Thursday, December 23, 2010

Love is Blind - #Part 2


The young sun started its red journey far away from the east. Lakshmi’s hands waved the rice powder to welcome the morning with a beautiful art. She finished it and stepped inside the house and soon brought a vessel as she saw the milkman.

“Hi Aunty!”, Anitha wore her sweet smile.She is Lakshmi's neighbor.

“Hi Ani !”, she greeted as she gave the vessel to milkman.

“The wave on your doorstep is superb aunty! It would look more beautiful if you add some colors”

“I don’t want to trouble the ants with those colored stones”

“Hmm. You are giving food to all insects but not even caring me to call for breakfast”

“You are always welcome Ani”

“Just kidding, Aunty. Where is Vidhya?”

“She has gone to Durga temple as it is her first day of college. Haven’t you joined the same college?”

“Yes Aunty! I will join with her at temple. Bye”

“Let everything go well. Have a nice day”, she told and made her walk towards the kitchen.


‘Jeya jeya devi durga devi saranam’ The Monday morning crowd had more middle aged women. Anitha threw her sight on each and every corner of the temple to find Vidya.

“Aniiii”, a bright girl wearing blue churidar in the middle of saries called Anitha. Her churidar has many stars in it. The boys who turned to the sound followed her each and every turn while she was walking. Their hearts were beating slowly missing some beats looking at her nice walk. Without any doubt it is Vidhya walking barefoot.

She went near Anitha and shared the flowers and kumkum from her hand.

“Look how these boys are watching you. They don’t have any good work then this.” Anitha whispered.

“Leave it. Come let us go to college” said Vidhya.

“Let us stay here for some more time and leave. Then only we can escape from seniors”

“Don’t worry my aunty is working there as Head of EEE department.”

“Fine. Let us stop at Ganesh temple and start our first day of college”

They took their walk towards Ganesh temple.

Smash.... The Coconut pieces scattered around as Rajamanickam smashed his 100th coconut in front of the Ganesh temple.

“Pillaiyaar appa. From today onwards Rakesh is going to college. You have to take care of my son in law. If he keeps studying well, I’ll break 51 coconuts on every full moon.”

He took his last coconut and got ready to smash it. Looking at him Anitha and Vidhya stopped 20 feet away from him.

“Oh god! Our college life should be nice and we have to achieve more in our life”, they prayed along and looked at pillaiyar.

Smash.... The last coconut is also presented to god. Rajamanickam moved back to his car and the girls started walking towards the college.


“Raja! Wake up da kanna. Its 8’o clock”, Janaki tried to wake up his son.

Rakesh opened his eyes and saw the alarm clock. It was showing 7:55AM.

“There are 5 minutes to go”, he said and covered his face with bed sheet.

“You have to get ready. Don’t you want to go college”, Janaki pulled his bed sheet down.

“Mommy! College starts at 9:30 only. Why are you waking me so early?”, he replied without opening his eyes.

“If you go early only you could get a seat on your wish… And you can make some friends in your college”

“Boys won’t come at this time to college”, he murmured

“Then fine. Go and have some girl friends!”, she smiled

He uncovered his face and looked her mother.

“You know that I don’t like girls.”

“Don’t be like that. Don’t feel shy to speak at them.”

“I don’t feel shy”

“Then why are you being like this. What is the problem in having girlfriends?”

“Because I already have a girl friend. She is not leaving me to take my morning sleep.” Rakesh again covered his face with bed sheet.

Janaki pulled his bed sheet out of him and said “If you are not getting ready now, you won’t get your food today”

He sat on the bed. The alarm sounded loud enough to take the sleepiness out of him. He looked at the alarm. It showed 8’o clock. He stood up and made his walk to bathroom. He got ready within 15 minutes and went to dining table.

“Mom I am ready. Where is my plate?”

She brought a plate from kitchen and placed some idlies on it. She went inside the kitchen and came out with his lunch box.

“Don’t gimme these idlies for lunch. These will be hard in the afternoon.”

“Ok. Have this money with you and take your lunch at college.” She gave him 100 rupees. She took another 50 rupees and gave him for petrol.

Rakesh collected a new notebook and a pen. He went outside and placed the notebook in the front cover of his new Black pulsar which is presented by Rajamanickam. He started his bike and drove fast as he noticed Neethu aunty walking on the street. She often reminds him his father by comparing all his habits to him.

Rakesh’s father Veeraragavan was an Indian Soldier. Rakesh inherited all his bravery from his father. Janaki is a secondary school teacher who made Rakesh a bright student. When Rakesh was in 8th standard, they received a letter from Delhi confirming Veeraragavan’s death in a terrorist attack on the military camp. They felt deep sorrow. Janaki loved her husband very much. But she understood that her sorrow affects his son as he failed in all his exams. She recovered from it and gave Rakesh a great support.

She often told her son that he should become an engineer and make more money but not to leave our country.

Janaki moved near Lord Vishnu photo and prayed, “Please take care of my fatherless son. I am being his father too so that he won’t worry about his father’s death. He should be smiling all the time. Give him good friends. Make him a bright student. He should achieve more in his life and he should get everything he wishes”. A drop of tear came out of her eye. What if he wishes his father’s presence???

-To be continued-


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