Delhi Spooks

Vampire-in-the-coffin
My personal vampire-in-the-coffin, inspired from Art Attack

Many moons ago, there was this delightful show called Art Attack. It had one super enthusiastic host who would present complex craft tricks like they were the easiest thing in the world and his table would fill up with haunted houses, dainty cottages and stone age dinosaurs in no time.

A scan through my old, old cupboard revealed a few err, attacks, I had tried at home. This vampire in the coffin held my attention. Dear bloodsuckers. They are so much in the limelight lately. Twilight movies show vampires shining like rainbows and holding the Bellas of the world in ‘irrevocable’ lovelorn states, a desi version of the movie airs with some Indian-ized twists and turns in the form of a primetime daily soap, umpteen other novels and novellas are written on the subject each day. But I hold that my little red and blue vampire is the cutest of them all. He rises when the coffin door is opened and sleeps when it is shut. A well-mannered, receptive, welcoming dead man.

I wonder if the capital has any of these legendary corpses. Coming back home yesterday in rush hour traffic, I got a stroke of paranoia. A rickshaw wala seemed very interested in the polka-dotted clothes of his passenger and stared on and off at her through the security of the overhead mirror. A man who had just got down from a packed-to-capacity bus suddenly took to his heels. I had a vision of him having boarded the bus only a few stops ago, a red briefcase in hand. To make matters worse, the red-signal halt seemed to have transformed into a traffic-jam deadlock and showed no signs of easing.

Indeed, there aren’t any vampires in Delhi. We have to learn to live with scarier creatures like bloodthirsty criminals, shifty servants, lusty eve-teasers and monsters of the road.

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31 thoughts on “Delhi Spooks”

  1. I’m not quite sure there aren’t vampires in Delhi :P I find a few to be there in every city, drinking my blood. More so in Bangalore. I think sometimes I feel my boss drinks my blood too :D but I do agree with you that those other “creatures” u spoke of are much more scarier :)

    1. Ha ha ha yes, if you count mosquitoes there are so many of them around. More so in these ugly summers.
      LOL, bosses represent one of the oldest and strongest vampire clans since times immemorial. :D
      I am not sure if we should be glad we have the non-literal-blood-sucking vampires to deal with in cities nowadays.

  2. I haven’t seen Art Attack / don’t remember too much of it, but I’m going to commend you on your writing and not your content today. This was super crisp, it had a flow, a narration, and an extremely well-behaved wrap-up!

    In simpler words of the shorter variety: WOW!

    1. Kartikay, that is one treasured comment I can tell you. Really. Thanks a lot… I am glad this piece of ‘vampire’ content managed to engross you. :D :D And oh, Art Attack was fun. Excellent stuff to get your kids/ juniors interested in the creative world.

  3. Aah so you want to figure out which is the worse evil of the two? I think I would pick Vampires to have a go around me over eve-teasers and monsters of the road.

    I guess because I have add enough of monsters of the human kind. Bring the Vampires on I say.

    1. I am with you on that Comfy. Vampires have ways of dealing with them I am sure… Unlike the monsters we come across in the crime world, they are far more docile if I can say so.

    1. It was a fun show Bikram… ask your kids to catch a rerun some time. :D :D
      Oh yes gala time is right… it’s too bad their fun time implies a harsh antonym for us. :(

  4. Well.. I remember Art Attack and the Host was Rob. I used to watch with eyes-wide-open, but when it came to making the stuff he taught, laziness took over. All the time.

    1. Yes Rob. He was such a spirited young fella. Ha ha I can understand… but I was exempt from the laziness for the most part. I used to love all of this work. :D

  5. Yeah, things were always a little scary for women. But now the fear starts early, at least for parents of little girls. You can’t even allow your little daughter to go to the park alone. There are monsters everywhere.

  6. Hahahaha…he’s indeed very cute!

    And nope, big cities do not have any vampires or ghosts. If we cant handle the traffic and congestion and pollution, they wont either. And unlike us, they have the option of “rising up and floating away” to quieter places :D

    1. Oh yes that’s a new angle. How can they, poor transparent creatures, survive such high doses of pollution and congestion? We can all breath in peace for one fear less to tend to. :D
      Thanks Scorpia! :D

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