Saturday, September 06, 2008

The Pugilist.

(All characters in the story are imaginary)


I still wonder why people hate a pugilist. Its a disgusting fact that people welcome a boxer whenever he wins a medal otherwise they don’t even bother to look after them. People always believed that I am an unlucky person or I am not a lucky charm. I still remember those days when everyone used to stay away from me .Even my family members never showed faith and trust in me. Even Esha failed to understand me as a result of which we broke up.Apart from these factors,I was obsessed with one thing. It could not be washed away from my mind.I concentrated on my daily routine and a 2 hour compulsory boxing practice. It has taught me various things that my parents didn’t.
I always failed to perform well in studies as in my initial stages of my life I took boxing seriously. I have dedicated my life to this sport.Now,I feel that boxing is everything to me. My craze and madness for this sport could not secure an Engineering seat for me in Mumbai. Dad could have managed to get a seat for me in a famous Engineering College, but I didn’t want .I always wished to stay away from my parents and my two little sisters Anu and Ashu.I believe that my family members would prefer sending me in a hostel as they considered me as a useless weed. This was the first instance when I was staying away from my family. All parents would wish their son perform well in studies and I totally agree with it.But they would get angry when they see me with my boxing kit. I failed to cherish every moment of my life.I failed in the process of being a good son and a good lover.Now,everything between me and Esha is over.I once believed that Esha was the only one in my life who would cultivate the seeds of happiness for me. I still remember those conversations which I guess could not be erased from my mind.
‘I want you to leave boxing once and for all,’said Esha to me.
‘Go to hell, never in my life I would leave boxing ,’ I said with a vex.
‘Ok,fine I give you two options me or boxing, select ,’ said she.
I always wanted to be a boxer in life and I always wished to raise the level of this sport in this country. I wanted to win Olympic medals for India. I wanted to be like Emile Garry, Mike Tykson, Muhamad Ali and Vijendra Kumar. My mind was and is obsessed with boxing.
‘I select boxing,’ I said to Esha.
‘Fine then,Bye ,’ She said to me.
Not even in my wildest dreams,I could think of Esha saying that.I loved her verymuch.Esha Singh was everything to me.I shared all my personal problems with her,but to vain she left me with full of pain.She could have killed me instead of hurting me.I sometimes feel that I am worthless and winning gold and silver is not a big deal.I could not know what was running in Esha’s mind.Now,I live in a hostel with 2 room mates.Shayan and Darshan also featured in the under 19 chess championship event.I was happy living with people of same genre like me.They loved sports like me.
‘Rajiv! Why are you so sad and why is this agony dude?,’ said Anoj to me.
‘Leave it Shayan,’I answered him.
I was always agitated and disturbed.I wanted to change my attitude.I reckon that people hate me just because of my attitude.
Lectures were going on smoothly and it was my first Physics lecture.
‘Good morning students, lets Introduce our self ,’ said Patel sir.
‘I am Prashant Patel am going to teach you Physics,’ said Patel sir.
‘I am Rajiv Sukhani from Mumbai.I am attracted towards boxing.I have won many boxing competitions till now,’I paused .
I had no intentions of impressing any one.I loved to be a loner,a solitary life. Initially very few people spoke to me. They had to think twice before talking to me.I was devoid of the so called Marathi language and to vain,it was the communication medium.People find it difficult to digest that I am a boxer.I was glued to this sport since childhood and I could not think of any kind of aversion. Esha knew it.I wanted to be a good lover to Esha,but I would still wonder if she accepts me now.
I even nominated my name for the inter college kick boxing event,just because I am pretty much attached to boxing. My first bout match was against Stephen Anthony.He was the runner up in the previous year.I defeated Stephen by a score of 15-0 in my favour.

Every one applauded and there was scope for a hope.Now people knew my name .Very few people supported me.That was the day I was seeing her for the first time.As the referee raised my hands to indicate me as the winner,I could see a big smile on her face. She had an angelic and a magical face.I could not let my eyes off her. I could only see her lovely Voilet eyes.I could see my Esha back in her form.I wanted to talk to her.I was not in a hurry.Her smile said it all.
I won the other two matches in quick succession.By then, all girls wanted to be my friends and as usual I used to refuse.I wanted to talk to that innocent girl who smiled at me. I reached the finals of the competition. I was supposed to play Sameer Shinde in the final.I learned that Sameer was the defending champion and had won the competions since 3 years. He defeated Stephen by 13-8 in the finals in previous year.He was a true champion in his own way.
The day arrived.It was the final in the 71kg bout.Sameer was the clear favourite.It was 12:35 pm.We both were invited to the ring. The referee instructed us and the game began.It was a great opportunity for me to beat Sameer.I wanted to break his winning streak.I always start the game with a good defence.I was defending at first.Sameer’s forehand punch was most effective.I could not learn his tactics.At the end of 2nd round,he was leading 6-2.
‘Sameer,Sameer!! ,’ Every one chanted his name.I turned around to see the girl and she was seated at the first row.She was surrounded by many people and policemen,since it was a major university competition.

