style of narration which is pretty captivating and always a treat for the reader...Beautifully written... keep it up, friend...
Regards~ Sayandeep

Girish said...

It was a very heart warming story and if it wasn't tagged as a piece of fiction, I'd have written a lengthy comment!!
Now you don't have to endure my long opinion, lucky you ;)

Selenium said...

Being a dog lover myself, I realize how important our furry friends are too us... and the drive to click them in their cutest best :D

Ah... I'm off now to find some old pics of my pet now :)

Samadrita said...

@Anish: Haha I don't mind at all. In fact I agree with what you said. I've tried to edit the last para a bit so that it won't seem that much commercial any more. Hope it's better now :)

@Nethra: Yuuki is a unisex Japanese name. And there are two words which are pronounced in the same way - one yuuki means courage, the other one means snow. Glad you liked it :)

@Sayandeep: Wow that is one hyper reaction. :P I'm glad you enjoyed reading this post so much. I hope I'm able to write even better in the future.

@Girish: Lol bring it on. I love lengthy comments( barring spam ones or some form of advertisement of course). They indicate the reader's involvement and understanding of the post in question. :)

@Selenium: Yeah I've realized this that a human can betray you anytime. A dog wouldn't ever.

Sayandeep Kundu said...

Sure.. the writer in you will get better with time while the readers will always yearn for the best from you....you too.. :)

Sayandeep Kundu said...

Sure.. the writer in you will get better with time while the reader will always yearn for the best from you.. you yourself too..Keep it up.. :)

Shobhit said...

:)

Hello. This is my first visit to your blog. Really liked it. Will be visiting often.

Yuuki looks really cute ! :)

Ananya said...

So sweet...this is such a lovely post :) I've never had a pet myself, but I love dogs and would love to have one myself, maybe later. This is one of the sweetest posts I've read... loved it :)

Giribala said...

My FB newsfeed has been displaying pics of dogs. Loved reading it...and in the end tasted my own medicine--piece of fiction :-)

Shail said...

I loved reading this since I myself had a dog and lost her recently.

Ritu said...

Nice one. I am in a lazy phase, but will try to do one for the smartphone too

Lazy Pineapple said...

Lovely post..it felt so real...and the ending it said its a fiction piece..really wonderful :)
All the best for the contest..will definitely vote for you..

Sourav C. Pandey said...

I like the way you related so many things in one post; the cam, Yukki, nostalgia, phone and yet it's a smooth read! :)

PS - This phone fever caught me and my friends, when I was in the 1st year of my college; trust me I never called anyone for a month or so neither was I too interested in getting charged for attending the calls! :D

♥ Chocolate lover ♥ said...

loved it ^_^

Tanay said...

You know what.. I was reading it all through as if it were you telling your story, until this came: "...is now a 27-year-old...". I was puzzled and quickly opened your FB profile to check, but no, you are still an "engg student"!! Then when I came to the place where you say it was fiction, it felt as if you had bluffed me :P :P

About the post: It being fiction, great work, because it does take a lot to write while imagining stuff. All the best.

Nalini Hebbar said...

Well written piece...loved it:D

Pooja said...

The last para caught me by surprise.. Doesn't seem like fiction at all, so much so that I'm still questioning it, despite of what you've said.
Beautiful post, very well written! All the best!

Mohan said...

Good luck! Nice attempt and may you win the contest :)

Bikramjit said...

nice one loved reading it .. definitely go and vote for it now and as such i love dogs .. All the best

Bikram's Blog

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Ana_treek said...

Awesome writing! Loved it!

Arpana said...

well written post with nice photograph!

Arpana said...

nicely written piece with apt photographs.

Quintessence Of Illusion said...

This post is very very sweet and emotional at the same time....i once had a pet goldfish.His name was Alladin...after reading this im missing him a lot...thanks a lot for writing something like this...

Samadrita said...

@Sayandeep: :)

@Shobhit: Sure thing. please do visit back :)

@Ananya: Yea even I would want to have a pet like Yuuki. But I fear my mom throwing me outta the house if I did. :P

@Giribala: Hehe I know what you mean. :P Thanks for the vote.

@Shail: Ah that's sad to hear.

Samadrita said...

@Ritu di: Thanks. Waiting for your entry :-)

@Lazy Pineapple: Thanks and please do vote. :P

@Sourav: What can I say? You're a clever fellow. :D oh and btw even I don't share a lovey-dovey relationship with my phone anymore. I outgrew that stage. :P

@Chocolate Lover: Thanks love. :)

@Tanay: Hehe sorry about that but this IS fiction. Happy to know you liked it :)

Samadrita said...

