www.storymania.com
Storymania Logo

 

 

Short Stories




The Squirrel And The Farmer by Matt Kornatz - [1 words]
The Rain by Julia Sky A story about a poverished young girl who chases her ultimate dream. [1,569 words]
Red Line-911 by David Aldridge - [1 words]
25th Mile by Firsttime Story Earthquake devastates California, Leaving Thousands dead, hungry, homeless and without hope. With the... [23,199 words]
Who Is The Hero? by Gregory J Christiano Schoolyard bullies have always intimidated their classmates. But what if a boy refuses to fig... [1,534 words]
White Thoughts by Natasha White Thoughts is a first person narrative detailing the life of a senior college student, unsur... [15,197 words]
Vicki's Comeback by Steven L Howard From the cutting edge of the knife to the cutting edge of success - her comeback was real this... [2,863 words]
The Threats Against Edward Solomon High by Bradley Grimes An unusual day at a high school. [4,313 words]
The Conversation by Seth Allen Judge not, lest you be judged... [2,089 words]
Simply Black Or White by Gerald L Bosacker A short piece. [1,211 words]
Shooting In Iraq by E Rocco Caldwell - [466 words]
Pastoral by Oscar Felix Norton Read the story. [6,194 words]
Off The Top Shelf by Buxton About a dream I had that let me see what kind of future we all face... [967 words]
My Last Night With Her by Rae A quick story. [448 words]
Lost In A Forest Of Cornstalks by Steph G A story about three young siblings who have an adventure in a nearby cornfield. [1,427 words]
Lenny's Last Jump! by Gregory J Christiano Two gangsters out for a night’s work, but they’re in for a surprise! [880 words]
I Met Him For The Last Time by Avis Narrative monologue. I think the title speaks for itself. [1,096 words]
General Inspection (Novel To Be) by Josh Anderson The beginnings of a murder mystery / psychological thriller / horror short sto... [1,670 words]
From The Outside Looking In by Kris Lemmonds Sometimes we search for things that are right in front of us. If we just stopped l... [1,495 words]
For What I'd Give by Josh Anderson This is the 6th and possibly final part to Serra's swamp, Axey finally begins to realize the ... [1,078 words]
Family Dinner. by Bradley Grimes A family's final meal together. [2,023 words]
Eurasia Underground V5 - A Future So Close (Narrative Proposition) by Josh Anderson Pilot chapter for a series of stories, game ... [676 words]
Dave by Abby M Lesczynski Character Sketch about my father. [1,432 words]
Careful What You Ask For... by Kris Lemmonds What do you do when the one thing you thought would make you happy doesn't? [1,716 words]
Card Sharps by Gregory J Christiano The poker game grew heated. The cheated card player lay dead on the floor! [1,309 words]
Butterflies by Kris Lemmonds A story of a first date. Complete with nerves and othe craziness. [3,069 words]
At Death's Door by Nur Syafiqah A Jaaffar - [441 words]
Anger, Depression, Bargaining, Denial, Acceptance. by Bradley Grimes The thoughts of Joseph Richard Patterson on November 13th, 2... [753 words]
A Warped Mind by Surge Some insight into a tortured mind. [325 words]
A Single Place Setting by Kris Lemmonds Sometimes someone comes along in our lives to impact us like no other can - for better o... [2,530 words]
A Shooting In Iraq---Part Two by E Rocco Caldwell The special opts his ranger squad conducted was illegal and may have resulted in ... [400 words]
The Piece Of His Heart Left Behind by Steven L Howard Through many years he had learned to hate this man. Now came a simple plea -... [2,237 words]
Ze Zen Ta (The Way Of The Thinking Fist) by E Rocco Caldwell First part of a potential novel. [692 words]
Waking Up To Light by Jessica M Brown A naďve and apathetic young man is in a coma. He believes he is dreaming. When he thinks h... [650 words]
Us And The Monkeys by Afreena Rahman A walk through a busy street in madras provides some critical insight on life... [1,456 words]
Too Hard A Promise by Steven L Howard He had never lied to his beloved, But can he promise what she asked? [1,658 words]
