Thursday, June 25, 2009

Short Story Contest and An Indecent Ending

Here’s an entirely useless piece of information for more than 6 billion humans and the entire Ostrich species. I am going home this weekend for a week. Yes, the economy would be spurred a little. But in the larger scheme of things, Milky-way shall continue approaching the Andromeda galaxy at the speed of 130 Km/s, leaving Bangalore Metro Corporation with just five more billion years to finish the work on CMH road.

Meanwhile, you guys still have time to read and write stories in the upcoming contest here. The contest opens on July 8th. You are supposed to write a story in 250 words inspired by the picture of a glass filled with red wine. Co-incidentally one of my posts (click here), written three months back, comes quite close to being an entry with minor editing. However, going by the level of stories in Jason’s contests, I would have to come up with something better.

His previous contest had a picture of escalator with a pair of legs riding it. My entry "Life is Beautiful” (click here) obviously didn’t win a place and I can see so many glaring gaps in it now. It did manage to be in Forties club which includes all the entries that scored more than 40 out of 45. The best part about the contest is the high quality of entries and super-kind comments you get there.

I would love to see fellow bloggers’ entries there. It is a rewarding experience. Get your creative juices flowing (rather unimaginative phrase, I know ).

If you are still here, join me in wishing my Vinnie a Happy B’day. She turns five today and is all mine now with the last installment being paid on first of this month. Here’s a humble picture of hers, two years ago. As is evident, the owner has never been a very colorful personality.

Below is the current-me after having gulped fifteen portions of dead chicken, goat and a fish. There’s a bottle of beer by the pool side. If one ignores the lingering finger and has noticed the thin half-naked me, one shouldn't have any doubts that my mom, as usual, is not going to like what she sees when I reach home.I've always been thin due to a high metabolic rate. Eight meals a day is the forecasted routine for the next week, without any consideration for the quest for a six-pack. Contrary to what one might infer about me from the content of this blog, I am a huge SRK fan. And if he can do it after forty, I am not going to die without a six-pack snap to show to my grandchildren. Like it or not, that snap shall be on display here too once I succeed. There are as many as nine bets running over it since the time Om Shanti Om was released.

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Anonymous said...

Have a safe trip!
I thought the story was extremely well written! You should enter it as is!
& after reading it I am not entering that contest!!!

Nicky said...

Have a happy holiday :)

WOW! You like SRK?!!!


OMG you are soo back on my list six pack or no six pack!


Didn't read the story yet, will post a comment on that when I do!

Kokonad said...

Wow, that was a really nice story, BP! I am thinking whether or not I should enter... I have written only one story my entire life - and that was pretty intense and pretty long too! I will give it a shot! A 250 word limit is fun! :)
Thanks for sharing this!

Sumit said...

Nice story! :)

And I am ignoring the part of your post about six-pack abs. :D (I do have six-packs, just that they are well-hidden.)

Vinnie said...

too much!!!
have a great time at Dewas! n dont forget to blog then..i'm sure some gems r awaiting us!
thanks for Jason's contest link...i'm sure u wouldnt wanna see my entry there!

P.S: i was gonna ask u about 'Vinnie' n u gave this wonderful news..Congrats man!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Vinnie! :D

short entries? :)) I am a dud when it comes to 'short and sweet :))
(and its not for lack of trying either :((.I ENVY people who can write 55ers)

long and rambling that I know:D

Shruthi said...

Thanks for letting us know. My previous attempt in writing a short story was disastrous :p so don’t think will be taking any chance hehe
happy birthday to Vinnie and congrats, she is all yours now :)

You have a nice time and do give us an update!

Harshita said...

First of all have a safe trip. :)

And abt those six-packs..ahem ahem!! :D

Satans Darling™ said...

Ahh loved both your stories especially the Escalator one :)

Welcome to Mumbai in advance!

And happy 5th bday to your Vinnie :)

BrownPhantom said...

Thank you all guys n gals. I shall be replying individually to all of you; on the run right now :).

preposterous girl said...

Happy Birthday to Vinnie :D
And writting stories and me.. :O
u knw if I'll write some story it will comeout as those children tales we used to read in our childjood with strating lines "once upon a time, there was a king" lol..
Not my cup of tea.. :(
BTW have a happy holiday.. And try to read some more hindi reviews..;)

Prasant Naidu. said...

have fun dude and yes ur there show up ur six packs/may be 9 ;)

Meghana Naidu said...

*happy birthday vinnie
*thou shalt miss bangalore,
roaded-potholes et al.
*eugh @ above 9 pack. more eugh
glaring gaps: maybe,
interesting POV: hell yeah.
pun-un intended.
*go where you want, keep the
stories rolling.


