The Dilemma

About Rahul Thathoo

The author is a working professional in an MNC; writing is a passion for him.

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The very look on his face felt as if he had just woken up from a deep slumber. However it was tough to figure out whether he did dream or if any of those dreams brought any solace to his ailing soul.
He was lying almost motionless on the hospital stretcher, with energy left for eye ball movement. His gaze was fierce, he was losing something. He had so much to speak and yet his kith & kin were worriedly busy running inside the hospital.
No one was listening to him, he wasn’t speaking either but his communication through his expressions was flawless. As he was losing, a divine force held his hand and his pain eased.
Be it coincidence, his stretcher was just outside the entrance door of the mortuary. The divine force had done its trick, to his amazement he could hear the dead people talking. For a normal person this could have been utterly bizarre but for him, he thought finally he could talk to them.
At that very moment the fear of death seemed irrelevant, curiosity had taken over. A companionship between dead & the living. The door was still closed and these thoughts were forming cobwebs in his mind. His own family no longer mattered to him. Was this an embark on a new journey? He wasn’t even accepted & lay between the two worlds.
Finally the talking dead people started emerging out through the door, they all were wearing shining white clothes. They all looked interestingly happy & looked directly at his pale face. He didn’t ask them where he was, instead he asked the dead people how could he also join them?
It was at that very moment he didn’t realize why he had asked such a question. Suddenly the dead people looked at each other and spoke briefly among themselves, however he couldn’t understand the language they were talking. One of dead person took the lead and placed his hand on his forehead.
Suddenly he started to feel immense pain and his soul parted his lying body on the stretcher. Now while his body was lying still on the stretcher, a new he in shinning white clothes was standing next to the stretcher with rest of the dead people.
In this new avatar he was formless, yet having a form and purpose of this new existence was yet to be defined & understood. He was given two options by the other dead people, either he could relive his entire current life starting from his birth or he could join the rest in the aftermath journey.
This choice wasn’t so easy even then as life which he had lived he knew all the events which had happened so far but what was more fascinating for him was the aftermath journey. He thought he barely knew what lays ahead.
With full of affection in his eyes & over whelming joy in his heart he looked around last time to witness his kith & kin. For few moments he stood next to his motionless body, now he could feel the bond with his personal vessel on the earth.
And amidst these thoughts the aftermath journey with rest of the dead people began. The first interesting part of the journey was to visit each solar planet followed by the sun. With visit on each planet he was able to meet the formless form of the divine force stationed on the each.
The last leg was visit to the sun, he could now feel the immense gravity & radiance within.
There was a long pause as there was too much for him to handle. Suddenly a force started to drag his soul away from the sun. He couldn’t understand what was happening to him. A strong jolt he felt and he felt getting trapped into something. He slowly opened his eyes, he was back in the hospital and he heard his son say “You are God!” Someone else in bright white shining clothes was moving away from his gaze.


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18 Response Comments

  • shivaniz10/12/2018 at 7:59 AM

    Well Done Rahul!
    Such an amazing narrative for the character that it makes us believe in the powers of the almighty and our journey beyond…

    • Rahul Thathoo10/12/2018 at 12:12 PM

      Glad you liked the plot.

  • Prateek10/12/2018 at 10:00 AM

    Good story with thought provoking about the after death journey and the unpredictable conclusion makes it more intense and interesting to read 🙂

    • Rahul Thathoo10/12/2018 at 12:14 PM

      Good to note that you enjoyed the story. Tried my best to deliver the punch of imagination in short !

  • Nidhi Jangid10/12/2018 at 6:55 PM

    A life or journey after death – which one is more peaceful and delightful? This dillemma really makes us rethink the way we live our life! Moreover, I liked the way how curiosity and fascination towards the aftermath journey are expressed.

    • Rahul Thathoo10/12/2018 at 10:07 PM

      Thanks Nidhi for your comment, the dilemma continues 🙂

  • Liza10/12/2018 at 8:46 PM

    This story was a gift to the soul. It’s often questioned what happens after life on earth and this story proves that there is another journey after we finish our roles to play on earth. Although the protagonist woke up in the hospital bed, he did get a view of his after life which makes it just obvious that life on earth is temporary and life after we leave this place is eternal.

    • Rahul Thathoo10/12/2018 at 10:09 PM

      thanks for your words, this can be as real as it can be.

  • Boijayanto Mukherjee11/12/2018 at 12:30 AM

    This tiny tale is a near perfect blend of psychological and philosophical faculties at work that does magic and justice to the ever persistent question of identity and life as we know it. This story is a journey that compels each reader to ponder over their existence and wonder what he/she has ever achieved in this short life. These narratives make space for great philosophical plots. A great attempt and a fabulous ending make this an enjoyable as well as an enlightening tale.

    • Rahul Thathoo11/12/2018 at 2:53 PM

      Good to note your comments, good to see it stimulates the inner conversation !

  • Khelan Shah11/12/2018 at 12:35 AM

    This is pretty nice. The author provides a very interesting take on the afterlife, which is captivating as well as unique. It keeps you hooked to the very last word.

    • Rahul Thathoo11/12/2018 at 2:55 PM

      Thanks for your comments, Unique aftermath or is it the same !

  • Kheya Baidya11/12/2018 at 9:15 AM

    Liked the story. It is thought provoking. Is death really an end or a new beginning?

    • Rahul Thathoo11/12/2018 at 2:57 PM

      Thanks Kheya , i would say Death is the actual beginning ! ( in this story at least )

  • NANDANA DASGUPTA11/12/2018 at 12:49 PM

    what an excellent blending of psychological & spiritual elements! The main protagonist of the story seem to be eager to start his transcendental journey & leave behind his materialistic life. The man was perhaps was lucky enough to do the choosing. But do we all get to choose these options? I wonder!

    • Rahul Thathoo12/12/2018 at 6:33 PM

      Thanks Nandana for liking the story , we by nature are curious & hopefully we might get options to choose as well !!

  • RINKY11/12/2018 at 11:38 PM

    The main character of the story was all set to start his new life after death leaving everything behind. The way his experience of life after death is shown and how he is taken aback into life is beautifully mentioned in the story. But wonder, death to be actually an end or a start to something new. An enlightening story,indeed.

    • Rahul Thathoo12/12/2018 at 6:37 PM

      Thanks Rinky for your comments, i believe there is and there is a hope too that we will have light at the end of the tunnel.
      Journey never ends !!

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