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Arhi FF: Kalarikkal House-2 [Thread 3 link posted] (Page 119)

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Posted: 24 August 2012 at 7:59pm | IP Logged
Wow, beautiful chapter. I definitely wasn't expecting anything like this after the Previous chapter where Arnav was reading to Nalan but I thought it was really good and well-written. I liked how you portrayed her...she's an amazing actress and can pull off any emotion other than fear. She's also angry and she does have a lot to be resentful of...
Also, I liked how in the previous chapter Nalan didn't want any clothes as he had too much respect for his was also sweet how Arnav understood that so easily.
Eagerly awaiting your next PM! Thanks for such an amazing story

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Happy-go-lucky Goldie

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Posted: 24 August 2012 at 8:46pm | IP Logged
Wonderful update as always... 'Mundu' means 'head' in Bengali, so when I read about the shirt and 'Mundu' , for a moment, I was like... "What"??? (couldn't help it, sorry...) I am assuming, 'mundu' is that 'dhoti' kind of thing?

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Posted: 25 August 2012 at 7:46am | IP Logged
Hi...I just came across your FF and am still reading the initial chapters. This is amazing! such a magical beautiful story and set in such a beautiful place! Hats off to you and thank you.

Am still at chapter 3 and looking forward to the 1 week Arnav is going to spend there. Being late for an FF also has its benefits! I have so many chapters to read Wink

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Posted: 25 August 2012 at 9:09am | IP Logged

Chapter 32:  Acid



It had started drizzling by the time they left.  Pallavi and Kashi had both taken umbrellas.  They shared one and gave the other to him.  They walked in relative silence, the both of them ahead and he behind. 

The drizzle slowly gained force and five minutes into the walk, the edge of his 'mundu' was wet and his open-toed Batas were plowing through mud and leaves… there was a tinge of annoyance that emerged out of habit.

But it seemed pointless.

Nature didn't give a shit one way or the other if he was inconvenienced.

And if he really thought about it, it wasn't so bad.

The green around him was much more vivid that two days ago, it seemed.  The perpetual rain helped… 

He listened, as his ears always did intrinsically when noise was absent.

Noise was absent, but there was no silence either, he noticed.  There were sounds everywhere, starting with their footfalls falling and rising from the wet ground to the pitter-patter of the light rain to the swaying of the branches of everything green around him… Nature evidently had its own chatter that was always going on… next time he encountered what he thought was silence and started to feel that claustrophobic panic that he always did, he would just have to remind himself of this discovery.

"It's over there."  He heard and lifted his umbrella farther up so that he could see what she was pointing to.  All he saw was more green, a lot of dense green in fact.

"Are we walking through the snake pit to get to the snake worship?  I didn't know reptiles were so vain that extolling them like this would stop them from attacking their natural enemies."

"We are not their natural enemies!"  Kashi replied now and he saw that she was angry again.  Nothing new there, so he continued.

"Yes, we are."

"Raizada, you think everything that lives in the forest is our natural enemy when it's the truth that 99% of those beings will never attack unprovoked.  We are the only living beings on the planet that hunt and take life merely for the fun of it."

"Don't call me Dick Cheney."  He said and saw Pallavi smile surreptitiously.

"I never said you were stupid enough to mistake a man for an animal, merely that you and most of your kind fear what you don't know.  And the only way you know how to deal with that fear is to destroy what you think is the cause of it."

"It's called self-preservation, Kashi."  He said in annoyance that she was gearing for her regular dose of proselytizing.

As she fumed and prepared to give him an earful, Pallavi spoke.

"Do you know the history of Serpent worship, Arnav?"

He shook his head.

"It's closely tied to the legends of how this land came to be.  And by this land, I mean Kerala.  Legend has it that the ancient sage, Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu, to absolve himself of his sin of killing all the Kshatriyas in the world, sat in meditation in Gokarnam.  He was blessed by Varuna, the Lord of the Oceans, and Bhumi devi, the Earth Goddess.  They asked him to throw his axe as far as he could reach from Kanyakumari.  He did and the land that rose from the ocean from there to where the axe landed came to be known as Kerala.  Well, at least, according to the legends.  That's the broader context.  Here, the Pulluvar community believes that Parasurama gave them the right to settle in these lands.  But this was all forest and full of poisonous snakes.  To co-exist in peace, likely, the legend has it that Parasurama asked the people to worship the serpents as they protected the land.  And so they did… and they still do… to them, their land, their home, is protected by the serpents. At some point, those that provide security and safety do become Gods in some sense, don't they?"