@Nalilni ji: Thank you so much :)

@Pooja: Haha this is what most readers are telling me...how real this post feels.well I'll take it as a compliment. Thanks for the vote of confidence :-)

@Mohan: Well winning is far off. But I want more people to read the post at the very least. :)

@Bikramjit: Thanks a lot. A vote will really help me in this contest. :-)

Samadrita said...

@Stumblednews: Thanks for the link. I'll consider it. :)

@Ana_Treek: Glad you felt that way :-)

@Arpana: :-)

@QOI: Well yes if you've had a pet you're bound to feel that way. Sometimes we fail to see how important these animals are to us...just like a faithful companion or family member. They're more than just a 'pet' in my opinion. :)

umapoems said...

Lovely Story between you and you little puppy


If you like something about my blog,do VOTE ME!

http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34845
Your Vote counts for me!

writerzblock said...

Was wondering why your post has been topping the Indiblogger chart since morning, and now that I've read it, I know why :-) Very well written.

Zeon said...

You're a good story teller! Welll written! :-)

D2 said...

Being a dog lover myself and having lost one, I absolutely loved this post and connected with it on every level.
Beautifully portrayed, Sammy.

Shilpa Garg said...

I thought it was a real life story!! Very wonderfully narrated!!
All the best for the contest!
Cheers :)

Venice said...

That was so cute!!! I love the way you weaved in the phone-photography into your narration! I believed the whole story and it was only when you mentioned in the end about it being fiction that I realized - Wow! nice story-writing!! :)

Cheers girl!!

Samadrita said...

@umapoems: :-) All the best to you.

@writerzblock: Well that's a compliment of the highest degree. Thank you :-)

@D2: Thank you. Coming from a dog-lover himself, this means a lot. :-)

@Shilpa ji: Thank you. I'll need all your wishes.

@Venice: Hehe that's what every one have been telling me. I'm glad this story could have such a realistic feel to it. Thank you for the vote! :-)

Lolland said...

The best writing is one that makes the reader feel the narrators emotion... joy or sorrow... as many said have said... noone would believe this is fiction. You would deserve to win... Best of luck and a vote, just in case.
Do check out my entry Lolland - Too smart to be true.

♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ ayu ♫ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♫ said...

haha,,i know the feeling of being hooked up at something which handed on your hand for the first time..:)

RE: i am planning to watch the live action too..since jun was there! i;ll add it on my downloaded list ^^

Pulkit said...

Lovely story. I particularly like the narration - the way you weave words into neat sentences. The dog whose picture you posted is tremendously cute :)

"just a pen in my hand" said...

ok...now , i dnt knw wat to write ! yuuki left a mark ! and honestly , i wsnt sure it was fiction , until i read that 17 to 27 thing !!! wow ! nice re ! lovely piece , hope u win !

istupify said...

Coincidentally Both Courage and Snow are dog names! :P :D

Courage the cowardly dog...and Snowy...we all know of them! :)

Anyways...a great story.. I love dogs..and so I love the story! I called my first phone a pencil box! You could kill someone with it by throwing it at them! :P :D

Unknown!!! said...

:O that was fiction..till I read the PS part..was moved by the story..I love dogs.. u have written it beautifully..
good luck

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Now I know what japanophile means yukki,
wonderful post.
I have promoted your post.
Please vote for my post too. The same post has been participated for Indiblogger meet review contest and DOCOMO contest.

Please vote for the following posts

http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34571

http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34572

Thanks :)

Jinsen Karedath said...

Nice, I thought its real story, but not. Anyway, good...

AK said...

This is just so sweet.. :)
I wish it were real..
And I'm definitely voting for it.. :)
Cheers.. and all the best for the contest.. :)

Samadrita said...

@Lolland: Thank you for that wonderful comment and the vote. Have voted for your entry as I liked it.

@ayu: We all do don't we? :P

@Pulkit: Thanks a lot re. I love the picture too. :D

@just a pen in my hand: Hehe thats what every one have been telling me. That they couldn't figure out if this was fact or fiction. :P Thanks a lot anyway.

@istupify: Hahaha I know. My phone is equally heavy... anyway thanks a lot for the vote bhai!

