Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Story of the Desert

"Let's play a game!", he said. "Let's pretend you're the princess of desert and I'm the knight from across the seas."

So that's what she became, the princess of desert. Surprisingly, the otherwise unyielding desert agreed to play along. Together, the desert and the princess waited for the knight.


Very early every morning, they dressed up in molten gold and pretended to be angry half the time, remorseful the other half. Bored in a few hours, the sleepy desert half-opened its sand-dune eyes, and went back to its afternoon nap.

"Winds from across the seas will bring my news", he had said. And she thought she could hear waves crashing against the shore. But the winds never brought any news. (Though sand in her eyes hurt like held-back tears, and it had a curious pungent taste, too.)


So they waited till sundown, and the desert draped her in a dusky red velvet. "Even stars will celebrate the day we reunite". (This was her best dress, and red was his favorite!) Every night, stars gathered for the celebration and sighed in silent mourning as another night slipped by. The chill in night-air was unmistakeable.


Moonlight in her dreams always made the desert look like a giant crumpled bedsheet. She felt herself decaying into the sand-sheet with time. Perhaps it was just in her dreams, funny as they are, that it became increasingly difficult to identify herself from the desert. "Come on, you're the princess around here!", she shouted at the top of her voice. But the stars looked on in amazement, as they thought they saw a sudden whiff rise and die away, from a single sand-dune.
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10 comments:

....R.A.J.A.... said...
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Kanupriya said...

kyun? yeh 'she' kaun hai? :-o
'he' ofcourse has to be someone who's making 'her' wait. and 'the desert' is ofcourse her loneliness!

Anonymous said...

'she' tum ho. 'he' is no-work-no-coding holiday in Alaska :-p

Kanupriya said...

@Raja
why did u have to be an anon 2 say this? [-(

anyway, holidays don't make promises [-(

....R.A.J.A.... said...
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Kanupriya said...

yeh koi logic nahin hua [-(

Voice said...

amazing concept

story with pictures
good one..


just....
storms come mainly in afternoon i guess... due to air pressure fall..

Kanupriya said...

@Bhav
thanks :)
mujhe woh sab nahin pata... aur anyway meri story mein koi storms nahin the :p

Voice said...

>>and went back to its afternoon nap.

maine ispe woh comment mara tha ki afty me desert is bit violent..

dnt get me wrong, mere deemag me aya to maine likha, i m not critizing :P

Kanupriya said...

@Bhavesh
oh! :)
well, ofcourse I know u were not. u dare not ;)

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