“You really think we are alone? Bhagwad that is a statement I will never buy” said Dr Narlikar as Bhagwad Sharma looked on with a smile in his face. They were in the embassy dinner being hosted in London. UN Wing Commander Bhagwad was India’s number one warfare expert at the young age of 40.They called him “The Strategist” as he had won hundreds of battles for the UN against terrorists in counter insurgency operations. Two kids –Samiran and Kashvi –and a beautiful wife Srishti his life was the story of a fairytale. He was the cynosure of all eyes the prince charming of modern India.
Little however did he realize how true was the statement of Professor Narlikar, as he went to sleep that night .The next day he woke up to an unusually cold London summer, his kids and wife were still in bed. Getting up from the bed he went outside to wake up Eric -3411 his confidante and personal robot .Together they started out for a walk when they realized that the sky was unusually dark. Something was not right thought Bhagwad as he stepped out of the house .There was a cold unusual chill in the air. He took out his PDA and found the temperature was -8 degree celsuis! He was shocked; the last time that kind of temperature was heard was in the Himalayas before they had melted away. He quickly went back to his house while Eric-341 adjusted himself to the new environment by incorporating a heat shield over himself almost immediately. The power was down so was the satellite phone .Left with no choice Bhagwad called up his friend Narlikar as he wanted to know if there was any scientific reason for this climate change. Narlikar picked up the phone almost immediately and said “Bhagwad come over here I have to tell you something urgent and come walking because there is a huge jam in the roads so you won’t be able to use a car ”. It was such a funny request Bhagwad thought as he got ready …Why did Narlikar talk like this? With a thousand questions in his mind Bhagwad started for the professor house .He was there in 15 minutes. The professor was at the door waiting for him .The moment Bhagwad reached the doorsteps the professor grabbed Bhagwad and took him to the lab .There was sweat all over the professor face as he faced Bhagwad and finally said “We are being attacked…..!”.Bhagwad was stunned. “……by aliens”continued Narlikar. Suddenly in a fraction of a second the world made sense to Bhagwad .He was numb.
Slowly he sat down and asked Narlikar to explain the situation to him. Narlikar continued “Today morning when I woke up I was stunned to see the weather so I took out my octometer2 and started scanning the atmosphere as I was sure things were not right .The octometer was not giving correct signals there was some kind of magnetic interference. Sensing some kind of problem I began scanning for iron scraps in the atmosphere left behind by some spacecraft .And you know what I found instead an iron plate whose diameter is about 700 meters the size of Old Trafford ….You know what it is ? It is an UFO .It was emitting some kinds of signals .I called up my friend Jerry and we began intercepting the signals and the programming team at Raman Labs3 began encoding it and the results arrived 9 minutes ago. See what it says” as he handed Bhagwad a paper “26 hours before annihilation!”Bhagwad heart stopped for a second. But he was not the only one, within seconds alert was sounded in London. Annihilation was 26 hours away.
The Indian PM called up Bhagwad almost immediately; he was needed at the capital Delhi. Taking leave of the professor he headed back home. Reaching home he asked his family to pack .They were ready in about half an hour .Bhagwad called for the Mach 8 Indices .The swanky jet arrived in 12 seconds, the family boarded the flight in silence .In 14 minutes they were in Delhi .Once in the airport they saw the representatives of the 7 permanent Security Council members (India and Japan had joined the original 5 permanent members of the Security Council) of the UN waiting for him .Almost immediately Srishti realized what this meant and she clasped Bhagwad’s hand. However he was calm .The PM came forward to shake his hand, Bhagwad clasped his hands and said “Humanity will prevail”. After that the family was whisked away, from the glare of the media as the first breaking news began to hit headlines all over the world “Bhagwad Sharma to lead the team to defend humanity”.
Actually 5 years ago the UN had passed a resolution that in event of an inter galactial calamity a team would be sent to represent earth’s case. At the time when this idea was forwarded it was laughed upon by many. Bhagwad was nominated to lead the team. All that seemed so unreal even to Bhagwad; until today! They reached Pragjyotishpur the new space research facility in India in about 2 minutes .And there they sat down for the most difficult task of choosing the team .Bhagwad zeroed on the team in about 7 minutes .It was:
John Nash (Irish)- Pilot
Lin Giu (Chinese)-warfare specialist
Khaled Zameel (Pakistani)-nuclear arms expert
Cindy Susan (American)-Linguist
Thomas Obuye (Kenyan) - Doctor
SOMEWHERE IN SPACE 2080:
Wing Commander Samiran Sharma closed “A FEW GOOD MEN” by Kashvi Sharma. He looked up and smiled at the stars after all the stars seemed so near from “Lachit 2” .Only this time he knew….he was confident that he would go back to the lap of his mother.
GLOSSARY OF UNKNOWN TERMS:
Eric-341 - personal robot used by humans and Eric is one such
Robot used by Bhagwad.
Octometer - an instrument used by scientists to scan the
Raman Labs - the pioneer research facility centre in India established
in A.D. 2050
Audiophera - Modern day loudspeaker system
ATC - Air Traffic Control
Visiphone - A video phone which can be used between the
spacecraft and earth to transmit messages.