Friday, July 16, 2010

The Trail Of The Twelve Signs : The Theory

Chapter 1: The Theory

THE NEXT MORNING, the sky was overcast; the air was cool and was subtly flowing through the fort. Manas and Vivek were standing at one edge of the fort anxiously looking towards the pathway, the only entrance to the ancient, ruined stable.
“And you said he is the perfect Fire guy. He hasn’t even bothered to show up on time,” groaned Vivek.
“Well there are still few minutes left to 6. He’ll come, I know it.” Said Manas completely unconcerned, looking at his watch.
“How can you be so sure that he is trustworthy and that he won’t leak the secret?” asked Vivek.
“Well I have known him for almost a year and I know how much he hates this country because of its orthodox people and chaotic society. I have told him that this is the only way he can possibly leave this country. It’s like I trust his hatred for this country more than I trust him, believe me you too will, once you meet him”
In a few moments, a brooding type of guy with broad shoulders and an athletic build appeared at the end of the stable. A remorseful aloofness was writ all over his face.
“Ahh, there he is! Sharp at 6, as punctual as ever.” exclaimed Manas as Pralay joined the party.
“Well, power failure at 4 ‘O’ clock in the morning is better than any alarm in this world to make sure that you can’t sleep by just pushing a snooze button. Andif in case you are lazy and stoic enough not be waken just by the killing heat, the mosquitos are there to take care of it in that case. I simply don’t get it. How do people live in this hell?”Pralay fumed early in the morning. Vivek could almost feel the temperature rising. Manas looked at Vivek, grinning.
“I think he is the right guy for fire type,” said Vivek.
“What do you mean by ‘The right guy for fire type’? “asked Pralay completely puzzled and unaware.
“Well I guess I will explain the theory briefly to you guys, “Said Manas
“It may take sometime for you guys to completely digest it, so keep your ears open and let your imagination loose. I am not going to repeat this, so please pay attention.” Said Manas and made a dramatic pause to heighten the curiosity.

“As you already know, all the planets and stars in the universe have their gravitational pull and other properties.At any given moment all these celestial elements are at a particular distance from earth. Moreover, their alignment with respect to each other and planet Earth is unique. All these factors affect our planet and its creatures in someway or another. For example, the Moon affects the tides, the Sun affect the winds, Jupiter the meteors and cosmic rays etc. And as our body is also made of same basic elements as the Earth, we are also affected by these configurations. Before we are born, that is when our soul is about to enter this world, our body is affected by this planetary configuration and we develop an affinity towards a particular element -Water, Wind, Fire or Earth, depending upon the dominant influence. The ancient scholars studied this phenomenon in great detail and classified the planetary position in 12 time zones, each corresponding to a particular kind of planetary configuration. The children born in these time zones were classified under various degrees of planeterial influence, the 12 Zodiac signs. Most of the ancient literatures of various cultures like Hindu, Egyptian, Babylonian and many others all have these 12 variants. Some signs are strongly influenced and are called fixed signs and some adaptive signs with multiple influences called mutable signs and some forcing and outwardly directed signs called cardinal signs.These signs shows affinity towards one of the four core elements Air, water, earth or fire. Thus there 3 signs with three levels of influence per element.
In other words one fixed sign, one cardinal sign and one mutable sign per element, “Said Manas and took a break before continuing with the theory.
“So far so good” said Vivek in honest appreciation.
“Sounds logical to me, but come to the point” Said Pralay in aloof tone
“Well the point is that if a person has an affinity towards a particular element, he should be able to affect that element as well. In addition, the effect will depend on the influence and kind of influence. A fixed sign corresponding to power, a cardinal sign corresponding to guidance and a mutable sign corresponding to adaptation. Now how does the Sun and the Moon control air and water respectively? Well it is under a particular period when they are concentrated on the element that their effect is at its maximum. Thus if we wish to affect these elements we will also have to concentrate our energies on that particular element and take advantage of our innate affinity towards that particular element.” Said Manas with a finishing tone, Vivek nodded in understanding.
“And why should I believe this is practically possible?” asked Pralay in rather straightforward and impudent tone.
“I knew you would ask this” said Manas mincing peppermint powder at his forehead.
Next moment he flashed his hand, palm outwards (again the open pawed punching stance) facing Pralay’s face and a gush of wind blew Pralay backwards.
“WOW! It was strong this time” Exclaimed Vivek as last time it only blew his hair this time an entire healthy teen, that too as rigid and audacious as Pralay!
“How the hell did you do that? “ Asked Pralay in utter disbelief for the first time
“Well that’s what we are here for, to learn manipulating our influential elements.” Manas said exuding the authority of a master.
“ Well My sun sign  is Aquarius which is a fixed sign and fixed signs are responsible for Force and power and that is precisely why I was able to blow you away a few minutes ago”  said Manas pointing towards Pralay.
“Vivek is a Virgo and that is a mutable Earth Sign which means he can manipulate the element Earth. And since his is a mutable sign he can also create a bonding between his sign and other signs like Earth and Air, Earth and fire and earth and water.” Said Manas looking at Vivek.
“And Pralay yours is Aries, a Cardinal Fire sign, which means Control. So is you can control the shape and direction of your element” said Manas
“The thing is that we can all create powerful elemental manipulations. Mine is focused on Power, Vivek’s focused on Elemental combinations and Pralay yours is focused on Shape Manipulation.” Said Manas “That's if my theory is correct”.
”So as per your elements, I have designed some exercises that will help you guys, however right now all you need to do is mince this peppermint at the center of your forehead” said Manas showing some powered mint in his hand.
After giving them both some mint powder, Manas went and brought a cricket stump, a match box and a candle from inside one of the cabins in the ruined stable. He dug the stump in the ground and placed a pebble on top of it. Next he placed the candle in a shaded area and lit it with the help of match sticks.
“So for Vivek you have to concentrate as hard as you can and make this pebble fall and as for you Pralay, you just have put this flame off. As simple as that get rolling, guys and yeah one more thing, this is like teaching a kid the first alphabet. The real training starts after this.”
“Yeah we know it. This is as easy as stealing a lolly-pop from a 4 year old kid” said Pralay ruefully.
“I think you have never stolen a lolly-pop from anyone” Said Vivek, considering the seriousness and the difficulty of doing it for the first time.
And so the first whole week passed without any result. On the other hand Manas was unraveling many untold things.

