My Name is Khan

Blang! The glass door was shattered. Three terrorists, carrying backpacks and automatic guns spilled into the production floor of the IT company.

“Oye! Hands up kar lo saare ke saare, aur khade ho jao! Nahi khuda kasam, ek ek ko bil mein ghus ke soot kar diyaan!” Boomed their leader in thick Lahori Urdu, over a round of machine gun air fire.

From the cubicle nearest to them, stood up a tall, fair-skinned man, shivering with fright.

“Suno bhai saab”, summoning all courage possible for him, he addressed the leader.

“Ki hoya oye suar! Chup chaap raheen!” the terrorist thundered, poking his gun at the man’s chest.

The man wet his pants, but looked into the terrorist’s eye.

“A-actually, my n-name is Khan!”

There was a moment of silence, as they both held each other by the eye. The man bent his head slightly and brought his shaking finges toward his brow.

“Chal, Nikla baahara!” The terrorist quietly pointed towards the door.

The man ran out of the shattered glass door. He could already hear the guns booming downstairs by the time he reached the terrace.

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14 thoughts on “My Name is Khan

  1. I wish I could say, ‘Terrorism knows no religion’ – but it would just be half the truth.

    This post turned out to be prophetic, eh?

    • In all honesty, I’m not sure what you mean by that last statement. I hope this scene doesn’t get to be played anywhere.

  2. Sanrag

    Liked the Lahori Urdu… but disliked the theme…

  3. Now that’s a different take on the movie..

  4. Satire or what?? So much said in so few words……

  5. Kunal, Pankajsaini – It’s a satire, but not on the movie. See it as an independent work of art, separate from the movie. It only borrows its name from the movie, nothing else.

  6. Namrata

    The first time I read it, I did not quite get it. Read it again :). Very well written and quite an interesting take too.

  7. Hey, nice story.
    you write really well… little things come out so well… one can almost feel the experience!

  8. Different take on reality…

    If a family member suffers from a throat pain for a long time…never … not even once would we suggest an oncologist.. an antibiotic all we can think of.

    It is so disturbing to face the truth.. we almost always want to assume everything is alright!

    Wonderful write up!

  9. three thumbs up i would have given ….. if I had a third one also …

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