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Monday , December 17, 2012

30-second thriller #2: Shoes have tongues


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"This has got to be the worst day ever," Y thought. Earlier that day, as he had stood outside the Chattrapati Shivaji Airport, he had experienced what can only be termed as an 'Anxiety Attack'. Despite his meticulous planning and the minute detailing, as soon as Y had seen the policemen at the entrance of the Arrivals Lounge, he had immediately aborted his mission. Maybe it was the way the policemen had their automatic rifles slung on their shoulders, or may be it was the sniffer dog that Y could have sworn was looking at him. All Y wanted to do was turn and run. But, he couldn't have even if he wanted to because his heavy Timberland shoes would have come apart. Only the previous night, Y had carefully scooped out the insides of the thick soles and filled each with 100....


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

30-second thriller number 1: Baby on board


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'Mera Baby'! She shouted. Police constable Daulat Shinde's head snapped in her direction. He saw the expensive, silver-coloured car that she was running after. 'My car...! My baby is inside!' She screamed. Louder now. Without giving it a second thought, Shinde ran past her in the direction of the car speeding up LJ Road, Mahim. As he ran, Shinde's brain raced along with his feet. If the car thief were smart, he would turn right at St Michael's Church. At the Tulsi Pipe Road signal, he would turn left and loop across the flyover and slip into Dharavi. Once there, he would disappear. But, Shinde also knew that it was Wednesday; Novena Day at St Michael's church. With all the cars, and crowds milling around the makeshift pavement stalls, the car-thief would slow down to a crawl, but only for a short stretch....


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Piyush Jha is an acclaimed ad filmmaker, film director and a best-selling novelist. A student political leader at the university, he pursued a career in advertising management after acquiring an MBA degree. Later, he switched tracks, first to make advertising commercials for some of the country's largest brands, and then write and direct feature films. His films include "Chalo America", "King of Bollywood" and "Sikandar". His debut novel "Mumbaistan" is already in its third reprint, and was also long-listed for the Tata First Book Award at the Mumbai Lit Live Festival. He lives in his beloved Mumbai, where he can often be found walking the streets that inspire his stories. For the truly interested, he can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thepiyushjhapage
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