La La Land – Chapter 1

It was close to 5 pm on a hot summer evening in La La Land. The sun was on its way down after having worked tirelessly through the day, scorching everything in its wake.

Now the rugged landscape seemed to be breathing a little easy as the sun’s setting rays cast a soft orange hued glow across it.

It was here that deer, wild boar and sometimes the occasional bear came to quench their thirst, before they set out into the deeper jungles to graze.

The air today was hot and completely still.

..thought Sizzler Shikari.

For while hunting there is always a possibility of your scent being carried across the jungle. Any good hunter would tell you that this could spoil your hunt.

And Shikari was too much of an expert to expose his position to the wild.

For this, he had his own 3S mantra which he followed when hunting!

He had to stay invisible, silent and still.

The hair bristled on the nape of his neck. Sizzler Shikari lowered his head and without any perceptible show of movement, slowly turned his head right to look behind.

What he saw made him catch his breath!

Both man and animal froze, stunned by their unexpected meeting. With his senses in overdrive mode, Shikari realized he could still fire a shot at the prey even with his back to it.

In his mind he had already made a rough calculation of the distance between them. It would be no more than a 22 yard cricket pitch.

At that range he could get a shot!

Continuing to sit in his position, Shikari slowly turned the rifle towards his prey. From the corner of his eye he could register the spot between the stag’s neck and upper torso which he would target.

The shot rang through the still air shattering the silence of the jungle.

To be continued..

Copyright © 2021 Wasim Jawaid

This work of fiction, written by Wasim Jawaid is the author’s sole intellectual property. All rights are reserved. No part of this story may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including printing, photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author. For permission requests, send an email to the author wasim.jawaid@gmail.com

Dear Reader,

Just as the famed duo of comic book artist -Albert Udorzo and editor/writer- René Goscinny bought us the awesome Asterix and Obelix comics, this is a humble attempt from Yours Truly and Kishor Mistry to bring you a fun, wholesome entertainer named La La Land.

All illustrations have been done by Kishor. He is a budding artist from NIFT, Bhubaneswar. He is based in his hometown in West Bengal and creates wonderful art under his Instagram account kishormistry_ 

Look forward to your comments below on Shikari's hunting expedition!

46 thoughts on “La La Land – Chapter 1”

  1. Very interesting and captivating story….Please don’t make us wait for too long for the next part. Love the illustrations by Kishor…awesome!

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  2. Excellent illustrations coupled with good story telling. My suggestion would be to start writing such stories with illustrations for kids aged between 7 to 10 years. There is a huge market for such short stories with illustrations. Today most of these books are by foreign authors and expensive. They also lack the Indian touch. You could fill this gap with your publications.

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    1. Wow Ravi..that is such an insightful and excellent suggestion! Will definitely keep in mind. Yes indeed it is a niche market and can be addressed.

      Thank you so much for dropping by and appreciating! Really value this :))

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  3. Hey Wasim..😀
    Wonderful reading!!long time since I read a nice comic book..u really have a keen eye for details bhai..can’t wait for next part..keep up the good show ..nice illustrations indeed👌🎉👍👍💖

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    1. Vivek Force each time you comment, my heart fills with happiness and gratitude! ❤❤ Your appreciation reinforces the passion for writing within me😊 Thank you so much bro for the compliments.

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  4. You are just superb, such beautiful narration with wonderful picturization, thoroughly enjoyed jhumka jhumur and now la la land , you keep us wanting for more.. keep more coming

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    1. Indu thanks a million for this AWESOME compliment!! 💗💗 You made my day 😄😄

      Really appreciate your visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts here. Priceless for me :))

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      1. Hey! It’s coming up really well.kishore is doing a great job.the picture of the stag is simply awesome 👌it looks royal ……and your narration as always 👍. waiting for the next chapter.

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  5. Excellent work, Wasim. Really enjoyed it. Its been so long that I have read comic books and going through this illustration was so insightful!

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    1. Thank you so much Gurpreet! And your awesome photography continues to light up my blog’s home page ❤

      Thanks a ton for sparing time to read, comment and appreciate this effort.

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    1. Hi Dev 🙋 Thanks a ton for the compliments and appreciation 😄❤ Yes along with children we are hoping readers across all age groups like it!

      Thanks as always for the encouragement 😍

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  6. It’s a very fascinating read Wasim uncle! Loved it 😄 The illustrations are pretty captivating and give a feeling of reading the digital format of the Tinkle comics.
    Eagerly awaiting the second half 🙂

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