“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Einstein

“Do you know what Einstein has said about imagination?”

“Yes, Prasna**”

“What did he say?”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”

“Then why is it that you have not written about imagination? Do you not talk about it in your workshops?”

“Of course I do. In fact, I give them the beginning of a story, and ask them to complete the rest of it. It is a fascinating experience to see how people use their imagination.”

“Why don’t you ask your readers to try that?”

“Great idea. Let me do that right away.”

Here is the beginning of a story.

“It is early morning. The sun is hesitantly lighting up the sky; while there is a bit of light, it is not yet bright. So much so you can see figures of people but you cannot recognise anyone.

A man alights from one of the mofusil  trains arriving at Dadar railway station. He carries a small suit case and a shoulder bag. It is evident that he is a stranger to Mumbai.
He gets out of the station and crosses the road to go to the taxi stand. At that very moment he has a massive attack and collapses on the road.
A man watching this rushes across to the stranger. Within a matter of minutes he deftly removes the wrist watch, wallet, pen, spectacles and the mobile from the man. He also takes away the  suit case and shoulder bag and just vanishes.

Now the stranger is lying on the streets of Mumbai, outside Dadar railway station. He has been wiped clean – and there is nothing on his person to identify who the man is.”

Here is what you need to do. Unleash  your imagination and complete the rest of the story. Remember: there are no rights or wrongs and anything is possible. Play God. You decide the fate of the person and how events will unfold from here on.
Word limit for your part of the story – 500 words.

Just enter your story under ‘Any thoughts’

Last date for your sending your entry June 30, 2011. You can post as many entries as you like.

Please send entries only through the site.

I will post all your stories by July 5th on the site. Visitors to the site vote for their favourite story.

Let us see how far does our imagination take us!


**Prasna Rao is an unusual friend. He appears every time I start writing something. He is almost always there when I am writing my blog. He asks questions that are razor sharp and often makes me uncomfortable. He is relentless till I answer his questions in simple, clear terms.  You might find that he is most of the times asking questions that you want to. Therefore he is on your side, while he is putting me in the dock. I call him my Uninvited Coach

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