@Unknown: Thank you. :-)

@Md. Muddassir Shah: Promoted. But how come the same post can be entered for two contests. Just wondering... :-)

@Jinsen Karedath: I know..it gives a false impression of being real. Thanks.

@AK: Thank you so much Arushi. :-)

Journomuse said...

Nice..you have a vivid imagination Sammy and a talent to weave in keywords..:) btw, the vote is in!

Maun Vision said...

very well written post,
congrats on leading the show.,
best wishes.

A~heartless~brain said...

Hey, I am a great fan of yours. I go through your posts whenever I have time. Sorry for not dropping a comment for time is seldom on my side. I liked this one too. It's a simple story but narrated with such passion. Good work.

Purba said...

Didn't read like fiction at all.

Loved it as always. Girl, you never disappoint.

UmaS said...

U called Sammy ???? So cute...my BIL's dog's name is Sammy and he is a German Shepherd. They had a Golden Retriever before - Bruno - who died becos of some illness and the whole family,including me were devastated...the pics I've of Bruno are so close to the heart...so I can understand ur obsession with that CD. :)

Its a lovely post...with lots of love and I like it so much.. Yuuki is such a sweet name...and he is so damn cute. :) Like his posing for camera.... :)

Samadrita said...

@Journomuse: Thanks a bunch for those kind words. >hugs<

@Maun Vision: Leading right now. Yes. Thanks for the appreciation! :-)

@A~heartless~brain: Wow I must say that pleases me beyond imagination. Thanks for reading me. :-)

@Purba di: I hope you don't mind me calling you 'di'. :P
Thanks for that vote of confidence! :-)

@UmaS: It's only coz of this post that I've gotten to know that so many of my readers had dogs who were like best friends to them....just like a member of their families. And this is not real...I guess you missed out on the PS part which says this is fiction. And even though I'm not actually Sammy....my friends happen to call me by that name.
Thanks a lot for the vote Uma! :-)

Chaitanya said...

Hey... nicely written... liked it and voted for it...

Do visit my entry... http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=34782

Shrinath Vashishtha said...

Good post indeed, dear Samadrita! I liked the combination of sentiments with a bit outlandishly straightforward purpose of the post. Hope you don't be a miser after you've won the contest and do come up with a due treat... Good luck & Cheers! ;-))

objectiveonlooker said...

As I mentioned before, the post is lovely. :)
Please also read my post for the same contest and do vote if it deserves it.
http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=35661
(I'm a bit of a late bloomer :P)
Thank you. :)

Punit Dubey said...

tooo good...loved the narration! Beautiful! :)

Debojyoti said...

its a prefect amalgamation of your fantasies and realities..at a certain point of time i thought that u were sharing your real life story... :) :)...great work..like it...keep it up

Always Happy said...

Aww...Samadrita, this is such a lovely post.....Thos who live in the hearts of others never die, Yuki is with you even today.

I cast my vote for you. good luck to you and Yuki

prajyot said...

All the best

rindojustrindo said...

And the scene fades to black.
Somewhere in the distance, the TATA DOCOMO jingle pipes up, and a baritone voiceover drones: "TATA DOCOMO, capture those precious moments of your dog drooling on the floor, like nothing else can. Rush to your nearest cellphone dealer."

I agree with Anish. I loved the writing, but the last para totally trashed it.

Manjunath said...

You were in the top in tata docomo share life contest but when i saw today i was shocked to see you in thirdplace i already caste vote for you... hope you top up again...

Prateek said...

I remember, I read this piece when I was not in blogging. Around 8.30 AM while travelling to college. Guess it was the second day you posted this post.
What I can hazily sum up is- I liked it when I read it now and then.

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a1gaurav said...

why did you have to say it was fiction.. it was looking so perfect.. :) anyways.. nice composition..touching !

cheers !
Gaurav

Tech Blogger said...

good article

Vikram said...

Great article, very touching, was surprised that this was fiction. By the way did you win ?

yash1229 said...

This is amazing!
Hard to believe that this is fiction! :O

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Venu said...

Nice one. I am in a lazy phase, but will try to do one for the smartphone too

Ajay said...

i really enjoyed myself a lot reading your post !
surely it's been a great experience, for me to interact with others thoughts !

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar said...

Well, you certainly made Yuuki come alive :)

Cheers

Vinesh Balan said...

Awesome!

Dhiraj Kartik said...

a well written post....:-)

Android kid said...

superb post, i really enjoy

Mallikarjun Gunda said...

Nice post

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