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Time Travel

This post has won the eighth edition of blog-a-ton

“Sir, have a look at it just once. I am sure it will work out. I just need a little more time.” Pleaded Joy.
“You have crossed all deadlines Mr Joy I cannot give you any more time. I warned you, your design was totally impractical. I am sorry I can’t do anything now.” Replied Viru Sahasrabudhe, principle of The Imperial College of Engineering.
Feeling dejected, Joy threw his helicopter in the dustbin and went back to his room.
That night, Joy picked up his guitar and started playing a song he had written a while ago.
“Give me some sunshine, give me some rain. Give me another chance, I wanna grow up once again.”
As Joy was singing this song, a bright light flashed in front of him. He quickly covered his eyes with his hand. A loud and heavy voice called out to him.
“Joy! I usually don’t come down and meet my children like this. But, I have been requested by someone really special. So, you want to grow up once again is it? Well that’s against my rules. But there is something I can do. I can take you back to your childhood and let’s see what you want to change about that”
Joy was still unable to see anything. He felt as if someone placed their hands on his head. Within seconds he went into a trance. He felt as if he was in a totally different world. It was the most beautiful place he had ever seen.
“This is called Eden. It’s like my office. You will now begin your journey. Just close your eyes and relax.” Said the voice
Joy just followed the instructions without questioning the voice even once.
******Location: Medilife nursing home, Mumbai March 6th 1980******
“Mr Francis Lobo?” called out the doctor.
Francis ran towards the doctor and asked him anxiously “Yes doctor, is everything ok?”
The doctor smiled and said “Yes Mr Lobo, everything is great. Congratulations! You have had a son! You can go in and have a look now.”
Francis ran inside. Mary his wife, was sitting there with the Jr Lobo. Francis went and gave his wife a tight hug. With one arm around Mary, he looked at the little baby with tears in his eyes.
Francis looked at his wife and said “I know it’s too early, but have you thought of a name?”
Mary smiled at Francis and then looked towards the baby “yes, I have. He has brought joy in our lives and that’s what we will name him. Francis smiled back in agreement.
******Location: Eden, the present******
“So Joy anything you would like to change here?” said the voice.
“No. It’s just amazing.  I only heard my dad telling me about this. Now I have witnessed it. There is nothing I want to change here. It’s just perfect.” Replied Joy
“Ok then let’s move on.” Replied the voice.
****** Location: Littlehearts Nursery School, Mumbai, March 15th 1983******
It’s the first day at Nursery school for 30 little children. The place was full of little kids, crying as their mothers were waving them goodbye. It felt as if they were being abandoned for life. Amongst them though, there was a one little kid called Joy who was doing just the opposite. As his mother waved good bye, he gave a huge smile in return.
At schools all the kids were given clay to play with. They were asked to do whatever they wanted with it.
Half an hour later the smiling little kid picked up his hand. The teacher came to what Joy had made. She was more than just impressed with what she saw. He had made a mini plane. The next day when Mary came to drop Joy to school the teacher showed her what he had made.
The days went by and Joy grew into a confident little kid ready to join kindergarten
******Location: Eden, the present******
“So anything you would like to change here, son?” said the voice.
The happiness was clearly reflecting on Joy’s face. He said “No, absolutely nothing. In fact you know what? Dad says, that was probably the first instance when I got interested in aviation. In fact he got me a very expensive toy plane after what I had made at school. It’s still there with me.”
“Ok then, let’s move on.” Said the voice.
******Location: Scholar Public School, Mumbai, June 5th 1988******
The first day of school, Joy was now in his third standard. He had been an outstanding student so far. Everybody liked him, there was absolutely no problems whatsoever.
The autowala had arrived at joy’s house to pick him up for school. Joy had this fixed place he used to sit on. It was taken for granted by the rest of the kids in the auto that the place belonged to him. On the way to school, the auto stopped at a new place.
“Uncle, why have we stopped here?” Joy asked the autowala.
“There is a new kid baba. That’s why.” Said the autowala and pressed the horn to let everyone in the house know that he was here.
After a minute, out came Manasi along with her mother.
beta, could you please move  a little bit inside?” Manasi’s mother told Joy.
Joy shifted reluctantly, not wanting to cast a bad impression.
This became an everyday affair and joy began to hate Manasi.  To top it all, Manasi also happened to be joy’s class mate. They soon began to fight over every little thing. At times this fight went even physical.
******Location: Eden, the present******
“So anything you would like to change here, son?” said the voice.
