Endless Voyage - Novels
by પ્રદીપકુમાર રાઓલ
English Fiction Stories
(Rise and fall of humanity)
First look : Viewers were sitting before their TV sets in hope of seeing live-coverage of Prime Minister’s visit. News was constantly pouring out of the TV. When they were just about to get ...Read Moreup of the bombarding of advertisements the News Anchor appeared to their relief.
“Indian PM, Prashant Kumar today arrived at Goa’s airport in the morning at 7:30 am....
To be continued...
Endless Voyage - 1
(Rise and fall of humanity)
First look : Viewers were sitting before their TV sets in hope of seeing live-coverage of Prime Minister’s visit. News was constantly pouring out of the TV. When they were just about ...Read Moreget fed up of the bombarding of advertisements the News Anchor appeared to their relief.
“Indian PM, Prashant Kumar today arrived at Goa’s airport in the morning at 7:30 am....
To be continued...
In 1453 Ottoman Empire (Turks) took control over Constantinople it was the largest and richest urban center in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea during the late Eastern Roman Empire, mostly as a result of its strategic position commanding the ...Read Moreroutes between the Aegean Sea and the Black Sea.
Thereafter, Vasco-da-Gama, a Portuguese explorer, with a fleet of four ships started a historical journey around Africa to India on 8 July 1497.The fleet arrived in Kappadu near Calicut, India on 20 May 1498.
Paradise must have its serpent, and in these beautiful and splendid mountain ranges of Afghanistan the serpent was international terrorist Nubi Ansary. He was 5’11” and lean in built with a bony face having thin lips. His cheeks were ...Read Morein the face which was filled with black beard. Few white hairs in the beard were distinctly visible. His eyes were big and the pupils inside were brownish. They looked as if tongue of a snake is lurking inside at regular intervals.
It was the morning of 13th June and was a very pleasant one. There was euphoric atmosphere in the air, making the American President’s house more joyous and exuberant. The antique watch of White House struck. 8 O’clock. At ...Read Moreroom no. 5 all the family members and the white house staff were standing eagerly with Bouquet in their hands. The clock was ticking 8:25…, 8:27…, they were all becoming anxious. Exactly at 8:30 the door opened slowly in the midst of soothing music.
The White House was decorated with flooding lights. Guests started arriving after six O’clock. Relatives of First Lady and some of the White house staff were warmly welcoming them. Guests were Governors of states, Mayors, Ambassadors, high ranking officials ...Read Morethe army, NASA administrator, F.B.I. Chief, Press Reporters, Hollywood stars, eminent people from literary world and some business tycoons.
Special invitees were Pandit Suryashankar and his daughter Madhumalini who was equally an exponent of music. Rock star Mark Jackson also attracted lot of awe and attraction.
In a region called ‘Kathiyavad’ in Gujarat a small village ‘Meghpur’ was unique in its own way. It had a mix population comprising Patels, Brahmins, Kolis, Bharwad etc.
In all, they were no more than thousand in numbers. It is ...Read Moreto say that they depended mainly on cultivation of their land and raising cattle. Their uniqueness was in their simplicity and still adhering to centuries-old customs, dogmas and way of life. In 21st century when the whole world was moving ahead toward technological and social advances, the village moved with a pace of a tortoise.
All over across the word news of delayed sunrise and delayed sunset came to be reported. They all had only one question in mind: why it happened like this?
‘Why did it happen this way?’ President got up from the ...Read Moreraising this profound question. Some of the officers also got up with him. Some just remained seated dumbfounded. And rest of them started discussing with each other.
As if something important occurred to his mind David got up and said excitedly,
On the second day of this strange event, different newspapers TV networks were full of stories facts and fiction were all there. On first pages there were photographs of sun shining well above the horizon. They were threatening ...Read Morebeautiful pictures. In Washington D. C. the Tribune gave it three headlines. They read, successively:
WONDERFUL FEAT BY THE SUN IN AMERICA…THE SUN OVERSTAYED TO CELEBRATE BIRTH DAY OF PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER…NASA’S CHIEF ADMINISTRATER BAFFLED.
In the Washington, D. C. to the east of National mall ‘Capitol’ is visible where congressional sittings are held.
Today, the President was going to address the congress about 13th June’s unprecedented event. He wanted to assure the congress and ...Read Morepeople of USA that the situation was under control. And the government is well equipped to fight any adversity.
At 10:30 sharp, he delivered his address. His address showed his confidence and the proud he felt for his nation.
Endless Voyage Rise and fall of humanity by pradipkumar raol & prakash vaidya Part - 11 “People of the world, Unfortunately, we are forced to meet again. We have not forgotten the nightmare of 13th June and again we ...Read Morefaced with this tragedy. This earth which is moving around its axis since times immemorial and because of it day and night happen is behaving strangely. Its speed has slowed; consequently we would face tremendous difficulties, monumental challenges which no one can imagine. For how long this situation would prevail, we do not know. Nevertheless, we shall come out of
Unfortunately, we are forced to meet again. We have not forgotten the nightmare of 13th June and again we are faced with this tragedy. This earth which is moving around its axis since times immemorial and because of it ...Read Moreand night happen is behaving strangely. Its speed has slowed consequently we would face tremendous difficulties, monumental challenges which no one can imagine.
