Sunday

An unusual mix

They gathered, the six jury members, to decide the best novel of the year. Shortlisted entries were on the shelf, all six of them leaning above each other, some thick some no so much. Before the judges sat together for reading, they thought it would be a good idea to get a few drinks. They went to a nearby bar leaving a window, or two, open. A cold gust of wind came and made the pages of the topmost book flutter. A character walked out. He strolled through the alley of fine literature, touching the lengths of books like walls of an ancient building. He opened other books like doors, and more characters came out. They took turns to introduce themselves, and, while judges were having a ball - raising toasts in the bar - here, these semi-opaque characters were too having a great time - laughing and telling tales they had come from. Then there was a sound of a knob clicking. The judges came in. The characters ran in confused directions, and everyone just jumped into the nearest novel; All of them ended up in the novels they didn't belong to. It was not funny because whole lives were changed: an illiterate driver who had killed his master in his original novel, now found himself teaching algebra in a primary school. The reading went on for weeks and a collective observation of the judges was published on the website: The mix this year is very different, very unusual. The winner was announced, and as the characters had remained intact in the copies sold worldwide, nobody thought the winner that year was a fair choice.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

hhhmm quite imaginitive :) :D could have spread the idea out a bit more; was abrupt

Moonie

Swatantra said...

You have an amazing skill of imagination!! Keep it coming!!

Ketan said...

Amazing! I don't know if the story was to be read 'as it is' or if it was an allegory to how our world has turned out to be--people suited for one thing doing entirely different things (as their vocation), or something even more profound that I couldn't comprehend. But whatever way it is, I loved the idea of characters walking out of novels, mingling with each other and then getting mixed up!

I'd be grateful if I get a clarification from you.

Take care.

VJ Sophie said...

AAha, too good!

Anna said...

Jagjit you got imagination my friend. You keep them going, I love it. Anna :)

Jagjit said...

@Anon: Thanks for the suggestion.

@Swatantra: Thanks dear.

@Ketan: :) Read it as it is. That's how it was written - as it is.

People doing things they are not suited for was definitely not the idea behind it. If there is an idea here, it must be the general disapproval of Aravind Adiga's debut novel that won the Booker, and the fact that no matter what happens, you can always think of an explanation.

Thanks for dropping here :)

@VJ: Thanks!

@Anna: Thanks :)

Sophia Ali said...

ha ha...well conceived post...

Sanjay said...

Nice!

Now I know where RGV and Abbas-Mastan got their too-much-twisted plots from. They must have been on the jury.

Rane (The Orchid with All Shades Pink) said...

imagination at its peak.. :D wow!

Rane

pritha said...

Quite an interesting storyteller u r!

Arun Meethale Chirakkal said...

Vow! I’m thinking about those out-of-their-place characters, how they would cope with the new environs. Very interesting.

Toon India said...

hmmm..that makes for a really nice novel itself:)

Lazy Pineapple said...

what a wonderful story...quite innovative an unusual....

PEOPLE, PLACES, VOICES, FACES... said...

I like magic reality, especially of the playful sort that I cannot myself write.

I love the idea of characters getting mixed up..I think you could do more with this little germ.I smell a longer story here.

Ranee

Ria said...

great imagination... :) Well said!

ki said...

This didn't deserve to be so short Jagjit. Make it longer, juicier!

AS said...

hii
hey m in love with this revolving ball in ur blog! i want the same..plzz help ..plzz :)

How do we know said...

wow men! This is incredible fiction! Love the imagery and the brevity of the piece!!

Novice Writer said...

So that explains why nobody is ever happy about best novel awards!
First time here! Loved it and will be back:-)

john Matthew said...

Good Jagjit. I can see your hand shaping up! : ) And, 'If on a winter's night a traveller', by Calvino is a novel based on what happens after the book/s were printed and distributed! Give it a try.

Arnav said...

Hi,

Please collect your award from my blog :)

Congrats :)

Anna said...

Hey Jagjit how are you doing my friend, any more stories to tell? Anna :)

Science Bloggers Association said...

Nice Blog. Congrats.
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }
[Editor- Children’s Poem & Adult’s Poem]

Shaili said...

Amazing, i tell you... :)

muthu said...

wow,

now that was awesome...

I loved it.. :)

A S said...

hii Jagjit

happy diwali :)

Heavenly Muse said...

hi

Heavenly Muse said...

hi