Sunday, October 7, 2012

An untold story


This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 32; the thirty-second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is 'An Untold Story'

“There is an untold story that I want to share with you”, I said eagerly.
My friend’s eyes glazed over.
“If it has remained untold for this long, it can remain untold for a shade longer. What is the hurry?” he said and hurried away.
If you had a story that wants to burst out of you and you find that there is no one to tell it to, you can understand how I felt. I don’t know why it is this way but the very times I have the urgent need to tell something are the times when all my friends are too busy to listen. Has that happened with you, too?
“Listen! There is this untold story…”
“Ever heard of the man who said ‘I always lie’?” said my friend. That, also, happens to me. When I want to say something, my friends feel the pressing need to say something else. “That is logic that bites its own tail. If he always lied, he lied this time too. That means he always tells the truth. Which means that he was telling the truth when he said he always lied! Which means that he always lies! Which means…”
My patience was at an end. He seemed prepared to go on like this till the cows came home. “So? What do you want to say?”
“Once you start telling me the untold story, it ceases to be an untold story. So it can be an untold story only when you keep it untold”, he said and disappeared.
After he left, it struck me that his logic was fallacious. After all, if “I always lie” is false, the truth need not necessarily be “I always tell the truth”. It could well be “I sometimes lie”. That is another thing that keeps happening to me. I find the killer argument only after the time for arguing is long gone. Ever had that happen to you?
Having lost out with my friends, I had only my family to help me unburden myself.
“Hey Sis! I have this untold story that I want to tell you”
“It is always what you want with you. When have you ever bothered to understand what I want or what anyone else wants?”
Well! I assure you that this untold story that I have not told you is the greatest untold story that has not been told! Take my word for it!

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105 comments:

  1. Cracker this one! Short and sweet! How do you do it? I have a huge problem restricting my word limits! Hats off to you for doing it so well!

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    1. Ah! For me the difficulty is in writing any great length :)

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  2. Good one. quite an interesting ending.

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  3. Mind-boggling!! Loved this take on the prompt. Take a bow Sir.


    ~Regards,
    Sayantini Bhattacharya
    another part of me

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  4. Wow! This one was amazing :) And, I can truly empathise coz it happens with me all the time :P

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    1. Thanks Akanksha! Good to know I have company in my every foible :)

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  5. Ahhhhhhhhahaah! thats such a literal take!! whew, I am gaping as always! ;) pleasure to read your posts!

    Do stop by my blog! I'd love your comments & visits!!

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  6. Sometimes, my mind fails to generate a comment on such great posts. Great? No, simple! Why simple? ..because you wrote nothing in this post. Oh, really? ..it seems that you wrote everything about the prompt. So, does not it mean that this post is great? And if this post is not great, how can I not think of a good comment?

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    1. For the untold story, the untold comment, huh? :)

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    2. In fact, I was looking for an extension of my comment by you. Anyway, your reply was unexpected :)

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  7. Some creativity Suresh ji. Remarkable.

    You sure have my attention for your untold story now ;)

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  8. All right, I am waiting for the Untold Story Part - Next!

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    1. I'll hv to think of more excuses for people running away from me :)

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  9. Loved this concept, CS. But it feels like it stopped before it could take off. It could have easily been a long yarn. I feel there is much more scope for this. Don't know whether you got constrained by low attention span of blog-a-ton readers.

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    1. Of blog readers in general, TF! You have no idea how it pained me that most people did not read 'Desi Wild Hogs' through because it was long.

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    2. It is truth, CS. People hate long posts. Even do I. It's better to write things in two-three parts than write them all in one post.

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    3. Tried that too with Marketing Battles. Did not work in parts either :(

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    4. I tried that too as a sequence but I am not sure how much a part holds the attention of the reader, enough to make him come back week after week? For this month's edition of BAT, my Untold Story kept going and going until I had to scrap it for the same reason, because people don't like long posts much! And then I redid the whole thing with a new angle - trying in vain to restrict the length, but then mine now looks like it ended too soon! Post lengths are always a problem!

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    5. So now I have started doing short-shorts :)

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  10. HaHa!! So many untold stories!! Liked and enjoyed.
    You know, everybody has untold stories - that is the problem :-)

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  11. :) :) very nice.... loved the idea of it :)

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  12. Hah! That was short but interesting. Especially the mind boggling logic sequence.

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  13. I liked the concept CS! I second Diwa :) Good Luck for Blogaton!

    Someone is Special

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  14. TAKE MY WORDS---You are a winner! Neat and a crisp one!

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    1. Thanks Panchali! Win, lose or draw it was fun writing it :)

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  15. All the way jolly and peppy... from top to down.... :))))))

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  16. C.S yet an another stunner...hail hail

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  17. that's a witty one and I guess the story has sadly remained untold :D

    +Not Just My Allegories+

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  18. What an idea sir ji!
    You're awesome, Suresh:)

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    1. Old idea, Amit! My parents used to say 'when you have nothing to say, say nothing' - which is what I did this time :)

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  19. a very 'hatke' take on the topic ! I loved it !

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  20. Hahaha,another gem from the Suresh mines.This logic of yours is enough to fox Emmanual Kant the great German philosopher & logician.
    Now listen to my sob story-i held on to my marriage post to publish it for Blog-a-Ton today, but this code stuff was too much for poor me!It could not be!

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    1. Thanks Indu! I thought your post was for blogaton seeing that 'Untold story' and was surprised to see that it was not!

