Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Uniform

The tailor handed it over for him to try. Eagerly, he slipped into the made-to-measure uniform. It was brand new. Smart and crisp, the pleats on the trousers fell sharply to the floor as he clicked his heels together. The medals dazzled as he looked down at his chest. The insignia embroidered on the sleeves felt familiar as he ran his fingers over them. The cap was just right, encouraging him to keep his head held high and chin up, like the brave soldier he was.

Curious to see himself as another would, he stepped before the mirror and gazed at his reflection.

An old man gazed back. Slightly hunched shoulders. The face wrinkled. The fingers bent at arthritic angles. The knees apart. The legs bowed. The eyes dull. The forehead lined. And the tailor stood respectfully by. Indulging the old war veteran in his little trip down memory lane.

10 comments:

sbora said...

I cant wait for your book to come out....have you aready started the process of writing? You should coz you are an amazing writer and your book will be an instant bestseller.

Can I be your agent?;-)))

Sandeepa said...

Anamika

You write beautifully, what I like best is that you convey so much in so few words.
I had seen some 50 word prose contest kind of thing in the blogosphere, I think at a blog called Ammani's. This is another person whose writing I like (though I have never ever commented there), http://shoefiend.blogspot.com/

Check them out if you haven't already

Aunty G said...

God bless that kindly tailor || He did that soldier a favour || Uniforms do do us proud ||
For respect they cry out loud || Which a veteran will always savour.

Anamika said...

sbora: Thanks. Nah, have some ideas, but nothing substantial. Are you really an agent? Am gonna be needin' me some o' those :)

Sandeepa: Will check! Thanks for the pointer and the praise!

Aunty G: Living in memories | Is for all a release || From the complicated present | And it really is quite pleasant || To unlock the past with memory keys!

Anamika said...

sbora: Thanks. Nah, have some ideas, but nothing substantial. Are you really an agent? Am gonna be needin' me some o' those :)

Sandeepa: Will check! Thanks for the pointer and the praise!

Aunty G: Living in memories | Is for all a release || From the complicated present | And it really is quite pleasant || To unlock the past with memory keys!

sbora said...

Nope I am not, just being fictitious. Hope you find a good one and get all the recognition and of course the moolah as you deserve it all!

Anamika said...

sbora: Woo-hoo! This was my first comment of the day, so thanks. Better get to work with a vengeance now!

sbora said...

Thanks for your comment on my space. No i havent found anything as yet. have given up- literally. I think i will rummage through my closet and wear whatever I find.

Hey on another note, can you suggest some good books to read- how about doing a post on your favorites?

Aunty G said...

Wah-wah!

Anamika said...

Sbora: It's hard to reco books for others. But I tried! Check your comments :)

Aunty G: Shukriya :)