No, nothing at all. Manasai and I used fight like cats and dogs and abuse each other in the worst language possible. Manasi is today my best friend. We still love fighting the way we used to and trust me I just love it when we do. Had we not had those fights, Manasi  and me wouldn’t have been best friends I guess. So, I guess I’ll let that be.
“Ok then, let’s move on.” Said the voice.
******Location: Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, jan 15th 1995******
Francis was in hospital. He had just had a massive heart attack. The doctors were performing an emergency Bypass surgery on him.
Mary was in the nearby church while the surgery was going on and Joy was waiting outside the operation theatre. Four hours later the doctor comes out and says:
“He will be fine. He will have to be in ICU for another 48hrs but, everything is under control, there is nothing to worry about.”
Joy gave a sigh of relief and ran outside to call his mom.
******Location: Eden, the present******
“So anything you would like to change here, son?” said the voice.
Joy had tears in his eyes. He said “Those were probably the longest 4 hours of my life. I just wish dad hadn’t have had that attack. That changed him as a person completely. He was such a full of life person till then. After that his stamina went down drastically. Could you please change that for me?”
“I am sorry son, i can only change actions that you have committed, not anything related to Francis.” Replied the voice
“Well, in that case I guess let’s just move on.” Said Joy
“Ok son, as you wish.” Said the voice.
******Location: Imperial college of engineering, Mumbai, July 10th 1998******
Imperial College of engineering, the land of dreams, the place where every engineering aspirant wanted to study, but, only few could get through.
Joy was there. He took a deep breath as he stood in front of the gates of his land of dreams. With a confident face he walked in.
“Excuse me. Can you please direct me to the hostel?” Joy asked one of his fellow students.
“Hostel is it? Come I’ll show you where it is.” Said the student and Joy went along with him feeling excited.
However, instead of taking him to the hostel, the guy took him to an isolated place where some more students had assembled.
“A new guy haan? C’mon get on your knees and give us an introduction.” Said one of the students.
“Sir, but the hostel?” asked Joy in a half scared voice.
“If you don’t want to spend the rest of the year in that shabby looking room there, just shut up and do as we say!” said the student who got him there.
Just as he was about to get on his knees, a huge voice came from behind. It was the hostel warden.
“What’s going on here?! Come out here at once i say!”
All the students came out and one of them said, with a false smile on his face:
“Nothing sir, we were just chatting.”
“I very well know what you guys were doing. Come with me young man. I’ll show you the hostel.” Said the warden pointing at Joy.
******Location: Eden, the present******
“So anything you would like to change here, son?” said the voice.
“Boy, you should have seen the scene that night. They were furious at the fact that they weren’t able to rag us that morning. That night they made us do all sorts of things. If it wasn’t for this guy called Rancho, we would have been doing god knows what not that night. But somewhere down the line, that experience was fun. I guess I will let that be as it is.”
“Ok son, as you wish.” Said the voice.
******Location: Imperial college of engineering, Mumbai, July 20th 2000******
Joy was in his class when somebody came in to give him an important message.
“You have a phone call. Come quickly.”
Joy went to the office, where he had got a phone call. The man on the other side said:
“Hi, I am calling from Lilavati hospital. I am afraid you father has had an accident. He is serious. Can you please come down here?”
Joy just ran outside, took an auto and went down to the hospital.
******Location: Lilavati hospital, Mumbai, September 20th 2000******
It had been two months since his father had been in the hospital. He had suffered a semi paralysis. He couldn’t move, but he could see and hear what’s happening around him. Joy’s time went completely into looking after his father and he couldn’t concentrate on his assignments and projects.
******Location: Eden, the present******
“So anything you would like to change here, son?” said the voice.
Joy was crying. He said “What can i change there.  I just wish dad never had that accident that day. He would be all fit and fine today and I could have concentrated on my project. But then I know i can’t change that. I can only change my own actions and i can’t do that. I couldn’t have left my father like that and made my project. I just couldn’t.”
“So there you are son. Looks like there is nothing you would like to change. We really can’t do anything about the past. We can just decide how our present should be like. You have many more helicopters to make. This is just the beginning. The man who refused to accept your project did not even grieve on his son’s death. That was his decision. You decided to look after your father, which was your decision. You know what? That makes you a far better human being than anybody else. So just be happy and go on and conquer all your dreams.”
As the voice said this, everything vanished and Joy was back with his guitar in the college corridor. He just smiled at himself and is today conquering all his dreams.

