Can’t Even Give It Away


The river tour was almost over when their guide, Singh, pointed to impressive ruins. “This was the castle of Prince Prakash in 1034 AD. He studied the secrets of time and space.”

“Ooh,” snickered Lydia. “Did he achieve Oneness?”

“No,” grinned Singh. “But he designed a working spaceship.”

“Right,” groaned Barry.

“He shared his invention with everyone. He made them promise to keep the secret away from foreigners forever. If we shared the secret – he warned – we’d lose our culture.”

“C’mon!” said Lydia.

“I don’t believe that,” said Singh.

“That’s better,” said Barry.

“I think we should share the secret!”

“Well it’s a nice story,” said Barry. The two Americans off-boarded quickly.

“I can prove it!” protested Singh.

“Sure you can,” said Barry. “C’mon Lydia. Let’s find some Pakora.”

Behind them, Singh shrugged. “No one ever believes.” He hovered his boat above the water on counter-gravity beams, and engaged the stardrive.
Written for “What Pegman saw:”

Author’s Notes: Pakora is deep fried vegetables from India.

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
This entry was posted in Short Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

25 Responses to Can’t Even Give It Away

  1. k rawson says:

    Love it! Always fun getting the best of skeptics.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. DebraB says:

    Love the science fiction twist!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. List of X says:

    Ah, so India knows the secret of space and time. Finally, a scientific explanation how everything in India takes forever, but Bollywood can make 10,000 movies a year.

    Liked by 2 people

    • EagleAye says:

      Are you referring to India’s new Tejas fighter plane? Took 30 years in development? Yeah, if all the effort that goes into Bollywood went into fighter development, they’d finish in a month!


      • Did i hear you snigger there? If so i should say that is highly inappropriate. As an Indian i can say a lot of good as well as bad things about my country but i hope you shall be mindful of your tone in future. Minimum courtsey is after expected and the norm as well.

        Liked by 1 person

      • EagleAye says:

        No, sir. There was no “snigger” there. Bear in mind that I could poll 10,000 Americans on the street and I’d be lucky if 2 of them had ever heard of the Tejas. The fact that I know about it at all should tell you something positive. I’ve been following the aircraft’s development a very long time and have been looking forward to it. It’s a major deal because it’s India’s first domestically designed and produced fighter, and it would mean good things for India’s economy if they can sell it abroad. HAL (if you’re unfamiliar is: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) has been around a long time, so they know aircraft. One of my favorite Indian aircraft is the Ajeet, which is an Indian-produced version of the Folland Gnat. They upgraded it and made a front-line fighter out of it. So perhaps you can imagine I have high hopes for the Tejas. It’s just disappointing that the development took so long, especially considering the wealth of aviation experience at HAL. Keeping all this in mind, I hope you can now understand that my thoughts were never intended to insult or demean. They are more akin to wishing a favorite sports team would make it to the championship “sooner,” because you want your favorite team to win. Make sense?


      • Your clarification is well appreciated. It feels better especially considering the fact that a lot of people have made it almost a fashion statement to deride others and that includes people and places and even countries without understanding even the basic facts of the issue.
        I hope they do remember that as no one is perfect at best we can strive towards perfection and hence a positive attitude is always essential. Have a nice day, my friend.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Really funny. And damn, but I want Pakora now!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Lyn says:

    I’d believe you Singh; anything is possible. Oh yeah, count me in for the Pakora!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Dear Eric,

    I love Indian food! Now I’m hungry. Leave it to you to turn an Indian tour into sci-fi. Well done.



    Liked by 1 person

  7. I think we would be amazed if we truly knew all of the innovations that came centuries before. The imagination can be a powerful tool. Love the story! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. A spaceship and food porn, what else could a girl want?

    Liked by 1 person

Don't be shy. Say something!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s