Wednesday, September 19, 2012

नरक यात्रा (Journey to the Hell)

I have been told by a lot of wise people that heaven and hell are not exact/finite locations. They exist as experiences that you steer through the course of your life. Based on how you have dealt with your past, fate brings you heaven-ish or hell-ish situations as you move on with the present.

As software professionals, we try to have a distributed approach to everything. We have distributed landscapes, distributed deliveries, distributed databases, distributed testing... almost nothing is left undistributed. Apparently The Almighty took some inspiration from here and came up with the concept of 'distributed hell'. Probably this is one of God's unique ways to avenge the sinners. 

Such distributed hells exist all over the world - in different forms. And since our country is so religious; we have got a generous share. It could be a bad road, RTO, passport office, a hospital, a garbage dump or a nationwide bandh; or something more personal and worse - but there is a designated hell for all of us. 
We do not need to travel to the bottom of the earth to feel the heat. It is right here, and we pass through it whenever the time comes.

Gyan Chaturvedi's नरक यात्रा (Journey to the Hell) enforces this same thought process. 

The story revolves around a set of events that take place at a government hospital with its staff members. Here, the doctors juggle with their poor patients and conspire in the hospital politics. The ward-boys, peons and the other staff members prioritize their personal benefits so that the entire idea of having them in the hospital actually starts making no sense. And in all this brilliant entropy, the poor and the unprivileged patients get tossed around, humiliated and are left to die.  

Surely, such places are designated as Hell and they do exist in different forms. 

However serious नरक यात्रा may sound - but it is actually a good piece of satire and gets funnier as you read along. Gyan Charturvedi's style of narration and choice of words makes it a good read. If you ever get your hands on it, pick it up and read it. Perhaps, it might convince you on the distributed-hell-theory if you already don't believe in it.