Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Short story.(edited)


Caution: do not read if your IQ is below 130.

USHA was an idiot.
USHA was a wild undiscovered bush, reluctant to grow as her classmates loomed large over her, without she even knowing about it, until some of her classmates tried to enslave her as she was about to turn fifteen.
Until her eighteenth year, torture tolled.
starting from the seventy fifth day, till the eighty first day of her eighteenth year, she fought, strategised, talked and emerged victorious.
But irreversible damage had been done by her classmates.
They had mordernised her even more than themselves in the process.
She worked her ass off and was light years ahead of her classmates by the twenty ninth day of her twentieth year until her downfall.
Miscalculations resulted in utter havoc and she was down in the dumps for three full days.
As the third day ended, she came back on track and managed to make sure that it is not repeated for almost a year until today, when once again she is down and seemingly out.
But am I speaking too soon?
It has only been eight hours since she entered this phase of dishevelment.
And there are bigger questions like what will she do if she does not manage to come out of the hole.
Would she jeopardize the same classmates who had once tortured her, even though they are in a condition of stalemate, even friendship with some of those.
How would she react to those out of the one hundred and ninety one classmates who were not part of the torturing party.
Would USHA come out as the big bad daddy destroying everything that it can get its hands on?
Or will she fight the situation like a champion she has been for the last three years and make me sound stupid for having written even before the eighth hour has ended on 22Jan, 9:30 PM, as I write this.
Now my question to the reader is, who/what does USHA symbolize?

Edit:


Solvers till now:

Kshitij Bahadur.

Durjoy Datta.

Doesnt really matter:). 

TVOLAD.

My email:
sachingarg.dce@gmail.com

62 comments:

gunj said...

only her actions will tell!!!

Standbymind said...

bada tricky sawwal hai!!!

Vandita said...

haan bahut tricky hai and mujhe iska jawaab nahi aata :(

freesherry said...

well i am at a loss here :|

Adi Crazy said...

USHA will fight and emerge. Sooner than later.

;)

anshul said...

Alrite....!!!
The eight hours hav ended, i ges....!!
All i can think of is dat USHA stands for Unidentified Symbolically Hidden Article....!!!
I know dats an obnoxiously annoying full form for your acronym....!!!
But give it out boy....
Or u'l hafta bear wid my guesses once i start...!!
Hohoho..!!
Now mail me da clues.....!!!!!

Johnny Cigar said...

@gunj,
its not always a good idea to reply without reading the complete post.
:-)

@standbymind,
try now, it might be less tricky!

Johnny Cigar said...

@vands,
things can be a lot easier than they seem at times.

@freesherry,
was some how expecting you to crack it.

Johnny Cigar said...

@ adi,
as i was saying to gunj as well, it is not always a good idea to comment without reading the complete post.
:-)
and yes, i love your blog.

Johnny Cigar said...

@anshul darling,
saw your comment from a logge in account and for a second i thought, do we finally have a blog from the big man.
but alas..not to be.

'Unidentified Symbolically Hidden Article....!!!'
ho ho ho!
sorry to break your heart but this is not the right answer.
its been nine hours as i write this and USHA is still down in the dumps..
and as far as guessing part goes, that is the biggest you can give to any blogger, so bring it on, i ll be waiting.

Arpz said...

1 point - there are no italics in there, atleast I could not find any.

I think it has something to do with the stock exchange of India.

Johnny Cigar said...

@arpz,
stock market has been everybody's first guess..
but sorry.
not correct.
have italicized the metaphors!
do try!

Arpz said...

hmm, will put my mind on to this after I escape the cubicle worship in some hours.

@ur comment on my space - I guess everyone has the same story .. at the end of the day everyone is the same human without distinction, everyone gets hurt everyone falls in love, (not necessarily in that order).

BTW, nice blog you have here, hooked on to it for the past one hour.

Johnny Cigar said...

@arpz,
so u work!
how i wish i was working.
would put an end to all the mathematics before buying Nike T shirts.

vEENs said...

I thought when I heard the name Usha.. You know the fan .. Usha Fan ;B

But well.. arghh!! I should have stoped when I read the disclaimer

"do not read if your IQ is below 130."

May be thats what prompted me to read on.. when I am done... I feel she is a ant[silly me!]

Then I see everyone said something about stock Market??? arghhh.. what is that? ;D

why would you use classmates as a metaphor?

umm!! no idea.. do lemme know when the answer is declared ;]

P.S:-I hate you for making me feel as if I have an IQ of 20...

no no.. don't even try to prove me right!

Doesn't Really Matter:) said...
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Kshitij said...

Shoulda got the answer much faster.
An interesting riddle.
Now am hungry 4 more.

And don't call it a short story. I'm still waiting for your part of the deal.

Johnny Cigar said...

@ doesnt really matter,
i owe you a reply which i can not do justice to in these thirty seconds that i have got rright now.

Adi Crazy said...

Hell, I read it!! But as far as my mental capabilities tell me, this is a very subjective thing/post, isnt it?

And Trust me Sweetheart, I did read it, twice!!!! (Are you about to declare me a dud?) :D

Keshi said...

