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The Turnouts – Tribute to a distant star

By Upendra

A ‘Child’, having sighted a distant bright star through the doorway of a coach of the train he is travelling in, recapitulates priceless memories of the bond he shared with this Star. The story, woven around emotional highpoints in the life of the ‘Child’, is centered on precious moments with this Star, with its own share of satire and inflexibility. The emotional transitions the ‘Child’ experiences during a train journey, switches tracks almost at the same pace as the train (if not faster!). And, this journey unfolds itself on a larger-than-life canvas, ‘The Turnouts’…… …..The train, piercing through dense fog and clipping at breathtaking speed with a rhythmic rattle at turnouts, seemed to be in a greater hurry to end its journey. On opening the huge metallic door of the coach that I was in, a gust of chilled air gushed into the coach engulfing me. It was a bright starlit night.  A distant star, pinned to a conspicuous corner of the vast bright canvas of the night sky, caught my attention. The star, with a smooth sparkle and simmering warmth, seemed unusually bright. The star’s brightness piercing through the dense fog and its warmth overpowering the chillness around was trying to reach out to me with a message. The Star was probably trying to convey something to me and it did, resulting in a volcano of emotions, with the speeding train shifting tracks on each turnout, oblivious of the turmoil within.

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Commander R Upendra Babu is a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Navy, commissioned into the Engineering Branch in 1993. He is an alumnus of the Indian Naval Academy. Having graduated from the Naval College of Engineering, INS Shivaji, Lonavla (under the aegis of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi) with a B.Tech (Mech), he completed his Post Graduation in M.E (Mech/Marine) from the Institute of Armament Technology (IAT), Pune, conferred by the Pune University. He underwent further specialized training to be inducted into the Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy. He has held various appointments such as Operational, Staff and Training. He is presently appointed at the Naval Selection Board, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu). The author, hailing from Kerala, has undergone major part of his education in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He is an alumnus of Kendriya Vidyalayas Malleswaram, ASC and Jalahalli in Bengaluru. He is also the alumnus of B.E.L College and MES College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Bengaluru. Email: criticsofupendra@gmail.com

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