Humming a song, dotted with whistling, Nihal opened the main gate of his bungalow nestled in the lap of nature away from the hustle and bustle of the town. He sprinted across the veranda to reach the doorbell. The day had turned out to be successful. He had got the window seat on the bus while going to and coming from the office located in the town, without much hassle. Though it was 25th of the month, he had already met his sales target and was anticipating a few more orders before the closure of the month. Above all, like his family, he too was expecting the response from Vedika’s family that lived in the same suburb, about the marriage proposal.

He could hardly contain his excitement. Waiting a few seconds at the door appeared to be a daunting task. He was surprised when he saw his mother with a poker face at the door.

“What’s the news?”, he enquired.

“What do you expect?”, said the mother with much anger. Nihal was puzzled at that. By that time, his father had entered the living room. Nihal gestured at him as his mother turned her back to him to return to the kitchen. Nihal was befuddled when his father shrugged his shoulders and went back to the study.

“Can anyone tell me what’s happening? Is this any kind of trick?”, demanded Nihal.

“It’s you who needs to tell us”, stated mother as she returned with a glass of water.

Emptying the glass in one go, Nihal said, “Tell you what? My day was just fine, as usual. But now it doesn’t seem to be so”

By this time, Nihal’s mother had settled on a sofa, his father had re-entered the living room and was standing behind her. Both looked upset and that unsettled Nihal all the more.

“What’s the matter? Care explain, anyone?”, he pleaded.

“Will you care to explain? How long have you been suffering from stomach disorder?”, demanded his father in response.

“Stomach upset and me? I am absolutely fine and healthy and you know that”, replied Nihal with much disgust.

“Then what is this about you farting in the bus most of the time on the way back from office?”, questioned his mother.

“Vedika has rejected the marriage proposal saying that she better be unmarried rather than marrying a ‘Fart-Man’”, added his father.

For once Nihal burst out aloud. After a few moments, his laughter died its own death when he realized his folly. It was he who had the idea of making a fake farting sound to dispel the people around him in the crowded bus, for he used to be tired attending the sales call all over the city. The farting sound, though fake, made most presume that it would be accompanied by the obnoxious smell and thus those around would distance themselves. The trick, on most days, worked in favor of granting Nihal a seat at the earliest. But now he was in a fix, whether to cry or laugh at it.

“Fart-man…”, he murmured as he got up and turned to his room with the new christening at the hands of obnoxious popularity that had cast its long shadow on his promising future,  from the fake act.

Picture courtesy Pixabay

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Ravish Mani · April 3, 2020 at 8:56 am

Hahaha…. everything comes with price. People should be aware of what they’re getting & at what price. Often, the price of instant pleasure is long term happiness. Poor Fart-man!

Superbly written, Anagha. It has message, humour, romance, & twist.

Swarnali · April 3, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Nice one Anagha. Enjoyed reading the story. Waiting for the next one.

Unishta · April 3, 2020 at 1:49 pm

Serves him right! If he is really keen on Vedika he will have a hard task convincing her. She may feel that he is an immature idiot after all!

jazzfeathers · April 3, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Oh no!!!! I never imagined that!!! LOL!!!

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Balaka · April 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm

ha ha ha..Fart-man. Well, the girl should have marry a known devil because couple of years down the line every husband turns into a fart man.

Tasha Duncan-Drake · April 3, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Oops 😂 He’s going to have to do some work to put this right!
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Keith's Ramblings · April 3, 2020 at 3:24 pm

What seemed a good idea became a bad one it seems! Nice one.

purbajune · April 3, 2020 at 4:27 pm

Ha ha ha 😂 You have weaved a very entertaining tale. Enjoyed reading it.

Vaishali Khot · April 3, 2020 at 5:23 pm

Ha ha ,never imagined this,funny …

hellomeralifestylecom · April 3, 2020 at 6:51 pm

O wow that was enjoyable . Reading you after a long time . Where have you been ?

Durga Prasad Dash · April 3, 2020 at 7:10 pm

Phas gaya bechara …
Interesting one.

Poorvi Khare · April 3, 2020 at 7:13 pm

I didn’t expect that..fart man 🤣🤣

You have a way with writing…love it.

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Pashmeena Chowdhary · April 3, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Hahaha..What a story 🤣🤣You really have a way with words..Writing each line from yiur imagination is one tell of a task.Kudos to you.. Already waiting for the next one..

Shweta Suresh · April 3, 2020 at 8:23 pm

Yikes! I guess he had it coming to him in a sense. But I pity him. Poor guy! Wonder if he can ever clear the misunderstanding! Great story.

Shreyas Joshi · April 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

ROFL!! This made my day. A hilarious story with subtly taught moral…Everything has a price!! Well crafted story that is sure to entertain all ages!! This just keeps me coming for more. Excited for the rest of your stories!!

soniadogra · April 3, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Haha…This is hilarious…Though you know what caught my attention most…The first few lines..The day had been successful. He had managed the window seat. Sometimes success is in such little wonders.

Shilpa Garg · April 3, 2020 at 10:22 pm

Gosh! What a turn of events. But what an idea 😀
This made for a very interesting and fun read, Anagha!! 🙂

Gleefulblogger · April 4, 2020 at 12:24 am

Hahah! From where do you come up with such funny tales! Lovely read. I am smiling ear to ear reading the fart-man prank. When the prankster gets his own gigs.

TheDreamGirlWrites · April 4, 2020 at 1:42 am

Hahha, I definitely wasn’t expecting this!
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Ira Mishra · April 4, 2020 at 3:28 am

Lol…. Interesting ending… Much needed humour in the lock down 🙂

msjadeli · April 4, 2020 at 5:42 am

The flip side of his lucky coin. Word must travel fast. I hope he can correct the misperception with his sweetheart.

Rupa · April 4, 2020 at 7:43 am

nice one Anagha….. Very interesting

jaya1966 · April 4, 2020 at 11:28 am

That is a really funny story. Shows a person how one can be too smart for his own boots.

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