**do not read if your IQ is below 130

in that case I'll go test it n come bak. LOL!

Keshi.

freesherry said...

@johny
well i suppose you either overestimated my IQ and/or i have simply stopped using my brains these days..
any way when do we get to know the correct solution?

Narayanan said...

I have a vague feeling that USHA is Benazir Bhutto. Though I cant relate clearly to the metaphors of time that you have described.

Doesn't Really Matter:) said...

Reply awaited:)

tvo LAD said...
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tvo LAD said...

And why isnt the browsing by Month/year feature ON in this blog of urs while it is in the other one?

d SINNER!!! said...

blogrolled ya...

(i better not put my IQ test....n one wants to get disappointed *_*)

Johnny Cigar said...

@veens,
an ant?
your IQ is actually 15.
:D
but the comment left me grinning.
thanks.

Johnny Cigar said...

@k****ij,
as i said, my part of the deal has taken shape twice but ended up where it was not intended to land.
hang on brother, until i am published.
:D

Johnny Cigar said...

@adi crazy,
"this is a very subjective thing/post"
subjective is what it is definitely not.
you still want me to not call you dud?
a huge disappointment from my favorite non celebrity blogger.
the question has one proper noun as an answer.

Johnny Cigar said...

@keshi,
if the number of comments is a parameter, then we are all kiddos compared to you.
i bet the test gave you something around 180 as an IQ right?

P.S. 180 would put you somewhere close to Einstein.

Johnny Cigar said...

@freesherry,
the correct solution will never be declared publicly.
you can mail me if you want to know the answer.

Johnny Cigar said...

@nara,
dude you are the hero of the novel.
better is expected of you.
come one.
come again.

Johnny Cigar said...

@doesnt really matter,
did you wonder what prompted me to write a quiz type thing on my blog?
i knew you read my blog.
your comment confirms it.
the list of people who would want to conceal their identity from me is very small.
you are revealed in a matter of seconds by elimination.

Johnny Cigar said...

@doesnt really matter,
did you wonder what prompted me to write a quiz type thing on my blog?
i knew you read my blog.
your comment confirms it.
the list of people who would want to conceal their identity from me is very small.
you are revealed in a matter of seconds by elimination.
great answer.

Johnny Cigar said...

@tvolad,
you beat me time and again.
kudos.
i bow.
as for the monthly feature,
dnt see a point in cluttering the blog, so removed it.
would put it back now that you have mentioned it.

freesherry said...

cool have mailed you.. hoping for a quick reply.. curiosity is killing the cat :D

Preethi said...
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Preethi said...

hey, i posted the answer here. then realised it'd kill the purpose of the riddle . so will mail ya now...

Mez said...

Huh :O

divya said...

It said...IQ level below 130 :(

Tagged and there's something for u on my blog :)

vEENs said...

15??????!!!!!

thats an insult to my poor brain :|

and we waitied for like one month for his holiness to post the answers..u could have told us and we would have mailed you ..

we hateth yu for revealing my long kept sicrit :|

and we will not cme again 2 yur blo :P

b/w where were you?! in Jail?

Keshi said...

USHA is a warrior.

Keshi.

freesherry said...

hey!
thanks for the reply... you have been tagged http://sherryrowl.blogspot.com/2008/
02/genie-and-musical-tag.html

Doesn't Really Matter:) said...

:)

Johnny Cigar said...

@freesherry,
lets make sure 'cat' does not appear in our conversations.
it makes me feel eerie.
:D

Johnny Cigar said...

@comment deleted,
thakns for increasing the count by one.
now, actually two.

Johnny Cigar said...

@preethi,
i have high hopes from you.
dont let me down.
you can make it to the front page where the solvers are listed.

Johnny Cigar said...

@mez,
huh!

Johnny Cigar said...

@divya,
below 130 is highly subjective.
even ten is below 130!
tagging me makes you the first girl ever to tag me and you found your place in sachinopedia history.
congrats and thanks.

Johnny Cigar said...

@veens,
thanks for being so curious.
makes me hungry for more from myself.

Johnny Cigar said...

@keshi,
USHA is a proper noun.
not a collective one.
:D

Johnny Cigar said...

@freesherry,
the tag shall be done.
donno when though!

Johnny Cigar said...

@ doesnt really matter,

:p

Sahefa said...

Thnx 4 stopping by my blog.
Lovely blog and interesting as well.

Prateek said...

is it related to nazi's?

Zee said...

where did my comment go?

Mez said...

High time...answer toh pata chale.

Johnny Cigar said...

@sahefa,
thanks!

Johnny Cigar said...

@prateek,
not at all.

Johnny Cigar said...

@zee,
you dont reply to your comments, cant find your own comments, dont even scroll down till the second post to search your comment.
you are just the kinda blogger i dislike.

Johnny Cigar said...

@mez,
you still havent interpolated the clues.

Wanderer said...

heythanks for prompt reply,you write unusual but interestingly phrased stuff! and seem to have a penchant for the tricky, quirky, funny. will visit soon.