A crazy story!
I died a few minutes ago!
It sounds like an FB status Na? Yes I mean it. It is a quite untimely death. A heart attack snatched my life. I am just thirty five years old. I think I am too young to face a mishap like this. Anyway it did happen. Now I am on the way back to him; almighty. I left behind my wife and ten year old daughter. It hurts so badly when I think about them. What would they do without me?
Yup I reached there. I can see two giant doors in front of me. I notice a board on top of each door. One is displaying “to heaven” and the other is obviously “to hell”. I hardly spotted a man sitting under the doors, fully engrossed in his laptop. I go up to him, and cleared my throat to catch his attention. He is in white attire. His face is devoid of any blemish, hairs are curly and shiningly black. He is immaculate. He moved his gaze from his laptop to me. I looked at his laptop it is not apple, but the logo is of some fruit that I have never seen and a part of it is bitten off too, resembles Steve Job’s apple.
“Ashish Malhotra, thirty five years old, CEO of a software firm, pretty successful life!” He chanted my details.
“Yes sir” My chest rises up with pride.
“And a poor family man” He smirked
“Yes sir” Chest deflates.
His eyes are blue and glinting. He has got a fair and long face, with tiny stubbles, is quite angelic.
He takes a deep sigh and says
“I am here to say, where you are supposed to go, heaven or hell”
“Okay, where I am supposed to go sir” I asked nervously.
“Hmm let me check” He is typing and moving his fingers on the mouse pad with rapt attention, and eventually he leans back and pressed enter. He passes me a cocky smile. I kept my fingers crossed.
Some beeps, his eyes moves from the laptop screen and to my face, he does it time and again. I can see a trace of disbelief and amazement on his handsome face. He seems so confused, I guess. It leaves me in a daze.
“Is there any problem sir” I asked, my heart skips a beat.
“Damn” He says under his breath and he kept on tapping the Enter button.
“This is so unusual, I don’t know how it happened” He says and turns the laptop screen towards me.
I can see a table on the screen, which shows the tally of my Sins and good deeds. I opened my eyes wide and moved my gaze to the bottom of the table, it reads,
Total Sins: 50% & Righteous deeds: 50%
“Heck!” I blurt out. I thought its possible outcomes. I may have to be in both H’s or I am gonna be denied both.
I looked at him, more disappointedly. I am greeted by the same sort of look from him.
Time passes by… He seems to be indulged in deep thought, to sort this out. Finally he looks at me, I-made-up-my-mind kind of look. He says,
“I will give you one more day to live. And your fate depends on that day only. Live that day as you like, sins or good deeds it is all up to you. See you after twenty four hours, good luck Ashish! Have a great day” He grins and I found myself making my way to earth again.
I am so puzzled! It seems like a “super over of a twenty-twenty match, a tie-breaker.
“Things are the same even after death, so confusing so unsettling…Is anybody out there to end their life, please listen, Life is damn creepy after death!
When I open my eyes, I could see four panicked eyes on me. My wife Neena and my sweet daughter Rishika flank me, I am in hospital bed.
“I am alive… Neena” Said I holding them against my chest.
“You really frightened us” Neena whispered. She is teary.
For the next few minutes, I explained what I had been through after that chest pain. They looked each other. They are kind of shocked and unconvinced.
“You might have been dreaming, Ashish …You just had a minor chest pain, it is not a heart attack” Neena said matter-of-factly.
“No Neena I have only this day to live, I gotta do a lot” Panic seizes me.
In the very next hour, I saw Neena calling Doctor,
Doctor calling Psychiatrist… counseling, lecturing!!
But I don’t give up, they do! … I’ve made up my mind already… Whatever happens I want heaven!
They don’t let me to get outside hospital; I took my phone, and opened the list of virtuous deeds to be done in one day
It is raining calls from my phones
Donations to mental rehab and orphanage to be given timely and from now on with a hike!
Our entire client’s shares should be properly distributed and forged documents to be gone to waste-bin.
No bribe, No illicit money… so and so! List is longer than Nile.
I have done with all these sorts of stuffs, with the help of my phone and obedient subordinates
I called up my parents, after three months. Finally I called my Neena and my sweet daughter, I hardly spent time with them, and I was too busy to set aside a few minutes for my family. I am a poor family man.
I earned hell lot of money,what is the use now, I missed out the golden moments to be with my family. It is too late…! I badly wanted some more days to live… to live with them; to enjoy my life to its fullest with my angels. I want to see them happy.
“I am sorry” I trailed off before them.
They are still looking at me blankly. I took a look at the wall clock, jus two minutes to 12.
Only two minutes for me, I hugged them tightly. Tears!
“You will be fine dear” Neena said under her breath, she blew her nose. Rishika has no clue what is happening around.
Ii is 12 am now!
I am alive, I am alive I screamed.
“It was just a dream Neena” I said sheepishly. She scowled and called doctor again.
I overhear her talk with doctor.
“He is okay Sir, now got convinced”
My thoughts wander off!
It was not just a dream, I learned a lot from it, and now I know how I should play the rest of my life’s Innings! An inexplicable solace fills up my heart.
It is going to be a fresh start! When I turned my head, I saw him through the window in twilight… his curly hair, his angelic face; he is standing in the garden… this time without that laptop. He smiles at me and his thumps up, shows it to me… I can decipher from his lip’s movement…
He is saying “All the best”