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29 September, 2010

The holy dip took his breath Away

Note: This is a work of my imagination and any reference to any person (living or dead) or to a place is purely co-incidental.

Dasappana Kunte (Dassapa’s pond) is a small village that came into existence 15 years ago and has been gaining popularity as a tourist point ever since. Like every tourist point, this village has a story behind it, a divine story.

Fifteen years back this was no village but a small establishment of around 20 families. The only distinguishing feature was the 3-4 feet deep small pool formed by rain water logging and rest all was wild. Since no one bothered to venture on these grounds, the poor families found it a safe haven to settle down.

Dasappa was a small, shrivelled fellow with deep set eyes. He carried a mystic aura and that made people revere him. He had quite a following and his USP: teach people to love!. No, Not the mankind or brotherly love, but tips and tricks to improve your romantic love life. Tips, that will help people keep their romantic life going and in turn spread happiness around.

How he managed to come up with these tips and tricks was a clandestine affair. Not many people knew that he would tour the bigger cities and towns, observe the trends, watch movies and come up with his own tips and tricks based on these learnings.

In a particular incident , he visited his nephew’s hostel in the capital city. He watched many movies and was inspired by two things – the Titanic signature of Ship-tip-scarecrow-act and the song “Take my breath away” from Top Gun and that’s all he needed to come up with his best blessing for his followers.

History was going to be made at the 4 feet deep water logged pool on this fateful sunny day. Word had spread that the divine Dasappa was giving out his most blessed learning and that the water pool was chosen to be the auspicious location to perform this act. Huge crowds from surrounding villages gathered. There were people from all generations – Married, to be married, will be married, wannabe married and divorced. All wanted to see the divine perform this act himself.

Dasappa tailored his observations and came up with the best-romantic-thing-to-do ever. He stood at the tip of a boat trying to balance himself in the Titanic signature style and addressed no one in specific and said ‘Oh my people, if you want to perform this act, you and your spouse/lover must stand the same way I am standing now with your partner in front of you and chant the mantra I will chant now’.

All observed with great curiosity and interest , everyone concentrating on the lips of the divine. He raised his head and screamed ‘Tyaak miy bireth awaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay’ (vernacular version of take my breath away) and at that very moment he lost the balance and fell in water. He was totally embarrassed.

He tried again and history repeated, he fell in water again. He was totally furious and was cursing his own for not having practiced it beforehand. He started again, changed the location and direction of the boat within the pond and he realized that people were memorizing the process of the position, the mantra and how to take the dip after the mantra. An idea struck him and he smirked at his own genius. He addressed everyone that he will demonstrate one final time how to recite the mantra and take the dip and also that, this process will help them achieve Nirvana.

He screamed the mantra and took a deliberate plunge with all his energy, and indeed, this effort took his breath away. Unfortunately, the water was only 1 foot deep and his head hit a huge boulder and the force was enough to cause a brain hemorrhage and eventually his death.

People were mesmerized. The divine had sacrificed himself for the people, to improve their romantic life or their love life. The water pool was dedicated to his mission and renamed as Prema Sagara (The ocean of love) and the area was named as Dasappana Kunte (Dasappa’s pond).

If he was a hero while living, he was definitely a superstar after death. More and more people revered him as the word spread. People performed all kind of Pujas at this place and started settling here. His death brought more love and happiness to people than his life. The place became a major tourist point and business thrived, people residing in that area became rich and were naturally happy and loved their spouses more.

Even to this day, newlywed couples as well as the love birds who take oaths of being bound for seven lives come here, stand at the tip of the boat in the Scarecrow positions, scream ‘Tyakkmy-birethaw-aaaaaay’ (it is quite expected for the enchantment to be distorted as time passed by) and jump into the pool.

This post is written for BLOGESHWAR  and Anubhooti


Thousif Raza said...

now thats some story all rgt :P... he nice one dude nice one... and hey i'm coming for the indi meet :)... hope to see you there pal :)

take care and keep writing........

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Thanks buddy.

Looking forward to catch you there :)

Purba said...

Your story did ‘Tyakkmy-birethaw-aaaaaay’

I couldn't stop chuckling!!!
Ironic, funny and wonderfully crafted!

Nalini Hebbar said...

beautiful story...i hope it is true coz today i will tell my friends this story!

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Thanks much :)I am glad you liked it

Md. Muddassir Shah said...


This story is a figment of my imagination :)

I wanted to write something very different from what I write. I am not sure if I succeeded but I feel the idea was very different

Azad said...

