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|MESSAGE (standard:mystery, 3617 words)|
|Author: Arunoday||Added: Oct 21 2004||Views/Reads: 2314/1478||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story of mysterious 'SMS'es|
MESSAGE “Train arriving on platform no.7 is 9.05 fast local for Mumbai Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus. This local will halt only at Dombivili, Thane..............” Arun was late once again.This was the third time in a week that he was going to report late for work. Mr.Desai,his boss was a strict man.Nice to talk to but very particular about work.More-ever he was punctual and unfortunately Arun was not!!! “Excuse me!,excuse me please!!” Arun was pushing through the usual morning rush for local trains in Mumbai.Most mumbaiites are suburban dwellers and so was Arun .Staying at Kalyan and travelling to Bandra was really hectic,but then that was a part of life. Finally Arun reached platform no.7 and was waiting in the crowd for the local train to arrive.Some people were standing very close to the edge and bending to look for the coming train.Arun always used to wonder that whether doing this stupidity will make the train come earlier than what it was supposed to be. “BEEP—BEEP” “BEEP—BEEP” SMS!!! “Oh no,not now for heavens sake!!” Arun hated handling cell phones while boarding local trains,even if it was a message he made it a point that he read it immediately. He removed his new polyphonic ringer,colour screen phone.They were like mushrooms in rain now a days. “DON'T BOARD THIS TRAIN” ,said the message.It must be Chivda thought Arun.Chivda was Arun's childhood friend,and was known as a prankster of the first order.His real name was Chinmay Joshi,but for Arun he was Chivda!! Arun scrolled the message for the number and found 263819012. This was a local landline number and generally SMSes are send via cell numbers. Arun was wondering whose number it was.He went ahead,a step to the Gents second class and was about to board the train when suddenly a hand pulled him back!!!Enraged he turned back to see who was it and saw the familiar face of Freddy Furtado. Arun and Freddy were colleagues.They usually used to take the same local,but it seems today even Freddy was late. “ Arey yaar Arun,late for work today?”--Freddy . “ So what? Even you are late”—Arun . “No dude,I am on leave.I am going to meet Carroll”. Caroll.... Caroll Fernandes.She was that person whose mere mention would lit up Frank “Freddy” Furtado's face. They were engaged and supposed to get married, later that year. “You are a lucky bastard” said Arun,who was single inspite of being an “ELIGIBLE BACHELOR” atleast this was what he felt about himself!!!!! In this short discussion of theirs' the local train started moving. Arun saw this and started running to get in,so did Freddy. Unfortunately Arun did not make it but somehow Freddy got enough space to place a foot and stood on the footboard.A very dangerous thing to do but a routine thing for a hardcore MUMBAIKAR. “Arun, I am tired of this behaviour of yours.How on earth can you be so irresponsible? This is the third time in a week that you are late.Next time if this happens,you've had it from me!!!!” Mr.Desai and Arun,in his cabin .Arun's head down and Desai is barking.The entire office was used to it.As if it was an action replay of yesterday and the day before. “Get me some coffee,Rampal” Arun told the peon.He wanted a good mood before he started work. He switched on the computer while sipping his coffee and casually was going through the news,when suddenly his eyes caught this “Breaking News”. “BOMBLAST IN A SUBURBAN LOCAL”. Arun clicked on it to read it in detail. “ A bomb-blast occurred in a Mumbai CST bound fast local this morning at 9.35.The local started at 9.05 from Kalyan and was entering the Thane platform when the bomb went off. 24 casualties have been reported.67 are injured.10 of the 24 dead are charred beyond recognition.The names of the identified dead are, Vivek Mhatre, Sunil Kadu, Sania Khaatoon, Mohammed Jamil Sheikh,Frank Furtado...............” Click here to read the rest of this story (294 more lines)
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