Monthly Archives: January 2017

The ice cream parlour

Several years had passed since the last time he had paced these paths. It brought back sweet and sour memories. Felt as if something was missing, the anguish was taking over.

Walk past it. It’s just nostalgia of this place, it will pass away.”, he lied to himself.

Nostalgia, a painful but beautiful word. Originating from Greek nostos (return home) and algos (pain). He was in pain that he had to return.

Treading the path, he saw that ice-cream parlour on the left. The place it had started all those years ago. A place full of cheerful people in groups of two or three. A place for budding friendships and love.

Love another awful word. Would you believe me if I said the word love shares root with Sanskrit lubhyati meaning desire? It could be lubhati in Hindi. So is love just desire, the need to have someone or something. Is the concept that love is above desires just another lie, just like her promises?

The beautiful vinyl wallpapers of orange had faded away. The place was empty, a staff hopeful on seeing him looking at the parlour. But he walked on.

So the place, where it had begun, had begun to wither away just like his love, the hopeful eyes of the staff reminded him of the hope he had that they would be together. They knew every moment they were together was just like stealing moments from someone else’s life. It was doomed to end this way, no amount of hope could keep them together. The world was acting against them.

He moved on towards the new place he had rented. If only I could have lived somewhere else, somewhere far from memories that were too painful to keep in the heart. The souvenirs of old aches and wounds were coming back.

He had to move on, walk past this place so often, he could learn to live with it.

Next time he walked past the ice-cream parlour, he kept his eyes straight. I am not going to look at it, pretend it doesn’t exist, pretend nothing happened.

And he walked past that place several times. One day he observed the place was under construction. So the place had died out just like his love.

Something new was to open up, something that will bring others closer and no one would remember that old ice cream place. No one would miss it.

Wonder what is going to open up.

A few days later, a donut place opened up. He got a coupon, buy one get one free. He had to go, he wasn’t going to miss this chance. Will he meet someone to share the free donut with? Is that what this new place brings?

Time Travel, should I?

After years of dedicated work and being labelled a loon, I have invented the machine that will displace my body through time. Historically we have been taught to think of time as something passing. To quote the movie “The Man From Earth”, moving from what you were a nanosecond to what you will be a nanosecond later.

I have a great dilemma, should I now use this machine to travel through time or not. What are the implications of using it and what losses if I don’t use this invention.

On one hand, I have no idea where I will end up or when. My calculations make sense but will they be accurate enough?

What if I do travel to the past and somehow I contaminate not just the time line but also the environment. I have faced so many diseases and have been vaccinated several others, what if I carry the pathogen to the past and the people there are not immune and all die. Remember the Columbian exchange that wiped out large percentage of native Americans? How badly would that contaminate the time line.

Same thing could happen if I travelled to the future. I may travel to a place where all diseases that I carry were eradicated long ago and no one is immunized against them anymore. Like no one gets smallpox vaccine anymore. Lot of people would perish.

And what if I don’t use the machine and I was supposed to. What if I was to carry and leave behind strange cells of diseases roaming in my body and affect the way earth’s ecosystem grows. But what if I was the one who introduced life on earth or pass on the disease that will kill a small percentage of people and immunize the rest of the world against it.

What is the price of my using the machine?

I am not acting nervous for no reason. Remember the earth is running around the sun. The sun is on the journey around the center of the galaxy and the galaxy is going god knows where. What if there are things I don’t know and I end up in a time where earth is at a different location in space. My blood would boil away in the vacuum, there is no return from that.

What should I do?