In the amazing year of of 550-551BC, Earth was graced by the presence of Gautama Buddha, Zarathustra (Founder of Zoroastrians or parsis), Confucius (Founder of Confucianism), Laozi (Founder of Taoism) and Mahavira (Founder of Jainism) at the same time.
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I love flying. Even more than I love Lois Lane. There is no pleasure greater than racing the sunrise on a dark, cloudless night. I hate the cities, they are too bright. Jungles, plains and mountains are what I prefer. Lying on the cold sands of Sahara, I watch the stars move. I like to look at the part of the sky where Krypton was and believe that my parents are looking down at me. I believe that they would have been proud of me. The slow moving river of the Milky Way fills me with a sense of calm, a commodity very rare in a world filled with the likes of Lex Luthor and Brainiac.
Sometimes I spy on people. I like to look at families at dinner, couples in love and children at play. I smile at their happiness and feel sad at their sorrows. Does God feel the same for her creations?
Once I saw a little girl in the wilderness of Africa. She was lost. Perhaps she went out to collect wood and could not find her way back. I went to her and she was plainly terrified. Who wouldn’t be if you saw a weird man with multicolored clothes in the middle of the jungle. I tried to soothe her but I dont think she understood what I was trying to say. After a while I managed to calm her and then walked her to her home. The smile she gave me when she ran into her mothers arms was priceless. A good night’s work.
Once in a while, I fly to moon. That ‘Magnificent Desolation’ is beyond words. Knowing that you are the only living thing on an entire world is hugely uplifting. Like a kid I write “Superman was here. :)” on the sands of moon knowing that what I write will still be there a thousands years from now. May be the future visitors will not even understand the script or take a philosophical meaning of “Übermensch” and not take it as a proper noun. What matters is that I was on moon and I gazed down at the blue sphere that is now home.
“Take me somewhere far away.”
He could not help but smile. “Where do you want to go?”
She looked petulant. “Anywhere. Just you and me. Take me to another universe where there wont be anyone else.”
She rested her head on his shoulder. Her breath on his neck tickled him but he also liked it. He held her in his arms while she watched the sunset. She started humming. “Enmeedu anbu kolla…. Ennoddu serndhu sella…”.
“What was that?”
“You dont understand anything idiot. It is a Tamil song.”
“So what does it mean?”
“Love me… Walk with me…”
He became serious.
She then said. “I will miss you.”
He just stared at the sun.
“Dont you dare worry about me. I will be alright. I will have a great husband and he will love me and I will love him. You will get a great wife and you will be happy too.”
“I know. Tell me, who created God and who created Religion?”
She could just fake a smile. “If there is an afterlife or rebirth, I will be there with you then. I am not going to let you go.”
“I love you.”
She hummed, “Enmeedu anbu kolla… Ennoddu serndhu sella…”.
He was lying on the bed surrounded by his extended family. His favorite grandaughter was lying next to him with her tiny arms on his frail body. He knew that his time was limited.
He could still see her hair blowing in the wind and her beautiful face smiling at him.
He hummed, “Enmeedu anbu kolla…. Ennoddu serndhu sella…”.
I ran up the steps leading up to the door, stumbling in the dark, trying to clutch my coat tighter to keep away the rain and the wind. Why in an abandoned lighthouse, why at this time of the night! I met a door with a big padlock blocking my way. I had no time to try and open the lock and I kicked the door in. A lantern was burning beside my dead friend. I went close to him. Even in death, his eyes still reflected the intense life that he had lived. I took his head in my lap. I wanted to ask him who did this to him.
“Ah! Mr Holmes! So he called you up as well.”
I saw my friend climbing down the stairs of the lighthouse.
“You killed him? You killed your own brother?”
He attempted to appear indignant but he could not hide the faint trace of amusement from his voice. “Mr Holmes! You are mistaken! I am here for the same reason you are. My brother called me up and asked me to come here the way I expect he called you too. To save his life.”
“How did you get in? I had to break open the door.”
“You forget Mr Holmes, I am a magician.” He replied and walked out the night. A smile still in his eyes.
I tried to convince the police that my friend was killed by his own brother. But I had no proof. Except for his presence near the dead body. They did not find the murder weapon. And yes he married the beautiful widow of my friend and inherited the vast wealth that my friend had amassed. But all this was, as they say, purely circumstantial.
They seemed happy. I know this because many dark nights, when I was haunted by the eyes of my friend, I would go to their big house and watch them. I knew that he loved his new wife and that she loved him back. I knew how worried he was when his wife gave birth to their first child. I knew that the children loved their parents and every night, without fail, the entire family had their dinner together. They joked, they laughed, they teased. And they were happy. I watched them. Night after night, I watched them. And I always believed that it was all a magic trick, that I was watching a show being staged just for me.