Saturday, 22 March 2014

The Television

Before you read the story...
It has been a while (more than a month) since I posted something in my blog. I apologize for the same as I got carried away with my personal life. 

This story, 'The Television', is loosely based on a real life incident that happened to someone closely related to me. Sit back and enjoy the read, and do not forget to share your valuable comments about the story.


The Television

It was the year 2009 when Vinod joined as an Assistant Engineer in a leading petrochemical company. After a year of joining, Vinod got married to a beautiful girl named Malathi. Even though Vinod’s life was colorful, he always felt some sort of void somewhere at the corner his heart not accomplishing his desire - to purchase a 65 inches LED television. It was difficult for him to run his family with his earnings so he decided to put his desire on hold. With the purchase of a double bedroom apartment, Vinod lost an option of buying his dream television, at least on installment basis.

A year later, Vinod was blessed with a baby girl. Malathi named the girl after her mother, Amrita. Amrita’s birth proved to be lucky for both Vinod and Malathi. Vinod earned a promotion right after the birth of his girl and Malathi won the best cook award from a competition conducted by a state run television channel. Vinod’s promotion gave him a chance to make his dream to turn true - buying the 65 inches LED television.


A year went by and on December 13, 2013, Vinod felt very much happier about the fact that he now became the owner of his dream LED television as the day denotes the end of the monthly installments, which he was paying for the past 12 months. It was a Friday and Vinod purchased a bottle of red wine along with some sweets, and happily headed home to watch his favorite movie ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ which was supposed to be telecasted in Channel 121 that day.

Amrita was already waiting for her dad’s arrival. She was very much excited to see him entering the house. He grabbed her in his arms and kissed her on the cheek. He then walked into the kitchen.
‘Umm... This looks delicious!’ Vinod said this to Malathi as he saw her cooking in the kitchen. He then asked, ‘what are you cooking?’ and kissed her on the cheek.
‘You seem pretty excited today. What’s going on?’ asked Malathi.
‘Let me freshen up first. The movie is gonna start in next thirty minutes,’ said Vinod as he left the kitchen.

After fifteen minutes, Vinod walked into the living room and relaxed on the sofa. Malathi walked to the sofa and sat next to him.
‘How was the day?’ she asked.
‘It was good, as usual.’ He then said looking at the television, ‘you know what? From today we own this television.’
‘Wow! So, we are now free of installments, right?’
‘We are left with the housing loan, which will be closed in coming months. After that we will be completely free of installments,’ said Vinod.
‘I wonder how you managed to pay Rs. 125000 for a television despite our personal expenses. You managed it perfectly,’ said Malathi as she tapped his shoulder.
Vinod smiled and said, ‘without your support,’ he saw Amrita crawling towards the remote controller, and continued, ‘it would have been,’ he saw her taking it in her hand, and then continued, ‘impossible…’ he then saw what he was not supposed to see, at least that day. He saw Amrita taking the remote controller in her hand and throwing it right at the 65 inches LED television. The remote controller traversed the television screen resulting in the emission of electrical sparks. Malathi grabbed the kid and walked away from that room. Vinod sat there frozen looking at the cracked and half burnt television screen.

He immediately grabbed his cell phone and dialed the customer care number. The call was answered by an agent and Vinod explained everything that happened few moments ago. Once again, he heard something which he was not supposed to hear, at least that day, ‘sorry sir, the warranty does not cover any type of physical damage. The new 65 inches LED screen costs Rs. 82450, including tax.’

Written by Ashwin Kumar

14 comments:

  1. Oh, my. Our son had something similar happen to his first flat screen a few years back.

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    1. sometimes things go out of control.... just like this incident :P

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  2. as expected, a twist in the story.. this is yet another misfortune tale.. good one.. :)

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    1. haha.. i love to keep twists in my story!! glad you liked this work :)

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  3. OMG.... this is shocking !! Good one, twists and all :)

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  4. I feel so bad for Vinod! Interesting story. No happy ending, but I guess that's real life. :(

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    1. Life is full of surprises. You never know what happens next :D

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  5. Oh my....He would have got very sad and stomach burning :/

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