… To be continued
Mayank Rajput

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Trail Of The Twelve Signs

Chapter 1: The Theory
“Mom I am leaving” said Manas. It was 5:30 in the morning, for past 2 months Manas had suddenly started going out for jogging every morning and generally returned quite late. Though this was a good habit but it was showing adverse effects on his health and his mom was really worried about her son’s new habit of jogging. She was quite sure that there was something going on in his mind but what it was, She had no idea moreover she was sure that he was not going to share it either.
What’s up in his head, I wish he stays safe and returns back to normal soon. May be once the school starts again things will be back on track’ Thought his mom.
In the outskirts of a suburban Indian town, the mornings are generally slow. Time passed with real ease it feels like the whole world is running at an amble pace. Manas set out for a walk toward an old fort which was about a kilometre away from his home. Now this was his place, his open air laboratory, the place where he rigorously tested his theory. It was about 2 months ago when he was enchanted by this weird concept. Initially he had several doubts but as the time passed and he researched and experimented more, he got more and more captivated by the theory and got firm in his belief that what he has concluded was definitely gettable. Despite continuous and never ending failures, his trust in the theory didn’t seem to shake even the slightest bit. As he was jogging to his destination a brisk drizzle started and was over in a while. But Manas was in a different world all together.

‘I am really close. There is just some minor thing that i am missing. What exactly is it, everything seems to be so logically placed, this should work, either there is a problem with my level of concentration or i have missed some fine link in this ancient chain...  Its gotta work, their is no reason why it should not work unless all the ancient documents are fake and myth and just creation of bored human mind.’  With all these thought running and stirring through his mind soon he reached his place

