Tuesday, April 10, 2007

So I killed a hero

Paris is addictive. Every trip there I get a little more drunk on the place.

The streets of St.Michel with their clumsy, warm, cosy cobbles. The number of footfalls on the old stones… imagine the number of stories they would have to tell.

Of happy skipping steps...
Of sad lingering steps...
Of drunken non-caring steps...
Of curious wonderstruck touristy steps...

I play hopscotch on my mind, the stones are too tempting not to and I am too old to.

‘So tell me about your book that you might never write’, he asks.

I push the marker with my mind, stop, think and don’t answer him.

‘Where is it set?’

This I can answer. ‘India and Paris’.

In a fit of magnanimity I tell him some more.

‘The girl is Indian.’

Hop.

‘And the hero is French.’

I hear his quiet voice tell me, ‘There are no heroes’

Except in books, I want to tell him. But even they are created.

The marker falls on the line. The game ends.
The stones are cold now.


16 Comments:

Blogger Sudarshan. A. G. said...

There are no heroes. Yes.

But heroines, there most certainly are.

4:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silence sometimes can be very penetrating...

4:11 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Sudarshan: Watching too many Telugu movies you are I think!

Anon: So we kill silence too? :)

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Poornima P said...

Beleive me, there are heroes!!! or... theres atleast one.....The one who is going to wake me up from my sleep :)
High Hopes!?!...... HeHeHe! Thats what life is all about, right?... To have high hopes and wait, and wait, and wait.....

9:39 AM  
Blogger Sudarshan. A. G. said...

Hahaha! Telugu movies it seems!!!! I take offense!

8:55 PM  
Blogger A Liberated Soul said...

How can you imagine to this extent?

9:57 PM  
Blogger ashish said...

why no an indian hero and a french heroine?>

9:26 PM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

u got a way with words, i must admit that.
kallakku!

10:51 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Poornima: Thankfully Sleeping Beauty didnt sleep with expectations! :)

Sudarshan: Awww... Cant let that happen to one of my favorite readers now, can I? Peace? :)

Liberated Soul: Practice! :P

Ashish: Coz I can think like a French heroine!

Balu: FINALLY you say somethin nice on my blog! :) *Hug*

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Poornima P said...

Oh.Yeah.
Thats the difference between me and her :)

10:32 AM  
Blogger Sudarshan. A. G. said...

Flattery, madame, will get you anywhere! :))

9:59 PM  
Anonymous Poornima P said...

Well, actually, thats a difference between me and her :)

10:15 AM  
Blogger Dev Nair said...

Life is a state of mind, isnt it Poornima.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Poornima: Hope floats.

Sudarshan: Its called honesty mister! :P

Dev: Agree. Completely. So is death. Maybe more so.

8:59 AM  
Blogger dharmabum said...

who the hel is this balu? this is the bum. dharmabum, if u like it that way ;o)

9:09 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Dharmabum: Hey, dont you hell my Balu! He is a verrrrrry special friend- the lesser I meet him, the more special he grows! :P

11:41 PM  

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