All airline pilots have had extensive training and flying experience so I had my training and flew for the first time in a private aircraft from Delhi to Mumbai.
Delhi was smoggy. Clouds seemed like smog mountains. So I tried to contact airport authorities about my flight and compass but I couldn’t contact them.
As I was in trouble, my brain stopped working. I had lost my way in smog but had a strong desire to meet my husband and family. That’s why I cancelled my flight and flew back to Delhi. It was a horrific and scary experience.
I was invited for the Film Festival and my film “Bejababdar” was selected. It was a superhit regional short film. I did not have the confidence to communicate in English so I sat in one corner.
Suddenly, the anchor mentioned the names of Best Films and Best Actresses. He called the film “Bejababdar” ” irresponsible” and my name “Garland of Diamonds” instead of “Ratnamala”.
He spoke in English so even though my film and I were selected, I remained silent and seated. When everyone looked at me and began clapping, I realized that my selection was due to my “irresponsibility”.
“Boo …. boo, today I saw a weird funeral,” said Rose.
“Strange! You don’t know what a funeral is. Have you not been to anyone’s funeral ever? Isn’t anyone dead in your house? Johnny asked Rose
“No, how can I tell you now?” Said Rose
“Now, tell me in a simple and straightforward language, “said Johnny
“Look, when we die ,the mass is offered to our souls and bodies are burried, but what I saw today was a funeral and the man had come to the cemetery with his foot. He brought his foot with ten to twelve people and buried it in the cemetery.” Rose told to Johnny
“Wasn’t this your latest dream today?” questioned Johnny
“No, not a dream, I saw it.” said Rose.
Johnny said ironically,” and the Priest would have offered Mass.”
“No, boo … I dream but it was a reality. ” Rose said
“OK, now tell me in which cemetery you see and why did you go there?” Johnny asked Rose
“There is a church right in front of our school and there is a cemetery on the right side and that cemetery is visible from our staff room. I was looking out of the window during the free period and suddenly, these ten-twelve people came with a very small coffin. When I saw that coffin, I thought it must have been a little child, and I called our peon, Philip and asked him,”did someone’s child die today?”
He smiled ironically and said, “This is the work of a rich man, Fidalgo. Fidalgo’s leg was amputated for some reason ….The funeral of his own foot is going on .”
“I was shocked to hear about the funeral of our body parts.” Rose told Johnny.
Then the peon jokingly added, “Teacher, we see headless ghosts in the movie, walking on the wall, facing differently, blooded and so on. Now we will see only the foot and not the ghost.”
I said, “Philip, his soul is alive, not dead, only his leg is dead, so how can that be a ghost?” and I imagined ghosts, only walking on foot. Thoughts began to come to my mind ,” Do Ibelieve in ghosts?”
The wife of a rich man dies suddenly. Relatives remarry him as he has a young son. His son’s name is Richard.
For a year or two, his second wife takes good care of her husband and her stepson Richard and wins their heart but when her own child Bunty is born, she shows her true colours.
The father dies with this grief.
She is a dirty and filthy woman. She treats Richard like a servant and even stops his schooling. Richard wants to learn and become a big man but she beats him brutally and holds him in her fist. His father tries to save him but can’t help as his wife has taken control of everything.
She controls Richard in everything. He is so influenced by her that he becomes a stoic.
She and her son Bunty sit at the dining table to have food and Richard is asked to sit on the floor and have the leftovers.
Richard works day and night in his own field with his servants as he has a habit of enduring everything with silence.
One day an accident occurred on the highway while he was working in the field, so all the vehicles had to divert from the main road and go over the field embankment.
A rich girl’s car gets stuck in the mud. She screams for help, Richard rushes to her aid and with the help of other servants pulls her car out of the mud. This rich girl begins to see him as a stuntman.
Gradually she develops interest in him and comes to the field to meet him. She learns from other servants that his stepmother is harassing him. She tells Richard that she’s not a rich girl but the daughter of a driver who drives a car of a rich man.