Brijore city’s fort was situated on an evenly spread and long flat hill with temples and small forts spread all over the hill, unlike one single castle Brijore’s Fort was a group a spaced out ruins temples and castles. An old fort, the last relic of Rajput Dynasty which ruled Brijore (Manas’s City) for hundred of years, It will be an exaggeration to say it a fort anymore as it was nothing more than shattered ruin. However, the fort was a hotspot for early morning joggers but the crowd was generally concentrated towards the lesser ruined places, mostly the temples. At one corner of the fort was a shattered ruin that probably had been a stable for the king’s horses and no one really visited. This was Manas’s laboratory a secluded place with various shattered walls and lobbies surrounding an Open square, at the centre of which was an old tree. Manas went and sat right under the tree and focused on the wall in front of him, about 15-20 feet away. There was a Big Dark Circle etched out on the wall surrounding a thinner white inner circle with a Black dot at the centre. Manas had scratched this circle to concentrate at one point, this was a very essential pre requisite for his theory to work. Everyday he sat for hours in a meditative position, his palms wide open directed at his face and concentrated as hard as he possibly could but nothing happened. He has been sitting in that position for more than 30 minutes now but still nothing seemed to be happening at all. It has been like this for almost 2 months now, He went there sat in that position concentrating, believing that it will work but it never did. Just than a drop of water from the leaves of the tree right above him, fell on his forehead. The Next moment a gust of wind stormed his face blowing all his hairs straight up, for moments he thought his head will be blown as well.
“That’s it I did it” He jumped in exhilaration what was eluding him for 2 months has finally happened.
‘Just what was I missing why didn’t it happen earlier?’  He said to himself. To make sure that it was not a fluke, he decided to check it once again. He stood in front of the tree, moved his hands in an agile sweep, at the same time focused toward the centre of his eyes. After making sure that he has concentrated sufficiently, he channelled the concentration through his arms at the centre of his palm and opened his hands in a move that can be described as an open pawed punch. Next moment a jet of air blow the tree fiercely, shredding a heap of leaves flying all along with the wind leaving the parent tree forever.     
“Yeeeeeeeeha I finally got it and now I know what was missing “exclaimed Manas in triumph.
With happiness swept all across his face he headed back home. Savouring the entire way back home into his memories, after 2 months finally his experiments were over the theory he so fanatically pursued was not just a fluke it really did exist and worked. Once he got back home and finished his daily chores, he decided to meet his best Bud Vivek.
“Mom I am going at Vivek’s place will be home later.” Said Manas and left his home in a hurry. Beside himself, Vivek was the only one who knew his theory but was more than sceptical of its success but as has been Manas’s debating skills, he was never able to defend his doubts on Manas’s hypothesis backed by facts and ancient literature. 
“Vivek!” Shouted Manas at Vivek’s doorsteps.

“Come in man I am in the computer room” ,Vivek has always been confined to his computer room, as far as memory goes, Manas could only picturise Vivek in his computer room with 2 chairs, One for himself and one for anticipated guest and a stool, rather a miniature version of a table to keep snacks.

“Man it worked “Said Manas animatedly.
“What worked?”
“My Theory it worked man it really did “said Manas joyously.
“Which one of your weird theory man? “Asked Vivek rather more plainly.
“Holy-Crap!, The one about the 12 signs. One backed with the ancient literature of many religions. It worked I can do it. “Said Manas with a look of victory in his eyes
“What! You’ve gotta be kidding me. It isn’t possible. “Said Vivek in disbelief
“I knew you would say so. Just see this” said Manas rubbing some white powder on his forehead between his eyes.
“What’s that now some magic powder?”
“Ha-ha! Nopes man just minced peppermint” said Manas “ look at my hand carefully”
He spread out his right hand gently and placed it on the stool between them. Next, he twitched his hand a few times, concentrated all his energies at the centre of his forehead and in a few moments air began to spiral between the outlines of his palm. In another few seconds, the spiralling air turned into a miniature turbulent typhoon. Than he released the concentration through his palms and blow the typhoon at Vivek’s face. The expressions on Vivek’s face and the direction in which his hairs settled were well beyond description.
“Wow! “  Exclaimed Vivek in disbelief
“This is Epic, I mean this is amazing, unreal how did you do that?”
“Well you know the theory and according to it I should be able to manipulate air as I wish, If only I had the will power or concentration. Right” said Manas “ But even after trying for months It wasn’t succeeding. Just when I started having doubts on it, When I began questioning what was I missing? I mean their must be some small thing. Something minute, a small miscalculation or probably I missed something and thought it was insignificant. When I started having doubt, if ever I will be able to fully decipher this theory, Weather the ancient text, which I blindly trusted, was even true or not. It worked, completely out of the blue,   today while practicing that theoretical exercise of concentrating on a point, a drop of water fell at the centre of my forehead from the tree and all my energy and attention was focused on centre and than a gush of wind blew my face. So practically the exercise wasn’t wrong it was just that I was focusing on the wrong point, on the wall instead of my Third eye.” Said Manas with a grin followed by a pause, silence.
“ Now I want to check it with other signs as well and that’s why I am here” said Manas
“Hmm well I am sceptical If will be able to do it, It took you 2 whole months Man!” said Vivek
“Ahhh don’t worry about it I have thought of a way and I know what mistakes I did so for you guys it should come in lesser time” said Manas.
“Hmm as you say and what about the other signs?” asked Vivek.
“Well haven’t found anyone trustworthy from water signs but we will meet a Fire guy tomorrow morning at my Open-air lab” joked Manas.
“Time for me to leave have to plan some convenient training for you guys as well as refine the theory for an easier explanation for Pralay”
“Pralay is the fire guy!!!!, You have gotta be kidding me” asked Vivek in disbelief.
“Yeah! Don’t worry I know him for more than a year and he is the perfect guy for a fire sign” said Manas. Winked and left back for his home.

