The hunt is on…
It appears quite incredible to me to think that giant reptiles were once the rulers of this earth. It really sends a chill down my spine to think that there was a time when some ancient monstrous predator used to hunt around the very place I live on right now !! I’m sure the paleontologists who unearthed the fossils of these gigantic creatures did have the same feeling 🙂 And maybe other ancient civilizations who found their remains also did, thereby spawning the stories of giants and ogres and dragons.
Thank God, dinosaurs went extinct from the face of the earth due to some natural calamity (the exact cause is still not proven beyond doubt, but the theory of a massive asteroid crashing on earth about 65 million years ago is the strongest contender) as part of a mass extinction event in the last Jurassic era. Otherwise, who knows how different a world it would have been for us, the mammals? Would we have even made it? But one thing for sure, the curiosity towards these prehistoric creatures who once roamed the earth are ever increasing since Sir Richard Owen named them “Dinosauria“.
And among the numerous species discovered so far, I think the most popular one has been the so-called T-Rex, closely followed by the Raptors, thanks to the Jurassic Park movie franchise. Though there were other dinosaurs even bigger and probably mightier than the T-Rex (like the Spinosaurus or the Gigantosaurus), it has just become indispensable in any “Jurassic” movie. I should admit, I felt the the same childlike thrill once again, seeing both of them back on the silver screen with the latest installment of the Jurassic franchise Jurassic World, that I had almost two decades ago when Mr. Spielberg first swept us from our feet, taking us into the magical turned menacing world of Isla Nublar 🙂
This is dedicated to all my friends who are still a T-Rex fan. Enjoy…!!
…and wash my pains away
She was asleep…when the cracking sound of thunder woke her up. She quickly got up, still trying to find out what it was. Then it announced its presence once again, this time with an even louder crack and an unmistakable flash of lightning that filled the room even through the narrow gap of the closed door. She had no doubt anymore. “At last!!!”, she whispered to herself…and ran out into the open terrace as quickly as she could, almost stumbling while opening the door. And there it was…still away from the house…but it was approaching rapidly from all directions. It covered the horizon like a veil of white mist…nothing could be seen on the horizon anymore. “What took you so long?”, she asked in a tone of complaint. And it replied with a blazing flash, piercing across the dark columns of clouds above…and the endless reverberation of the thunder gradually fading away.
“Oh, I know… the same excuse again”, she smiled. Her wait was over. It was almost in her reach now. She gasped, taking a breath, and ran to the edge of the terrace, almost not able to hold herself back. “I’ve been waiting so long…”, she told, “not any more”. She could feel the surrounding changing, moist engulfing the dry and dusty air, quenching the thirst of the arid land. “I’ve suffered so much…”, she could now barely utter the words, her voice almost choked in emotion. “…so much pain…”, tears rolled down her cheek. She closed her eyes.
And then the first droplet of water touched her gently on the forehead, and then another one splashed on her eyelid, and then another one on her lips…and then another…”Come…take me in your embrace”, she said, spreading her arms across. “Come to me…and wash my pains away…”, she murmured one last time…and then…it started…
P.S. This work is dedicated to my dearest of friends, Tinni. Thank you so much for supporting me, standing by me like nobody did and being my inspiration!!
Bang on target
Some say that girls and guns do not mix. But judging by the interests guys put up over the Internet search, I beg to differ politely. The cool guns do look deadly in the hands of equally deadly femme fatales who are capable enough to carry them. My latest sketch is inspired by one such work which is widely available over the Net.
Guns always had their own charm to boys. The cold steel, the slick design, the weight and the precision!! Yes, Guns do have the power to change history. And among guns, snipers have always been considered to be a class apart. No tactical operation team is complete without a sniper, who would watch over other members of the team and would also provide an extra bit of confidence to the guys running door to door afoot in close range combat. There are many a stories and legends of extraordinary marksmanship by snipers delivering a kill shot over incredible distances such as over a mile during operation Desert Storm.
The gun featured in the sketch is a Barrett M82A1, which is a standard issue sniper by the US Military as a heavy SARS (Special Application Scoped Rifle). Also called the “Light Fifty” for its .50 BMG chembering, the M82A1 has a muzzle velocity of 853 m/s and an effective firing range of 1800 meters. It has a recoil operated rotating bolt action and a 10 rounds detachable box feed system. Isn’t that Impressive !!