Thursday 20th September, 2012. It was the very pleasant and fine morning, weather was also fine and the cold winds were blowing . All my tiredness of work had gone away due to proper sleep and I was feeling much relaxed and comfortable so, I made my mood to have a coffee in order to enjoy this government holiday along with the sweet voice of radio. Quickly I turned to my kitchen and prepared a coffee for me within 5 minutes itself. Then According to my plan I began to enjoy coffee along with news headlines and songs on radio.
After some 5-10 minutes when I had the first sip of coffee, the program on radio had turned to a show named “Sacchi Kahaniyan”. This show was all about true life stories, and I was frozen for a minute when I heard my friend Vishal is telling about the experience of our trip to a “forest”. Slowly and slowly as he start speaking about our trip, I began to fell down in those moments when we have planned a visit to forest and finally completed it.
It was some two months before exams we all friends I, Vishal, Anunay and Pretam ,planned to have a trip to some nearby places but all of us wants to do some adventure so, we decided to visit a dense forest in the outskirt of our city. After our exams which were finished in June we all prepared to go on an adventurous trip along with some food, water, torch and most importantly our cell phone.
But the day was so strange we did not find any vehicle which can drop us there, anyhow we managed to find a taxi which took us to the outskirt of the city. Another evidence of the strangeness of the day was Pretam had forgot his cell phone at home. Some of the passers by had told us the way to forest. Forest was looking very beautiful; voices of many birds, insects and animals can be heard properly. As we were moving forward we make a mark on every tree in our path we would remind us the exit of the forest, and it was firstly decided that we will always keep our mobile in switch on mode and contact each other if we lost in the forest.
As we were moving forward Pretam felt that somebody is following our foot steps but leaving his intuition to a joke we moved on. When we reached in the interior of the forest we lost our way and suddenly the smog spread every where and we were not able to see each other properly all of us got very scared of what was happening around us suddenly we noticed that Anunay is not with us, then we heard someone shouting and we thought it was Anunay, so we started searching for him but due to white smog we are not able to find him. Then I got an idea to call him and ask about his position so, I tried to call him but because of network problem we were not able to contact with him and as the day was strange our torches were left to no use in such dense smog.
After walking for 2-3 hours, I again tried to call Anunay and this time I was succeeded in getting a reply from him and he told us about his location. Vishal went to find Anunay and we were waiting for them near the marked tree. At this time the dense smog also had reduced to lighter now things can be seen properly. We were constantly trying to contact Anunay and Vishal with our cell phones so that it will be easy for them to find each other. And after 1 hour we heard good news from Vishal that he is succeeded in finding Anunay. We felt very happy and relaxed to see each other. Then with the help of marks created by us on the trees we came out of the forest. Really it was a very strange day, as every one had thought that we will enjoy the trip but came home in a scared mood. We thanked God for protecting us and our cell phones which helped us so much to remain in contact with each other.
Suddenly the sound ringtone of my cell phone distracted me from my thoughts. I picked up my phone ,it was Pretam and he told me about the program running currently on radio. At the same time Vishal on the radio had finished his story, show operator thanked him and asked him to write a story on this incident.
Read more English Short Story by kshitij agrawal in category Friends with tag forest | missing | phone | trip
The Lost Jungle
As I walked through the mysterious jungle I ran into a gigantic tree with very strange leaves. The leaves were formed in the shape of a star. But that was not the weirdest part… the leaves were all different colors and each leaf glowed. But the color of the light that they were giving was not the same as the color of the leaf; the colors of the light were randomized for each leaf. There were vines hanging down from what I was guessing were branches high up in the tree, but I couldn’t quite make out if they were actually branches or not. I tugged on the vines and put all my weight on it by hanging on it, just to check if it was sturdy enough for me to climb. Seeing as neither the vine nor branch had broken or collapsed to my weight I decided it was safe enough to climb. Back in Ethiopia when I was a kid I would always climb ropes with knots in it, for hunting practice and in case of us running into a wild animal and having to climb into a tree or something, but this vine did not have any knots in it but thankfully I could keep myself up by pushing off the tree and climbing the vine at the same time. I took big steps on the tree and reached very far up on the vine at the same time. After almost six minutes of climbing this vine I saw what I thought was the top of the tree but once I got closer it turned out to be the end of the vine, which ended at the branch that it was hanging on. I was about to give up but I noticed little tree hallows that seemed to be circling the tree. Before I moved to Ethiopia I lived in Montana and did a lot of rock climbing, indoor and outdoor. Tree climbing couldn’t be so much harder. I grabbed onto the first tree hallow and found that it was easy to get a good grip onto it. After about a minute of climbing a big flash took over the corner of my eyes and about six seconds later I heard a huge roar of thunder and rain started pouring down quickly. The tree trunk started getting slippery and I knew I had to move fast. I got pretty far up even with the slippery tree but I came across a very big gap in the tree hallows. I didn’t hesitate and I just went for the leap. I grabbed onto it with one hand but couldn’t get the strength to get my other hand up onto it. I was barely holding on and just my finger tips were holding me up. I felt my finger nail fold back and stab my finger, it was so painful I couldn’t hold on any longer and my finger slipped of the tree. I rocketing towards the ground very fast and I knew I was very high up so I wouldn’t survive. I lost hope and knew I was going to die. There was nothing to save me this time…….
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