Monday, September 22, 2014

The Siege Saga Continues!!

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You can read the first part of the story here and the previous part here.

How does Tara know Ahana? Why is Ahana saved as Jennifer in Tara’s mobile? Why is Ahana calling his wife?

These were some of the questions that were pretty much occupying Shekhar’s mind at this moment. One moment, he thinks he should confront his wife and fetch all the more details he can but on the other hand, he suspects there might be some informers to the terrorists who may still be present at the Railway Station. Deciding to continue his uninformed presence in Delhi, Shekhar notes down Jennifer aka Ahana’s cell number from the call log in Tara’s mobile. Thinking that it would be important to remain in touch with his wife, he decides to drop the phone on the platform itself instead of handing it over but he also makes sure that while dropping Tara’s phone back on the platform, Roohi has her eyes of her Papa. He winks at Roohi and signals her to ask Mummy to pick her phone up.

“Oh baby! You got us scared today.” Tara hugged Roohi.

“Mumma, I had to be strong. I can’t afford to be a crying baby of the journalist the whole of the nation is watching. I want to talk to Papa as well. He must be worried.”

“Oh, Yes! He indeed was. Let me connect a call to him.” Surprised and amazed, Tara is searching for her phone. Roohi, being a fine actress, seemingly unknowingly picks up the phone from the platform.

Shekhar calls up Police Control Room and hands them over Ahana’s number to track all the details about the call records. Shekhar calls up his team to check the status at Continental Hotel which continues to be under the terror siege. As per the latest information available with the special cell, the hotel had 100+ guests, a majority of which are of non-Indian origin and the respective countries have been pressing upon raising the safety issues of their citizens, adding on to the pressure on Shekhar who is leading the ‘Operation R’

Tara and Roohi are taken into the medical van stationed at the station itself for some medical assistance while the nabbed terrorists are taken under custody by the special cell commandos. Siiting inside the medical van, Tara notices Jennifer’s missed call.

“Oh! I just missed to communicate to Jennifer that I am leaving from Hotel site to cover Railway station and more importantly, save Roohi.” Tara exclaimed. 

“Hey Jenni! Just saw your call. Where are you? Hope you are safe.”

“Tara, I’m outside the Continental Hotel. I managed to take a couple of pictures inside. It’s a bloodbath all the way in the lobby. But where are you?” Jennifer said breathing heavily.

“Are you fine? I am at Railway station. I saw Roohi on the gun point on the news coverage at the station and I could not resist coming at the site.”

 “Just wait there, I’ m coming there.” Jennifer is all perplexed and surprised.

“Jenni, just wish you were here right now. Special cell has nabbed the mastermind to the attacks and is now taking them over in safe custody. It would have been a promotion-fetching coverage.”

“Oh, that’s great.” With a happy expression over the call, Jennifer looked tensed, extremely tensed. But before saying anything else, she deliberately disconnects the call and dials another number.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Game of Blogs : Story Weavers

Team Name : Story Weavers

Breaking news for not so good a morning, terror strikes the National Capital. New Delhi Railway Station witnesses the highest casualities.

Shekhar switches his TV on early in the morning to practice Yoga and the breaking news catches his attention. Amidst the serenity of the morning, the ringtone on his wife's mobile breaks the silence of an otherwise quiet morning. Since the call is from office, Tara takes no time to get up and answer it.

"Morning, Sir." …. "Oh my God!"….. "Yes, Sir."…. "Right away"… "Certainly, Sir."… "Good Day, Sir." That’s all Shekhar could hear while Tara seemed uneasy, being awake early in the morning after the late night news report she had to broadcast.

"What happened, Tara?" asked Shekhar.

"Nothing, I need to report to Delhi studio to cover the terror attack and the worst part is that I have a flight to catch in next 2 hours." Tara uttered while rushing to get fresh.

"What? Are you going to New Delhi? and who's gonna receive Roohi from CST? She's returning today after a long school trip in Delhi" And it was a horrifying silence. "One sec! Roohi is coming back from New Delhi, Tara call her up. I hope she's fine…."

"I know you can manage that. Let me get ready and leave for the Airport." Before Shekhar says 'OK', Tara is already gone. Shekhar is trying to call Roohi's teacher who was travelling with the whole group and the phone is not reachable. Sadly, the terrorist attack timings matches with the departure time of Roohi's train.

Anxious about his little angel, Shekhar tries to gather all the information that is available on the idiot box. 240 dead… hundreds injured.. a train taken hostage by the terrorists.. all trains diverted from New Delhi.. This was all he could gather from different news channels.

"Wait, I am coming along. Roohi needs us... Oh my lil' daughter!"

Tara was surprised. "Oh, com'on! she will be OK. Don’t act like a child." But the father in Shekhar was not willing to listen to all this. All he wanted to listen to Roohi's sweet voice. Tara was unwilling to take Shekhar with him, but the father in him was not in a mood to listen.

An anxious father and the workaholic journalist were ready to leave home in no time. Shekhar's attempts to connect to Roohi's teacher go all in vain. "Ganpati Bappa, she should be safe." he was uttering this all this while.

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