It indeed did take my breath away!!! :p
Best wishes for the contest!


Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Thank you so much.
The fact that you all liked the story is in itself enough prize for me :)

shettennavar said...

You do have a creative streak in you. This is a nicely woven story. It reminded me of satirical stories of Beechi in Kannada.

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Beechi has been one of my inspirations along with Saki, ruskin bond and few russian authors.
I am honored that my stories remind you of beechi .

Thanks a lot

surysingh said...

This took my breath away, and made me smile instead :)

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Thanks Sury,
glad that it made you smile :)

RaNiiiiii said...

hey.. its a cute story.. i liked it..

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

thanks for stopping by.
happy that you liked it

vivek said...
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vivek said...

mighty heavens!! this was totally shocking.. all in all a masala post.. too good man.. some insight u have.. there are certain typos, maybe a couple of them, other than that.. totally fantastic.. do post more at blogeshwar.. everytime.. that ways i will get to read u even more.. and whats best, the plot did look convincing enough :P

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

I will try to participate in Blogeshwar as much as possible.
I have made corrections.
If possible please proof read it again

Do keep visiting my blog :):)

Rinaya said...

awesome story!
nice touch of humour to the topic! I loved it.. :)

Swetha said...

Now now... V hav a potential Kushwant Singh midst us... ;-)

shruthi said...

Nicely written :)
Good luck for blogeshwar :)

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

@Rinaya ,
I am gld you loved it :D
Khushwanth Singh?
I am honored dear :D

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Thank you.
Let me tell you, now that so many people have read it and appreciated.
I dont mind if I win it or not :)

Pratibha The Talent said...

A story with all the ingredients in it.I like the attitude [try try till you succeed]of Dasappa ,hero of this story .What if, he died but created history.very well written story and wish you luck for the contest.

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

@prathiba The talent,
:) thanks a lot

Sourav said...

Total entertainment! There was not one moment I got bored or tried to slip through other tabs on my browser! By any chance are you a professional satire writer too?

And I've read something close to it before too, was it inspired by some novel or a movie?

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Hey Sourav,
Thanks for dropping by.
I am glad you liked it.
I am not a professional writer of any kind:)
I am just learning to write.
Idea was to write something different. But midway writing this story developed. The actual story I wanted to write was based on one of the incidents I witnessed :D
but not this one

Sadiya said...

hey! read it n here's the review...the good, the bad n d uglyyy...i soo louuve doin this! :P

frst d upside...the highest point of the story i thought was the lyrics ka vernacular version.....hilarious to say the least! :)

another thing i liked about the story was the freshness and creativity u brought with it....a whole new concept....n wel, as accordin to ur previous comment u neednt b lamenting over going 'stale' ;)

the bad n ugly facets both doled into one(so i dont end up demoralising you and get blamed for puttin a creativ writer off word documents), truth to tell i cudnt really figure the object of the in, this guy plays love guru...wants to get famous...dies and becomes cult....umm so?
maybe dats d way u intended it to b or i dint understand it entirely (which is a huge possibility, cos everyone els in the comments section dint seem to pick on that)....jus thought there shud have been sum more substance to it...again that's totally my take n doesn reflect on u (gues im gettin too defensiv)...

on the whole though, a fun read n i genuinely think u cn do millions better...nope i aint sayin dat to flatter!
okies dats a lot sed now so bubbiee! :-)

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

I am really really glad for such a super review. I really mean it.
1)"this guy plays love guru...wants to get famous...dies and becomes cult....umm so?
maybe dats d way u intended it to b"
_ That's the way I wanted it to be, to show that such things happen in world. This story is not just about the love guru, It is equally about the gullible people, the huge populace, the non-thinking common man. It is a mockery of how we give stardom to people even without realizing if that person is worth it.It goes a great deal to show why the political leaders abuse our trust and faith, and 100s of results could be implied out of this.
The worst part is I expected the people to figure out the gravity of the mockery I make of the public by themselves without me specifying explicitly, Guess I didn't do that sooo successfully.

2) Thanks a ton for the closing compliments and the faith you have shown in me, I will try to raise the bar :):)

3) Will you please be my regular critic? Now on everytime I post something, you will be one of the first to know. I would love to get your opinion on it. Do we have a deal?

Thanks a ton again :D

Sadiya said...

ohhh social messegwa n all! hehe apparently i missed the loop completely :o

n to giv an opinion of jus abt anythin is one of my fevretestttt things to yepp u got a deal! :)

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

Thanks Much Sadiya :)
I ll try not to disappoint you