Mar 26, 2013

The colours I never saw


“What do you mean, colours?”
For a moment, I think he hasn’t heard me. I imagine him standing there, his eyes focused on what lies beyond those windows.
“How old were you when you lost your vision?”
“Seven.” I reply.
“What colours do you remember?” I close my eyes. At first, there is only a familiar darkness. But then, the palette starts to brighten.
I see my mom’s wavy hair ..” Yellow” I whisper.
My toy car….”Red”
The beaches … “Blue”
“They’re all there, child” I hear his words, but the catch in his voice is even more audible.
“Why are you crying?”
I feel him bend down and place his arms around me, hugging me tightly, as the sounds outside grow nearer. “Imagine all those wonderful colours together”
“Like a rainbow?” “No. Even more splendid. The whole sky is just painted in all these lovely colours. Can you see it ?”
I keep my eyes closed and slowly all the colours start to appear. They flutter around, coalescing with each other indiscriminately. They envelop me within their vibrancy and I am one with them.
“Yes. Yes I see it.” I feel his cheeks widen as he smiles A moment later, the missile hits our building. I hear its deafening fury and feel the scorching heat but I see it not. In my eyes, I see only the last image my Abba painted for me.
They are the most beautiful images I have ever seen.



Authors note :  The above post, my attempt at short fiction, was first published in Tamarind Rice for the theme 'Colours', a fun free e-magazine where I will be a guest writer cook. Well, it's kind of like the animated movie 'Ratatouille' and like Alfredo Linguini, I'll be allowed to contribute till the creative heads there realise the truth - that a rat could do a better job than me! 
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27 comments:

  1. Read this piece on their first edition and loved it instantly. Seen the cup you flaunted on facebook as well ;-)

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    1. hehe... thanks :D I wonder if I should show that pic here too.

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    2. Whats a better place than your own blog to show off :D (Of course after facebook)

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  2. The story is touching, in a different way. .
    Even i am gonna cook! :P

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    1. Please do.. lots of sections. Plus winners get goodies in monthly competitions :D

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  3. Thats so very touching Roshan

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  4. I read the story in the magazine when it came out. Loved it!

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  5. Invaluable lesson - Be grateful for whatever you have.
    Well written :)

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    1. Something I very rarely follow myself, I guess.

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  6. A truly touching story !
    Subscribed Tamarind Rice :)
    Seena

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  7. A very gut wrenching story.

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    1. Was aiming for a different kind of story from the regular types associated with the word 'Color' which was the theme.

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  8. Beautiful....touched the very stone heart in me...

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    1. Thanks... pathar dil ko piglane wale kahani !!? I am humbled

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  9. That was just amazing Roshan :)
    Looking forward for more... :D

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  10. oh my god. that's so touching. a beautiful piece Doc.
    oooo..did i read *free goodies* !!!! off I go right away to check this out :):):)
    keep writing awesomeness like this.

    Cheers!!

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    1. thanks meow !! looking forward to seeing you announce that you won/stole goodies from there :D

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  11. Well... I really am speechless... really dunno how to express wat I really felt reading this one..... u rock doc :)

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    1. Thanks Meety.. wanted to see what I could do differently with the theme of 'Colours'.

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  12. Beautiful story,loved it.

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