Saturday, May 23, 2015

Don't judge me by what I wear, I am awesome even in my underwear.



In olden days India was prosperous, people where happy to get one langot (a horrible undergarment) and a dhoti (a even horrible over garment) but then the British could not see it through and with that they brought ships and ships full of zippers, pant buttons and clothes. When the freedom struggle ended, the Brits left shamed and angry and to take revenge left the final nail in the coffin, the fashionable clothes.

It was a fitting revenge, the untamed world now knew shame and pants. It was a slow poison for the destruction of the greatest Indus valley civilisation. A slow depression that would bring with it, new clothes, trends and horrible accessories.

The new trends bring with it scary moments, how many times have you been asked by the barber carrying the sharp razor, "Would you like to try strawberry face cream?" he politely asked. I stared at him, eye the razor.

Every female you meet in your life, your mother, your sister and your girlfriend or your wife will point out at every waking moment of your life that you have a bad fashion sense.

'We are going for a movie,' I tried to argue.
'So what you will wear this plain old T-shirt and jeans?' she argued.
'The T-Shirt is just 6 months old,' I brought my best argument in the picture.
'You know... when I was buying you a new t shirt last week, you were busy in your phone...' she argued back.
I wanted to tell her, it is biologically impossible for a man to identify all the colours a woman can see in the world, how do I choose between the two green shirts, I was going to argue with this, but sadly there is no materialistic cure for woman's rolling eyes.
Now can someone tell me, in the four hours of our meeting, I'll be spending 3 hours in the darkness of the theater, why should I dress up for that, beats me?.

If this was confusing enough, my mom started, 'That half pant is from your college days, why are you still wearing it?'
'Its night time, and I am just going to sleep now, who cares if I even wear the pant at all...' I argued.
'You are an engineer for god-sake, please act like one...' she shouted.
'What has my degree got to do with my pants?' it was an innocent question, and no harm done.
I thought that was the end of it, but no, the next day when i came to office, the same half pant was fulfilling its destiny by wiping the floor with it. It broke my heart. My mind actually sobbed to see the loyal pants which saved by private parts for 6 years.

This fashion trend creates so much confusion, nowadays it is hard to differentiate a Male from a Female, walking on the street. Girls sporting boy-cut and boys attempting to grow and iron their hair.
I once told this problem told the wise man who drank the free coffee at the pantry with me, 'This has turned into a critical issue man...' I said.
The wise man replied, 'No way, brother...I have a simple solution for this problem.'
He silently enlightened, 'Suppose you are walking down the street and you see a girl and boy walking. Now you want to know which is which, so a simple test will prove it. All you have to do is, go near them and tell an adult joke...' he said.
I looked at him with wide eyes.
'...whoever is ashamed by that adult joke is definitely a boy...' the wise man concluded.
I now realised why he was slapped yesterday on the street.

The fashion trends change so drastically that I once saw a complete rainbow in the hair colour of a girl in just two months. When I met a girl with pink hair in the conference, it was hard to believe she was a big authority in cloud computing. I assumed she was some college student and did not take her seriously, resulting in her furious comeback,
'You know what you are...' she shouted, 'A hair-color-racist. You discriminate people based on their hair-color... you should be locked away in a prison far far away for hair crimes.'
She did not specify who will be the guard at the prison, black haired people or pink haired people, but I thought its not wise to ask.

I am not sure where this fashion policing will lead the humanity, but I am a simple man, who still believes that it does not matter what you wear, if you are awesome enough. Ok, I am a simple man with complex taste, but awesome I am.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Building a Multiverse around Hindu Mythology

For those who are aware (and many of those who are not, don't fret awareness is just temporary) I am currently busy building a multiverse. A lot of questions were asked around my multiverse and I had to answer them at one point or the other. So here is a compilation of my thoughts (and a little bit of progress) around my multiverse. It might be a tiny bit of long post BUT towards the end I am leaving you with a bonus sneak peak of my Universe, don't miss it.

If you do not know what a Multiverse is, Multiverse is basically a shared Universe where multiple characters live (not in harmony) and jump in and out of stories. For e.g., Incident happening in some story are refereed in another story sometimes via close related person or maybe through public medium. Designing a multiverse is a herculean task in itself for little little things matter in this universe. Like Harry Potter lives in his own Universe. It has its own Laws.