…To be continued
Mayank Rajput
 July 5, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

7 Things you dont know about me

 This is a part of a mission initiated by Unknown :P, but passed on

to me by my friend

1.)I READ MINDS : well it’s an innate habit of mine. I read people’s minds knowingly or unknowingly. I analyze their words their sentences their responses I analyze almost everything. Moreover, with time can predict the person responses and their opinions as well.
2) I Am a Flirt Who you can put in Gentleman’s category: Well I am soft-spoken, respectful, and caring so as a habit, I behave that way with almost every girl.  Many girls think that I behave that way only with them but I am the same with most of them. Not talking about my besties I love them and I have many gals who I consider my besties bunnu , tannu, srish, neelam lately api and all my sisters.( When I call someone my sister I value it and I mean it)
3) I am a movie Maniac:   Well this is something many of my friends know but considering you a general reader, I think it is my responsibility to state this as well. On an average, I watch 5 movies every week And most of them classics and critically acclaimed. I am proud of this hobby of mine.
4) I am a Naruto and One Piece Pankha:  well if you are not aware these are 2 animes , and I can go to any lengths to convince you that they are classics. Thanks to me ( :P) Naruto and onepiece have got many dedicated viewers and fans. Hails Naruto, Hails Luffy.
5)  I Have a habit of throwing away:  To be more precise there are things that I want I work an dedicate my energies to achieve them but just when I am about to achieve them I get bored of them and I leave them. Its like I attract them and when I am about to get them I throw them away.
6) I am a Bad Son:  I love my family but not the way most of you do.  I mean I try to love them I respect them a lot for what all they have done for me and they still do. Though my life is quite a bit restricted (thanks to my disciplinarian dad)  but I know its for my own good. Its just I feel like a slumping share in whom the share holders have invested a lot and are still investing in a hope that someday it will give returns but the share keeps on slumping never providing any returns.
7) I blasted our kitchen when I was a kid:  Well when I was a kid probably 10 -12, I had this passion to become a scientist and I had habit of analyzing everything I can lay my hands on. And the only analysis I knew was Crush, Burn and Dip in Acid. So one day I got this shining stone ( I mean it was really shiny and translucent ). I wanted to check what it was so crushed it tried to burn and than I put it in a plastic bottle filled the bottle with acid( acid were common thing in Indian homes those days) and left it in the kitchen ( actually I forgot that I left it in kitchen).  After some 20 – 30 minutes we heard a blast in the kitchen when we went their we saw all the walls stained with some yellow fluid.  And acid spread in the kitchen ( it wasn’t concentrated). I got a beating but I was happy I thought I invented something :D.
8) Bonus point:  I AM EXTREMELY LUCKY GUY->  I have had many close shaves with life.  As kid once I ate DDT luckily dad saw me and hit my back so hard that I vomited it all out instantly. Than playing on bed I hit my eye on the edge and nearly got blind, I still have that  Harry potter like scar above my right eye (thanks to stiches). Than one I had such bad influenza that the doctor said had it been an hour later I would have been dead. Than I get my left eye bruised near blind once again and another scar at my left eye. Now I have glasses guarding my eyes ( Ha!). Countless road accidents and never got even a bruise or a dent I might now be able to hide.

There is so much that I felt like writing, well may be sometime else 

There is so much that I felt like writing, well may be sometime else
And as for me I pass the baton to