Killing the Red God

A serialization of my novel, "Killing the Red God". | Copyright: Hari Kumar | website: | If this is your first visit, please start from the bottom (start of Chapter 1)

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Chapter 2 -- Part 18

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Now for the latest instalment....


One evening, while waiting for our order at the neighbourhood hawker stall, she broke the silence by asking in a quiet voice, “Dilip, how much money do you have in your bank?”
“Very little. Just the month’s pay that came in today…Why?”
“Never mind,” she looked away, her eyes were glazed.
“Tell me, dear…if you need money, we can get a loan…”
“I am a failure…a complete failure…married to a failure,” she sobbed. It was the first time I saw her like this. She looked suddenly so vulnerable.
I patted her arm trying to console her, “Come on, Nisha. Don’t say that…don’t make a scene.” Luckily the place was largely deserted.
“Whatever I do is a disaster…whatever…I just want to get out of this shit-hole we’re in…But the more I try, the deeper I am falling in.”
“Come on, Nisha…It’s not so bad…try to be happy with what you have…”
“What do I have? Nothing…I am living among people who get drunk and piss in the lift, puke in the corridor. Among fish vendors and toilet cleaners. Among depressingly old folk…”
“We’ll move up slowly. But steadily. Be contented, dear. We’re still young…” I reached and squeezed her hand gently.
“No, I will not,” she said, brushing my hand aside and wiping her tears. Determination flashing in them. “I will not be contented…I will rise up…I will realise my dreams…with or without you.”
“Fine,” I said backing off.

(To be continued...)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hari - it might be a good idea to turn on the word check option on the blogger settings. It will avoid these anonymous/spam comments on your blog.

I personally feel that the guy has been tormented by his dear wife for years - looks like one would grow a spine and dump the bitch much sooner than in this story :) I know I would.

3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree with Prasad--You must turn on word check to prevent these spams.
And on your blog, I am really enjoying your novel so far. You write extremely well and should seriously think about getting published. Your writing ROCKS, man!
Umm... by the way, can you send me the full novel; I find it painful waiting till you post your bite-sized pieces. I had sent you an email about a week back, but did not get a reply yet (did u rcv my mail; I sent it thru ur form at ur website).


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