AJai said...

I dare you to watch Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and tell me after you've watched it, that you are still an SRK fan!

Aparna said...

Hope you will continue to blog.
There are very few blogs that I enjoy reading. Yours is one of them.

vinay pandey said...

Hi Prashant, What is the deadline for the entry

JR's Thumbprints said...

Home is where the heart is. Relax a bit, and start writing that winning entry! You're close if you scored in the Forty's Club.

Panky said...

Happy Bday rahega idhar se bhi Vinnie ko... Aaj bhi mujhe yaad hai jab tum Hope Apartment se Vinnie ko leke nikale they and Vinnie ne bahar kadam rakhte hi ek Car ko chuma tha [:)]

Scattered Thoughts... said...

Hmm.. you seems high on some thing??? Part of celebration of Vinnie's bday? :P

Kunjal said...

wow you were among the forties club:) mai to usma bhi nahi thi:(
but definitely I was amazed to see the entries the different views about the same photograph.All teh best:)

Kunjal said...

and yes forgot to mention that it is real fun to participate in that contest you not only get a wider audience but many of them are accomplished writers too:)

Nicky said...

You just received an award on my blog, do check it out!! :D

Shanu said...

Enjoy ur holidays!

BTW read the escalator story..very well written..wont read the red wine stry though..wanna enter the contest..and i m sure if i read ur story i'll end up not enterin it!

numerounity said...

Happy Holidays!!!

The contest sounds too high...lemme try writing something!!

Miss your "cheesy" comments on the blogs though...

Have fun!!

Anonymous said...

hey have a fun trip :) and a great time

Absolutely Normal Chaos said...

Hahaha - absolutely loved the beginning of this post! And thanks so much for sharing the link! Have a safe trip :)

BrownPhantom said...

Thanks :). If you read the other stories there,you would agree that I have to improve a lot :).

You were maintaining a book, now it's down to a list :).
Yes, SRK rocks :).
And thank you so much for the award. I shall mention it in one of my next posts :).

Yes , Please give it a shot :).Thanks

BrownPhantom said...

Thanks :). One-pack is in these days.

Thanks a lot VINNIE :). I would be very interested to read your entry :). I shall blog about some of the incidents in my trip :).

And you do very well at writing the long ones :). Thanks.

BrownPhantom said...

Yes. She is getting better with age :). Thanks a lot .

The trip was safe :). Six-pack abhi aana baaki hain :). Thanks.

@Satan's Darling,
Thank you so much :). Mumbai was very wet while I was there. I just love that city :).

BrownPhantom said...

@preposterous girl,
I read the review of Kambakht Ishq :). Thanks a lot :)

@Prasant Naidu,
Thoda jyaad ho gaya dost :). Thanks.

Vinnie says thanks to you.
Trust me, didn't miss the potholes :)
eughs :)
Glad that you read the story :).
Thanks you so much :)

BrownPhantom said...

I am an incorrigible fan :). Thanks

Really !!Thank you so much for your kind words :).

15th July is the last date.

BrownPhantom said...

I am an incorrigible fan :). Thanks

Really !!Thank you so much for your kind words :).

15th July is the last date.

BrownPhantom said...

Thanks a lot:). I liked your entry a lot for the last contest.

@Scattered thoughts,
Was about to get high :). Thanks.

Shukriya dost.

BrownPhantom said...

I remember reading and liking your story. Better luck this time :). Thanks a lot :).

Great to hear that you'll participate. I am not submitting that story, so you may read it :). Thanks :).

Thanks :).I was away from the net for a while. Please do try writing :).

BrownPhantom said...

@Delphian Oracle,
Thank you so much for the wishes. The trip was great :).

@Absolutely Normal Chaos,
Glad that you liked it. Thanks for the wishes :).

How do we know said...

ok , have a nice trip. and loved ur sense of humour..

vinay pandey said...

I am ready with my story ..but the guy hasnt announced it in his blog..or has he announced it else where..tell me where to post it ..Since its my first,am a bit jittery about how good my entry is..can u please go throught it once @
Tell me if its "sendable".
Thanks mate

Mayuri (THE IT whiz) said...

The pic reminds me that ur clothes are still with Mitra. Remind him to get it to office quickly before it gets misplaces at the 'Yatri Niwas';)

BrownPhantom said...

Hee hee..Pahle hee laa chuka hain Mitra wo maal. Thank you. Jindagi me pahli baar ironed shorts pehenunga :).

@How do we Know,
Thanks mate :).

I read ur write-up. Enjoyed it :).