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The Joker – Part III

 

Presenting the final part of The Joker, Part III. The previous two parts can be accessed here Part I and Part II.

I gained my vigour in few months but destiny already had another twist in store. A night before fifth semester exams, dad fell critically ill owing to his long term affair with cigarettes. Taking care of dad’s business was a necessity, an option I would never have preferred otherwise. His health kept waning with time. No amount of dawa or dua seemed to work the magic.

One night just as I finished dinner dad came up in the hall.

“Papa you aren’t asleep yet?”

“I was but your mom’s snoring woke me up”

“Mom doesn’t snore” I replied playfully.

“Yeah she kicked me as I was snoring. So I came out to check how my son is doing?” replied dad while slowly sitting on the cushioned wooden chair.

“What can happen to me dad … Did you take your medicine?”

“Yes yes I did. Any sort of trouble in office? Are my clients nice to you?”

“Yes papa all are nice … except that Mishra … He is kind of a …”

Dad interrupted “Asshole … I know… He sniff’s his nose into other’s business all the time”.

I cracked up hearing dad’s verdict.

“Son, let me share my understanding of life. It doesn’t matter how many moments made you laugh, but the moments you created to make others laugh.

You know when I married your mother … well technically my high school sweetheart, I promised to keep her smile alive in whatever situation we are… and I didn’t just promise her, I promised to myself.

And God knows I have lived up to it.

This cancer is just a test by God to see if I can make her smile even in pain. Believe me son I am gonna emerge as a winner”

I nodded looking at dad with a heartbroken smile.

“I know son taking care of my business is not what you ever had in mind, but you are doing it without so much as a hiccup and I am really proud of you for holding up so well. In a month the new factory will start functioning and thereafter your maternal uncle will handle it.

Anyway I followed my dream of setting up my own factory even though your grandfather laughed when I shared with him my plan about two decades back. He had been a government servant all his life thus the concept of building a family business was alien to him.

Nevertheless I pursued my dream without any consequence in mind.

If your heart is in the right place then it’s worth pursuing your dream”

Before the onset of the sixth semester I lost the man who inspired me to be the Joker. Dad sure always cracked up mom with his out of the world limericks.

I wish I had forced him to quit cigarettes. I wish Ritika shared her woes. I wish …

A heart-clenching lightning interrupted my yearnings which reminded – I was still on the roof. I marched down wiping my tears.

One guy was waiting for his round, probably imagining his introductory statements while I was waiting for my One Minute.

The moment of truth arrived and was I prepared?

I had one minute to prove my worth. Having no interest in dad’s business, job was the only possible alternative to sustain mummy and myself.

As I entered the room of fate, the youngest interviewer looked up and smiled at me, a warm considerate one.

“Welcome back Pratyush, Are you here to avail your sixty seconds?”

“Precisely Sir” I said clearing my throat.

“Whenever you are ready”

“I have never been more ready in my entire life.

Sir, my marks may hint that I suck at engineering but maybe it’s the timing of examinations which suck. Before enrolling here I did envision myself employed in a big MNC like yours busting my eyes day and night in front of the screen.

But now I have no zeal for it. I don’t wanna sulk at my life every single day at the end of work. No, that isn’t going to be me.

Today I am a Joker and this is exactly what I want to be for the rest of my existence. I want to bring joy to people’s lives. I want to relieve people off their stress.

I want to bring back LIFE into people’s dreadful LIVES.

Every IT student at this stage knows coding, bug fixing and stuff but you will rarely come across one who knows how to make a person laugh and revive his will to thrive.

May be these aren’t the configurations you are looking in an android developer but this is who I am”

Silence prevailed for another few seconds as the interviewers kept staring at me without so much as a blink.

“Pra…” clears throat “Pratyush why don’t you wait outside for few minutes?”

For the first time in years I let my heart speak. I wasn’t proud of my decision and neither was I afraid of the result. Whatsoever be the jury’s decision, the path I chose would be my destination.

I was back in the interview room for the third time.

“Pratyush I am very sorry to inform that you failed to convince us… to appoint you as an Android developer”

“I am sorry sir for wasting your time”

“However …

If you are up for a challenge, we can offer a whole new department”

My desperate eyes looked up from the ground with hope.

“Would you like to be the head of … Stress Relieve Department … We can work on the name later though”

*Thud*


Disclaimer:

This short story is based on a tale I heard couple of years back about an engineering student. No part of this short story can be printed / published / used anywhere else without my written permission. 

Copyright: Karan Singh Surana

I hope you enjoyed this three part series. Kindly shower me with your generous comments and suggestions. 🙂

Interviewed, again!

Hello pals,

I was recently interviewed by WriterStory for my debut novel All the best, baby.

Lets sneak in:

WS – What inspired you to start writing?

