Monday, August 01, 2005

System No.32

Jayesh had been allocated to a new project.And to System No 32.
Nobody had used System No 32 for a long long time.
Cos it was previously assigned to Raman.And Raman had hung himself
inside his cubicle. It was the tenth time Raman had lost an opportunity to go abroad.To Canada.Disappointment,anger and frustration struck him.And he hung himself in the very place which was the reason for his decision.oh!What a gory sight it was!

Jayesh shivered at the thought of it.However he was one cool dude and didn’t have any kind of scary thoughts.He started his work on the project.Things were going on quite smoothly.Until one day.He was asked if he would be able to work from the client location.Canada.Jayesh was thrilled and broke into a smile.He started painting his future.Canada was especially good.Cos his college sweet heart Renu lived there.He could meet her.Make enough money.Buy a house.Propose to Renu.Finally “get settled” in life…

That’s when his Manager interrupted and told him that Rakesh, his team mate was also interested in travelling and either one of them might go. His dreams started crumpling slowly.His face fell.“What??Rakesh??That weirdo psycho??!!Can he write 10 lines of code without 20 bugs?he is such a jerk.…” However his manager made it all better by saying that he was the first choice.Good enough.

He decided to stay back that night and chat with Renu.It was nearly 11.Renu was not online yet.Waiting and waiting he suddenly felt a chill at the back of his neck.Damn!He went out to tell the security to increase the temperature.Nobody around.The office had an eerie silence.He walked back.Cribbing.Swearing. “Damn these security!!How can the management be so irresponsible??Do they even care about the employees?After all Iam working late!Now where the hell is she?If she is not getting online in 10 minutes Iam leaving!!”

He put on his head phones.”Mebbe some good music is all I need”
He was checking out the songs…And a sudden whisper from inside his head phones. “Jayesh!”
Jayesh held his breath. “Iam going to Canada!Iam going to Canada!”
Jayesh sat there feeling numb.Not knowing what to do. The whispers were slowly becoming loud.Finally shrieking.Jayesh threw off the head phones and ran for his life.He was white as a ghost.He forgot his bike and ran all the way home.

Morning came.He tried telling himself that it was all nothing.That he was halluncinating.He decided he would leave by six from now on.He locked up his head phones inside the drawer.The day seemed to move slowly.Late afternoon he gotto know that he had a client call to attend .At one in the night.Jayesh turned even paler.
He made up his mind.Whatever it is he would face it “After all Iam a nice guy.Why would Raman’s ghost bother me?I was always sweet to him”

He went to the nearby temple and prayed.Feeling slightly better he started preparing for his client call. Slowly people were leaving for the day.The office was emptying out.He was getting slightly scared.But he was trying to concentrate on his job. It was nearly midnight when he heard vigorous typing. He wanted to know who else could be working at that time.But he was half scared to leave his seat.The typing sound was growing louder.Sweat was dripping from his forehead even though the room was ice cold.He could not take it any longer and went around his floor to check.No one.He wiped his face and went back to his seat.And there it was on his desktop.There was a very crude drawing of a man hanging from the ceiling.And written below the image in red fonts..“I was to go to Canada… He ran out of the building screaming.The security gave him a weird look and told the guy next to him “All these people are crazy.They stay late.No life.Just work work work and finally one day they go mad”

The next day Jayesh went straight to his manager and told him he would not be able to travel.He made up some reasons.He told himself..“Well,Renu can wait.And anyways if not Renu there is always Manju.Big deal!I can buy the house next year.I should just cut down on my pubbing.Then Ill have enough money”

Jayesh’s Manager called Rakesh and told him he would be traveling in two weeks time and he had to get ready.
There were a lot of formalities to be completed.Rakesh smiled wickedly to himself.So Jayesh had fallen for his plan..
He had scared him off..What a moron!Ha ha ha ha …He was laughing to himself.

A week later there was a big crowd in front of the office.Rakesh was found hanging inside the same cubicle. Jayesh stood there completely shaken.Half devastated.Half relieved.”That would have been me!!”
What he did not know was that the project had been scrapped and Rakesh had hung himself.