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    2. What code stuff? Poor you. Next time simply save the whole thing as draft and then switch to HTML. Put the codes in the start and end. Simple copy paste from the BAT page! Don't miss out on BAT! Its fun!

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    3. Put this on Indu's blog Deepa! More sure to reach her that way :)

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  21. Now that's a brilliant take - light and literal! BTW, I don't have a single friend who will pass over an untold story. So next time you need to borrow an ear , just tell me :)

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    1. Thanks! I certainly shall the next time :)

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  22. For a moment I thought I was reading Vishu's movie dialogues in English :)

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    1. Ah Well! Everything I do, there is always someone who has done it before. Alas! :)

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  23. The success of an untold story is to remain untold!! What a notion sir! Superb!!!

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  24. Happens to me all the time. I am like itching to narrate an incident to someone and he/she does not give a chance. It always remains untold!!

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    1. Mmm! Looks like I am not alone in the world :)

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  25. ahhh! what a pleasure this post has! a signature CS creation! awesome, lovely read! :)

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    1. Thanks Apala! Now I feel like Yves Saint Laurent! :)

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  26. yay!!!!!,
    may be I have started reading all your posts too well to anticipate this style of write up from you,
    short,crisp,engaging.

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  27. You say 'After all, if “I always lie” is false, the truth need not necessarily be “I always tell the truth”. It could...'
    Extending it; if you tell me the untold story, it needn't necessarily be 'the told story'.
    Of course, you captured that killer argument.

    Anyways, quite an interesting take.

    Do visit mine and if you do get through it, do share your thoughts.

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    1. Yes, Indeed! It would be a told story to some but untold story still to others! I do hope you got the extension of the argument!!

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  28. Too good,loved the idea :)

    All the Best

    Do visit mine :)

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  29. Just brilliant!! Liked the idea and creativity. Seems it has a winner written all over it!! ATB for BAT!!

    Do read my post : http://ponderingtwo.blogspot.in/2012/10/love-torn.html

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  30. Funny..and yes I'm a chatterbox so I know how it feels when people don't listen to any of my untold stories either ...
    ATB for BAT :)

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    1. Thanks Rinaya! I find that I do have lots of company :)

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  31. loved the narration :) and yes it has happened to me that i will be bursting with some news and some how all the people in the world are extremely busy :) best of luck for the competition

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    1. Thanks Nivedita! Seems like it happens often enough to all of us!

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  32. Haha lovely work. I was expecting a little more on this concept but still a good ending. Very entertaining

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    1. Thanks, Ash! When you opt for this sort of take, the optimal size is always difficult. You need to hit the end of the story before the reader's surprise at the way the tale is moving wears off and turns to boredom!

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  33. so when is the untold story being told? :)

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  34. ha ha...Only you can interpret the topic like this Suresh...Lol!

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    1. Thanks Jaish! Actually, I could see no other interpretation for the topic :)

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  35. :) I have to admit that you are an unconventional writer! :) I couldn't believe I have not only read your entry for the contest but also your responses to the remarks :D (Don't take me wrong, I don't have a lot of time at hand but I couldn't resist! :P )
    A small confession, Just like a few of your readers I also avoid reading long posts, but I also wish to tell you- I always give reading a long post a try and If it is an interesting and griping post; I will finish it before I take up any other task.

    Your take on the theme is beyond my imagination and is very different from the other stories!

    All the Best for the BAT 32 :)

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    1. Thanks Megha! I'd love for you to try that Marketing Battles - at least I think it could be gripping, if you like humor!

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    2. :P .. Sorry I am unable to understand your remark. I hope you didn't take me wrong..

      P.S. I love people with good sense of humor :)

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    3. I had written a 8 part series called Marketing Battles and that, I felt, could be gripping to you if you liked the humor genre. There was nothing offensive in your earlier comment and, so, there was no reason at all to take offense :)

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  36. the frustration displayed is so connecting...loved it
    ATB for BAT :)

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  37. Catching up on the backlog of posts and this one set the tone for things to come at least on your blog :) Loved your sister's reply the best. But at the cost of letting the untold story becoming a told story, please do. I love laughing :D

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    1. Thanks Zephyr! What about the things that have gone - on my blog?? :)

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  38. Okay! I found this one an extremely intelligent post. And I have very high respect for intelligent posts (and even movies). Ha :)

    I was laughing when his friend just did not want to hear the story. Maybe, I could relate to it somewhere. :)

    I really liked it Suresh. Now, when you are responding to this, please don't make me look up the dictionary Suresh. And that may look like a tantrum, but it isn't one. It's a form of banter???

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    1. Thanks Kshitij! Hope I lived up to your request about not making you look up the dictionary :)

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  39. loved the telling of the untold story...but the untold story told on you ...nothing new ...perhaps something remaining of the untold or the told perhaps ...did someone tell you that the story is a never before told tale of a brilliant wordplay never before told :)

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    1. I meant ...*never before told tale of a brilliant wordplay * now retold :)

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  40. Had read this earlier, but re-reading it wasn't a chore at all. Chuckling all the way to the end, and the ending was a corker--Sis' reaction was classic.

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  41. Much ado about nothing?! The best stories are the ones yet untold....like yours! :)

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  42. So after a long 5 years, do you mind telling us the untold story?

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    1. After these long 5 years I have realized that it is more interesting when it remains untold :)

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  43. A nice story with an unconventional ending.... Kudos to. U sir!

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  44. Absolutely Loved it. Loved the truth of I Always Lie being I sometimes Lie.

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