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The word tomorrow always triggers one's imagination because nobody has seen tomorrow. It can only cognitively be touched and felt. It is analogous to life after death which nobody has seen. Consequently since time immemorial it has led to spinning out dreams and visions of tomorrow, of future of the world with the intensity and swiftness of domino effect in speculations of various possibilities by writers, poets, social reformers, philosophers, sages and saints. It is generally interpreted connotatively very seldom denotatively.

The world of tomorrow is infinitely large and allows to mushroom in its womb deep sea of events and happenings, visions and hopes which provide the necessary impetus for the present to survive and assiduously work for a happy future. It is in fact an intangible shadow of time.

Though we cannot touch it yet we can feel its hidden rhythm in our treasured imagination. Several novels, poems and essays often betray their seductive flirtation with tomorrow.  Tomorrow does create a ripple of mixed emotions: some pleasant and some frustratingly dismal. It is this concern for human beings that resulted in HG Wells 'A Modern Utopia' and the same coefficient factors inspired George Orwell to pen down 'Nineteen Eighty Four'. In today's world the pandemic Corona has disturbed the equilibrium of the present tense yet the song of Hardy’s 'The Darkling Thrush' echoes in the corridors of our life offering a rationale and a meaning to our existence.

Henry Kendall's Mountains emit a beautiful world, a fascinating world where there is only bliss and beauty all along. Driving further into my rigmaroled thoughts when we look at Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow comes, the novel depicts a tenacious will to fight in order to lead a better life in future. It's a nerve wracking fiction whose principal character Tracy Whitney is a young gorgeous woman in her mid twenties. (Tracey's mother was forced to commit suicide and the scene continues shifting from one place to another, to distant and different parts of the world: Philadephilia, New Orleans, London and Madrid. It also turns into a tale of revenge. Tracy doesn't give up her hope of a better tomorrow and in order to realise her dream she even becomes a con artist yet refuses to surrender to the destiny for the desperate heroine possesses a fierce will to overcome adversities with a view to ensuring a comfortable and happy life in future. Finally both Tracy and Cooper decide to live together, gave up the life of crime and lead a happy life.

Does she really get happiness?

Difficult to answer, after all tomorrow can never be physically embraced or fathomed. 'Gone Tomorrow' by Lee Child is written in the first person, a kind of mystery novel whose main character is Jack Researcher and there is something nostalgically neolithic about this man. The novelist succeeds in digging out the bad guys, Reseacher acts subtly and ingeniously and continues adding twists and turns in order to keep the reader totally absorbed in suspense and thrill.

Dr A A Sinha

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