One day we all friends planned to hang out at midnight. I waited till everyone in the house went to sleep and then left the house.
Out of excitement I left the keys to the door. As I was going out without informing anyone in the house, I pushed my bike a little distance and then drove away.
We had planned to meet under the bridge atmidnight, but after covering some distance, I realized my mistake of forgetting the keys to the door and so I went back.
Now in a panic I drove my bike straight to the main door. On hearing the sound of my bike Dad woke up and came to the window to check and I was caught. Our plan of hanging out and having fun flopped because of those keys.
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.
Far away from other houses, a farmer was living with his daughter. His hut house had all the comforts. He had a good-natured and beautiful daughter. Her name was Gemma. Gemma was now of marriageable age. Her father was looking for a good boy and he found one good boy for his daughter.
All the preparations for the wedding were done and one day the house was burglarized when she and her father were not at home. All the items bought for her wedding, including jewelry, clothes and some valuable things were stolen.
Coins and notes of British time were at home. The thieves left those coins and notes of British time because they no longer had a price. The shock of looting everything in the house hit her father and he died of a heart attack.
The young man got married without taking anything as well because Gemma was polite, beautiful and understanding.
Now Gemma understood the importance of dogs. She brought a puppy to protect her and her home. Gemma named the puppy Tommy.
Her husband was an engineer on a ship, so he would come every six months and He would return to work immediately after 1-2 months.
To Gemma, Tommy was everything. She used to talk to him. He used to listen to all her joys and sorrows. He used to stay with her. He was a best friend of Gemma.
In a couple of years, Gemma had a cute baby boy and was named Gerald. Since there was no servant in the house, Gemma would tell Tommy to take care of the house and play with Gerald. Overall, Tommy was a special member of their household.
One day, as it was her daily routine, Gemma Gerald’s mother got up early in the morning and went to the fish market to fetch fish. As usual, she told Tommy, “Look, Gerald is asleep. He shouldn’t get up. Don’t make any noise. I’ll get the fish right away, until then take care of him.”and she locked the door of their bedroom from the outside and she left. But today, Gerald got up earlier than usual and began to cry with hunger. He was only two years old.
Gerald was crying, and clapping his hands on the window. Tommy’s heart was pounding when he saw Gerald crying. Tommy stood in a chair by the window, While waiting for Gerald’s mother. His mind was saying, “How come Gerald’s mother hasn’t come yet. An hour has passed, she should have come now. Gerald needs her more than me.
Suddenly he heard footsteps near the door, and he could hear them near and near.
Shruti left the house with a pistol to kill her husband and end the issue forever.There was a confusion of thoughts in her head.
An ordinary fisherman named Sameer was living in Shruti’s village.
I have expressed his lifestyle in simple language here. In the following rhyme
Life of the ordinary people Straightforward and simple The Sun rises and sets They’re busy with fishing nets!!
In the low tide they cast nets When It’s high tide they raise nets Longing to fill stomach with food They’re busy with separating seafood!!
As a normal person, people used to tease and use him as they wanted. Shruti’s husband used to take big fish from him and say, he would pay later. He was in debt but not paying.
So Sameer took a sporty but real looking pistol and came to Shruti’s husband’s place, where he is every day, in the building that had Symmetrical arched doors . Sameer’s plan was to intimidate him by showing him a pistol and get his fish money back
Sameer reached the building that had symmetrical arched doors in the gothic style. At the same time Shruti reached the second symmetrical arched door. Sameer raised a pistol on Shruti’s husband and at the same time Shruti aimed the pistol and shot her husband. Shruti’s bodybuilder husband collapsed to the ground and a stream of blood gushed out of his chest like a fountain.
I have explained Sameer’s miserable situation in this haiku poem.
The sound of gun shot He smelled gun muzzled near him And he was puzzled
Shruti got married and came home with her husband. Her husband’s parents kept their honeymoon in a famous 5 star hotel instead of at home. Shruti’s friends teased her and let her go.”Tell us tomorrow, who among you won,” her friend said jokingly. Somehow Shruti was embarrassed.
Their honeymoon room was decorated. There were rose petals all over the bed. There was soft music in the room. The scent of room freshener was everywhere. There was a pleasant atmosphere everywhere and in a glass bowl in the middle of the room, there were rose petals in rose water and in the middle a pink candle was burning. The edges of the bed were decorated with garlands of jasmine flowers.
She sat up in bed, stunned because she had never worn such a heavy sari and had never worn so many gold ornaments. It was all too heavy for her.
She had not slept the night before because of the large number of visitors. Still, she was eagerly waiting for her husband, dreaming of a happy life.
When she woke up in the morning, her husband was nowhere to be seen. She was alone and there was sleep in her eyes. She got up and looked for him in the washroom. He was nowhere to be seen.
Just then someone knocked on the door of the room and she opened the door. Her husband was standing outside with a bouquet.
As soon as he entered the room. He said, “You are very proud of money. When I proposed to you two years ago, you scolded me and said, ‘Improve your body and lifestyle and then propose to a girl like me. Now look, I made a body, money and plastic surgery to make you fit. Look,I’mback”. she said,“you came back, but we are meeting for the first time”.
He said,”You are a fool and I don’t have time to talk to foolish people.”You can try. I will be here at this spot for the next two hours from now.(he shows her the image), “If you want to apologize and rub your nose on my feet, come on”.( hits the following image on her face)
He didn’t stop to watch her react. He didn’t hear her, threw abouquet on her face, slammed the door and left.
Shruti didn’t know what to do, so she controlled herself and returned to her parents’ house. Everyone at home started asking, what happened? Is there a quarrel? How did she come alone and why didn’t her husband come? How did you come back without going to your husband’s house? The family bombarded her with questions but she could not hear anything.
She went straight to her room. She took off her heavy clothes and jewelry and threw them into the room. Wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt, carrying her father’s pistol in her hand, she went out to do black acts. She was angry that her family’s reputation had been tarnished. She was literally trembling with anger. Thoughts were coming to her mind just as fast as she was driving the car…….
I have expressed her feelings like this:
Anger filled in me I couldn’t wait to meet you Symmetric building Left the house with an anger For tranquility of mind