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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Left Behind

Once upon a time, there used to be this colony of around 200 ants. They had been living together, happily for around a year and a half now next to a small river. There colony had the best stocks of food, good climatic conditions in the area, and above all great antz. They were fun loving and used to enjoy each other's company. They had fun in outings, in the functions and even the sports festival which they celebrated. Then came the day of the great rains which continued for a few days. The river overflowed and the ant colony came under threat. A group of 20 odd engineer ants created a bridge for the ants to cross the river safely. Slowly they started crossing & around 150 of them crossed the bridge to move towards safety. Rest were stuck on the island created due to rains & river as the bridge broke down after that. Still the team of around 20 kept on trying to recreate the bridge.

End 1:

Engineers kept trying to reconstruct the bridge with great difficulty. Rest of the ants who had crossed seldom cared. Few of them did, but some of them went away to their homes, some started playing sports- cricket & football & handball, some went for trips, & some just didn't care. Some kept on partying which the ants stuck on the other side used to witness. Even I sometimes attend those parties, & so do the other engineers. Every time the ants who had crossed partied the ants who were stuck felt sad. Few of them sent across signals of reassurance still the ants who were stuck were lost in hope. They were sad, and blamed their misery on fate.

Somewhere in those engineers, I felt really confused, & filled with guilt at times. Why it has to be this way? Couldn't we all be together. The bridge would be completed soon, and all of them would be able to cross, but why this indifference?

End 2:

Engineers got the help from the entire population of ants who had crossed. They worked day & night to help the rest of ants cross the river. The ants who were stuck felt reassured that the all their colony members are with them in this moment when they needed them the most. Although it took time for the bridge to complete still they were able to live through all this reassuringly.

Me and my team of engineers was happy looking at all of us working together in these tough moments.



There can be two ends, I know the way it is shaping now, and I also know the way we want it to end. Lets hope for the best.

8 comments:

Dhairya Parikh said...

awesome :)

its the right thing to do - option 2.. but unfortunately some ants just do not understand :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing....

Batti said...

All said and done..personal biases and ambitions take over the common goal...and sometimes these stem from the way we have designed our systems where we worship individual heroes more than a brilliant group..

Me said...

Probably the ants on the other side are better prepared for life, much more mature and learning the true art of living :)... so chill it desi boy... each experience has something to teach, something to learn... none of them get washed away in the rains... all we need to do is worship the 'ant' spirit that never dies :D..

Vineet said...

Or probably the ants on the other side are so sure that engg. ants will do a good job and that they will make the bridge and bring the left out ants to the other side!... Its impractical to expect all 150 ants to worry about the left out ones. But there are some who are worried for their near and dear ones! Wish the engg. ants best of luck !!

Adi said...

pain is nothing when you come across gratitude from others

nitikakarnad said...

A) Some ants who are on this side feel worse when they see some ants who have already crossed the bridge. Some ants take it very well, remain positive and are gutsy. Some give up, whine and are always negative. So sometimes, maybe, it's better for the ants who have already crossed the bridge to not be in front of these ants. Sometimes. Not all the time.

B) Not all ants are engineers! :P

Bikash Agarwal(9850968923) said...

Well written Deshi....

It will be so much fun if all the ants that crossed hold the bridge on the other side so that the engineers can build on the other side...

And celebrate the crossing together would have been fun...