In a house named Gandhara
Live four kooky characters we’d like you to meet.
There’s the Professor, named Scott an inventor by choice
wife Kali, Indian demigoddess from
Their eight year old son Frankie.
He's cute and he's green
he's short and he's been
created to help make the family complete
A robot, named Robert helps with the chores; cooking, sweeping & keeping the house warm.
As we enter the house, what’s this that we see?
lush, tropical oceanic islands scenery,
adorns the walls.
Whilst our family’s sat down having their tea.
Professor Scott has a vegetarian feast, pulses shak & some warmed puri.
Kali eats the same but with some sweet chilli sauce
Frankie likes puri & carrots he eats raw,
now let’s let leave them to it, they’re on their fruit dessert,
of strawberry chocolate ice cream, mango & paw paw.
“Robert my kindly metal giant; being 7" tall, Robert my good friend. My father had him built to help with chores, though he became much more than just a work-horse & was considered a part of our family. His face is a plastic which looks reasonably skin like.” recounts an aged Frankie sat in a large comfortable red velvet armchair regaling a story from his youth.
It was a glorious hot sunny day, very still in the middle of summer. I’d gotten’ a video camera from a second hand market & wanted to test it so I went round the house filming each of my family. My dad’s a professor, with a middle aged scientist’s dress sense, fairly sensible, fairly drab clothes, he also has mousy brown hair & a long twirled moustache. He was squeezing some oranges as I passed him; “like some orange juice?” he enquired & I drank. Then I went through to the kitchen where my mum was making tea. "Supper will be ready by six" remarks Frankie’s mum, Kali holding a knife in one hand, a small bowl in another whilst making rotli on the work surface, Kali being a demi-goddess & as such possessing four arms. Kali blushes; not used to being filmed. " You look beautiful mum ne; like a Bollywood film star!"
I climb the stair to go outside, (The house "Gandhara being built into the ground following specifications by Professor Scott Cottis; underground dwellings keep warmer!) Outside I see a few houses & a large expanse of green with a mountain in the background; "Mount Everest". A small wood lies up a slope & ahead to the right. I see Robert; our tireless manservant, chopping wood. I call over to him, & as he turns towards me, he keeps chopping. An awful clank sounds as the axe hits Roberts metal leg & Robert falls down, and then begins to roll down the slope towards me. I put my foot out & bring him to a stop. "That's the third time this week!" I exclaim. "I know, but it's just such good fun" replies Robert with a big grin on his face.
"Is there anything you'd like to do sir?" asked Robert. As it was getting late I decided to stop filming........I didn't have any film in the camera anyhow. Myself & Robert went indoors to play Snakes & Ladders; Himalayan version....... Mountains & ski slopes. We finished the game, had some supper & went to bed.
At about I was awoken by a loud low hum. I stumbled across to my window. Though it was the middle of the night it was light outside & as my gaze shifted upward towards where the sound was emanating I saw a floating disc; a flying saucer!
I felt my heart beating heavy; pounding in my chest & I became aware that it was warm, strangely warm, warmer than usual, indeed quite hot! I slipped my sandals on & travelled out into the still, warm air outside. The saucer was over a hollow a little way up the slope. A solid plod behind me, it was Robert. "What should we do?" he enquired. "I want to investigate" I replied. "Do you think that's wise? perhaps we should wake the professor" countered Robert. "No no! that would wake mum & you know how she is" I stated hoping that Robert wouldn't push it any further. Robert paused in thought and then concluded, " She'd be off with her sword no doubt, scaring the life out of anything that's up there."
I beckoned Robert to follow me & as we got closer, so the heat increased! The saucer was still hot from the friction of entering earth's atmosphere guessed Robert. "Let me know if the heat is too much for you sir" offered Robert. I'm afraid I marched off in front in a very caviller manner stating "Oh but of course dear chap!". Two minutes later & I wasn't so steady on my feet. "I'm too hot dear chap!" I quipped. Just then Robert called out; he could see the saucer from his high vantage point. Robert then kindly carried me on his shoulders.
