Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Once upon a time at Traffic Signal


Alarm rings.... 8 0'clock...... He wake up, brushing teeth, taking bath, getting ready and leaving his room of chawl at 8:30. He starts walking towards main road. Main road is 15 minutes away from the chawl. There is a big traffic signal at main road. He come there at 8:45 and go to one tea stall at signal. He orders tea and wait there for start of the signals.
Signal starts daily at sharp 9. Traffic Policeman is coming at 8:50-8:55. First Traffic policeman comes near tea stall to start the signal. After he switch on the signals, he too takes tea at the same stall. 
He saw the traffic policeman very near by. and then he starts observing him. and He does that for two long hours. There are many other thing happens at signal but he has set his focal point to traffic policemen only. Traffic policeman is very efficient to handle the traffic. He manages the traffic such way that there is no jam at his signal. He got the award for that from the city police commissioner. Like inspection, he see how traffic policemen handles the traffic, gives more time to peak side traffic for signal. After observing him for long time, he concludes that traffic policemen is really good at handling traffic. 
At 11, He goes to his office. At 2, He again come back to signal, eat some snacks there only by standing and watching the traffic policeman's activity.
At 7, He leave the office and come back at Signal again. Traffic is at peak as everyone in the city is in hurry to reach the home and spend time with their near and dear ones. But not him, he is in no hurry. He still watching the same traffic policeman.
At 9:30,  Traffic slow down and it is time to stop the signal. Traffic policeman stops signal and then start to walk towards his home. He following him. Traffic policeman does not know that. Traffic policeman reach home at 10:10. Traffic policeman is living in government quarter. He knows the address of Traffic policeman. He got his quarter number from the panwala near quarters. After traffic policeman is enter the quarters, he starts back journey to his chawl. He reach his chawl at 11 and go to sleep.
That's his daily routine of almost a year, to be precise 355 days. He is alone. He is following this traffic policeman for 355 days. No one knows his motive. Neither any one noticed nor any one interested in his activity. He looks very ordinary people and there are many people like him at signal.
But Tomorrow will be different for him and for traffic policeman too. He decided to kill the traffic policeman. He is preparing this for last 355 days. He had bought one revolver with silencer from his chawl's gunda few days back. and learned how to use it.
Days starts normally as usual. But nothing is normal for him today. He is keep thinking what happened year ago. His wife was pregnant and she was having labor pain at 9 only. He called rickshaw and want to go near by hospital. For hospital, they have to cross the signal and then 10-15 mins drive. They started at 9:15 but... stuck with the traffic jam at signal around 9:30. The traffic policeman was not in sight there. May be he was not there at all. May be he was at leave. Whatever it was, They stuck there for 30 mins and then his wife died in the rickshaw only without seeing hospital gate.
He has suddenly come out of thought and see the traffic policeman at signal. He believes that traffic policeman is the culprit of his wife's death. Had he was at the signal year ago, his wife would be alive and he would be proud father of one year old children. but.....
Morning and noon time is normal and routine. He has decided he would kill him at night, when he about to reach his home.
At 7, he has reached at signal but what he saw. Again there is traffic jam and thousands of thought crossed his mind. Has the traffic policeman got the idea? has anyone complained that he is watching him since 355 days? but that should not happen. He hasn't tell anyone about it. He cut off himself from whole world and just observing traffic policeman. and no one ever asked him why he is doing that? then what happened? he asked the tea-wala about traffic policeman and tea-wala said 'he must be on leave today. he hasn't come after lunch and that's why there is traffic jam.'
He starts walking towards the quarters. His heart is pumping fast. He panicked that may be traffic policemen noticed him silently all these days and he knew about his motive. He go straight to traffic policeman quarter and what he see? 
Traffic policeman is celebrating his daughter's birthday. Wall decorated with ribbons '1st Happy Birthday to Vaidehi'....

20 comments:

Rasesh Patel said...

Super.....Duper....dost

Alpesh Bhalala said...

Excellent!

Anish Patel said...

@Rasesh & Alpesh Sir: Thanks for the compliments. I am glad you like it.

Urvashi said...

Wow......!! :)

Anonymous said...

very good indeed :)
bollywood can make a very good movie on this concept. Anish the scriptwriter

Mind Writer! said...

Awesome bro! What a suspense! I'm sure he didn't kill the traffic police later. What a concept!

Anish Patel said...

@Urvashi: Thanks.... :) ...

@Anonymous: Thanks buddy.... well I don't have any contacts in bollywood, if you have, you can with this script, it all yours... :) ...

@Chhoti: Yup, obviously He didn't kill traffic police... I am glad you like the story.

Mehul Shah said...

Wah Anish Wah...... looks like you can start writing script for small documentary...!!!! Boman irani e 44+ years pachi acting saru kari hati ... tu around 35 sudhi ma to bollywood movie ni script lakhi nakhis :)

R. Ramesh said...

ya super duper..:)

Adorable said...

Kya baat hai...Anish- The Script writer...Good one....I suggest, you title it like:
"Once upon a time at Traffic Signal" : ):)

...Jitsy... said...

oh ho.....sahi hai ekdum...gripping story...loved it!
keep writing dude!

...Jitsy... said...

hey btw, finally followed ur blog =)

Anish Patel said...

@Mehul: Well... dream to wohi hai... one day i will write script for bollywood movie n direct it too.. :) .....

@Ramesh: Thanks....

@Pritesh: Thanks... Title changed... :) ....

@Jitsy: Thanks for both.. compliments n follower thing... stories not good as urs though..

Pratik Godhani said...

Very good..... Keep it up....
Right now you are in mumbai so script writing will be perfect profession for you...
Really good one...

Kaushal Gandhi said...

Excellent one!!
Superrr...

Anish Patel said...

@Pratik and Kaushal: Thanks buddies...

mayur said...

It is a good story,
It is a nice story,
I mean, good+nice story, and including every comment of other persons, i want to say that

A Very Touching Story

rajesh said...

I guess you are in wrong field. Good write up. Keep it up.

Kavan said...

Too good man.. I am little late in reading it .. .but der aye durast aye ...

Anish Patel said...

@Mayur: Thanks, I feel very touched.. :) .....

@Rajesh: Thanks, I know I m in wrong field.. but it is now bread n butter... so... completes my dreams through blogging now.. :)

@Kavan: Thanks, I know few of last posts r very boring n may be that's why u delayed... :) ...