She looked at him for a brief moment then.  There were times like this when he got the sense that both of them spoke in riddles...  That the things that they said inevitably had a hidden meaning… 

"Has it worked?   Co-existing in peace, I mean?"  he asked, stifling his confusion.

"Nature takes and nature gives.  If you accept that as the cycle of life, harmony can be achieved more easily than you think."  Kashi replied.

"And here we are."  Pallavi said now as they stepped through a long line of bushes into a hamlet with a small house that had its front-yard filled with a good crowd. 

Those gathered recognized Pallavi and Kashi right away and he noticed some level of deference as they parted so that the three of them could move up to the porch.

He could hear some sort of chanting and a sort of repetitive "drm drm" that sounded a lot like the steady vibration that a taut string made when tugged on repeatedly.

When they walked up the steps, he could see a large elaborate drawing on the floor, just as Kashi had told him before.  Inside an ostentatious circle drawn with red, yellow, and black powder, there was a large hooded King Cobra's likeness drawn, with its body looping around on either side.  As irrational as it was, he felt the hair at the back of his neck stand up as a film of ice wrapped itself around his spine. 

The images from his nightmare returned in a flash… he felt as if he was back inside that forest again, looking at the twin puncture marks on his sister's ankles and her lifeless face with its eyes rolled back.  He thought he saw something slithering away from the corner of his eye and looked up startled. 

All he saw were people though… people dressed in almost all white standing all around him… they all seemed to be chanting the same thing.  There were stalks of what looked like coconut tree leaves handing from a rope all around the periphery, vines of some sort interspersing them.  One of them rubbed his shoulder and in a sudden moment of panic he pulled on it, almost violently.  The vine broke off from the rope and he looked at it in surprise. 

"What's wrong?" he heard Kashi whisper next to him and saw her lightly extricate his hands from its death grip on the vine and tie it back up on the rope.  His heart was beating rapidly and he looked up to see that the people standing around him staring at him.  The chanting and the reverberating music continued without break and he felt an overwhelming urge to bolt.

"Saramilla.  Pettannu Pedichu poyi.  Parichayamillatha aala.  Delhi-iyil ninnu vannatha."  (No worries.  He just got scared.  He is not familiar with all this.  He came from Delhi).  He heard Pallavi say to the people and they gave him one last look before turning back to face the center.

"Are you alright?"  Pallavi asked and he nodded, feeling foolish… like he was four and still thought there were demons under his bed.  There were times when he had insisted on falling asleep holding onto his sister's hair, which had been long even back then.

He turned to Kashi and said under his breath.  "What the f**k is this place?  I don't want to be here."

He felt her slip her hands into his, the pads of her fingers and her palm warm and soft against his rough cold one.

"Relax."  She whispered softly.  "Sit down here.  I will be right next to you."  Her hand in his gestured to the stone railing around the porch, just like the railing that he liked sitting on at her house.

"I don't need to relax!  I am not afraid!"  He bit out in a harsh whisper even as he did as she asked and sat down.

She didn't answer him but turned to look at him and smiled as she said, "Just focus on how beautiful I look today.  It will distract you."

"Are you humoring me?"  he asked in anger as he squeezed her hand in his, rather painfully.

"Have you ever tried drugs?"  she suddenly asked, her tone changing to serious.

He was taken aback and narrowed his eyes as he asked, "What the hell does that have to do with anything?"

"What type?"  she asked instead, taking his irritation as affirmative.

He stared at her for a moment before lifting an eyebrow and answering, "Acid."

She looked surprised for a moment and asked, "Do you still…"

He cut her off. "Of course not!"

She looked relieved.  It was another moment before she said, "There are experiences that can make you…"  she stopped as if searching for the right word.

"Feel like you are tripping on acid?" he asked, recalling his experience with Pallavi's veena.

