Written by : Abhisek Pattnaik

My smart wearable woke me up at 5:30 in the morning. It’s been years since I have been waking up at this exact same time. Sometimes in perfect synchronization with my alarm: confused whether it woke me up or is it the other way around. The date in my watch said 21/09/2081. The interactive AI on my wall showed me the notification column as soon as I got up from my bed.
“Hello, Mr. Pattnaik. Here are your morning highlights.”
One among it, in particular caught my attention. It’s the last day for print media, as the only surviving newspaper “Bharti Daily” is being shut down. The private players had already left this loss-making business a long time ago and the Government has also finally decided to let it go.
“Who could have thought the days would see so many rapid changes?”, I thought, lost in the memories of my younger years.
I did my chores and left for the Lorey Lane where the Government was holding the virtual exhibitions, as a memoir for ‘Bharti Daily’, like in most of the cities of India. The place was crowded with mostly people of my age; only a few left of that generation who still loved ink on paper than the Kindles. The exhibition showcased Newspapers framed in glass(virtual) from over the years.
While taking a tour through it, I stopped at 2020. The headline in the paper said, ” The spectre of a post Covid-19 world”.
I touched the sync button and my AI asked, “Do you want me to read the full article or just the gist of it?”
“Just the gist, please.”, I said while memories of my past came rushing in. I was among the lucky ones to have survived this pandemic; both during and after. The original Covid-19 after plateauing for a while, fast evolved into SARS 3.0 with an unprecedented mortality rate. First half of the toll came from the virus and the next half, from the depression in the economy coupled with an widespread ‘epidemic of despair’ where many killed themselves voluntarily.The voice of my AI brought me back to the present.
“The author L K Reddy has tried to assess the post Covid-19 scenario from various perspectives; economic, political, social, environmental….”, it continued. I gave a smirk thinking no-one could assess the unfolding of Covid-19 back then. Suddenly, I started hearing this loud noise. My visible world started crumpling, only to be rearranged where I was thrown on my bed, waking me up from my dream. My heartbeat was rushing like a machine gun and my pillow was wet with my sweat. Hurriedly, I looked into the paper calendar hung over the wall and it said 19 November, 2019.

Author: buddingb

A humanist, Non-conformist who likes to see the world as half full. A seeker who is yet find all his answers.

18 thoughts on “INCEPTION”

    1. Thank you so much Priya/Puspita(sorry, didn’t know which one it is). Such words of appreciation are immensely fulfilling for me. Thank you. 😊😊


  1. Amazing piece of work!! Hats off to the detailing and beautification of words!! Awaiting for many more in future. All the very Best. Keep Going!! And keep delivering such pieces to us!! Cheers!

    -Sar Buland


  2. The fight in my mind started after reading this asking which one z better ur inception or ur lexicon…but my heart says both r alluring…hats up my friend..keep the art of playing with words…

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