KSS – I had a certain dream to fulfill, so the will to write preceded the inspiration. Thus once I started writing, ideas kept pouring. As the story progressed, the situations and instances around served as the inspiration to continue writing the story until completion.

Further, the rejections from many publication houses inspired me to start my own blog where happiness follows with ‘publishing a post’ . Off late I have also started writing Hindi shayaris.

WS – What did you like to read when you were a boy?

KSS – As a boy I read anything and everything that caught my attention, be it Chacha Chaudhary, Tintin, Obelix, Huckleberry Finn and what not. However my real attraction towards literature was sought upon by one great person – Premchand. I was always mesmerized while reading his stories and novels as everything he wrote not only had exceptional emotional sense but also every instance seemed to pop out live.

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To read the full interview Click here

🙂

Thank you for all the love and support.

Book Review: All the best baby

My book’s first overseas review

Vishal Bheeroo

Book Review: all the best, baby

Author: Karan Singh Surana

Rating: Two and a half stars

“It’s better to kill the misunderstanding before the misunderstanding kills the relationships.”

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Introduction:

There has been countless tales of campus romance on the Indian market during the past decade since Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone..has changed the way we look at literature or Hinglish for that matter. There are a bevy of authors spurning the tale of love, romance and break up. What makes the authors tick is the connection they make with the audience who identify with the journey, characters, emotions and the entire premise. I believe that romance in college is here to stay and what makes the journey worthwhile is how you narrate your story. When Karan Singh Surana contacted me for the review of ‘all the Best baby’, I willfully agreed since it’s my favorite genre. All The Best…

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Sunshine Blogger Award

The Editor strikes back!!

This time with a set of questionnaire. Me, not being a regular blogger, it feels like a bliss (gives me more content to write). 🙂

Lets ride.

1) How do you see your blog?

An interesting question to start with…… I am usually stuck at the first question, like when mom asks – Who were you roaming around with? …….Well, I started the blog to publicize my debut novel as well as to showcase my contemplations. Also its a great medium to connect with like-minded people who are interested in nothing more than what you write.

2) Which genre you are most attracted with?

When it comes to reading there isn’t any particular genre I look for. I read from a wide variety of topics like – contemporary novels, blogs, poems, ancient history, scientific theories, positive mental attitude books etc…

3) What are the ambitions, being a writer?

‘Live life one day at a time’ is amongst my life motto’s. So no long term goals framed in the writing field. Currently I want to continue publishing posts on my blog (Publishing is such an attractive term for us writers). Also I have started working on another novel which shall be the sequel to All the best, baby.

4) What can be the reason, according to you, of writer’s attraction towards coffee?

I write when my mind is free from all other activities so never had such attraction towards coffee. Although scientifically speaking (Research is my primary profession), drinking coffee (as well as its aroma) stimulates the brain and enhances the memory performance to certain extent. Essentially it ignites our senses (feelings).

5) How and why writing can ever soothe a soul?

I believe a person who has the ability to scribble (present) ones feelings always has an edge. Writing gives a medium to  connect one’s thoughts with the world around us. Essentially, for me, writing is a sophisticated form of Vomiting – you flush it all out of your system but in an organized way.

And one always has a glow after vomiting. 😉


Thank you Swatii for nominating me. 🙂

Now, The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. (just like I did)
  2. Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you. (Feels good to answer)
  3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award. (Sharing is caring)
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated. (One terrific brain exercise it is)
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated. (Else they might not know)

My Nominees:

1. Sharmishtha – Let the experience speak

2. Jobsons – Waiting for your answers

3. E. I. Wong – Waiting for your answers

4. Bree Paige – Hope you answer

Now the questions:

a. What’s your favourite posture when it comes to writing? Do you prefer laptop/ipad or the traditional pen and pad?

b. Do you use own life experiences or its always fictional?

c. Does sitting in nature help writing? If yes then how?

d. Who is your role model in life and why?

e. Is verbal narration better than writing?


Phewww…. Completed 🙂

Karan Singh Surana the author of All the best Baby

My first non-job related interview. Thank you Sharmishtha 🙂

Indie Adda

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SB: Tell us about yourself.
KSS: I am a research fellow by profession with a post-graduation degree in engineering. Having lived my entire life in Kolkata with roots in Rajasthan I am a present dweller of NCR, India. I am a firm believer in the Almighty and have an aspiration to explore the Universe from close proximity someday… Recently I have entered the literary field by publishing a semi-fictional novel called All the best, Baby (https://www.facebook.com/kssbaby) with Half Baked Beans publishing house (https://www.facebook.com/Half8akedBeans).

SB: A little about your book.
KSS: My book falls under the genre ‘Romance’ but it entails lot more than just a romantic tale, like friendship, corruption, caste differences in society and faith. The trailer is available at youtube which might give a better overview about the book.
Trailer link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEbMMJyp01Q

SB: What made you a writer and what inspired this book?
KSS: While pursuing my…

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