A Liar's Guide to the Dreams..

In the dead of the night, the dreams come in one by one. They cling to you with soft acceptance, and they know it all..

These are the dreams which leave a note of remembrance. They cling to our tongues like a bittersweet delight.

They feel familiar, though their flavour melts in the mouth... and taste distinctly unusual.

November 28, 2008

27th November: A Day

I cried last night after a long time and prayed that someone called Puloma Baral was all right. Her mother was on the phone and I could not cry because she was and as she talked to me a life flashed before my eyes... in living colours I saw this girl who grew up with me and was the salient member of a gang which we would adoringly call Scarlet.

I have two friends: One at Taj and the other at The Oberoi, Mumbai. Sabrina was accessible and responded immediately to my query. Pulo was not. Her phone was switched off and her mother was hysterical.

We did not know what to do. All I did was stare at the TV to watch the destruction of faith. My friend told me that it made her stomach turn over to see it. I switched off the TV after I saw the hotel room on fire. I could not bear it, and to top it all, news came that five chefs were murdered, and since Puloma's a chef, we were terrified.

I hated the TV channels which try to show reality and end up dramatizing and not revealing the truth. I hate that news man who saw my friend run out of the hotel, with blood pouring out of her head and her ankle and never came to help, though she asked. I will not forgive that person who turned a blind eye (THE CAMERA) to her as she ran out and tried to find help. Now she is safe but what about those hours?

If I sound vengeful and angry, but its reaction, I know.


Angsuman Chakraborty said...

How is your friend doing now?

The Indian media, especially the TV media has become very heartless. All they are interested is in covering the "breaking news". They wouldn't lift a finger to help a man or woman in need despite their vantage position.

Bong Pen said...

Please dont le go of this anger! Please dont!

It is high time that we accumulate all the anger that we can..together!

panu said...

Angshuman - True. The media made the whole thing even worse, by constantly broadcasting the things they should not have. had they not broadcasted a major portion of what they did, then the operation would have been much faster. And i have a bone to pick with Varkha Dutt. She DARED ask a boy who'd received the news of his father's death minutes ago, HOW ARE YOU FEELING!!
My friend's doing good. Unfortunately the man she was dating is gone. lost to all of us now. another one bit the dust.

I mean, dammit, can I kill your father and ask you that question??

Bong Pen - Its been gathering for quite some time now. What with the Delhi blast and then The JU problem, and now this!! we have so many things to be angry about, and its worth that anger.

panu said...

sorry thats BARKHA DUTT.

Ruchiraa said...

I had it easier than you- my friend was nowhere near any of those hotels and we got to contact her pretty quick. The media does get overboard at times, just look at Aarooshi -but its the politicians I am really angry at.

panu said...

yes. true.

sandman said...

Missed being there at VT by minutes.
Haven't punned for two days.not scared.
Be well.

panu said...

hmm. take care.