The July Tree by Brotherman A tale about stolen innocence. Based on an initiation I saw when I was 13. [2,126 words]
The Abduction Of Sammy Lee by Mark A Stuart Tale of a kidnapping in a small SouthWest Georgia town. [6,320 words]
Star Lights by Patricia Waldrop A short story about a small southern town who learned the lesson of drunk driving. [1,747 words]
Slow Down by Jack M Brown Peter's world speeds up inexplicably while his doctor tries to figure out what's wrong, watching him ... [1,472 words]
She Dances Down By The River by Susan Brassfield Cogan Danger in the firelight. [453 words]
Shattered Reflection by Josh Anderson The second part of Serra's Swamp, she had run away again. [1,051 words]
Serra's Swamp by Josh Anderson AxeY's foridden love. The first in a series I hope to release slowly, I would really appreciate a... [1,131 words]
Red Flannels by Higgins The moons were shining. [383 words]
Poltergeist Inc. Part Two by E Rocco Caldwell Hilliard Aerospace has a secret.... [390 words]
Poltergeist Inc. Part One by E Rocco Caldwell One corporation has figured out how to defeat it's competitors...cut all energy cost ... [683 words]
Next Time Father... by Josh Anderson The fourth part to the series of Serra's Swamp. Please check it out! [915 words]
Lost Christmas by Abbie Angel - [379 words]
Look Of Death by Josh Anderson The 5th part to serra's swamp. PLEASE read, it would be so much appreciated! :), thanks everyone. [789 words]
His Desire And Her Love by Josh Anderson Part three of Serra's Swamp, please review as im not so sure about this one. This one i... [542 words]
Halls Of Residence by Jack M Brown Blood, sweat, tears. The best of university education. But will the run-down Halls of Reside... [1,968 words]
Grandpappy's Red Flannels by Higgins The moon was out. [383 words]
Grake And Blues by Jack M Brown Nama 'Magician' Ustinov is convicted of genocide and sent to Hell. To get out early, he sets hi... [3,960 words]
Flight School by Mark A Stuart Story about a young boy's refusal to accept conventional wisdom. [1,733 words]
Fever by Angelique Armstrong A story about a young man who is contagious. [2,138 words]
Dying by Mark A Stuart Story of the coming death of a small town in SouthWest Geargia. [1,227 words]
Dying For A Memory by Abbie Angel When there is nothing left, what can you do? [228 words]
Driving Miss Rachel by Mark A Stuart Some advice on dealing with new drivers in your household. [719 words]
Dragon's Law by Richard Dragon If you like hard-boiled detective in the classic sense, this is for you. I'm a gumshoe by trade an... [1,826 words]
Diwali Surprise by Inchara Its about how a middle class family who could not afford much had a surprise diwali celebration... [1,165 words]
Dirty City by Abbie Angel Abbie Angel is running, hiding in a concrete and glass jungle. [696 words]
Comparisons by Mark A Stuart Being thankful for the things that you don't have. [1,020 words]
Charity by Mark A Stuart Lessons of about human kindness and the shortage thereof. [3,818 words]
Blood In The Snow by Josh Anderson An experiment... I decided to take one of my poems and turn it into a short story, im not sur... [285 words]
Bad Habits by Mark A Stuart Sometimes old habits aren't useful in new places. [710 words]
Angel Of The Morning Calm by Steven L Howard On his first overseas assignment he ignored the advice of seniors and almost lost it ... [13,863 words]
And The Light Returns !!! …”
An Unexpected Visitor by Chad Alan Madson Boy who gets an unexpected visit while daydreaming. [1,228 words]
A Gunslinger's Death Is Always Best by Kevin Myrick The Sixth in the Sierra Madre Stories, finally typed up for your enjoyment.... [3,668 words]
The Dance Of A Lifetime by Courteney L Davison An english 8 assignment on a perfect moment. [160 words]
Seymours Christmas Wish by Amber A Whitman A light-hearted Christmas story of a lonely mouse. [523 words]
Mfoam by Diablo Hate Killer loose in twisted world. [617 words]
Dad's Christmas Tree by Ruby Alexandra Beloz The year was 1967 when Dad came home with a different type of Christmas Tree? [1,263 words]

