Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Death in Installments

This one has its inspiration from a news item I was forced to watch on India TV. Hopefully I have done justice to the emotions

Death in Installments

A boy jumps into a river

“Wait for the moment” the presenter says

The river was raging

10 seconds – will he live

15 seconds – will her survive

20 seconds – will he die

25 seconds – looks at his friends

They’re petrified

30 seconds – he is struggling

Or is he tired?

Or the river got better of him?

32 seconds – he disappeared

35 seconds – he reappears

Is this a miracle?

40 seconds – no one in sight

1 minute – whether he is dead or alive?

Where the current have taken him?

What can we do anyway?

It was death

Presented to you

In installments

© Tarun Mitra

Written on June 28th, 2010


Gyanban © said...

Conceptually well done, need to correct some typos...

Megha said...

:( journalism t its worst...sad but true

Mridula said...

This is bad, I mean that there was something like this on TV.

Shrinidhi Hande said...


Karan Agrawal said...

The harsh fact of death narrated in simple terms... Nice poetry!

Shweta Shetty said...

I just came across your blog. Very interesting. The poem was gruesome and thought-provoking all at once! Nice....

I have a blog too. Drop by sometimes!

Shivani said...

hmm anther gr8 wrk..and actualy i can imagine ur state of mind after watching that pathetic news channel

Harini Calamur said...

well said. classic news cycle - a live boy gets no ratings !

ps. do allow other bloggers the right to comment too :)

Tarun Mitra said...

@ Gyanban

Thanks for compliments and pointing out..:)will change it later

@ Megha

Thanks yes it is

@ Mridula

yep it was on India TV

@ Shrinidhi

Thanks :)

@ Karan

Thanks buddy

@ Shweta Shetty

Thanks, I am following you now

@ Shivani

I commend ur empathy

@ Harini

:)...I knw u can understand this
everybody has right but spamming is problem...

Yayaver said...

A sensational and breaking news tend to arose the emotions for short term without going for long term solution. Its like taking drugs to avoid reality. And you wrote it in satire way to express about current situation of reality reporting.

Prutha said...

disturbing for sure... not sure if journalists actually do this..it not human, and i dont think it happens


Tarun Mitra said...

@ Yayaver...yep satire was it..thanks :)

@ Prutha..It happens