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Happy Birthday (standard:non fiction, 550 words)
Author: JuggernautAdded: Jun 21 2012Views/Reads: 1353/739Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
“Precisely that’s the problem; we were programmed to see everything in terms of vertical numbering whether it is age, amount of wealth or number of homes, cars, and diamonds etc., owned,” “there must be some other way referring to ones achievement or ones
 



Happy Birthday 

Subba Rao 

“Happy birth day, Juggernaut.” 

Juggernaut did not respond and ignored Dan's greetings. 

“Happy birth day, is it not today your birth day?” Dan 

repeated himself. 

“Not in my mind, I never celebrated my birthday in adult 

life,” replied Juggernaut in pensive mood. 

“What you mean? is today your birth day or not?” demanded Dan. 

“According to my birth records, yes today is my birth day but 

I do not recognize vertical counting of years, the concept is totally 

absurd.” 

“You mean you don't want people to know how old are you, is 

that it?” 

“Not at all; people can figure it out how young or old I am by 

looking at me, that's not the point.” 

“Then what is your point?” 

“Neither I or anybody for that matter even it is an animal or 

a tree should be referred with a number of years in age, say when I 

hear a 3 years old colt won a derby or 2 years old dog or cat was 

missing or 85 years old tree was fell by lightening, why refer to the 

age?” Juggernaut appears to be in agony. 

“Without mentioning the age in years, how one can relate to an 

event with respect to a person, animal or a tree?” 

“Precisely that's the problem; we were programmed to see 

everything in terms of vertical numbering whether it is age, amount of 

wealth or number of homes, cars, and diamonds etc., owned,” “there must 

be some other way referring to ones achievement or ones time spent 

since birth.” 

“I cannot perceive any other measurement than vertical 

numbering either up or down unless you come out with a novel idea of 

expression,” “If somebody were to ask your age, how you would respond? 

Dan appeared to give up on Juggernaut. 

“I would reply; I really don't know but I am living,” 

Juggernaut appeared satisfied with his answer. 

“With that kind of answer you may be the loneliest man on the 

earth.” 

“Not at all, on the contrary I am an ageless person living and 


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