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Tavish is the administrator and founder of Sensible Bakwas. He is a software engineer by profession and a writer by passion. In case you want to get in touch with him, he is an email away at Hope you enjoy your time here. Do leave your feedback in the comment section here.

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74 Responses to "Time Travel"

  1. Truck Driver says:

    yayyy…… i loved it completely………. its just awesomeeeeeeeee…………….. m a fellow blog-a-tonic 😀

  2. Abhi says:

    Truly your best thus far… The way the reality was portrayed, couldn't have been much better… On a lighter note, you can still re-think your career path! As said by you "We really can’t do anything about the past. We can just decide how our present should be like." – and more so the future depending what we do in the present. Keep it coming, looking forward to many such posts.

  3. Vibhuti B says:

    Hey superb and smooth flow in writing. The travel between past and present was also with a purpose. The message at the end tops it all…ATB for BATOM 8..:D

  4. Saurabh Panshikar says:

    this was totally awesome… I see a nominee in you!

    I was getting tensed that he'd kill himself in the end, but the happy ending really cheered me up!
    Great job and all the best

  5. IIM ka Sarkari Babu says:

    after ssupporting whoever suggested this topic i am not blogging abt it – suck sucks sucks… but will read urs soon…

  6. IIM ka Sarkari Babu says:

    Wow… just read… damn.. sahi man… this post wil surely make that of otehrs look like idiots 😀

  7. Nalini Hebbar says:

    Nice write, Tavish…the flow and sequence was absorbing…since we can really change nothing, it would suit us to be content with what we have…a great lesson!…WAY TO GO TAVISH

  8. Tavish Chadha says:

    Truck Driver
    Welcome to my blog. Am glad u liked it… I would be visiting your post soon!! 🙂

    Thanks buddy… the career shift? may be later yaar… abhi I have other plans… 🙂

  9. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thansk for those comments buddy… all the best to you too!! 🙂

    Thanks buddy… am glad u liked it… all the best for BAT 8 to u too!!

  10. Parth J Dave says:

    Wow, this is brilliant work, Tavish!

    The idea of even creating such a scene is greatness in itself. There are also many subtle yet profound messages in your story.. I especially liked the last dialogue by God, “So there you are son……So just be happy and go on and conquer all your dreams.” Very deep, indeed!

    This was an awesome read, Tavish! Excellent stuff!

  11. Tavish Chadha says:

    IIM ka Sarkari babu
    Thanks man… well I wont say that about the others… there are soe really amazing writters out there competing for BAT… I just try and get better everytime. 🙂

    Thank you so much for those lovely comments…. all the best for BAT8!! 🙂

  12. Debosmita says:

    @IIM Ka Sarkari Babu: thanks for voting for my topic, but pls pls do write 🙂

    @Tavish: this was so brilliantly conveyed! Taking up the cue from the movie and weaving it with the post and giving the final touch – all was done so awesomely 🙂 cheers and all the best for BATOM

  13. evanescentthoughts says:

    WOW. It was one of the best I read so far. Even though I hated 3 idiots movie, I loved the way you have written. "The man who refused to accept your project did not even grieve on his son’s death. That was his decision. You decided to look after your father, which was your decision." -> this ending that you have written is just too amazing. Too good!!! All the best for BAT-8 🙂 Also read my take on this topic.

  14. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks buddy. Am glad u liked it and thanks for readin it till the last line… i was kinda affraid the length would deter people from reading the whole post… thanks allot once again. 🙂

    Mr sarkari babu has temporarily stopped blogging for reasons best known to him. Even I hope he writes one, but he said he wont.
    Anyways thanks for the comments. yeah the movie gave me the base and I went on with the rest of build up. Am glad u liked it. All the best to you too for BAT 8! 🙂

  15. Chanz says:

    Man, U changed the reality.. You are too good.. Loved your post… Awesome.. !!

    good luck for BATOM-8

  16. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much for those flattering comments. I will read you post very soon!! All the best to you too!! 🙂

    Thanks you so much buddy. Am glad you liked it. All the best to you too!! 🙂

  17. Mehak says:

    this is absolutely great! love it completely! 😀 well done!

