…I see the sunlight changing colours on Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, from bright yellow to orange to twilight, till I could not read it anymore.

…I see airplanes taking off and making grumbling sounds as they pass over the bus, destined to go way above the clouds.

…I see a woman begging with a new born in her hands, moving from one vehicle to another at a busy traffic intersection.

…I see a man making momos on a footpath and surrounded by engineers who are juggling the momos and money in their hands for a quick bite before they head home.

…I see a shoal of cars waiting to clear the huge red toll which looks like a giant red shark waiting to gulp in all of them.

…I see the Sun shifting position in the clouds as the bus moves, suddenly peeking out and raining its perfect straight rays into my eyes, thus triggering the war between the iris and the pupil.

…I see a small boy cleaning the cars which stop at the signals and then asking for money which he never gets.

…I see leaves wildly rustling on a branch illuminated by a yellow streetlight as if trying to break away from their destiny of being attached to the tree till he discards them on his own whim.

…I see a huge mall which is said to be a kilometer long and then I see a man sleeping on the road outside the mall wearing torn clothes with dirt seeping into each and every pore of his skin and a beard which reminds me of a virus gone out of control.

…I see a silent caterpillar shaped metro stopping at a station before it swings its doors open to let go of the captives and then I turn around and see an Indian Railways train, proud of its enormity and rumbling before it disappears into a tunnel.

…I see a man holding his wife like a sharp eyed eagle holding a terrified mouse, so that they could cross the busy road.

…I see my own reflection in the window as the driver switch on the lights inside the bus and then I start worrying that my face and age tell two different stories.

[[All the photos are taken from the www ocean and I apologise for my irregular presence at WordPress but it has been a really busy week. Presentations, tests, playbacks and assignments took almost all my time and then the monsoons stopped all the vehicles creating a nightmarish four hour journey back home which left me completely exhausted to do anything except breathing.]]

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.


  1. Vijaya Bharat July 12, 2008 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Nice man. Well written 🙂

  2. Reema July 12, 2008 at 7:20 am - Reply

    The new header is cool!! 4 hr of commute does give a lot of food for thought doesnt it? Maybe u could carry a camera and take some unique snaps. Nice observations and aptly described.

  3. Nita July 12, 2008 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Nice vignettes. Looks like you have a poet hidden in you!

  4. Nikhil July 12, 2008 at 11:04 am - Reply

    White Teeth!! I love that book! Oh man, it’s an epic!! 🙂
    Excellent post, man! Keep up the good work! And yes, I love the new header image!! 😀

  5. arvind July 12, 2008 at 11:45 am - Reply

    wow…wonderfull header…
    i like blue..
    nice post …

  6. allirekha July 12, 2008 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Hmmmmmmmmm nice lines!!!!!
    u have a poet in u 🙂 n art of narration also ..keep brushing ur talents :)…

  7. Joel July 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Nice post Amit. And I agree with Rekha. You are artistic…!

    And BTW nice header too.. 🙂

  8. Amit July 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    @Vijaya Bharat : Thanks Bharat. 🙂
    @Reema : Thanks. Yes, I do get a lot of time to think but its bad after a certain extend. I think a person turns pessimistic if he thinks too much. 🙂 I can carry a camera but its a form of security breach in my company, so its better that I don’t take the risk. 😐
    @Nita : Poet? Hmmm…I did write a Hindi poem last year. Don’t know how good it was. Here it is : http://mashedmusings.wordpress.com/2007/10/24/kya/
    We had a poem writing competition on one of my friend’s birthday last year and I wrote this poem for that. 🙂
    @Nikhil : I have just reached the 100th page but I am finding it really good. Enjoyable. And Thanks a lot. 😀
    @Arvind : Thanks Arvind. 🙂
    @Allirekha : Thanks for the hmmmm and the nice words. 🙂 I will I will. 🙂
    @Joel : Thanks a lot. I agree with Rekha too. :mrgreen:

  9. vishesh July 13, 2008 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    hmm…w8 a sec didn’t comment here already?

    anyway is what you see the reality?