The Central Theme of the Multiverse

My multiverse is not magical (atleast not completely magical) and its roots are found deep into Hindu Mythology. The multiverse is exactly like the world we live in, with same physical properties, however in this universe you also meet Hindu mythological creatures like Gandharvas, Yakshas, Apsaras etc. All the story lead are Human and the stories are set in Kalyug, the time when demons rule and not God. But you find different creatures in supporting role choosing sides.

The Multiverse begins on the day Krishna dies leaving the world, taking the Dwapar-yuga with him. A lot of changes start talking place in the world and it begins with Gods and Sages who have attained Nirvana start leaving the world. A lot of changes start taking place on the planet, starting with humans kingdom being formed and subsequently countries etc.

The Death of Krishna and the opening of Kalyuga was part of my short story collection The One Who Stood Against Shiva and Other Stories.

This has been the central theme around the Multiverse, the stories are written in modern world where we meet non-humans, magical creatures hiding in plan sight. We see a lot of individualistic creatures, like a Gandharva attempting to become a post-man because he things its the most challenging task in the world. Or a Apsara, unable to go to heaven, joins a brothel where atleast her body is appreciated etc. These characters even though find their origins in Mythology, no attempt is made to change the 'original' context, features and aspiration. The multiverse spreads across space and time blending seamlessly fantasy, thriller, adventure and science fiction.

***BONUS***

Now for the bonus feature, you can go deeper into the multiverse with some stories about few characters that I have created.

The Runner

If you have never met the Runner, you probably are one of those people who live a fulfilling life. Have kids, play it safely till retirement and then wait for death. Not runner, nope. He has met Death, twice by some account, messed with Devil, raced from stone age to the future and is running forever since the beginning of time. Runner is the messenger for those who did not want their messages to be read by Government, Gods and Ghouls. Extremely resourceful with the knack of escaping the law, bullets and even death, twice so far. All his adventures begin and end with one conclusion. He is mysterious.

Agatya 

Fortune favours the bold and brave they say, but not for Agatya. The fearless man who walks the gate of hell, knocks on the doors of monsters and yet guilt ridden over a lot of wrong choices. Follow the journey of the first man born in Kalyug as he struggles to fulfil his promise made to Krishna during Mahabharata. 
The legend of Agatya is being published as a Graphic novel series by Fablery in 2015

Trisha (Also known as Halahal) 


Born out of harassment of a village feud, Trisha underwent a very deep psychological and physical change. After burning down her entire village she went ahead to turn into the greatest mercenary out there. She is a hero or a villain depending on what is larger, her mood or money.

Dharma (Also known as Death)

I personally like Dharma very much. He is part of the brother-sister family of incorruptible Dharma and his highly mischievous twin sister Karma. His character is inspired from Dharmaraj, the God of Rules in Hindu Mythology. A highly misunderstood but nevertheless incorruptible ruler of Death, goes around performing his duties against those who do not wish to die. Hates Asuras for their practice of Necromancy (bringing dead to life). Dharma has no gender and has been seen in multi-form at different points of time.

Captain Anant Mahajan- Space Pirate

Captain Anant Mahajan started on as loner who wanted to see the world. His journey into space made his age growth slower. He is also the first time-traveller in my Universe. He makes a brief cameo in my upcoming Science-fiction Novel on time travel- Ragnarok
  • Journey
  • What if
  • The last rock on which Universe Collapses (This story will be released as part of an Anthology soon)

    The Professor/ The Secretary/ Ragnarok Society

    Professor Arunachallam Shetty is a discredited scientist and is known as the man who weaponized anti-matter. He is one of the man villain in the upcoming novel- Ragnarok. His unethical experiments often come back biting him. There are more than one people who take upon the mantle. The one who leads the secret science society called Ragnarok is titled The Secretary. The Rangnarok is a secret society of scientist formed in the court of King Ashoka (based on the original society of nine unknown men). They deal with advance/ fringe science pushing the limits of human evolution. Some of their secretary are ethical while some not. 
    Ragnarok is the title of the 2015 science-fiction novel that features 3 past, present and future secretary of Ragnarok and the society itself.

    Bhairav aka Shatir

    The smartest thief on the planet, stealing things that he shouldn't. Notorious for stealing Krishna's conch towards the end of days, Bhairav is the one person you would not want to mess with.
    Welcome to my multiverse, you are here to stay.


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