  18. Saro says:

    Ahhh nicely written. Read it while having my dinner, and well, happy I did 🙂

    All the best in BATOM!

  19. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks you so much for the comments buddy. 🙂

    So I made u time travel while having dinner is it? hehe… am glad u liked it… all the best to you too for BATOM 8 🙂

  20. dilontherocks says:

    I dont think you can file post this under bakwas category…It makes much more sense…
    Loved ur idea and you presented it wonderfully..:)

  21. - The Virgin Author! says:

    This is absolutely amazing! A great read, indeed. I can see you as one of the top scorers in this Blog-A-Ton already, dude. Keep writing! All the best for BATOM!


  22. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks buddy… am glad u liked it! 🙂

    The Virgin Author
    Thanks you so much for those kind appreciations…. all the best to u too for BAT 8! 🙂

  23. karan a says:

    WOW… amazing… 😉

  24. Shahid says:

    brilliabt tavish…really a brilliant piece of work…my votes for you!!!
    all the best for BATON


  25. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks man. 🙂

    Thanks you so much buddy… chalo achha hai at least I have 1 vote now…lol
    y didn't u participate this time? I was waiting to read ur post!

  26. Neha says:

    nice concept Tavish.. you put it across well..good luck for BAT 🙂

  27. Leo says:

    sensational! 😀 🙂 nice concepts.. well framed time travel this..!

    all the best! 🙂

  28. Sureindran says:

    smooth transitions. well written again like your previous entry. good luck!

  29. Mural! says:

    Just Excellent!

    Can't agree more! glad that you have taken up this topic and very well written too!!

  30. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much buddy. 🙂

    Thanks Leo. I read your's too and it was a wonderful concept too. All the best to you too, 🙂

  31. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much buddy. Am glad u liked it. 🙂

    Thanks allot buddy. Am glad u liked it. 🙂

  32. Karthik says:

    Beautiful, Tavish. I seem to be saying this every time, but this is your best so far. Every new post of yours is beating the previous one.

    It was a cheerful experience reading this. Thanks to you. Very well narrated and executed. Just too good, man.
    All the best for BATOM!

  33. Rachana Shakyawar says:

    @ Tavish Chadha

    Awesome..recollection of moments and resulting with such an uplifting end! Weldone boy!!

    Trust be if Amir or the makers of 3idiots see this..they will tend to make the movie out of ur script! Better to have a copyright of this post now! As they dnt even give credit to anyone…remb. ChetanBhagat woe! 🙂

    It was really sweet and a beautiful message in a most creative connecting way!

    Bwt: I read your lovely comment in my post & have replied check! Thankyou for visting my post!

    And I loved you journey in the scriptwriting!!

    Wish U all the best for BATOM 🙂

    Keep the spark Alive..

  34. Tavish Chadha says:

    I do make an effort to improve every time I write and keep experimenting with new styles. I am glad it is showing an improvement. I just I can live upto the levels of expectation that you have built… thanks for all the encouragement buddy… thats wat makes me go on… all the best to u too for BAT8. 🙂

    lol… well if Amir/the makers of 3 idiots do check this out, there is every chance they may sue me for taking the cue from the story. As for the copyright, i did ask a blogger frnd about this who also happens to be a lawyer and she said all our blog posts have a copyright automatically. So in that case, i am safe. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the flattering comment. All the best to you too for BAT8. 🙂

  35. Harsha Chittar says:

    you seem to reaching to the stars with each BAT, loved it bro, I was actually hoping to meet at the Bangalore Bloggers meet, saw your name in the list of people planing to attend. Good one bro, your best of what I have read 🙂

  36. deepshikha says:

    woowwww…its really awesome…..really liked it..the way the u conveyed the truth its really gr888….it kept me busy reading until the end….gud one Tavish….

  37. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks allot Harsha. It really feels nice to hear such words and that to from talente bloggers like u… was really looking fwd to the meet… but couldn't make it because of some work… even I was really looking fwd to the meeting all u guys… thanks once again for those comments… 🙂

    Thanks you so much deepshikha. Am glad u liked it. 🙂

  38. Nethra says:

    That was an awesome story. I wanted it to go on and on. That was something to learn.
    You are some writer, aren't you? 🙂
    All the best for Blog-a-ton 8! 🙂

  39. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much Nethra for those comments. Am glad u like the story… all the best to u too for BAT8!!

