Back once moreArjun, a skilled clockmaker in modern-day Mumbai, experiences a surreal time-travelling experience that takes him to 1947, where he meets Priya, the love of his life.
Arjun lived in the thick of Mumbai, where the smell of street cuisine blended with the sound of honking horns. Tucked away in a back street, his shop proudly displayed the beautiful watches he had painstakingly crafted. Arjun’s days were distinguished by the peaceful rhythm of time, like a delicate ballet between gears and cogs.
While a restless energy coursed through the city’s streets and the temperature rose, Arjun’s fingers toiled away at an ancient pocket watch. The dusty floor threw lengthy shadows, and the ticking of the clocks echoed around the shop like music.
As Arjun was giving the last touch, he heard a chime out in the distance. He took a quick look at the wall clock and saw that it was 1:00 pm. That couldn’t be true. He had adjusted the time just that morning. Arjun frowned and peered more closely, a puzzled expression on his face. As if defying the very nature of time, the clock’s hands started to move backwards.
Suddenly, a gust of wind blew out the candles and plunging him into darkness. When the lights flickered back to life, Arjun found himself in the middle of a bustling marketplace that looked eerily dated.
Then, he finally understood what was going on, and his heart pounded rapidly in his chest. Silk sarees of every hue flooded the bazaar and the scent of exotic spices filled the air. Arjun was surrounded by a vibrant tapestry of a bygone period, and his mind was buzzing with questions.
“Excuse me,” a voice said, and his gaze was drawn to a woman with almond-shaped eyes and a grin that reflected the sun’s warmth. She was dressed in period clothing that made her appear to be from another era entirely.
Stammering, Arjun asked, "What year is this?
The woman’s laughter resounded all around them like a bell tune. Her eyes sparkled with amusement as she answered, “It’s 1947.”
As they made their way through the crowded market, the woman, who introduced herself as Priya, told Arjun stories of India before independence. Arjun listened with rapt attention, his heart opening to the tales as though they were his own.
As time passed, Arjun became increasingly engrossed in a universe that was not constrained by the laws of time and space. He was taken aback by the simplicity of daily life there, the strong sense of community among the locals, and the vividness of the era’s sights and sounds.
One evening, as they watched the sun go down, Arjun turned to Priya. His voice trembled as he asked, “Do you believe in time travel?”
Priya looked at him with interest and wonder. “Why do you ask?”
Arjun was uncertain, and his mind was racing. “Because I’m not from this time,” he confessed the secret he had kept hidden from her for too long.
Priya looked into his eyes, and he could tell that she understood him. “I see time as a river filled with events that have a profound impact on our lives. And occasionally, the river’s current carries us to the shores of another era,” she said.
When she spoke those words, Arjun’s heart sped up, and the burden of his journey suddenly lightened. A twinge of longing tugged at his heart as he wondered, “But what if I must return to my own time?”
Priya flashed a sweet grin as her fingers traced the shape of the necklace she wore. “Then keep in mind that the experiences you’ve had and the relationships you’ve formed are like strands of a thread that tie us forever.”
The passage of time became a thick cloud over Arjun’s head as the days evolved into months. He had to get back to his own time, to his clock store and his regular routine.
Arjun was waiting at the entrance to the marketplace one morning when the sun began painting golden rays across the sky. He held Priya’s hand, their fingers interlaced like the strands of a fated tapestry.
Arjun uttered, “I will never forget you,” his voice was a weak reverberation of the overwhelming feelings he was experiencing.
Priya’s answering grin held a promise. “And I will never forget the clockmaker who dared to dance with time.”
As the sun climbed higher in the sky, Arjun felt a subtle pull—he assumed it to be the link between the past and the present. He took one last look at Priya and took a step forward, his surroundings disappearing like morning mist.
The gentle ticking of timepieces greeted him as he opened his eyes, transporting him back to his clock store. Looking out the window, though, Arjun noticed that the colours of the busy streets had changed, taking on the hues of a fond memory.
While he was back in his own time now, he knew that his journey had left an indelible trace, one that spoke of a love that spanned the ages, that twirled through the fabric of reality, and that had, in its own way, defied the laws of time.
Arjun’s clock store thrived over the years, with each timepiece serving as a lasting tribute to his skill and the stories they told. Unaware of the adventure that had permanently altered his view of time, people from all walks of life marvelled at the complexity of his works.
Even so, Arjun’s thoughts often wandered back to that fleeting period in time, to the woman named Priya whose presence had impacted his destiny, as he worked behind the counter of his shop. A locket he had brought back from the past housed not only his own history but also the echoes of a love that defied the borders of time itself, and he often found himself lost in thought as his fingers traced the locket’s outlines.
A quiet chime announced the arrival of a guest one afternoon as the rain gently tapped against the windows. Arjun looked up and saw a woman with almond-shaped eyes and a familiar grin.
“Hello,” she greeted, her sweet voice making him feel something he couldn’t quite place.
Arjun’s heart quickened as a sense of recognition flooded his mind. His voice was tinted with interest as he asked, “Have we met before?”
The woman’s smile brightened. She responded, “You may not remember, but we have danced through time together,” she answered with eyes that looked like they held experiences of a lifetime.
Arjun’s heart sped up again as he realised that fate had once again entwined their paths. He mumbled, “Priya,” a name he recognised and one that made him ache for her. Priya agreed, her eyes holding an eternal promise. Time has a way of interlacing all of reality with one another. Our narrative encompasses the past, the present, and the future.
The hands of the clocks kept dancing incessantly as the two conversed, a constant reminder of the continuity that underpinned their voyage. Arjun shared stories of his life, and Priya described the experiences that had moulded her own life.
Arjun and Priya stood at the door of the clock store, hands interlaced like the threads of fate, while the rain abated and the evening sun painted the sky with gold and orange colours. “I have been waiting for this moment,” Arjun admitted, his voice tinged with tenderness and hope.
Priya’s eyes sparkled with hope. “And I’ve travelled to the future to find you.”
As they stepped into the warmth of the city, Arjun felt a tremendous sense of togetherness, the realisation that his bond with Priya wasn’t restricted to the boundaries of time. They made their way through the crowded streets of Mumbai, knowing that their love was a force that time could not contain.
Theirs was an eternal love story that would forever dance through the pages of their lives as they walked hand in hand through the heart of bustling Mumbai, where the rhythm of life continued its ceaseless beat.