For how long this situation would prevail, we do not know. Nevertheless, we shall come out of it. NASA and other important scientific institutes of the world are working on it.
United Chemicals was one of the foremost companies in Philadelphia. Its annual turnover amounted to 150 billion dollars. It had presence in many countries.
Peter Brown had joined first as a salesman in it. Within three years he was promoted ...Read Morethe rank of Area Manager. The owners wanted to open one more branch in Africa. For this, they wanted Peter Brown to visit South Africa and make primary survey and investigation. The company actually wanted to establish one mega manufacturing plant to produce new kind of medicine for aging problem and rejuvenation.
USGS’s Director John Douglas was present in the emergency meeting held by the US President. And as per the instruction he had already commenced his work. They had gathered scores of data and relevant information.
Even then, he had just ...Read Morea phone call from the Secretary of State who wanted more information. And looking to the type of information he needed, his work would never come to an end. Almost, half an hour of talks with him implied that he had to gather the data with its analysis within two days.
It was ten to eight. Actually under the changed situation it was an extremely hot day. In the splendid territory of Goa at Regional Tsunami center’s time for changing shift duty was 8:00 am. Those, whose shift was getting ...Read Morestarted to get ready to go home.
They were collecting their things like spectacles, pen, overcoat, caps, keys etc. Small conversations also took place usually they discussed about this hard times and how they are dealing with it. Problems were everywhere and there was no solution in sight.
Some of the world’s most powerful and influential men, President of USA, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State were seated in a separate room of Pentagon, Department of Defense. USGS’s report had just arrived and they had completed ...Read Moreabout its implications. The reasons behind this catastrophe were not identified in the given report but John Douglas had worked hard and had used his experience well. He had pointed out all the possibilities of how human lives can be saved.
The American Government and its security agencies had almost forgotten the existence of terrorist organizations. They had even forgotten the threats issued particularly by Nubi Ansari. Everybody was engrossed in finding the cause and solution of slow rotation movement ...Read Moreearth. Everyday new problems sprang up and they used to get busy to tackle them. So it was natural to neglect matters of security. Therefore, it was an easy task for Nubi’s eleven imposters to sneak in to NASA premises. They were eagerly waiting for orders from their boss Nubi.
His wife Laxmi was running and she was wearing yellow sari which was floating like waves in the winds. She was breathing heavily. One menacing looking dog almost the size of a donkey was chasing her with long strides. ...Read Morewas standing on a small hill with a stick in his hand. He shouted a lot to divert the attention of the running dog but in vain. He called out to Laxmi to run fast and moved his stick with rapid action and threw it targeting the dog and his arm struck the alarm clock lying on the bed side table.
The Earth had maintained its present state of punitive condition. One part of the earth facing direct sun rays was increasingly becoming hotter and hotter while the opposite part was becoming colder, enveloped in total darkness. As a result ...Read Moreworld populations were facing opposing situation requiring different set of precautions to protect themselves. On hotter side to save themselves from scorching heat they needed goggles, lighter clothes, caps, skin creams, lot of water and so on.
‘Blast Furnace’ was the name of operation to rescue UN’s Secretary-General. Nubi Ansari had schemed very shrewdly this time. Nobody knew his real intentions. He wanted to kill many birds with one pebble. Money, power, position, terrorism, greed, anger, ...Read Moreand last but most importantly ‘coca’ were the numerous elements behind this abduction.
The signal was indicating the location in South America’s Bolivia. South to this country borders of Peru, Argentina and Chile were there.
Shooting, champion Daniel was kidnapped by none other than Nubi Ansari. He did it so without leaving any trace. That is why Bonnie could not find him. Daniel had become very famous for his talents in shooting. His name ...Read Morealready there in the Guinness Book of world records. But he had to pay a heavy price for his mastery. And that price was his freedom. His fame drew the attention of Nubi and he decided to abduct him.
The world’s two most powerful nations namely Russia and America strongly felt that it was important to find a way out of this astronomical event. Many lives had been lost and still thousands were dying as minutes passed. No ...Read Morewas in sight. There was no alternative left other than to send a spacecraft deep within the empty space. Their technologies had failed to detect any signals which could be the cause of this catastrophe. Hence, the two nations started preparations for their joint spacecraft mission.
Considering the uniqueness of this special mission many changes were incorporated in the space craft. This was not a usual mission for space exploration to farfetched planetary bodies. The possibility of fighting with aliens was rare even then the ...Read Morecraft was loaded with nuclear missiles, electronic machineguns, laser guns etc. This was an orbital space flight. Space scientists were worried about changes in the gravitational force of the earth due to its slow rotational speed. This may cause trouble for the mission of the space craft.
