Archive for એપ્રિલ, 2011

That man from the match

Posted: એપ્રિલ 9, 2011 in Short Stories


“Who on earth started the match so loud on TV, can you please keep it low??!!” I screamed as there was a big roar of the crowd started around me all of a sudden. It’s horrible when someone starts TV when you haven’t slept for 3 consecutive days and finally you have got a chance to get some sleep. I just hate it. “Now just switch it off, whoever it is, and just bloody switch off!!” I again shouted.

“Hey hey… hey dude, Are you insane?? How can you sleep when such an existing match is going on and that is too when more than 20000 people are making noise around you? Come on, wake up…Man!!” person beside me woke me up in a very exciting tone. You must be thinking that I am kidding but even I got a shock when I saw that I was sitting in a stadium where an actual match was ongoing instead of TV and that too I was sleeping there, I was very embarrassing.

That guy was very excited about the match and was cheering the up the players with a loud voice and lots of whistle. “Earth Earth Earth!!” he was shouting, “Go Earth, go”. It was a cricket match and it looked to be very interesting by the roar and the cheers of the crowd. But I was a little bit confused listening people cheering up shouting “Earth”.  But I just ignored thinking that it might be a match between Earth and some other planet some creepy aliens. Hehe. Yeah I know that was a bad joke but stop cursing me. People around me were shouting “Earth Earth” not me!! So now listen further.

“So hey, Khumbhkarn… which team do you support?” the guy asked me.

“Of course, INDIA!! Whom else I can support, huh? I know I was sleeping but I can see Tendulkar’s century on the big screen so surely it’s India’s match.” I replied trying to show some smartness.

“Wait a minute!! What am I seeing??!! How on earth Afridi’s name is there? What is going on, have I gone mad??” I was shocked by looking at Tendulkar and Afridi’s name together on the score board.

“Ohh come on!! From which century are you from!! 21st?? You have still not come out of that so called ‘I support my country’ thing??” he disgusted on me like I am an 19th century man with an orthodox nature with a totally narrow mind who will always fight for ‘My Cast’, ‘My state’ and all.

“Grow up Man!!” he shouted.

“What do you mean by Grow up? Where are you from? Why shouldn’t I support my country, huh?”

He gave me a weird look and

“Today world has reached don’t know how many light years far, fought how many battles with all sort of creepy aliens. Now finally one good guy has come up with a great idea to stop all that and to start walking on the way of peace and that is sharing of sports, music and all,  to find a common place to get together and know each other.” He explained.

“And you are still talking about country? After how much hard work and how many sacrifices we have come out of that fight of ‘My state, my country’. After so many struggles we have become one, the world our one family.” He was just not stopping.

“Udaracharitanam tu vasudhaiva kutumbakam, your Indian literature only says that. It means ‘This is my own relative and that is a stranger’ – is the calculation of the narrow-minded; for the magnanimous-hearts, however, the entire earth is but one family’. You are an Indian how can you forget it if you are so proud of your country?” He was right, I understood.

“You know what, I am really sorry!! I was wrong, I forgot my own values but I am still confused. What kind of match is this, is this like world 11 vs some other team? Who is the opponent team?” I asked.

“You really don’t know, do you? Or it’s just that you want to make me fool, I know it’s 1st April.”

“No seriously, tell me who the two teams are?”

“Ok, I tell you. One is as you said; it is world rather Earth 11 and the other team is from Sirius, the star around 8.5 light yeas far from earth. And you know what they are always serious. :)”

I stood up to check out the serious team “The Sirius” and I started sweating, my head started spinning and that’s it, I collapsed.

And the song started, “I am not a perfect person, there’re many things I wish I didn’t do…” Hey, it was my alarm. I woke up and I was just in a big shock, sort of hangover like I completed the entire JD bottle in the night. My head was paining like hell; I took some pills and sit. But then I remember that we have an India-Pakistan match. I started TV but my mind was somewhere else. I was not able to stop thinking about the dream I had. I thought for a long time and then I realize that the man from that match was right, he was the real man of the match. What are we doing, why are we fighting for a piece of land, sometimes it’s our state and sometimes it’s our country. It’s all ours; we are all together, we are one family. So please join hands, forget all past, get together, and we will make our ShatraS true. We will make one earth one family, our “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam”.