We gazed up to the saucer. The ship suddenly vented steam, a thick mist enveloped the surrounding area, including myself & Robert. Visibility was poor, still the water did help to cool things down. Ahead of us a doorway opened, a figure stepped slowly out, the figure is shrouded in mist, but the shape is certainly humanoid, though there appear to be two protrusions from the head.
anybody there? calls the alien in a young female voice "I mean you no
harm, is anybody there?". "Answer her Robert." I ask of him.
"Welcome, my name is Robert, how may we help you?" Robert enquired.
"What is this place? I am in trouble; my ship is out of fuel"
explained the young female sounding alien. "This is the
The mist cleared to reveal the alien; a young female, just a little older than Frankie, a green hue to her skin as well as eyes on her face also an extra pair of eyes on the end of stalks coming from the top of her head!
Frankie is taken, romantic music blares in his head drowning out all else, this alien girl being the first other green being he's ever seen; Frankie sees beauty personified.
The music fades as Frankies mums voice filters through... "FRANKIE! Frankie my dear boy where are you?", Kali's voice is Indian accented, but Kali speaks English, a rather posh taught in school English.
spots Frankie & the alien girl; very much enraptured with each
enquires after alien girl with a coy smile "& who is this? Frankie
dear boy" Frankie blushes. "Come back home Frankie dear won't you
& bring your friend, this is no time to be outside" implored Kali.
"Please, I need to hide my ship others are looking for it" alien girl
pleaded. "I looked to Robert who responded in kind "Right you are
sir" Robert said & then he began uprooting trees & using them
& grass to hide the ship. Kali, The Professor, Frankie & alien
started making their way back home. The Professor gently interrogates
girl. "Now my dear, do you have a name?" "
"The girl seems very genuine, I think we should help her in any way that we can" commented Robert. "Yes I agree & yet we can't know what we are letting ourselves in for" responds Scott. Kali walks in carrying a tray with drinks & wearing a smile, did you see them together? Kali enquires excitedly. "Frankie's gone to his room" Scott began. Robert buts in "That's good & I hope he uses his hidihole; I can hear someone coming, heavy steps & more than one" Robert finished. Then there came a thump, thump, thump at the door "This is Strident" a loud voice stated, " open the door" it finished. Robert made his way dutifully but also nervously to the door & began to open it slowly.
A silver badge is flashed through the crack in the door. Robert opens the door a little more to reveal Strident, a group of people about 10 strong. The Strident mob are all sporting short haircuts an wearing suits which looked too large. "A mechanoid huh? we didn't think this planet had the capability, you are from this planet? queried a Strident agent eying Robert lugoubriously. The strident agent behaving as a typical soldier; follows orders, belligerent to anyone except his superiors. "I created Robert" overspoke Scott "Now may I ask the reason for this intrusion?" Scott questioned as sternly as he could muster. "We are on the hunt for a dangerous fugitive who has stolen a valuable space craft" iterated the Same Strident agent, whom appeared to be the leader. "Dangerous?" spoke Kali in unbelieving tones under her breath too quiet for Strident to hear. "We know nothing of this, but can I ask where you're from? you are from another planet? how did you get here? Can I see your space craft?" Scott continued questioning, his main aim to be irritable & to make Strident go away, which it did. "We ask the questions" Remarked the Strident lead, then turning to his fellow officers he motioned for them to move out, stating "We're wasting our time here, they know nothing". Robert closed the door, with a thankful sigh. "Do you think they'll be back" asked Robert. "Hard to say...." replied Scott. "Well I didn't like them at all, so rude & not answering any of your questions, I'm going to check on Frankie" Kali gabbled nervously.