Go to page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 [25] 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
TITLE (EDIT)
And The Light Returns !!! …”
DESCRIPTION
God finds out the earth with values eroded. To him, erosion of values means absolute darkness.

When he fails to find out values in the all levels of the society including top, an ordinary ragpicker has changed his view point radically. He realises that there is still hope and light.
[1,392 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Literary Fiction
AUTHOR
Partha Pratim Majumder
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A creative story teller of India.
[August 2006]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (12)
Bare Facts (Short Stories) When western culture and western fashion representing economic power of West has been making serious dent mark in the conservative society and socio – economic condition of third world countries like... [1,461 words] [Literary Fiction]
Engineering An Engineer (Short Stories) In the community of contractors enlisted with the government, a newsitem has spread like fire that newly arrived District Engineer appears to be beyond all temptation and dishonesty. They have starte... [1,897 words] [Literary Fiction]
He Grows Up... (Short Stories) The story of Monty rotates on the issues of growing up of a boy in the illusion of much hyped adulthood, in the dreams of “being a man”, and finally in the mystery called love. But, to the contrary, h... [4,098 words] [Literary Fiction]
In The Womb Of A Bomb (Short Stories) Humor sprouts from a real life situation , when at a far off place, a bomb was located in a government office. The sensation of a bomb and human reaction to it is the focal point of this story. Let th... [2,417 words] [Humor]
Jolly John's Last Laugh (Short Stories) In 1963 , A young Englishman bought an old Bunglow at the foothills of Himalayas near Simla. The problem faced by him was the issue of adjustment with the atmosphere of that old house and his despe... [2,437 words] [Literary Fiction]
Life On The Broken Wings (Short Stories) A young pretty girl , who is handicapped since birth , has to pass her leisure sitting on the wheel chair in the balcony of her first floor apartment in a congested locality. Her tender mind uses to r... [1,860 words] [Literary Fiction]
Living And Leaving (Short Stories) The place is a crematorium. The characters are three dead souls leaving the world in disgust and gloom. They are asked three questions by God about their final round of experiences to know their wish ... [859 words] [Spiritual]
Mom's Color Code (Short Stories) Relationship between mother and son. The very intricate relationship that needs no description. [1,287 words] [Relationships]
That Extra S - Mile …. (Short Stories) - [1,421 words] [Relationships]
The Gatekeeper Of The Heaven (Short Stories) Theme : Hypothetically, the concept of God,heaven etc. are all created by and preserved in the belief of man. Again, the treatment of the same in the mind of illeterate and common man as well as in... [2,419 words] [Relationships]
Wanted - Unwanted (Short Stories) - [1,891 words] [Relationships]
When Oil Wells Will Be Dry….. (Short Stories) In the felicitation ceremony of the ace rock climber / mountaineer , a question shakes all and sundry including the mountaineer, who finds himself out of foothold in an auditorium in US , after his r... [700 words] [Popular Fiction]
And The Light Returns !!! …”
Partha Pratim Majumder

God is on board in his favourite chariot “ Divine Mission “ long after his last visit to the earth. He dons a divine smile on his glowing lips while sharply looking at the eyes of his company. Then he wears special sunglasses fit for the earth.

Then , his order reaches the pilot , “ Let’s go to the first world at first. ”

The chariot propels with bang……God’s tour is on … like earlier times ……… in search of values like honesty, truth etc. etc. This tour comes after fifty years ….. long due tour. Normally, his tour programme to earth is scheduled to be held after every twenty years. But recently, he has been postponing it for a number of times due to indisposed health and old age.

God is now of more than 2000 years old ,more or less. His exact date of birth is not known. As said around, the certificate was the only one, Noah’s ark had failed to carry or was gulped down by the shark in vengeance. One never knows it for sure.

Now, his ears are filled with divine music and mind recalling the last trip filled with sad memory of erosion of values - 80% decline recorded in his laptop. He is sure that the degeneration of value system ( which he lovingly relates to as Divine Values ) of his subjects on earth is a feature that happens in tandem. So, he is also sure of the other – projection of a 100% decline.

This means, as per his advisors, a clear full stop of old order and value system in particular, sprouting the possibility of new values and order ( which he hatefully relates to as Degenerated Values ). This visit to earth is of towering significance as he is to witness a trying time of changing values in his empire of one of a kind.

God has two polarised views on the condition of earth - Light means existence of strong value system and darkness means erosion of values He believes in heart that the values can be polarised by two – values of Darkness and values of Light .He is constrained to find that darkness has almost gripped the earth over the years. Light seems to be a distant dream.

But he needs a close watch on those changes as he can not be left behind from the clutches of so called new order. As such, he has had a severe bend of mind to undertake the tour despite of his old age and other perennial problems.


In the first world, one week of his tour has passed. A week full of wonders – gross decadence. Bizarre experiences with the death of his all sense of logical conclusion as he has noticed that the President of a state wins second time against the palpable but repulsive public opinion all over the state and the world.

Money rules the roost in all its forms and colour. The phenomenon of oppression has had a sea change – oppression of rich to poor has changed to the reverse…….. as terrorism of organised poor cripples the richest to dust as the solid towers are transformed to debris. The rich bounces back in vengeance. The collision continues.

Terrorism rides the horse called peace. Mankind looks confused at sure ruins. God scratches scalp in vigorous search of way out. Blood oozes out but way out does n’t. He is sure of one thing – his created empire has had a radical change …… with set of values he can not recognise …. An empire over which the monarch has completely lost control. Now, exasperated, God looks at the third world scene, more towards the individual life of ordinary people as it is often believed that the citadel of values is found in the heart of lesser privileged people.

