Thursday, 23 June 2011

100-word story

Can a story be told in as short as 100 words? And what if it is made in exactly 100 words excluding the title?


What follows is a succinct endeavour to enthral.


                                             A visitor

I went speechless.

I was delivering a speech to the visitors at our museum. Pointing to a model, I had told them ‘standing here, Galileo Galilei, accused of heresy, faced the Roman inquisition’.

A stocky gentleman turned his face away.

‘How sad!’

He had a dour look on and I felt awkward.

‘Any questions sir?’

‘You exaggerate, but I’m tired of arguments.’

He left abruptly.

My embarrassment was overtaken by something very strange and strikingly similar. Was it his beard or his Italian intonation or the sombre eyes?

‘So what then did Galileo do?’ someone quizzed.

What can I answer?












Saturday, 11 June 2011

100-word story

Can a story be told in as short as 100 words? And what if it is made in exactly 100 words excluding the title?


What follows is a succinct endeavour to enthral.

                                    Robotricks

‘God decoded in the Robots’ conference 2050 AD’ read the newspapers.


‘Humans never decoded God. We’ll do it’ said Robot primary R1, amid cheers.

Humans, robots and world channels zoomed on R1, that day.

‘A zillion processes and more to decode God and I touched infinity. Canis lupus familiaris, friendly specie, barks, a mammal and is called Dog’.

Someone said ‘R1’s complex analysis should have gone beyond ‘one-point compactification’ where +infinity and -infinity are treated the same. Hence ‘God’ has been reversed to ‘Dog’’.

The robots processed the failure. Since humans could marvel the omniscience of God, they won again.