  10. Suda July 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Are u okey? 😛 its really nice writing!!!!

  11. ish July 14, 2008 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Ah, how did this post come out? It seemed loosely inspired from the Flickr tag that’s been doing rounds but it was so much more. I liked your analogies, especially the Metro and the Toll ones. The pictures are nice too.

    The header is also nice.

    The new signature, as well.

    Oh ho, too much niceness. Kya yaar Amit? 😛

  12. lallopallo July 14, 2008 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    That was creative..

  13. Amit July 14, 2008 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    @Vishesh : I think reality is a very relative term. Most of the times, its just a mind game. 🙂
    @Suda : Thanks Suda. And, yes, I am ok. 🙂
    @Ish : It came out when I clicked on the Publish button. 😛 I saw the Flickr tag after I wrote it, so I think its the other way round. 😛 And, thank you for all the nice nice nice words. What to do? Aisa hi hoon main. 😀
    @Lallopallo : Thank you. 😀

  14. Withering Willow July 15, 2008 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    This is really abstract! Nice thought! 😛

  15. ish July 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Arey waah, tune Flickr tag ko inspire kiya. Kamaal hai. Khushi hui mahaan insaan ke blog pe comment karke 😛

    Aise hi ho tum. Now I can imagine you doing that Hrithik from Lakshaya waala dance. 😛

  16. sulz July 15, 2008 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    reminds me of louis armstrong’s what a wonderful world. 🙂 hope you’re relaxing well!

  17. RJ July 15, 2008 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    @Amit – Damn! My shayar yaar Amit – impressive! I never knew you had a Amit Akhtar in you, haan! 🙂

    Nice header pic – blue 🙂 like the tee blue 😀

    The whole post is se*beep*y but I love this line!

    //…I see my own reflection in the window as the driver switch on the lights inside the bus and then I start worrying that my face and age tell two different stories.


  18. RJ July 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    @Amit – Btw, I think you should post the Nebula Mindspin as a whole new post! Just for kicks! *use your creativity*

  19. Amit July 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    @Withering Willow : Thanks. 😀
    @Ish : Aise hi comments karte raho, aur bahut saari mahantaaon ke baare main pata chalega dheere dheere. 😛 And, that song was made for me, wo toh galati se Hrithik pe picturize ho gaya…
    @Sulz : Relaxing? RELAXING!!!! I am half dead. Travelling like this. 🙁 What a miserable life. 🙁
    @RJ : Thank you. Thank you. 😀 I have many things inside me. 😉 Yes, I have to write the Epilogue, but will do it in the weekend. Realllllly busy right now. 🙁

  20. Poonam Sharma July 16, 2008 at 9:42 am - Reply

    He, its sweet. I too have a long commute, though I don’t get to see sunrise and sunsets often, do get to see trains, begging boys and women, cars running across, people crossing street. Nicely put. 🙂

  21. Amit July 17, 2008 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    @Poonam : Sweet na? :mrgreen: I don’t see the sunrise. God forbid!!! Sunset is enough for me. 😀 And Thanks.

  22. arpit July 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    well mashed musings……an apt name for a nice blog….
    you really have got an imaginative eye which peers through the agony and aspirations of people .
    i liked the thought of engineers juggling momos and money and the clouds making way for the bus
    nice post!:)

  23. Amit July 18, 2008 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    @Arpit : Thanks Arpit. 🙂 And Welcome to the blog. I don’t know about an imaginative eye but yes, I do have a lot of time to spare when I am travelling. 🙂 Keep visiting. 😀

  24. Manoj July 20, 2008 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Hey, ho did I miss this post? OK..I read it now 🙂
    Quite a good idea!! I liked the words “caterpillar shaped metro” 😀

  25. Amit July 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    @Manoj : Thanks. 😀 Yes, Metro always remind me of a caterpillar. What to do? I am crazy. 😛

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