door to frankie's room lay half open. Kali walked in looking anxiously
"Frankie my dear, it's ok to come out now" Kali called. When she
couldn't see Frankie or
addressed all assembled "
we help you? does your father have friends who could help? would it be
for us to come along with you?" Scott fired questions at
I make sandwiches?" Kali asked. "That would be lovely, though the
ship does have food stores & facilities, but I could try some Earth
sign of our friends Strident?" Scott Spoke to Robert. Robert reported
he could hear them, but that they were about a mile away & so they
this intrepid band of adventurers. It didn't take long to reach the
Robert pointed out to all the cloaking switch & then they all
circular metallic vessel. They dropped their luggage off in the living
& then made their way to the control deck, all except Robert who
to the engine room following a suggestion by
for take off"
With the fuel tank full & a mix of intrepidation & excitement the ship lifts off. Everybody has strapped seat belts on under the advice of their new found alien friend. The acceleration of the ship takes them by surprise, but more so the view on the view screen which shows the ground rapidly receding & then the spherical nature of the earth becoming apparent, The Earth becomes a green, blue ball, and grows smaller & smaller, diminishing into the blackness of space which takes over; feeling like an oppressive over blanket during a hot summers night, surrounding them, suffocating.
Frankie & Lena begin to giggle as they see Scott & Kali turn a
shade of green, due to disorientation. Scott is about to quiz the pair
the giggles, but Kali interjects; "Oh Scott, er... captain... oh honey
it's Strident, they're chasing us; they're sending a message ordering
stop & surrender the ship." "Can we out-run them Scott quizzes
The sight was mesmerising; Lumps of ice that glistened as the ships lights passed over them, different coloured clouds, some highly luminous, others black as soot.
long till we reach where we are going?" Scott speaks to
"When I was young I used to visit my uncle Prien Bate.* He was very kind & always had time for me. Sometimes we'd sit & play a game, Mah Jong, Othello. My uncle loved strategy games, that's how I met Scott, the first man to beat me at chess". Kali smiles at Scott. "Sometimes my uncle would tell me stories, featuring lemmings. A group of lemmings lived high on the mountainside, where it could get very cold, with fierce winds. They'd huddle together for warmth but two had to go out to gather food. This they took in turns. Today it was the turn of Kasmil* & Shenga.* Kasmil & Shenga, unbeknownst to the others were very much in love. Now, Lemmings are known to leave groups from time to time due to overcrowding & this was an opportunity our loving couple had been waiting for. They left without saying a word to the others, once they left the group they wouldn't be welcomed back; lemmings have a strict no outsiders policy & outsiders is what the two would be once they failed to return in time. They set out in search of a place they had both seen in a dream, a place of low lying stepps, barren & exposed save a few rocky crevices where they'd be able to hide & start their burrows. The journey was far..... for lemmings that is. So they sang a song along the way;
Lemmings gather nuts in May
Lemmings gaily have-a-way
We are lemmings and we do say
We are lemmings on holiday
After hours of travel they reached ground which they recognised from their dreams. They spotted the small group of rocks in the centre of the stepp, glanced around to be sure no danger threatened & then headed to the rocks. Their work cut out for them, they dug stoically & after an hour or so, they had a hole big enough to fit them both. They snuggled down feeling that they'd done enough for one day, they needed sleep.
coming up sir" Roberts voice broke through, making everyone snap out of
the trance which Kali's story telling had cast. "Plotting the
see a farm, fields of a golden orange crop with a wooden house in the
The ship lands in a field close to the farm house. A robot, quite
busies himself towards the ship. The new robot has a clear head;
of glass or perspex. A holographic face sits inside the clear head. The
robot has a slimmer frame, is shorter & altogether leaner looking
with Robert, Robert looks quite clumsy & blocky by comparison. The
adventurers exit the ship & the new robot greets them, beginning
saw you on the news Lena, they say that you stole your fathers ship,
he himself has gone missing, I've even had the police out here" Sek
father is safe
All was happy, all was sorted, & to be truthful it was a bit of an anti climax for our intrepid family of four.
