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Chunni lal babu’s clock

Chunni lal babu’s old wall clock
was eating dust in an antique shop
every body was scared of it
and yet every one wanted to own it
human behaviour
how odd
Sensational news travels faster than light
it does and it did
at least regarding this clock
some said the watch was cursed
some said it was Chunnilal babu’s spirit
anyways, so the rumour was, that the clock
watches every thing the whole day
and right at midnight
instead of the usual ding-dong
sings out an important event of its choice
12 times
often putting people in the dock
why in the last house at the Raghav’s
it’s said, at 12 in the night it sang
Mr Raghav is cheating on his wife
12 times straight that too with a background music
of course Mr Raghav laughed it off
but suspicion is a worm and it eats you inside
so he ended up getting a divorce
and lost his job too
His Father in law was his boss
and the clock came back to the shop
the shopkeeper didn’t look shocked or amused
and I was the only one who found it strange
and then before that
in Little kittypong’s house
just at 12 it sang out loud 
kittypong is eating all the biscuits
and putting the blame on the poor dog
how a dog could steal a key
open an almirah 
and eat the biscuits
was puzzling
but his parents did believe that!
But after the incident
 Kittypong got punishment
and the dog licked the clock
but the clock was sent back
 cos it got the adults worried
who doesn’t have some secrets, right?
this went on and caused a lot of heart burn and anxiety
The people of the town thought
its better to burn down the clock
every one wanted the right to have an affair
with no fear of divorce or losing a job
and kids just wanted the freedom
to eat whatever and whenever
dogs were very sad and they howled in protest
but who listens to them
 and so the clock was burned down
but then the strangest thing happened
there was a dust storm
and the clock’s ashes flew with that
and went inside every one
who didn’t cover up their nose
oh what a disaster
to start saying the truth
and 12 every night 😯
last heard every one is divorced
and jobless in the town
Kids are grounded 24/7
and dogs don’t look that happy either
damn the clock
Truth- just when you don’t want it

About Soma Mukherjee

I often say things that put me in a jam, Jams go well with Buttered Toasts, Toasts are great hosts, Ghosts not so much, Although they can dance, Not all dancers are serial killers, Serial killers do not use Body bags that often, body bags aren't leak proof, Proof is in the Pudding.

91 responses »

  1. Ciekawa historia…pozdrawiam 🙂

  2. I am not sure if anyone has ever told you this before Soma but you are definitely wicked and a very good wicked you are too 🙂 Keep up the most excellent work on your Space my great friend, oh yes and remember… Be Good too, or else? 🙂 😉

    Androgoth XXx

  3. Reblogged this on Astha-The Frozen Vividity and commented:
    Ammmmazing post by Soma! 🙂
    Worth being reblogged numerous times 🙂

  4. My My!! 😛 Vicious desires 😀
    amazed…wonderful write up!! 🙂

  5. You have been such a faithfull follower of my own poetry work on WordPress. In reading your own poetry work, the following thought came to my mind, “I thought I was a little bit of a poet…..until I read your work, and realize what a real poet is all about.”

  6. Di.. Every time I read your post, I feel that it is your best yet… but another post comes and belies it all… God, you are very talented 🙂

  7. Soma’s power of imagination and associated humor has NO BOUNDARY . A marvelous piece of poetical web.
    For information to readers— the said clock is about 150byears old and still in good health .It is available with me as a token of my ancestors gift.

  8. when you come with the truth you’d better duck. sly, witty, wise, post Soma. continue…

  9. This is utterly delightful, Soma. I hope you have had a wonderful birthday!

  10. Very interesting, Soma. Liked the concept. Only, I couldn’t figure out if this was written in the form of a poem or story. Blame it entirely on my ignorance.

    • Thanks for the story or poem thing..eons back i read this poem/story in one of the Bangla magazines -Anandalok..its was kind of weird..neither had the sentence structure of a story nor the fluidity of a poem…more like a scribble..but i found that lack of those things very interesting..the moment Mom sent me picture of their wall clock i remembered that work and just tried my hand at it….
      i so get your confusion..