At 11:17 PM, Blogger Venks said...

Wowww...i didnt read this fully...twist in the tale was awesome...

Great one...keep it goign

At 11:47 PM, Blogger ioiio said...

Renu and shalini - Name confusion..

Idhu Kadhai alla Nijamnu sollidaaaadheeenga

At 2:26 AM, Blogger Sangeeta said...

Scary stuff.....a few more stories like this and u'll give Stephen King a run for his money

At 2:55 AM, Blogger WA said...

hmmmm eeerie stuff....

At 3:51 AM, Blogger Prabha said...

Thanks :)

changed it..thanks for pointing it out :)
edhu kadhai dhaan ;)

stephen king? more eerie watching too many scary movies i think..

this will be the last..i promise

At 6:20 AM, Blogger Vivhyd said...

hey scary tale.. prabha.. I want to go to Canada in red.. lol.. like I know wht you did last summer or something.. :) . nice one.. actually if well shot .. could give any thriller or horror a run for its halfway thru i was guessing something else.. tht renu will show up with someone else etc.. hahaha

At 7:06 AM, Blogger Vijay said...

Know what ? You needn't have changed Shalini.I thought it was purposeful.Now wonder they say, instinctive mistakes make for creative cakes(psst.. nobody said that, its just me :D) . You see, Jayesh has so many of them that he forgot Renu, and instead thought of his latest which is Shalini, and ofcourse after Renju and before Shalini there was Manju. Basically, Renju is out of the competition . Sayyy .. , you could make it a romantic horror story ! But yeah, good one :)

At 8:16 AM, Blogger Srini said...


Ippadi ellam ezhudi aen kozhandelai bayamuruthare? btw,s/w companyle false ceiling daane irukkum?thooku maatikka kokki engerundu vandudu :)

On a serious note, I do understand the idea behind the story - I hv seen the frustration of my s/w friends when they are denied an (onsite) opportunity they deserve.I recently saw such a case in Gurgaon Wipro where a guy shot himself dead because of a similar frustration.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Somu said...

Hey Prabha,

Welcome back. And looks like you have already started off with a bang.

It's not quite easy to write such stories unless there is some experience / inspiration backing up. Or was it all your wild imagination ?

Either way, I loved the twist in the tale. Looks like no one wud want the system no. 32 ever again. Can't they just raise an ERF and do away with that system... hmm !!

At 9:31 PM, Blogger F e r r a r i said...

Damn good. One of the best stories, I have read for quite some time. Do write more such stuff. Eerie is ok ma. As long as its interesting :-)

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Eroteme said...

Nice one! Had a good scary effect! Do you access the email mentioned in your profile? Had a doc to send to you...

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Kaps said...

Tell them not to give up.
Is there so much craze for onsite work?

At 12:26 AM, Blogger Prabha said...

u said scary and then laughed!:(
renu will show up with someone else?heh thats a good idea!Guess wudve proved to be more scary for guys :D

"instinctive mistakes make for creative cakes"-ive definetely heard this somewhere :D
Romantic Horror story??:) and its not renju -its renu!!ur romantic story is like ur fantasy.. :D

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Prabha said...

nee konzhandhai ellaye?;)
hey even i thought about the false ceiling..paravaala..konjam dhaane edikkumnu adha mind pannala.. :D
did someone really suicide bcos of some reason like this?oh my god..unbelievable!!

just some wild imagination. :) no experience..hopefully ill not have such an experience..System No 32...wanted to create that "13 no veedu" kinda effect :D

Danks ba!eerie stuff ellaam vendaam..iam one periya bayandhaagoli :)

I do access the email..but i didnt rec any doc from u.. :((

people are def crazy..but dont think anyone will suicide bcos of that..but therialai..there are people who go mad..dunno which is worse :)

At 3:14 AM, Blogger S m i t h a said...

really spooky! hair in the back of the neck stood up...i was reading it in the office, in my corner cubicle, at 21:30, with no one around :S
way to go! but please write some romantic stories also..

At 3:23 AM, Blogger REFLEX said...