"Well, I was going to say, give you a high or put you into a trance like drugs can, but okay, tripping on acid would work too."  She said rather objectively.

"This is not going to do it, Kashi!" he told her, looking at the drawing on the floor again, fighting both fear and revulsion.

"Drugs are not always pleasant, Arnav."  She said in a quiet voice and he looked up at her.

"How do you know?  Don't tell me Ms. Pious has experimented with Acid!"

He couldn't read the expression that came over her face, but she stared at the snake's drawing for a long moment before she looked back at him and said, "I haven't."

"Then how the hell…" he started, but she cut him off as she said, "My brother did."


Edited by -publicenemy- - 25 August 2012 at 10:42am

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Posted: 25 August 2012 at 9:11am | IP Logged
res -- I dont feel shame in admitting I was stalking you, because God knows from when I was waiting for you to update...LOL

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The description of the chitter chatter of the nature and how it is merged with the normal human life...was beautiful. It touched my heart, because a lot of times, that kind of sound, the birds chriping, the leaves of trees swaying in wind, the tip tip of rain, the silent gushing of winds...all of it puts me in a peaceful ambiance, that I crave amidst the hectic life that we all lead.

His frustration at his mundu getting wet, and his feet getting wet, and then when he convinced himself that there is no way out, because Nature doesnt give a damn whether you like it or not, its not going to stop ranining. This particular part made me laugh and ponder both, laugh because yes, its ironic how powerful human beings can be with the technology and inventions etc, but against nature we will always be helpless...Nature takes over everything!!!

Nature didn't give a shit one way or the other if he was inconvenienced.

Noise was absent, there was no silence either.  Nature evidently had its own chatter that was always going on… next time he encountered what he thought was silence and started to feel that claustrophobic panic that he always did, he would just have to remind himself of this discovery.

Also, the part where he convinces himself to listen to the sounds of nature when he thinks silence is haunting him and taking him back to unpleasant memories.

Kashi when said about us being the only human beings who kill for fun, I felt genuinely disappointed in human race. And Pallavi's story behind the history of Kerala was heartwarming, I mean its so incredible, the belief that serpents are the ones that protect their land, and then to perform all the rituals to pray to! 

The prayer meet place, had me in trace, the "drm drm" music, the chants, the serpent drawing, everything I could imagine...and yes it got me scared too, just like Arnav there, because I haven't been to any such place. I am glad Kashi stayed with him, and started distracting him, though I am sad that she talked about her brother. So her brother did drugs, interesting, and the bad ones!

Loved this particular update a lot...because it gave me a chance to ponder, to analyze, and to write.

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Posted: 25 August 2012 at 9:14am | IP Logged
Devi that's an amazing update ... 

He is getting more tuned to listening to sounds that his ears could not pick up earlier ... the sounds of nature rather than the hustle bustle of the city noises ... 

" Nature evidently had its own chatter that was always going on' next time he encountered what he thought was silence and started to feel that claustrophobic panic that he always did, he would just have to remind himself of this discovery."

Arnav can't seem to understand the need for this reptile worship ... it is all so new to him ... 

"Raizada, you think everything that lives in the forest is our natural enemy when it's the truth that 99% of those beings will never attack unprovoked.  We are the only living beings on the planet that hunt and take life merely for the fun of it."

People have a natural tendency to destroy what they are frightened of with most due to the fear of being attacked ... It is said that the two legged animal is the one to be feared of most on planet earth ... 
The scene with the vines hanging totally creeped me out like Arnav ... could feel exactly what he must have ... shudders ... anything slithery slimy crawlie can chill anyone's blood ... loved it when Kashi holds his hand to reassure him ...
And then when she asks him ... 

"Have you ever tried drugs " ... "Well, I was going to say, give you a high or put you into a trance like drugs can, but okay, tripping on acid would work too."  She said rather objectively.

wonder what other experience awaits him in this mysterious journey that he has undertaken at Kalarikkal House ... 

Edited by Kishmish - 25 August 2012 at 11:35pm

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Posted: 25 August 2012 at 9:21am | IP Logged
her brother ODed? :O
will come back

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Posted: 25 August 2012 at 9:34am | IP Logged
Amazing update!!!:D
Loved it..!!!

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