The Death Well Rider

Syed Mushtaq, in his mid thirties, is a soft spoken and pleasant guy. He has a loving wife and an 8 year old son who studies in an English medium school. He’s a welder by profession.

At nights, he rides in his father’s traveling fair as a death-well rider.

At nights, he rides in his father’s traveling fair as a death-well rider.

Two months after his marriage, he took part in a challenge where he had to ride the bike for 3 days continuously. On the last day, the only thing he remembers is starting the bike. Syed fell asleep on his bike. Having multiple head injuries, he was unconscious for 3 months. By Allah’s grace, he was back on his feet. But his journey as a death-well rider came to an end by his wife’s insistence. He set up a welding business.

Eight years have passed. His welding business is doing just fine. He is hopeful of his son’s future. Just then, he gets a call from his father that he needs Syed as a replacement for one of his riders. Syed must return.

Syed now has a family to feed and has seen death closely. Meanwhile, Azgar (python in Hindi), his younger cousin, grew up watching Syed be a local hero and wants to be one himself. He has the same brashness, once Syed had as a youngster.

He can’t refuse his father. A lot is at stake with the family business’s long history.

He has decided to come back to the well.

But times have changed and the spectator stands are empty.

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