What happened to u, why such scarry stories. even I stay late in office. ammadi, ippadi bayapuda vekadhe.

At 3:34 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

very good story,

do IT employees tat desprately want to do offshore work?pardon my ignorance as im stull studyin and tat too economics.

At 6:04 AM, Blogger Prabha said...

s m i t h a,
:)) even me wrote it down when there was no one story is def a romantic mushy one :)

hello reflex!!
see..u shudnt work too lategarthukuthaan endha maadhiri kadhai ellam solren..seekiram vettukku po..have a work life balance!;)

yea many do..but i dont think anyone will suicide for such petty reasons..but they are many who r totally desp for abroad chances..
right now economics sounds wonderful to me :)

At 7:31 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

very very good stuff prabha
had a chilling effect

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Sriram said...

adi paavi... inna post idhu? damage thaan! and as u said, ping when you've put up a post. good one though... liked it!

At 5:25 PM, Blogger யாத்திரீகன் said...

hey gud twist or twists.. ? at the end..

:-))))) njoyed it..

yeah.. ppl have also started to kill themselves when thier visa gets rejected.. just like a Delhi newly married girl who hanged herself, when her husband got visa but she didnt get visa..

crazy folks...!!!!

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Eroteme said...

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At 7:44 AM, Blogger Prabha said...

Thanks a lot!

:) thanks!!!i did ping when i posted..
enna damage pannen btw?;)

Is this really true?I cant believe someone cud kill herself for visa rejection!!!:O

At 4:27 PM, Blogger யாத்திரீகன் said...

yeah its true.. yaar.. and happened just couple of months/weeks ago..

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Prabha said...

hey this is not funny.. I was reading this story at 9.55PM in an empty office.. I was really scared after reading this.. please add some disclaimer or notes before starting a story plz..

At 3:14 AM, Blogger Vasu the terrible said...

hey great start... :) nice read, except that I have been to canada without hanging myself.. :D...

At 2:19 AM, Blogger Sugee said...

my God!
Wunderful story
luvd it
Dil Maange more!!!!

At 8:21 AM, Blogger @$#!$# said...

gruesome story...

*sigh* no travel in my project for 2 years...

and no hooks on the ceiling either *wink*

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Art said...

Wow!!! what a story!!! hope it wasnt real...
Keep writing such stuff good...

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Eroteme said...

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At 12:09 AM, Blogger Prabha said...

wow!lucky guy :)

hi :) u atlast commented..thanks :)

good!:) me too no travel :((

hey long time!thanks art!

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Robbie said...

good read, this story of yours... makes me eager to read your next story ;)...

At 6:45 AM, Blogger Hul said...

what the hell? why do you scare the hell out of us..!

I am gonna say "Dear Boss - no more Canada for me!"

Nice write up - first time in your blog.

At 10:44 AM, Blogger kkiyer said...

Hi Prabs
wanted to post a comment for a long time.but got lazy as usual. nice posts man and especially the last one.oooh that was scary.
okie then keep the blogs coming


At 1:25 PM, Blogger wookie said...

hey good one..spooked me out totally,,very filmi thou ;)

At 1:30 PM, Blogger wookie said...

oh BTW love the new look and your humour :)

At 6:08 AM, Blogger barath said...

Really superb!!!

At 5:44 AM, Blogger Fathima said...

Liked this very much. I usually read a lot of ghost and vampire stories. But u shudn't have ended the way u have done - as if to prove there r no ghosts.;-)

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Prabz said...

Hello Hello Sugama?
Pattukottai Prabha.... madiri crime blog ayiduchu... Enna nadakudhu... Irundhalum oru s/w engineer onsite project kidaikalanu naandukitu nikaradhu namma kulathukey (software) kevalam ;)

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Vivhyd said...

hey prabha.. long time no c.. seems like u have given up blogging uh??

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At 10:50 PM, Blogger Eroteme said...

Enna aachu? No posts for a fairly long time...

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Edukku thaan uyirai vidaradhunnu vivasthaiye illaiyaa namma pasangalukku?

(sorry to take the effect away from what you intended to convey thru this story :-))

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