An Office Story : Deaf And Dumb
A homebird shy lad just out of the college joins service in one of the oldest central Government department and encounters the antipathetic colleagues and the archaic conservative system. Everyone is averse to change. The revolutionary inside him revolts and refuses to flow with the deep rooted archaic and orthodox system and lives life on his own terms. He constitutes a ‘One Man Army’ with pillar principles in support.
Amid the life’s turbulence, he meets his first love. He could not believe himself that a person of his nature, who would lower his eyes when eye to eye with a girl, would so easily be swayed by the amorous current. That was the impact of incident and reflected rays on the mirror between him and Miss Pink, but the refraction of the worldly restraints put up the invincible blocks.
The protagonist wins more adversaries than friends and the rivals are rowdy and robust. He comes across a friend Monty, who is sophisticated stalwart. Both the friends have authoritative influence in the office, akin to ‘Jai Veeru’ of Sholay. Truth prevails and the God hails the righteous.
Sheetal enters his life through Monty. Dreams mushroom at both the ends. The relation flows like a river with both the restraint bound lovers like two banks of the river proceeding to tie the life bond. But, an unfortunate incident serves as an anti-catalyst leading to a heart break and the break-off.
The life at Chandigarh brings with it new challenges and higher responsibilities. Chandigarh - the city beautiful by declaration, but the ugly system out there in the office poses as a beauty spoiler.
Sugina steps into his life against his involuntary intentions. Sugina’s love is more of virtual-sexual, full of fantasies than being tangible. The affair moves like, ‘one step forward and two steps backward’, so ends like a touristic voyage.
S. M. Shridhar was born and grew up at a place embroiled in turbulent social and political environment. With uncertainty always hovering around, he completed his education. He moved out of his hometown to join the service in one of the oldest Central Government departments. Feeling like a caged bird he always revolted against the archaic system and orthodox folks around him. He was termed as an eyesore, therefore inherent to invite a comment, ’ Trying to be New Yorker while living in Rome” - though well wishers would empathise with him to be a misfit in the conservative environment.
Nourished by a latent itch for writing, he penned down poems and short stories but self-assessed them as not worth presenting or publishing. Friends would appreciate the attempt, but the lack of confidence put up the blocks. The gypsy like service life deprived him of a stable and settled mind. An inconspicuous incident buoyed in him the idea of chronicling the past - so the present edition - an honest history of happenings.
- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: White Falcon Self Publishing Platform; 1 edition (2017)
- Author: S M Shridhar
- ISBN-13: 9781947293762
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
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