Spacecraft was moving on its course. Messages were regularly coming. Astronauts were also feeling fine and trying to investigate with their hi-tech instruments. NASA was receiving various images sent by the craft. They were being studied in detail.
Time equivalent ...Read Moreearth’s four days has already elapsed. NASA’s team found that the spacecraft was working according to the usual norms, and communication system was also doing fine. They were watching various screens, and suddenly they spotted a small dot on one of the screens, which eventually grew to envelope the whole screen. The computers gave a message ‘disconnect’.
It was a quite large family comprising of eight members. The head of the family was an aged person, Mr. Chandrasekhar a retired history teacher. His wife Vimlaben, eldest son Kalapi, daughter-in-law Zarna and their two children Mukul and ...Read Moreyoungest son Rajendra, his pregnant wife Indu were all part of this large family of a Hindu Brahmin. It was obvious that they too were in great dilemma. They were seriously thinking about leaving their village and their ancestral house.
Then again the deep voice reverberated in the spacecraft ‘and now, you may know how your tiny earth took its birth’
Scenes began to appear on the screen rapidly just like in a movie theatre showing an action film. ...Read Morewere beyond anyone’s imagination, spectacular, terrifying and magnanimous. Even bravest could shiver and their hearts may sink. But they were depicting the facts of what had happened billions of years ago, even before the existence of earth. The four astronauts were really brave and were determined to see it all.
The suddenness of this occurrence startled everybody. They were wary. Who must have said this and from where? These were the two prime questions whose answers they needed very much, at that time.
Then they saw on the screens, different ...Read Morejust like a rainbow, slowly they were merging with each other and made a big round shape. From the centre of which emerged a point which slowly grew bigger and bigger and slowly it took shape of a Rushi (Indian sage).
When the shape got steadied American President asked cautiously because such circumstance was more than unusual.
King Henry, in 1240 made a grand palace north to the upper ward. It was especially made for the queen and royal children.
They were all seated around a large rectangular table. They had assembled here to assess the possibility of destroying the aliens or “Rushi” or whatever it may be, which had challenged the might of the entire world put together. ...Read Moreseemed mind boggling to them that a planet like Earth could become maneuverable. Can they overpower it or destroy it altogether by using the military might of all the nations? These were the main questions at present in their minds.
Initiating the discussion, the US President as a commander-in-chief of armed forces began straight away with a direct question, ‘Is it possible my friends to kill it?’
The procedure was reiterated once again that every citizen of every country will go under oath at the same time. All the leaders will also join with them and take the oath. President thought that this may be the ...Read Moreway at present through which they might come near to a solution. On the second day, exactly after twenty four hours irrespective of day-light or darkness every one across the world who had access to media network sat before their TV screen waiting anxiously. And those who had no access to electronic media gathered at open places, to take the oath. The big moment came At NASA Rushi appeared this time in light yellow color. He looked less threatening now his laughter was soothing to the ears.
I am extremely worried. Nevertheless, I do admire the feelings of the people as expressed in the report. Their reasons for not going with the ‘Rushi’ are valid enough. So, where do we go from here? Now our unofficial ...Read More- In – Chief that is US President will lead the discussion. President started quite nervously, ‘I really go with the people, as I always do but by that curtains deos not fall on the matter at hand. This problem is like a hanging sword over our heads. Rushivarya thinks that we have cheated him, and he is very angry now. For earth to become inhabitable we must do something – any suggestions please?
Each day began with a new experience, a new phenomenon. They did not even experience electric shock. Even in the world of thoughts and mind strange and drastic changes occurred. Nobody felt hatred or anger toward others. They began ...Read Morecall each other with love and affection. However, the old memories were almost forgotten, like what their job or status was. What work they were doing etc. was only faintly remembered. Looking to the overall impact they had no serious complains about all these novel changes. Besides, these physical and emotional level changes they experienced, a whole lot of changes in the external world too.
Once, wandering out into the grove adjoining her family’s farm, she finally knelt and asked of God’s mercy. Perhaps she was not surprised when a brilliant light appeared before her. The interior area of the light, she saw at ...Read Morewas inhabited by Tereshkova, standing above her in the air. The God had arrived, at least her God to be specific. She closed her eyes somewhat reluctantly assuming that she might be day dreaming, but again she opened her eyes only to find the sparkling bright shape which had by now steadied itself in front of her. She was now startled and bit amused too. She was not confident of herself at least due to her present state of mind.
This system won’t work and will not be tolerated, people demanded better system. In the beginning the government did not budge and said that nation’s constitution deos not allow that. It started to suppress the agitations but in vain. ...Read Moreadded more fuel to the fire. ‘Satyagrah’ (peaceful agitation), Fasting, ‘Rail Roko’(stopping trains), ‘JailBharo(getting arrested willingly),’ every possible form of registering their protest was employed with full vigor and force. Later on after four years, the government bent on its knees and was forced to concede to the demands of people and made many committees and many amendments were carried out into the constitution.