After seeing her face,I felt that there was a sudden rise in my energy level,just because I liked her.Now I was eagerly waiting for the next 2 rounds to start.May be there was a sudden increase in Adrenaline .Now,I was excited.

(To be cont....)

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36 comments:

  1. nice..I think u should put little stress on familyyy....
    any way nice

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  2. Well, it's passion that drives and gives direction to our lives. I am glad that he sticked on to his passion, boxing. Regarding, Esha...probably she was not meant to be for him...

    Nice little story. :)

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  3. @ sambit ....stress on family...??
    well this one is a short story...so will cover it laterz

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  4. @ abhinav

    yes thats the twist naa

    about esha.....
    its just the 2 rounds of boxing match

    wht about remaining 2

    u haveto come back again for that lol

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  5. Coming here after a looong loong time...why i dint read was....u r posting articles every 2 days all are episodes of a story and i'm lazy to read the prev episodes...

    anyways this one was nice....so u a boxer??? u were beaten 13-8 in teh semis?? (I know characters are fictitious...lolzzz)...

    so is there a 2nd part???? what happens next???? WHo won the finals???

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  6. ....imaginary?.... i thought you are one of the characters....lets see ....so, his choise's career...mmmmm!

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  7. niceee..

    cant wait for the next 2 rounds now.. :)

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  8. That was a nice perspective on the life of a boxer!Well written :)

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  9. Man o man ..wat a blog hooked to it

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  10. too long, or may be i am sleepy. promise to come back later
    *yawns*

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  11. good...i am a short story writer too...i liked it...eager to know wats gonna happen next

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  12. @ rajesh

    dude i am doing that coz i had written a series and now a short story

    dont worry i will get back to my normal bloggin very soon

    yes its a fiction

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  13. @ sampath ...good to know that u r a short story writer

    do get back soon

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  14. @ olimpia

    yes its imaginary fiction

    wait and see if he selects his career or life

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  15. ani

    next two rounds r suspense


    just wait for 12th and u will know everything for sure coz its a 2 part story

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  16. @ anindita

    yeah boxing .......a pugilists life....i mean a frnd told me this thing nd i decided to write about this

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  17. ty sameera

    it really feels good

    do come back for the 2nd part

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  18. @ tarun

    hope to see u back for the 2nd part dude....

    ty for ur comments

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  19. @ asbah

    its fine dear frnd....

    hope u come back and comment on it soon

    waiting for ur views

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  20. @ rajesh

    the next part will contain the finals

    just wait n see

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  21. hey guys me busy these days ....so wud love to listen from ya....

    i have scheduled my posts for the next 3 months or so

    so wud seldom come here

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  22. wow! wel written...continue..continue.. :D

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  23. ty eternal under performer for ur comments

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  24. Dude,wheres the part 2 ? U can leave the readers high and dry..!!
    really really well written :)

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  25. now we know why people lose boxing games... while taking hits on the face, they are busy scanning the audience :)

    waiting for the next part :)

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  26. hmmm...
    i totally love this sport..i watched million dollar baby on the first day..

    nice start...whats next??

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  27. You are doing a fabulous job! :)

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  28. @ faizail

    may be u can say that :p

    next part in few days time..keep waiting

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  29. @ shane


    even i'd seen million dollar baby...

    it hurts a lot and pains too

    next post in few days time

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  30. Hey,
    Different outlook and hoping for a different outcome.
    Good story, enjoyed reading it.
    Looking forward to the next part.

    If you have time check my Blog,
    www.rustysden.blogspot.com

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  31. @rakesh

    ty for ur comments dude

    look forward for more such short stories

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  32. u r damn in imaginations...
    the way u imagined the life of a boxer..for a moment I tht u r a boxer but then read "all characters are....."

    gud story dude

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  33. @ tm

    hmm yeah when u think naa things automatically come in

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  34. TM
    IT HAPPENS ...WHEN U START IMAGINING THINGS ,,...U CREATE A STORY U SEE

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