Further she makes a plan by meeting other honest servants who help her in her plan and as per their plan a farmer takes the girl to Richard’s house and tells his stepmother that, if she accepts his daughter as her daughter- in-law then he will give her 1000 square meters of farmland.
This greedy woman with the hope of getting 1000 square meters of land got her married to Richard.
After getting married, Richard goes to the farm as usual. At home Richard’s stepmother tells the housemaid not to come for work as she wants Richard’s wife to do all the house chores.
As Richard’s wife knows everything about her mother-in-law she doesn’t obey her orders instead she beats her with the same belt which she used to beat Richard. Her addicted son , Bunty too gets beaten when he comes to help his mother.
When Richard comes home to have lunch he is surprised to see everything has changed in his house.
The relationship between the stepmother and her son Bunty was split. Seeing this strange change, Richard starts thinking how all things have changed in his house in a day.
The employment letter was being read on television. There was one special news that Jolene jumped up and ran into the kitchen.To tell her mom
“Mom, Mom, I want to work on television,” Jolene said.
“What work?” Mom asked.
“I want to read the news bulletin on television and work as an announcer,” Jolene said
“But before that, you need Dad’s permission to work on television, you know?” Mom replied
“When Dad comes home from work in the evening, tell him about it, and I’ll take care of everything,” Mom said.
Jolene was praying till evening that she should get permission once Dad comes.
Dad came, took a bath and had tea. Jolene started begging her Mom to take out her television topic.
Meanwhile, Jolene’s younger brother, Joylan who had gone to college arrived.
Mom started the topic, “Hey, do you hear what I was saying?
Dad said, “I didn’t hear what you were saying? Tell me clearly and I will understand. Don’t go round and round like Jilebi.
“Since Jolene has completed her graduation. She wants to work,Mom said nervously.
“Okay that’s good. If she wants to stand on her own feet then I have no problem. By the way, what is she thinking to do.” Dad asked
Jolene got up and approached Dad
She said ,”Today, In the letter of employment on television, it contained a television advertisement that there is a walk-in interview on television tomorrow at 3 p.m. They want news bulletin readers and announcers. Tomorrow is the screen test and the sound test.”
“But no one in our family did acting, not even drama. Everyone has chosen a teaching profession, why don’t you continue your studies? Teaching is a respected profession and respect from children is invaluable.”Dad replied.
Now her younger brother, who was only listening till now spoke in the middle.” If she thinks she is beautiful and smart then her selection will definitely happen, otherwise she will return.So, Dad, you don’t oppose, let her go and try her luck.” and Dad gave permission by nodding his head.
She didn’t sleep that night, thoughts were running in her mind, If I’m selected, my name will be everywhere, people will watch me on television and so on.
Next day when she entered the Television Center. All girls were given a paragraph to recite, in front of the camera. Most of the girls participating in the interview were experienced. Jolene gave a screen test and a sound test and returned home.
About two weeks later, the postman came to her house in the afternoon and left with a yellow envelope. It read, “On Government Duty”, She was shockedwhen she opened the envelope and sawthat, It was her joining letter on television.
One summer at midnight, I went to the church compound to steal tender coconuts. I was stealing tender coconuts, filling a jute bag, and taking a sip of beer. Suddenly, I heard someone whispering in the cemetery. With the jute bag, ran towards the cemetery. Someone was whispering, “One for me, one for you. ” I dropped the jute bag right there and drove straight home.
The next day, I informed my friends that there was a ghost in the cemetery and realized that it was not the ghost but they were Louis and Dominic distributing the stolen cashew seeds
Our boat inverted unknowingly, we were thrown into the water, darkness came before my eyes and not a single word uttered.
Husband tried to save me, but the water was pulling me away. I held my breath, so that water from the nose and mouth would not get into my stomach, even tried to paddle.
I tried desperately to get acrossthewater,but I started to go under the barge that was anchored. My heart sank, when I saw the end near. Even in that situation, my eyes got wet in the water and I closed my eyes.