Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Entry #78

Ascension
by Kunjal


Her body was lying there and turning blue as time passed. Yes, she is just a body now with no soul, the girl I loved so dearly. Her face still looked as lovely as it used to be and strands of her hair covered her face. I had the urge to tie up her hair, as I used to but nothing mattered anymore.

Yes, I am on top of my career - a place I always wanted to be. I am someone who everyone envies CEO of a Pharmaceutical company. Till now only the top position mattered to me. I never cared how I reached there. I had taken shortcuts for success. Everything is still fresh in my memories, my first step to success, luring the doctors to recommend my brand, bribing the ministers to get the necessary approvals. One thing led to another, I did everything whether right or wrong to promote my company. I moved up without much sweat. Today I realize that it was all so easy because in reality I never tried to climb. I took the escalator instead of stairs. I was on an escalator standing at one place and being moved up by a mechanism - in my case the wrong deeds. It wasn't me who was going higher; it was just the surface that moved up. I wish I had realized this difference without my daughter's ascension.

Next day the newspapers had the following headlines: "PHARMACEUTICAL GIANT'S DAUGHTER DIED OF INFECTED VACCINE”

14 comments:

Lena said...

some people never realize what is wrong, some do.. but it already too late..
Nicely done!

laughingwolf said...

good one... 'the wages of sin...'

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Beautiful!Indeed,there are no short cuts to heaven.

I think I know the inspiration behind this,good take :)

JR's Thumbprints said...

Nice tie-in with the daughter's death and a drug he helped put on the market.

JaneyV said...

And Karma comes to bite you.

In his reflections he comes across as a reasonable person and yet he's confessing to having been ruthless in his ambition. His one redeeming feature is the obvious love he felt for his child. I think that you have done a really good job telling his story and explaining his guilt and contrition. Nice job.

Sarah Hina said...

What a tragic twist, that she should suffer for his greed and mistakes. Of course, now he will suffer, too.

Very interesting interpretation. The concept felt ancient Greek to me somehow, in spite of the modern pharmaceuticals. :) A lot of pathos here. Good work!

Kunjal said...

Hi!!!thank you everyone for the generosity and the encouraging words:)
Just came to know about this a day before yesturday so still in the process of exploring other stories.

BrownPhantom said...

Nice work highlighting the Payback !!

Aniket Thakkar said...

Great work there Kunjal... a story with good moral! And its fun fest out here... Everyone's thought process is so unpredictable, its a thrill to read each story, not knowing whats in the store! I wish this event never ends...

sawan said...

strong with a social msg!

Catvibe said...

I really liked your writing here, especially the whole paragraph about being moved up by mechanism. Some people seem to have all the luck, while others have to strive hard to get anywhere in life. In this case, the man's luck ended. Tragic ending.

bluesugarpoet said...

He really did reap what he sowed - in more ways than one. Nice twist at the end!

jana

September said...

Yet another example of why we must be careful of what we wish for....
so tragic. so sad.
Beautifully done.

jason evans said...

Great job on entertainment value!

Thanks for being a wonderful part of the contest!