The journey home
"I guess we should go back to Earth, but it just feels plain wrong to not stop & learn more about your lives" spoke professor Scott.
feel much the same" Yerrt began, "You have been most kind &
generous, I can sense this from your demeanour and from my daughters
you; & alas we have not been so fortunate with others, as our
Strident evidently shows. I must tell you that we have known about
some time now, but we didn't deem contact wise, true we couldn't be
you'd welcome aliens with open arms" Yerrt was explaining. "We are
not leaders & I could not guarantee a warm reception "Scott
"Indeed but more so, the technology you have , if you were to have
then Earth people would likely harbour paranoia and jealousy." Yerrt
painfully to empathise., "We'll drop you back to Earth, it's the only
option, still, Perhaps we could visit every now & then." Yerrt
offered. "That would be most agreeable" Scott replied hiding a little
dissapointment at the thought of missing out on more immediate
space travel. “
family of four, along with Yerrt and
It’s a long flight back and once again Kali provides food and continues to tell her story. If you remember our lemmings; Kasmil and Shenga had started a new lemming colony. Well I suppose it is a stretch to call two lemmings a colony, but Kasmil was carrying six babies inside her and they’d be born very soon, any day now. The make shift burrow they’d began with had now been deepened. There was a sleeping space, a food store and Shenga had just started a spare that would serve for a nursery. Sourcing food was now important and this was left mainly to Shenga as Kasmil tired easily from pregnancy.
Shenga stepped out to scout for food when he noticed a crow. The crow was limping.
Now crows don’t eat lemmings……. As a rule, but the crow is an unruly bird and they are usually best steered clear of.
None the less Shenga was curious and he ventured fairly close to the crow. “Anything wrong Crow?” shenga nervously, though trying not to show it asked. “CAW, CAWWWWW” the crow shouted, it was obviously in pain. Shenga mustered all his courage and went closer to the crow. It was then he spotted a thorn sticking out of the crows foot. “You have a thorn in your foot, let me take it out for you” Shenga stated calmly and firmly. “Caw caw, stop the pain, just stop the pain” The crow squeeled back. So it was, Shenga edged close to the crow and swiftly and carefully he plucked the thorn. The crows features relaxed, before he’d had a face like a demon! Twisted in anger, now his features looked more rounded and relaxed. “You are most brave to be helping me, tell me, you live here?” “Close by yes” Shenga replied. “You are new moved here yes? You want that I should fly high and spot for you any dangers, any food cyah! You like berries, they are good yes?” “Most gracious of you dear crow” “Most gracious of me?, most gracious of you stop my pain, now I help you.”
Shenga watched the crow fly off and went back to the burrow to check on Kasmil. He didn’t mention the crow, but slipped out again a little later to find a small pile of berries waiting for him. He smiled and hoarded the berries back to the burrow.
“Earth in view”, they heard Roberts voice over the tannoy; Robert being the only person not on the command deck and as such the only person not captivated by Kali’s story telling.
All dropped off on Earth.
The Earth loomed large and was a friendly sight for our intrepid family of four guesting upon Yerrt’s sleekly designed ship.
Suddenly a call came over communications; “Honey, it’s the Solar Generals,” Kali informed. The Solar Generals had followed, interested to find out more about the Earth and it’s inhabitants. They’d been receiving our T.V and radio signals, but hed not yet visited personally. The Solar Generals offered a show. Yerrt took the ships controls, bringing it to a stop and raised the view screen giving plain view of the Solar General’s ships; about 14 or 20 of them. Then lights on the ships illuminated and music played; the music of Johan Sebastian Strauss. The ships swayed and flew this way and that in a dizzying display following the music. As the music reached an exciting crescendo ships flourished past, flying close to Yerrts ship. As the music came to a poigniant pause, the ships, using the ships themselves and thier lights as a medium, made faces with differing expressions, happiness, sadness, curiosity, contentedness and more.
Yerrt smiled, he’d not witnessed a display like this since he was young. The others were all agog at the mesmerising spectacle.
when it seemed like the display was over, Yerrt took the controls once
this time he flew the ship. Surrounded by the solar generals, following
music, he flew the ship down into Earths atmosphere and dropped of our
of four. Frankie waving to
awoke, not sure if the day before had happened or if he’d merely been
Then he remembered something. He went into the living room and switched
on and went to channel eight. A picture came through.