  40. The Fool says:

    Really liked your thinking process and the message your conveying is a powerful one. Everyone talks about changing the past. But even if you change one event in the past you won't be what you are. Can sound boring and verbose to explain this. You used a nice dialogue to bring it out. And liked the way you linked to popular 3 idiots movie. That way every one would be able to relate to it.

  41. Tavish Chadha says:

    The Fool
    Thanks buddy… u hit the nail on the head… even if 1 incident in the past changes we may not be what we are today… i was actually listening to that song when this idea struck me… the whole story just fell in place and am glad u liked it and were able to relate to it… thanks again for the lovely comments. 🙂

  42. Mahesh Kalaal says:

    wow….splendid and awesome post…….balanced with practicality and emotions….. twisting the filmi stuff….
    liked the narration style….

  43. Shilpa Garg says:

    This is just an amazing thought and so very well narrated and executed. Liked it, Tavish!!
    Great going and all the very best for BAT-8!
    Cheers 🙂

  44. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks allot buddy for those comments. 🙂

    Thanks allot Shilpa… am glad u liked it and all the best to u too for BAT8!! 🙂

  45. Prashant Mehta says:

    Brilliant. Superb. I loved the way you took the plot from 3 idiot. The 'message' is well conveyed. One of the better posts i have read on BAT8

  46. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much buddy. Am glad u liked it. 🙂

  47. Varsh says:

    Beautifully written!!

  48. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks buddy! Welcome to Sensible Bakwas. 🙂

  49. Raksha Raman says:

    Hello Tavish,

    I like the way it has been presented! It gave me a jittery feeling as I read through! I like the way you have ended it..conquering dreams et all 😀 The positivity makes it more enjoyable 🙂 Good luck with BATOM! 🙂

  50. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much Raksha for your appreciations! I am glad u liked it!:D

  51. Rachana Shakyawar says:

    @ Tavish

    Congrates buddy!
    So its final your script is ready …i shall be the producer..lets make "Time Travel with an Idiot"..!

    U definitely rock!
    ~Keep the Spark Alive..

  52. Tavish Chadha says:

    ha ha sure buddy… u have a deal! SO when do we start work on the movie? 😛

    Thank u so much ya…

  53. Ana says:

    Very well deserved. I think they should make a sequel on 3 idiots with your script 😛

  54. Tavish Chadha says:

    Yeah I am in talks with Amir and the makers of three idiot… lets c if something comes through hehe

    Thanks for the comments Ana and welcome to the blog! 🙂

  55. KRN says:

    gr8 work Tavish..
    Raj kumar Hirani would love to change Joy's fate in the movie after reading this.. U have done a good job of minute thngs related to Joy.. keep it up & congrats for being the best blog

    – critically yours

  56. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much sir… Well 20 years later we when this movie is being remade… lets hope these changes are taken care of 😛

  57. Saurabh Panshikar says:

    Considering my previous comment above, I'm happy to say "I told you so!"

    I'm happy that you won!
    Finally some1 I voted for has won!

  58. Tavish Chadha says:

    ha ha…. so, the moral of the story is: keep voting for me for every BAT and that way ur vote will count everytime!! 😛

  59. bhanu says:

    its a very gud one…like a breath of fresh air…..I damm liked it….simple,sweet n superb….

  60. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank you so much!

  61. megzone says:

    awesome one buddy…
    heres an award for you… i hope you accept it 🙂

  62. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks buddy… for the award and the lovely comments! 😀

  63. pravin nair says:

    @tavish: thats a real bloody good thought n post…all the best for BAT! I am sure u will crack it!

  64. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thanks allot dude… btw the BAT is already over and I won it… will take these wishes for the next BAT though. hehe

  65. wordsmith says:

    I likes , I likes…

  66. Tavish Chadha says:

    Thank yous, thank yous 🙂

  67. Deepak says:

    Very good one Tavish! thought provoking indeed…

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot Deepak! 🙂

  68. arbitthoughts says:

    Nicely narrated. and definitely thought provoking.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks my friend! 🙂

  69. Anney says:

    Can I say…I am a Fan?

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      🙂 Thank u so much Anney. That was really sweet. 🙂

  70. S M Danish says:

    One of the best articles I have read in recent times….genuine….thoughtful…..original….and absolutely brilliant….

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot buddy! Welcome to Sensible Bakwas 🙂

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