Hatred looms larger than anything else……… throttling the growth.
In utter disgust, God decides to shorten his tour by skipping entire second world.

“ Let’s go to third world”. He orders.

Divine Light reaches a lesser known country in Asia. After a night , he opens few newspapers full of news and marks the news of his interest. He is fed up with the following set of newsitems.

a. A District Judge buys a set of diamond studded glasses to wear at the cost of $ 42000, the bill of which has been settled by public money when his monthly pay is around $ 1700
b. A huge sized scam has been identified in course of procurement by way of use of old and used ones for new coffin boxes in Army for carrying corpses to burial ground. The involvement of top officers can not be ruled out.
c. A huge sized scam was identified in fake Legal Stamp papers, which has been cause to cheat the govt. revenue to the tune of millions of dollars. The beneficiaries are highly networked criminals having nexus with top cops of the level of the Commissioner of Police, Joint Commissioner of Police etc.
d. World class Pop singer was arrested on the charge of organising smuggling out thousands of manpower in illegal manner for the purpose of earning huge amount of money.
e. Famous music director has been arrested on charge of hiring professional killer to remove the rival in his profession.
f. The Prime Minister was arrested for bribing leaders of Opposition to evade “ No Confidence “ motion.
g. Huge business empire cracks towards two pieces as two brothers as present owners are at loggerheads on “ownership issues” , just within six months after death of their father.
h. The dacoit, who was in prison a number of times for killing at least 25 men, becomes Member of Parliament for taking important decisions of public life.
i. A highly respected priest is arrested on charge of murder.


God is confirmed that all those elements found in the first world countries are prevailing even in third world countries. When the front of the society is affected , how common men will be left behind ?

God retires into utter desperation with a note , “ Oh, God !!! It’s really complete darkness and gloom !!! “ And he decides to return to heaven in frustration. “ No hope here ! Let’s pack up !!! “ He orders.

Then only, his eyes are attracted to the news telecast of a local TV channel. In a public reception , a woman is introduced as the Gold Award winner for showing exceptional strength of character. She is introduced as a poor ragpicker , a homeless, a mother of four little children and an wife of an ailing husband. Oneday she has found out a plastic packet containing cash of $ 17500 ( Quite a large amount for the person who survives at a marginal earning of $ 5 per day on average ) from huge waste. She has gone straight to a police station and handed over the packet to Officer – in Charge by saying , “ Sir, kindly search for the owner of this packet and hand over the same. It belongs to him.”

The Chief Minister of the state, who is present in this award giving ceremony, hands over the award with a lot of promises for the future, with a few drops of tears in his eyes. In his speech, he says that he is having the best moment of his life to salute a character of rarest of the rare. A CEO of world level NGO says that for opening a bank account for her , bank rule has been changed since a homeless does not have right to open an account. All other dignitaries are full of praises of her values.

In her reply, she sobs to say humbly with folded hands , “ I am a small human being in all big people like you. I like to tell you that it is the will of God who does everything. “
A reporter asks her, “ If you have another occasion of same type, what will you do then ? “
She firmly replies, “ I’ll do the same thing – return the packet .“


God nods his head in wonder as if a flash of light returns tearing the stubborn darkness apart.

He welcomes the light to put an end to the darkness of his mind too.

                                                    ______________ 000 ______________
 

 

READER'S REVIEWS (2)
DISCLAIMER: STORYMANIA DOES NOT PROVIDE AND IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWS. ALL REVIEWS ARE PROVIDED BY NON-ASSOCIATED VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF THE WAY THEY CALL THEMSELVES.

"An original story of depth. God is made the hero falling in line with a ragpicker , whose head is held high in values that melts down in the heat of money. Very good storyline. Congrats. " -- Sarah Norton, London, Uk.
"Good story/ Well made plot. " -- Nikhil Raman, Bangalore , India.

TO DELETE UNWANTED REVIEWS CLICK HERE! (SELECT "MANAGE TITLE REVIEWS" ACTION)

Submit Your Review for And The Light Returns !!! …”
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.

Your Name*     E-mail*

City     State/Province     Country

Your Review (please be constructive!)*


Please Enter Code*:

Submit Your Rating for And The Light Returns !!! …”

Worst     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Best

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
© 2004 Partha Pratim Majumder
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
December 2004
NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED
1962
 

Copyright © 1998-2001 Storymania Technologies Limited. All Rights Reserved.