Romans and their General

Update as of 29 October 2009

General Octavius tugged at the stirrups and guided his chariot out onto the plains. The marauding mob was uncontrollable and the foot soldiers could not keep them at bay. The sight of the chariot quietened the crowd and though they were still, you could still see seething anger in most of the sweat and blood stained faces. But General Octavius was not one to relent so easily. He rode through the fields and as the solid wood wheels rolled over the parched dry land, it bumped up over a loose stone, and at times slowed over loose sand. The initial surprise of seeing a noble riding amidst the plebeians led to the parting away of the crowds to let the General pass through. Everyone just looked up at him, most of them with remorse. The General completed one length of the field before turning back; but was stunned at the sight of scores of people. To quell the crowds, he had a trick up his sleeve – instead of confronting them he decided to ride away. Initially the horses cantered and then started galloping. As the chariot gained speed, it also lost some of its stability, at times swerving on one wheel. The crowds were bemused and they followed the dusty trail and ran along. The General continued with this till he reached an elevation from where he could survey the crowds behind. Just when he thought he had tired them enough, and instilled fear so that they would recoil, he took another surprising twist. He let out the battering rams (long blades that stick out of the solid wooden wheel slats – remember that this was an era when spoked wheels had not yet been invented). And the General did a volte-face, turning the chariot around and heading straight into the crowds. The bystanders could not even react before they were spliced, diced and decimated by the horses, the General, his chariot and the battering rams. It was total mayhem and the General’s snarling teeth gnashed as the chariot tumbled over bodies, limbs, and anything else in its path. This ended quicker than anticipated and the General then turned to look at the bloody battlefield. Some greviously injured folks tried to pick themselves up and flee, but were slashed down by the sword wielding foot soldiers. The General then addressed his men – “There will be no disgruntled voice in my Kingdom”, he blared out. “Aye” chorused the soldiers who raised their swords in salute and marched behind the General.

October was the month of another General at D Street. The plebeian D Street Boyz had made enough noise and mayhem pulling the SENSEX one way, then another – from 17173 at month-beginning to a heady 17235 just before Diwali, before losing steam and dipping to the 16052 level of today. And if you trace the path of the SENSEX, you will see that General Octavius relived his heady past of centuries ago by riding his chariot on D Street Today. The path he took is trailed by the SENSEX – and the marauding mob could perhaps have been the D Boyz. I just hope that the unrest at D Street which saw the SENSEX plunge 757 points in the last 4 days is quelled with the General’s action.

(For people who like to visualize the battle, here is the map of the field)


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