  11. Your story? Original? Very good!
    Keep them coming, regardless.

  12. I enjoy the creativity of this blog! Keep doing what you are doing.

  13. I really enjoyed this. It was a great commentary on how secrets manage to come out, usually when least expected. Do you have a link to any further information on Chunni Lal Babu?

  14. Beautiful prose – and wonderfully composed!
    You took your skills one step further. Good for you!

  15. Hahaha how I’d have loved to own a spill-all clock like this 😉 !

  16. Reblogged this on hangingfromthejoshuatree and commented:
    This is a delightful light poem about how truth will eventually screw the humdrum of our lives. What was more interesting for me was the trope of Chunni Lal Babu’s wall clock being the mouthpiece of truth – time and truth, time reveals all truths 😀 more so matter of facts than truths I guess. Aah, the best fiction called Histories…

  17. Blood-Ink-Diary

    haye !!! Lessons learnt, indeed! lol. Love the humour and wit in this post. You certainly brighten my days! Speaking of….called to wish you for your bday! (chk your email Mata soma ! Blood ink has given you aashirwaad!). Hugs.

  18. “suspicion is a worm and it eats you inside” – What a well phrased truth!

    I also loved this story Soma. You are such a dear when it comes to story telling – abundantly unique. In the old days you would have been the village oracle 🙂

    All good wishes, Eric

    • Ha ha ha oh i would have loved that -been a village oracle..i just love making and sharing stories however weird. they may be 🙂
      Thank you so much Eric 🙂

  19. A truth clock might be hard to live with! That was a fun little story!

  20. What a clock and what a wonderful story of truth! I just loved it Soma, as always your writing is just plain awesome with a chuckle and a smile for all! 🙂

  21. This post was so hilarious and so very much a warning to us all: both!

  22. George Weaver

    Soma, you are a jewel. And, one helluva’ writer and storyteller. All of the children will follow your pipe song. The grownups too. I love these stories. They are good and the form you choose is perfect for telling them. I am hoping to read a collection of them soon. Self-publish them. I’m too old to wait for you to get yourself discovered! 🙂 🙂

    • 😆 that last line had me in splits….
      But George i am miles away from from someone finding me or self publishing
      i have to polish my writing.
      thank you so much for that lovely generous comment
      Hugs 🙂

  23. Only one word: fantastic!

  24. Soma,
    This is a fantastic allegorical poem!
    You have displayed humor as well as a serious embedded theme. Well done my friend!

  25. Here comes yet again…another beautiful piece of writing by you!
    I really enjoyed reading this one…and like all your poems, this too tweaks a message that lingers on.
    Nice work, Soma. I really admire your imagination and creativity.
    What a wonderful way of saying, Satyamev Jayate!

  26. I love this story! I hope you publish a collection of them someday!

  27. Soma, this is a great poem with lots of truth! And yes, it does hurt, but sometimes it needs to be let out! 🙂 Have a great day! Hugs! xo

  28. Soma, I just love this one 🙂 great writing and also a very good lesson! Hugs

  29. I loved this one. Thank you = )

  30. The old clock has witnessed so much, very beautiful poem.

  31. That Father Time…Don’t mess with him. Right, Soma? So everyone wanted to own the clock they were afraid of. And then the clock told them–and everyone else–what they didn’t want to hear. The truth is so prickly because we’re seldom good boys and girls. You know, your clock sounds a bit like old Flannery 🙂

  32. Truth is something we should strive for as individuals and as societies. 🙂 Well done.

  33. Another good one 🙂

  34. Lovely Soma! Parliament needs one for sure, would be a lot of fun 🙂

  35. Well, it’s been said that the truth hurts, but must be told. But look at all the trouble is can cause.
    Our politicians could use a bit of the clocks dust.
    Love with a great big hug, xx

  36. 🙂 Truth always hurts , you know I hope we can find a clock like this and burn it and then its ashes can maybe go into the souls of all our leaders , all religious people.. SO they can start saying the TRUTH…

    A good thought

  37. Hi,
    Loved the story about the clock. 🙂

  38. Czytam znowu bardzo ciekawą historię i poznaję twój kraj ,Soma to jest piękne móc uczyć się i poznawać …….very nice day


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